A mink is an animal of the family Mustelidae. Their furs are often valued for use in clothing. Wizard Baruffio once mispronounced s as f and ended up placing a buffalo on his wife's shoulders instead of mink furs.
Behind the scenes
- In the original English version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Baruffio mispronounces "s" instead of "f" and ends up with a buffalo on his chest. On the French translation, Baruffio's incident is slightly different. It introduces another character: Baruffio's wife. Quoting from the French translation: "N'oubliez jamais le sorcier Baruffio qui avait un défaut de prononciation et dont la femme s'est retrouvée avec un bison sur les épaules au lieu d'un vison". (Loosely translated: "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) (French version)