Fantastic Beasts and How to Slay Them: Gnome

This is the oddest beasts I’ve tackled so far. There’s plenty of Fantastic Beasts and Dungeons & Dragons monsters that have the same name/origins. So far, they’ve been different enough to make the creation of their game stats interesting.

A Gnome is not a beast or monster in D&D though. No, a Gnome is a playable race, with their own history, culture and intelligence.

Suggesting that a D&D Gnome was a small pest that infests gardens, steals vegetables and occasionally bites ankles would be extremely racist.

So, right off the bat, the Potterverse gnome is now a ‘Gernumbli’. Apparently an alternative name for Gnomes in this fantasy world is Gernumbli Gardensi, so we’ll lean on that. I don’t think ‘garden gnome’ separates these two creatures out far enough.


The regular D&D gnome can raise to the rank of Level 20 wizard or ranger, saving the world from god-monsters. The Garden Gnome/Gernumbli is an idiot-pest that is not going to cause even a solo adventurer too much trouble. Especially if you include the Fantastic Beasts advice in your game mechanics: a Gernumbli can be dispatched by just spinning them round and round and chucking it.

Of course, if you are running a Harry Potter-based D&D game, you’re not going to need to be concerned about crossed wires. Goblins in the Potterverse are more culturally and socially comparable to the D&D gnomes than Gernumbli.

Thank You For Reading

From Acromantula to Gnome, you can find Dungeons & Dragons versions of other Fantastic Beasts here.

Author: Rufus Scott

I am a long term Gamer, a full-time History Teacher and a part-time geek. I enjoy writing about the positive aspects of gaming, especially when it comes to education. My posts are sometimes nostalgic, occasionally irrelevant, largely meant to provoke further discussion. I'll sometimes punctuate these whimsical ramblings with a random comment on gaming and/or teaching.

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