Horklumps and hairy hearts

An extract from Albus Dumbledore's notes from Tales of Beedle the Bard on an unpleasant Horklump-related affair

Extract from Tales of Beedle the Bard

By J.K. Rowling

Though somewhat dated, the expression ‘to have a hairy heart’ has passed into everyday wizarding language to describe a cold or unfeeling witch or wizard. My maiden aunt, Honoria, always alleged that she called off her engagement to a wizard in the Improper Use of Magic Office because she discovered in time that ‘he had a hairy heart’. (It was rumoured, however, that she actually discovered him in the act of fondling some Horklumps, which she found deeply shocking.)

Horklumps are pink, bristly mushroom-like creatures. It is very difficult to see why anyone would want to fondle them. For further information, see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Tales of Beedle the Bard

By J.K. Rowling