I went to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them when it came out and as I was watching it I was thinking that all these great new creatures mean even more ideas for wand cores. My partner and I couldn’t agree on how we felt about the film but we could agree on one thing, that Newt’s Niffler stole the show. For anyone who hasn’t seen the film, and has managed to avoid all the adorable memes that have been created, the Niffler looks like a cross between a mole and a platypus. Although I had never heard of it before, the short-beaked echidna is pretty identical to the Niffler and, as if it couldn’t get any more adorable, baby echidna are called puggles!
In Fantastic Beasts the Niffler loves anything shiny so it constantly tries to escape in order to get its hands on gold or jewels, causing a large amount of hilarious mayhem. I’ve wanted to make a core based on him since I saw the film, but with Christmas around the corner I’ve just been too busy. So today, when I found myself with some spare resin after making the cores for some Christmas orders I thought I’d give it a go.
For the Niffler’s fur I used a black wool because although he has an almost oiled appearance he is surprisingly fluffy when you look at him up close. In the base of the core is gold leaf which is stunning in person and catches the light beautifully. I love this core and think it may be one of my favourites. I’m already thinking about how it could be even better. Maybe by adding some small pearls and gemstones to really make it a Niffler paradise.