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"I bet it sneaked up here from Experimental Charms, they’re so careless, remember that poisonous duck?"

-- a young witch in the Ministry of Magic (DH13)

A duck is type of waterfowl found in both fresh and sea water environments, whose vocal cries are called “quacks”.

The reaction of Herbert Chorley, a muggle Junior Minister, to being the subject of an Imperius Curse was to believe that he was a duck and make quacking noises. The Muggle Prime Minister had thought it might be a drinking or overwork problem. (HBP1)

An charmed and poisonous duck was also known to have escaped from the Committee on Experimental Charms in Ministry headquarters. (DH13)


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