Throughout my many decades of living on this magical planet, I have often found myself struggling to find the perfect companion. People can often be very boring and hard to keep clean, and owls, well. They just poop everywhere. However, I believe I have found the perfect partner. One that you can take on all those exhilarating adventures and can get you through those rough patches in life.
What is a Flobberworm?
Well, for those of you who didn’t pay attention as much as you should in Care of Magical Creatures, the Flobberworm is an invertebrate worm that can grow up to 10 inches long. That’s right, 10 inches! I doubt your dog can do that. They are usually brown in colour, and look identical on both ends. They are segmented, as you can see. This means that they have little rings around them, and no, they do not help it float.
Their anatomy is quite complex for such a small creature. Magizoologists so far have not been able to distinguish which side is its head and which is its, well… “nether-regions”. It’s funny actually because nobody really knows how they work. Why do you ask? Well, for the simple reason that once one of these poor and unfortunate creatures gives up their ghost, they tend to decompose rather quickly. Around 7 minutes exactly. Gross, I know.
What does it do? Can I make it play dead?
Yes! Well, not exactly. They don’t particularly move too much, so I guess you could call it playing dead. On the surface, they don’t seem particularly interesting, but they have a variety of uses for more than just a pal to cuddle with. Flobberworms secrete a mucus. This mucus is sticky and a sickly green color. The mucus is used in several different potions as a thickener and is an essential ingredient to the Wiggenweld Potion. Flobberworm mucus also has some more scienc-ey uses that are honestly quite boring. In short, though, they are particularly handy if you have a knack for potion-making.
Flobberworms are also used in the culinary arts, as you all know. Flobberworm Fritters are very popular and are served at Hogwarts, but I know I don’t eat them! Their mucus can also be used to make a jelly of sorts, but that is not as popular. Flobberworm mucus is also spread on the roof beams of the attic at Hogwarts. While the reason isn’t particularly well known, it is used to create a lining to protect the beams from termites and Chizpurfles. This would make sense, as there has never been any termite problems at Hogwarts, and this practice has been used since the school was opened.
How do I take proper care of my Flobberworm?
Easy! Flobberworms are vegetarians, and strictly only eat lettuce and cabbage. Although we don’t know much about their anatomy, we do know that they have taste buds. How do you ask? Well, most Flobberworms I’ve met have a particular and distinct distaste for Iceberg Lettuce. Strange, I know, but I don’t blame them. I don’t particularly like it either. Iceberg lettuce has quite a bland taste…
They prefer to live in damp and darkish areas. So while your garden may be a prime spot for them, I’d recommend keeping them in the house lest they somehow get lost. I keep mine in an old shoebox with a big clump of dirt. I have little castles drawn on the side because Prince Flobber needs to live in comfort obviously. And their uhm… waste… is particularly nutritious and beneficial to the soil, so don’t be afraid to use it as fertiliser!
Fun Fact!: Flobberworms are one of the only creatures that can be summoned using the Summoning Charm! This is through some very magical technicalities to do with organs and such that you need not worry about.
So all in all, I think Prince Flobber is a wonderful pet. He’s easy to take care of, keep clean, and he knows loads of cool tricks! I’d recommend picking up your very own Flobberworm down in your local garden. They also make great pets for children!