Ginny Weasley: "They're really cute!"
Fred Weasley: "They're fairly cuddly, yes."
Ginny Weasley and her brother Fred discussing Pygmy Puffs in August 1996 in the Weasley brothers' shop, Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes[src]

A Pygmy Puff is a miniature Puffskein, bred by Fred and George Weasley and sold at their shop Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes at 93 Diagon Alley in London, as one of the known products in the WonderWitch range. It is one of their most popular products, as George said they were having trouble breeding them fast enough for the demand.[1] Ginny Weasley bought a purple Pygmy Puff named Arnold in August 1996,[4] which she played with at Hogwarts.[5] Baby Pygmy Puffs are on also sale at the Magical Menagerie.[6]

Ginny once joked that her brother Ron had a tattoo of a Pygmy Puff, without saying where, when Romilda Vane was pestering her about whether Harry Potter had a tattoo of a Hippogriff.[7]

During the investigation of their 9th case, Mathilda Grimblehawk and her partner have to follow a trail of blood. Once arrived to the graveyard it led to, Mathilda says "Why am I surprised? It was hardly going to lead to a basket of Pygmy Puffs!".[8]



Ginny looking at the Pygmy Puffs at the Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes

Pygmy Puffs resemble little fluffy balls that roll around, squeak and come in various shades of pink and purple.[1] Luna Lovegood believed that all Pygmy Puffs sing on Boxing Day.[9] A group of Puffskeins or Pygmy Puffs is called a poffle.[10]

Behind the scenes

Pygmy puffs

Pink and Purple Pygmy Puff Plushes

Pygmy puff inside the cage

A Pygmy Puff inside a cage with a label, for sale at Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes in 1996


See also

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 6 (Draco's Detour) - "“What are those?” She was pointing at a number of round balls of fluff in shades of pink and purple, all rolling around the bottom of a cage and emitting high-pitched squeaks. “Pygmy Puffs,” said George. “Miniature puffskeins, we can’t breed them fast enough.”"
  2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, Scene 18 - "NEWT: No, there’s only one breeder of Appaloosa Puffskeins in the world and he lives in New York, so no . . ."
  3. Wizards' Ordinary Magic and Basic Aptitude Test, Grade One, Part One - Magical Law, Question 7 on (31 March 2006) - "7. Which of the following should receive the LIGHTEST punishment from the Wizengamot? a. Horns created accidentally on a culprit's mother, caused by broken wand b. Jelly-Legs Jinx performed on threatening Muggle c. Breeding fanged Puffskeins d. Underage witch performs Cleaning Charms in privacy of own home"
  4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 7 (The Slug Club) - "The Ministry cars glided up to the front of the Burrow to find them waiting, trunks packed; Hermione’s cat, Crookshanks, safely enclosed in his travelling basket; and Hedwig; Ron’s owl, Pigwidgeon; and Ginny’s new purple Pygmy Puff, Arnold, in cages."
  5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 11 (Hermione's Helping Hand) - "…Harry watched Ginny Weasley playing with Arnold the Pygmy Puff for a while…"
  6. The Making of Harry Potter (see here)
  7. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 25 (The Seer Overheard) - "“…all Romilda Vane does is ask me if it’s true you’ve got a Hippogriff tattooed across your chest.” […] “And what did you tell her Ron’s got?” “A Pygmy Puff, but I didn’t say where.” Ron scowled as Hermione rolled around laughing."
  8. Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World - Case 9: Cloke and Dagger (see this image)
  9. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)
  10. J.K. Rowling defines "poffle" on Twitter (08:23 - 30 November 2015) - "“@jk_rowling herd, quiver, brood, flock.... What is a group of Puffskeins or Pygmy Puffs called?” “A poffle.”"
  11. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) (see this image)
  12. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) (see this image)
  13. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, Scene 19 - "TINA (O.S.): Hey. By the way, we closed that guy down a year ago. We don’t allow the breeding of magical creatures in New York."
  14. (see this image)