"... A docile creature that has no objection to being cuddled or thrown about."
-- Newt Scamander (FB)
The puffskein is 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 – even bogies – and they are very easy to care for.
A group of puffskeins is called a poffle (JKR).
- Harry saw puffskeins at the Magical Menagerie in Diagon Alley just before his third year, but merely thought of them as humming furballs (PA4).
- 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). Ginny Weasley owned a purple one named Arnold.
- Newt Scamander told MACUSA officials that he came to New York to buy a rare Appaloosa Puffskein, but in reality he came to America to release his Thunderbird, Frank. The Appaloosa Puffskein may not even exist (WFT).
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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