Tiny creatures that look like perfectly formed humans with insect wings. They are extremely vain and quarrelsome, liking nothing better than to serve as decoration (see CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS). Fairies have their own weak form of magic, which they use primarily to avoid being eaten by predators. According to Scamander, fairies are held to have very limited intelligence, and they do not use any form of language that humans understand (but see languages) (FB).
Fairies are common in folklore the world over, usually depicted as small ethereal beings which live out of sight of humans, often in woodlands. Fairies have magical powers to fly, cast spells, and predict the future. They can be friendly but are sometimes depicted as mischievous or even malevolent. Ms. Rowling’s version of fairies is quite different from the traditional type, more like insects than intelligent nature spirits. (The Lexicon page 109).
- Someone wrote to the Daily Prophet's Problem Page to ask if the Ministry would look the other way if he turned his brother's children into blood-sucking ferrets (the answer was 'no') (DP)
- Buckbeak enjoys a plate of dead ferrets (PA14).
- Mad-Eye Moody once turned Draco into one (GF13).
- Mortlake once owned some extremely odd ferrets (CS3).
- During the practical portion of the Transfiguration O.W.L., Hannah Abbott turned her ferret into a flock of flamingos, temporarily halting the test (OP31).
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Also written fire-crab (OP31)
The fire crab looks like a tortoise with a jewelled shell which can shoot fire out of its rear end. It is constantly in danger of being killed for its shell, which unscrupulous wizards will use as cauldrons. The fire crab is native to Fiji, where there is a coastal reserve set aside for its protection (FB). Fifth years, for their Care of Magical Creatures O.W.L., had to demonstate how to feed and clean out a fire crab without sustaining serious burns (OP31).
See also BLAST-ENDED SKREWT (GF24).
Apparently a frightening creature, since someone was scared enough of them to turn a Boggart into one (PA7). Hagrid once needed a repellent for Flesh-Eating Slugs that were getting into the cabbages, and went shopping for it in Knockturn Alley (CS4).
A ten-inch, toothless brown worm which eats vegetation, especially lettuce. Hagrid, after losing his nerve with the hippogriff debacle, had his
third year students raise these for a semester, which was completely
pointless as they prefer to be left alone and to do nothing
See also FLOBBERWORM USE IN POTIONS.
These creatures, described as the color of custard, were available for sale in the Magical Menagerie (PA4). They are probably Puffskeins.
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