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"That bloody bird's a menace!"
—Ron Weasley[src]

Errol (f. 1992 - 1994) was one of the Weasley family's owls. He was a Great Grey Owl,[1] or Strix nebulosa.

Description and traits

Errol clumsy

Errol's clumsiness and bad eye-sight

He was described by Harry Potter as resembling a moulting feather duster. Errol was also described as ancient, and as such his poor eyesight caused him to hit objects in flight. Errol delivered Harry's first birthday present from Ron before his third year at Hogwarts. He lost consciousness during both long and short journeys. He often stayed with Harry's owl Hedwig to regain consciousness when he delivered messages to him.

Ron often called Errol a "bloody bird," "ruddy bird," or a "menace."

Etymology

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Errol with Hedwig and a Hogwarts owl

Errol is a village in Scotland, near Perth, which may have served as inspiration for the name of the Weasley family owl.

It is also the name of a dragon in an early Terry Pratchett novel that flies into windows and has the tendency to explode.

It is also possible that his name refers to "error" (as the two words are similar), because of the bird's age and known characteristics.

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