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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]

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

Badgers in the wizarding world[]

The badger was the mascot of Hufflepuff House at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[3] Like the house it represented, the badger was often underestimated and deemed non-threatening because it was not generally aggressive unless provoked, at which point it could and would 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 was a spell that could transfigure a cauldron into a badger.[7] One could turn a human into a badger.[8][1]

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

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