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Peruvian Vipertooth - phoenix - pixie - Plimpy - Pogrebin - Porlock - Puffskein - Pygmy Puff


Peruvian Vipertooth creature from Muggle legends or mythology more info in Fantastic Beasts - click here to order

XXXXX - Peru

See Dragons - Peruvian Vipertooth.


phoenix creature from Muggle legends or mythology more info in Fantastic Beasts - click here to order

XXXX

Swan-sized bird with red and gold plumage, golden beak, and golden talons. The XXXX rating given to this gentle creature does not indicate ferocity, but rather the rarity of successful attempts to domesticate it (FB).

The Moutohora Macaws have a phoenix for a mascot. His name, appropriately enough, is Sparky (QA8).

See Fawkes's page for more.


pixie creature from Muggle legends or mythology more info in Fantastic Beasts - click here to order

XXX

Native to Cornwall, these mischievous creatures are a bright electric blue in colour. They are very rude (CS6, FB).

In folklore, pixies, (or piksies, as they are also called), are typically found in Devon and Cornwall. They appear in various forms and are described as fond of music and dancing. Typically, they are helpful creatures who help with housework, and are even sometimes credited with creating clotted cream on Dartmoor for deserving housewives. On the other hand, pixies are just as likely to eat all the cream, since they’re mischievous and fond of tricks. They will confuse travellers on the moors and have been accused of stealing children. Pixies wear green clothing to better blend in with their surroundings. They have slanted eyes and pointed ears, but they definitely aren’t blue-skinned. They resemble wildly-dressed humans, not the electric blue imps seen in the Harry Potter books or film. (The Lexicon page 238)


Plimpy more info in Fantastic Beasts - click here to order

plimpy (c) 2003 Cassie Songer

XXX

A kind of fish, shaped like a ball with two long, rubbery legs and webbed feet. If you happen to spot a plimpy with its legs tied in a knot, you will know that merpeople are around (FB). The stream near Bottom Bridge, behind the Lovegoods’ house, contains Freshwater Plimpies that Xenophilius uses to make soup (DH20). Luna carries a Gurdyroot to ward off Gulping Plimpies (HBP20).

"plim" Eng. a dialect word for becoming plump [NSOED]


Pogrebin more info in Fantastic Beasts - click here to order

XXX

These annoying little creatures are native to Russia. They love to follow people around, infusing them with a sense of hopelessness until the human collapses, at which point the pogrebin attempts to devour them. The Pogrebin resembles a grey rock with a small hairy body and it hides by crouching down and pretending to be nothing but a harmless stone (FB).


Porlock more info in Fantastic Beasts - click here to order

XX

Found in Dorset, England and in southern Ireland, this short (about two feet high when fully grown), shaggy creature walks on two cloven-hoofed feet and feeds on grass. Its small arms end in four fingers. The porlock lives to guard horses and will be found with a herd or curled in the straw of stables, although it is so distrustful of humans that it is seldom seen (FB). The porlock is studied in Care of Magical Creatures (OP15, 20).

Porlock is a town located along the north coast of Devon, on the edge of Exmoor National Park. According to WEB LINKWhat's On Exmoor, "A large group of feral goats lived in this coastal area until about 1910 and their milk, skins and meat were traded at Porlock Weir..." Perhaps it is this bit of history that suggested the Porlock to Rowling.


Portuguese Long Snout Dragon

A breed of dragon not listed in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which appears in Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit. The Long Snout has scales of light green and black eyes, and is found in the north of Portugal, around Geres, an area of rocky summits and valleys (JKR).


puffskein, © 2003 Vic Xntric

Puffskein creature from Muggle legends or mythology more info in Fantastic Beasts - click here to order

XX

A long-tongued custard-coloured little furball that makes a calming purring noise. These pleasant creatures are often kept as pets, particularly by wizarding children; Ron Weasley used to own one until Fred used it for Bludger practice. As scavengers that will eat anything from leftovers to spiders, they are very easy to care for. There was a nest of dead puffskeins under the sofa of the drawing room of number twelve, Grimmauld Place (OP6). Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes sells miniature puffskeins called Pygmy Puffs (HBP6).

If you immediately thought of "tribbles" from STAR TREK when you read about the "custard-colored furballs" in the Magical Menagerie, you're not alone. See the original series episode "The Trouble with Tribbles" written by David Gerrold for more information on that subject. As a matter of fact, David Gerrold got the idea for Tribbles from "flat-cats" in a short story by Robert Heinlein.


Pygmy Puff

XX

Sold by Fred and George in Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, Pygmy Puffs are miniature puffskeins, "round balls of fluff in shades of pink and purple," that sell so quickly they "can't breed them fast enough." (HBP6) Ginny convinced her mother to buy one for her, and she named it Arnold. Arnold is frequently seen riding around on Ginny's shoulder in the Gryffindor common room, often with a hopeful Crookshanks trailing behind (HBP14).

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