Skip Nav
Dogs
This Dog Is More Excited For His Birthday Than You've Ever Been
Dogs
A Wiener Dog Stampede Commercial Is One Super Bowl Ad We Can Totally Get Behind
Dogs
This Family's Last Picture With Their Dog Before Putting Him Down Is Perfect

History of Owls

Hoo'd Have Thought? A Magical Ancient Owl Background

The below video is evidence enough of just how darn cute owls are, and Harry Potter's pet owl, Hedwig, proved to be the most loyal of all owls. Adorableness aside, do you know why the nocturnal creatures are icons of wisdom in folklore? While in the Harry Potter movies, Hogwarts students could opt to bring owls to their dormitories, their legends go much further back through the ages.

Click through the break for magical owl legends dating back to ancient times.

  • Owls are a symbol of the ancient Greek goddess of wisdom, Athena, and gained respect for their ability to see at night, despite the darkness. Homer's poetic reference to Athena as "bright-eyed" may also be the most obvious link to the wide-eyed owl often depicted perched on her shoulder.
  • The respect for owls in ancient Greece was taken so seriously that their likeness was used on early monetary coins called "Owls."
  • Ancient Romans believed an owl's hoot warned of an imminent death, and was said to have been heard before Julius Caesar's death.
  • It is said that owls also became associated with witchcraft because like owls, witches can see that which is hidden to others.
Around The Web
Sorting Hat Harry Potter Quiz
The Lockhart Harry Potter Bar in Toronto
Harry Potter's Rupert Grint and Matt Lewis on Kissing
Me Before You Set Pictures

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

Join The Conversation
lauren lauren 4 years
I have to admit this makes me really want a pet owl! And the second one from the right seems like the mean brother or sister of this bunch!
likethedirection likethedirection 4 years
I'm not a big bird person but this video is great.
Latest Dogs, Cats, and Other Pets
X