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WHAT THE HELL IS A FLOBBERWORM?

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Fate could be so cruel sometimes. Sophie stared at the thick brown worms that were sitting within the pail that she'd been given. The instructions, Soph hadn't paid the strictest attention, but she was somewhat sure that it had something to do with...well, she hadn't really listened to that part either.

There was probably stern warnings not to repeat the trophy-room incident, but Soph couldn't really be sure either. But yes, these brown worm things were about as interesting as a bar of chocolate. Unlike chocolate, Sophie didn't think they would taste particularly good either.

Regular worms tasted somewhat like chicken, but these? They were....interesting. They had boogers coming out of both butts, and Soph poked at one end curiously. She knew they had been taught this particular creature in class, but couldn't (for the life of her) remember a thing about this creature. And so, cruel fate found Sophie in the library.


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A thump of a textbook caused the pail (and its occupants) to shake, but Sophie was too busy to worry about that. She'd already started poring through the pages of the book, skimming it wildly for anything that could link to this brown worm thing.

And when she found it, Soph stuck a hand into the pail to extract the creature, before bringing it next to the picture on the page to make sure it was the same thing.

Once she had been assured, the Hufflepuff placed the creature on the table with strict instructions to stay - flobberworms were very very intelligent... or not.

Parchment and quill at the ready, Sophie was eager to figure out what her internship could possibly be. Y'know, aside from being a cruel joke.

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Flobberworms.

That was about as far into 'remembering' her internship as she could get. Sophie scrunched her nose as she stared at the creature. It was snotty- like a kid, and it didn't seem to do much.

At this point, Sophie peered at the textbook again.

Mucous can be used to thicken potions.

Sophie blinked. Okay, so they were actually more useful than a bar of chocolate. That was good to know.



Aim: to determine whether walking flobberworms makes them gooder.


That sounded like an internship topic, didn't it? At least, it did to Sophie. The Hufflepuff had heard (and observed) through many different means that exercise was good. It promoted health or something, therefore the same priniciples ought to apply to magical creatures too, considering they had feelings too.

Hypothesis: The more a flobberworm is walked, the gooder they get.

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Now, Sophie wasn't much of an academic. But Phil was a Ravenclaw, and they were some of the smartest people that she knew. She'd seen Phil do some experiments over the years, and she knew very well that being very very pedantic was paramount. She knew that to ace this internship (which she REALLY wanted to do, by the way), she would have to be able to think like a smart person.

Obviously, this meant being able to define what 'gooder' was, and how it would be measured.

Now this was where Sophie became a bit stuck. Aside from being able to produce a lot of boogers (which apparently potioneers used), Sophie wasn't entirely sure what good flobberworms were. (Thank Merlin no one told her about their role in fritters :P)

It was probably crossing some sort of ethical boundary to see if flobberworms were more capable of standing up to their predators. And although Sophie was not one to understand ethical boundaries (or any boundaries for that matter), the Hufflepuff was no where near creative enough to come up with that. So... counting mucous it was.

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The next step was probably one of the hardest to decide. Sophie poked the flobberworm on the table a little, as she thought about the concept of 'exercising' a flobberworm.

Having previously tried to walk Jack Nifflerson without a leash, Sophie had learnt her lesson. She would actually need a leash this time, or several leashes. And she supposed she'd need lots of glass vials to collect the boogers. And lastly, she needed to have a flobberworm that wasn't going to move. At all.

This was the easy part. All she needed to do was to stick said flobberworm to a surface, and she just happened to have some spellotape ready.

She stuck one onto her badge.

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CARE OF MAGICAL CREATURES INTERNSHIP PROJECT PROPOSAL: FLOBBERWORMS

- by Sophie Downes

Background: Flobberworms are a big long brown worms that are a crucial part of our world. They look like brown works with two butts, each of which has boogers and snot coming out of it. However, these boogers and snot are quite useful in potions, in particular for thickening up potions and making them gloopy. As such, we can not survive without flobberworms.

 

Professor Qin gave me the opportunity to do an internship. So I'm looking at how to make flobbeworms gooder.

 

Research Aim: To determine whether walking flobberworms makes them gooder.

 

Hypothesis: Exercise is good for people (or so I've been told). Flobberworms are like people, if they are walked, they will become gooder too.

 

Outcome Measure: The term 'Gooder' is defined by increasing production of snot or boogers from the flobberworms' butt-holes.

 

Methods:

1) Spellotape a flobberworm so he can't actually walk.

2) Walk the other flobberworms.

3) Collect the flobberworm snot.

4) Count the flobberworm snot/boogers.

 

Ethics: This is totally ethical... probably.

 


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