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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.

A group of puffskeins is called a poffle (JKR).

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).

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Etymology

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.

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