Niffler, the Jewelry Hunter
Niffler is a treasure hunting creature that is attracted to all shiny things like plates, belts, jewelry and even gold teeth. A Niffler is called an Escarbato in Spanish. It is one of the favorite magical beast species of the magizoologist Newt Scamander. The award winning actor Eddie Redmayne playing Newt Scamander says “They have a wonderful relationship of love and hate,” about Newt and his Niffler. Eddie continues “It’s incredibly annoying and wonderful at the same time, a complete nightmare, but still, Newt loves her being crazy and fun. “
A Niffler is a creature seeking treasures with a long thin snout. Nifflers are very attracted to any shiny stuff, excellent at locating metallic or shiny objects. But a Niffler can bite a person if she is wearing any jewelry.
Nifflers are gentle creatures, and can be affectionate with their owners, but they can also harm their owner’s property looking for things that shine. Nifflers live six meters under the ground in burrows, and can give birth to six to eight younglings at once.
Nifflers are used by elves to dig for treasures. During the 1994-1995 school year, Rubeus Hagrid used them as part of their class Care of Magical Creatures at the fourth grade . Before the class, he had hidden 100 gold coins Leprechaun on the ground in front of his cottage. He gave each student a Niffler and promised an award whoever finds the most gold. Ron Weasley asked Rubeus Hagrid if they could buy these Nifflers as pets, and knowingly, Hagrid told him that his mother would not want one, since they are causing havoc at houses, but this was not a definite “no”. Which means there is a high probability that the magicians can acquire Nifflers. When Hagrid caught Gregory Goyle pocketing the gold, he explained that try to steal it made no sense, since gold Leprechaun was useless because it disappeared after a few hours. The Niffler belonging to Ron found the most gold, so Hagrid rewarded him with a big bar of chocolate Honeydukes.
During the period of Dolores Umbridge as the director of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Lee Jordan used a spell to levitate two Nifflers through the window of her office to destroy the place. Umbridge blamed Hagrid for it, and she did not help him during inspections of Suma Inquisitor at Hogwarts.