Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

J.K Rowling borrows numerous elements from myth , legend and fairytale in her story .

What are the creatures that are paralleled in Harry Poter and the Philosopher's stone to the creatures from myth , legend and fairytale ?and how they function in terms of advancing plot and / or charactarization .Why has Rowling included these elements in her story ?

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This is a very detailed question for this short forum space. Rowling borrows from many myths from different cultures. Check out CHAPTER TWO - MYTHOLOGY in the link below: