A buffalo is a brown-haired herbivore with horns. They are very big, robust and unfriendly to humans.
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Charms Master and Professor Filius Flitwick told his first year class in 1991 that a wizard named Baruffio once mispronounced f as s and he and his wife ended with a buffalo on top of them.
Behind the scenes
- In the French translation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Baruffio's incident with a buffalo is slightly different. It introduces another character: Baruffio's wife. "Remember wizard Baruffio who had a speech impediment and whose wife was left with a buffalo on her shoulders instead of a mink".). The translator, Jean-François Ménard, plays with the alliteration "bison"/"vison" ("buffalo"/"mink"). As it is usually women who wear furs, the introduction of a female character was necessary.