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"Chizpurfles are parasites that are attracted to magic. Their carapaces are used as ingredients in certain potions but are particularly difficult to split open."
Folio Bruti[src]

The Chizpurfle was a type of very small magical parasite. Crab-like in appearance, this beast can grow up to a twentieth of an inch including its fangs. They were attracted to sources of magic and were commonly found in the fur and feathers of Crups and Augureys, respectively.[1] The carapaces and fangs[2] of the Chizpurfle were used in Potion-making.[1]

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An illustration of the Chizpurfle

Biology and Habits

Chizpurfles attacked magical objects like wands and cauldrons, gnawing through to the magical core or gorging on the last remnants of potions.[1] They were also attracted to spells, such as the Wand-Lighting Charm.[3]

In the absence of magic, Chizpurfles attacked Muggle items powered by electricity. This explained the sudden failure of various new electrical goods.[1]

Chizpurfle infestations were usually easily handled by patented potions on the market, but more severe infestations need to be dealt with by the Pest Sub-Division of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures.[1]

Etymology

The word "Chiz" is an English word for "cheat" or "swindle", presumably a cognate of "chisel". The word "Purfle" is a fur trimming border of a garment.

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XXX Ashwinder · Billywig · Bundimun · Crup · Doxy · Dugbog · Fire crab · Fwooper · Glumbumble · Hippocampus · Hippogriff · Hodag · Jarvey · Knarl · Kneazle · Leprechaun · Lobalug · Mackled Malaclaw · Moke · Murtlap · Niffler · Nogtail · Pixie · Plimpy · Pogrebin · Red Cap · Salamander · Sea serpent · Shrake · Streeler · Winged horse
XXXX Centaur · Demiguise · Erkling · Erumpent · Golden Snidget · Graphorn · Griffin · Hidebehind · Kappa · Kelpie · Merpeople · Occamy · Phoenix · Re'em · Runespoor · Snallygaster · Sphinx · Tebo · Thestral · Thunderbird · Troll · Unicorn · Winged horse · Yeti
XXXXX Acromantula · Basilisk · Chimaera · Dragon · Horned Serpent · Lethifold · Manticore · Nundu · Quintaped · Wampus cat · Werewolf
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