Karla Kinstler, Director/Naturalist of the Houston Nature Center, has ten excellent reasons why you don't want an owl as a pet, no matter how many Harry Potter books/movies you have taken in. The photographs, including those of owl poop and headless furry owl dinner, are most persuasive. But maybe just a nice little burrow owl. . . After all, owls are fascinating. They're nocturnal, which always make for a certain dark elegance, and then there's the absolute silence of their movement. And those eyes. Oh well. No owl for me. Probably not you either.
Over time and culture mankind has placed a great burden of meaning on these creatures. Take a look:
Brittany: an Owl seen on the way to the harvest is the sign of a good yield.
Lorraine: spinsters go to the woods and call to the Owl to help them find a husband.
Peru: boiled Owl is said to be a strong medicine.
Samoa: the people are descended from an Owl.
Transylvania: farmers used to scare away Owls by walking round their fields naked.
This and much more from The Owl Pages' Mythology page.