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"...an animal that is often underestimated, because it lives quietly until attacked, but which, when provoked, can fight off animals much larger than itself, including wolves."
— Hufflepuff Prefect Gabriel Truman on his house mascot.[src]

A badger is a omnivorous mammal of the Mustelidae family, distinguishable by the white stripe that runs down its snout.[4]

Badgers in the wizarding world

It is the mascot of Hufflepuff House at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[3] Like the house it represents, the badger is often underestimated and deemed non-threatening because it is not generally aggressive unless provoked, at which point it can and will viciously fight off threats even larger than itself.[2] This symbolism was perhaps showcased best in the Battle of Hogwarts, where many Hufflepuffs stayed to fight and defend their school, with only Gryffindor outnumbering them.[5]

Uric the Oddball once turned up for a presentation before the Wizards' Council wearing nothing but a toupee that turned out to be a dead badger, after listening to a Fwooper's song continuously for three months.[6]

There is a spell that can transfigure a cauldron into a badger.[7] One could turn a human into a bager.[8][1]

It is a known corporeal form of the Patronus Charm.[9]

Behind the scenes

In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, a badger is sitting in Rubeus Hagrid's hut and reading the Daily Prophet when the Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures arrives.[10]


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