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Ron Weasley's Scops owl, Pigwidgeon.

"The owls sat hooting softly down at him, at least three hundred of them; from Great Greys right down to tiny little Scops owls ('Local Deliveries Only'), which were so small they could have sat in the palm of Harry's hand."
Harry observes the owls at the Hogsmeade Post Office[src]

The Scops owl, also called Scops-owl, is the second-smallest type of Owl in the world, the smallest being the Elf owl.[1] This kind of owl is present in the Hogsmeade Post Office, making "LOCAL DELIVERIES ONLY". [2] Ron Weasley owned a small Scops owl, Pigwidgeon.[3]

Behind the scenes

  • In the Mainland Chinese translation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the term "scops owl" was translated as 小吟游诗人猫头膺 (xiǎo yín-yóu shīrén māotóuyīng), meaning "small reciting wandering poet owl". This was a glaring mistake in translation, as the translator mistook the real-world species of owl ("scops" coming from the Ancient Greek word for owls generally) for "scop", the name given to an old English poet or bard.[4]


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