There is a lingering smell of citrus around the pile of this week’s edition of ‘The Owl Post’… Even the copy you pick up smells faintly orange-y… Maybe you should read it somewhere warm?
Lobalugs and Trolls and Bundimuns, oh my! Welcome, my dearies, to the wonderful world of magizoology. My name is Floretta Frizelda and I am a dedicated and determined magizoologist, honored and happy to be on the same path as such genius greats as Newt Scamander, Luna Scamander, Rolf Scamander, and Edwardus Lima of The Monster Book of Monsters fame. I share the latter’s poor fortune of not being yet another admirable Scamander.
Our job is simply described, but much more challenging to actually maintain. Most basically put, I study magical creatures. Some prefer the term “wizarding naturalist” for what we do, straying from the term for the closest Muggle occupation to our own—cryptozoologist.
In 1692, it was decided that twenty-seven species were to be hidden from Muggles, but that number has increased over the years. In 1750, Clause 73 was placed firmly within the International Code of Wizarding Secrecy, demanding that each wizarding government be held responsible for the concealment, care, and control of all magical creatures within their territory. Personally, I eagerly await the inclusion of platypuses into our care, but the species list and Clause 73 have paved the way for the importance and very definition of magizoologists.
The Ministry of Magic has taken Clause 73 step further and assigned five categories to creatures, and magizoologists may work within any or all areas of the spectrum. This Ministry of Magic classification system is as follows:
XXXXX Known wizard killer / impossible to train or domesticate
XXXX Dangerous / requires specialist knowledge / skilled wizard may handle
XXX Competent wizard should cope
XX Harmless / may be domesticated
I myself specialize in the first and second Ministry of Magic categories of creatures, the ‘Boring’ and the ‘Harmless’, though I find the former term horribly incorrect! While Flobberworms are within the ‘Boring’ Classification, I experience endless joy in observing a Flobberworm’s oozing lack of movement. Horklumps are said to have no use beyond being a favourite food of gnomes, but it is just so marvelous to watch them sit there as their tentacles search below the dirt and our own eyesight for worms. As Muggles say of similar excitement, it is as interesting as watching paint dry!
For such a fascinating, fun, and fulfilling career to be yours, one must not neglect their Herbology and Care of Magical Creatures studies. Good marks in both are required qualifications to enter into marvelous magizoologist work!
Floretta Frizelda and her Flobberworms