Jersey Devil

THE JERSEY DEVIL

Featured on Episode 1

Betty Boop took a bad bath of Polyjuice and ooops! The Jersey Devil!

FACT FILE
Mentioned in Fantastic Beasts: 
NO
Reported Locations: The Pine Barrens of New Jersey, United States
First Reported: mid-1730s
Known Abilities: Ultra-violent; agility; impervios

APPEARANCE

The Jersey Devil is a bipedal, kangaroo-like, flying creature. It has the head of a goat or horse, leathery bat-like wings, horns, small arms with clawed hands, cloven hooves, and a forked tail. It moves very quickly and often emits a blood-curdling scream. It is known for its violence and its ability to quickly appear and be terrifying. It is impervious to cannons and other attacks and it is rumored to attack animals, humans, and in some cases, trolleys.

Source: Pinelands Preservation Alliance

SIGHTINGS

In 1909 between January 16 and January 23, multiple sightings of the Jersey Devil occurred. Nelson Evans and his wife found the Devil outside their window one morning. He said of the encounter

It was about three feet and a half high, with a head like a collie dog and a face like a horse. It had a long neck, wings about two feet long, and its back legs were like those of a crane, and it had horse’s hooves. It walked on its back legs and held up two short front legs with paws on them. It didn’t use the front legs at all while we were watching. My wife and I were scared, I tell you, but I managed to open the window and say, ‘Shoo!’ and it turned around, barked at me, and flew away.”

Source: Gloucester City News

ORIGIN

According to legend, a resident and possible witch of Pine Barrens, Mother Leeds, was surprised and exasperated to find herself pregnant with her 13th child. In desperation and anger, she cursed the child saying saying ‘may it be a devil.’ When the child was born it had wings and a chimera-like appearance. It killed her midwife and other children before flying up the chimney and fleeing to the pines. Since then, it continues to terrorize the surrounding areas.

Source: Pinelands Preservation Alliance

Image Source: Philadelphia Evening Bulletin