A buffalo is a beasty brown-haired animal with horns. They are very big, robust and unfriendly to humans.
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Charms Master and Professor Filius Flitwick said 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.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Mentioned only)