Rubeus Hagrid

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Rubeus Hagrid

Biographical information

Born

6 December 1928,
Forest of Dean,[1] West Country England, Great Britain

Blood status

Part-Human (Half-giant)

Marital status

[2]

Single

Nationality

English[1]

Also known as

  • Hagger (by Grawp)[3][4]
  • Hagrid (by the Trio and the Teachers of Hogwarts)

Title(s)

  • Professor
  • Keeper of Keys and Grounds of Hogwarts

Signature

Physical information

Species

Half- Human /Half- Giant

Gender

Male

Height

[5]

11’6″

Weight

[5]

289 lbs

Hair colour

[6]

Black

Eye colour

[7]

Black

Relationship information

Family members

  • Mr Hagrid (father) †
  • Fridwulfa (mother) †
  • Grawp (maternal half-brother)
  • Grawp’s father (step-father)
  • Jim Hamilton (possible relation)

Magical characteristics

Boggart

Lord Voldemort[8]

Wand

16″, Oak, unknown core

Patronus

[9]

None

Affiliation

Occupation

  • Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (c. 1968-?)
  • Professor of Care of Magical Creatures at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (19931995; 1996-?)

House

Gryffindor[10]

Loyalty

  • Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
    • Gryffindor
  • Order of the Phoenix
  • Hagrid family
  • Albus Dumbledore
  • Harry Potter
  • Statute of Secrecy Task Force

[Source]

“”

Albus Dumbledore‘s trust in Hagrid[src]

Professor Rubeus Hagrid (b. 6 December 1928)[11][12] was an English half-giant wizard, son of Mr Hagrid and the giantess Fridwulfa, and elder half-brother of the giant Grawp.

Hagrid attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1940 and was sorted into Gryffindor house. In Hagrid’s third year, he was framed by Tom Riddle for the crime of opening the Chamber of Secrets and using his pet Acromantula to attack several Muggle-born students and eventually killing one of them. Though Hagrid’s wand was snapped and he was expelled, he was trained as gamekeeper of Hogwarts and allowed to live on the school grounds at the request of Albus Dumbledore.

In 1991, Hagrid was given the task of reintroducing Harry Potter to the wizarding world. In 1993, Hagrid would assume the post of Care of Magical Creatures professor after the retirement of Professor Silvanus Kettleburn. As a member of both the original and the re-instated Order of the Phoenix, Hagrid fought in several battles of the First and the Second Wizarding Wars, including the Battle of Hogwarts in 1998. By 2017, he was still living, and presumably still teaching and tending to his gamekeeping duties at Hogwarts, inviting Harry’s son Albus Severus for tea when he joined the school as Harry informed him at the station, just as Hagrid had done for his father, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.

Biography

Early life

(1928-1940)

“”

— Hagrid tells Olympe Maxime about his father[src]

Hagrid was born on 6 December 1928 to Mr Hagrid, a wizard, and Fridwulfa, a giantess, and grew up in the West Country of England, near the Forest of Dean, where he acquired his distinctive accent.[13][14]

When Hagrid was about three, his mother returned to her Giant colony, leaving his father to raise him alone. Hagrid said he had very few memories of his mother from his childhood, but remembered his father fondly; as a half-giant, he overtook his father in size by the age of six, and amused the “tiny” wizard by picking him up and setting him on top of a dresser when Hagrid was annoyed with him. Later, when talking to Harry, Ron, and Hermione about the death of his mother, Hagrid admitted that she was not a great mother at all.[15] He grew to an height of eleven and a half feet tall, immense by human standards but very small by giant standards.

Hogwarts years

(1940-1943)

Tom Riddle: “”

Rubeus Hagrid: “”
Tom Riddle: “”
Rubeus Hagrid: “”
Tom Riddle: “”
Rubeus Hagrid: “”
Tom Riddle: “”
Rubeus Hagrid: “”
— Tom Riddle framing Hagrid for having opened the Chamber of Secrets[src]

Hagrid’s father was thrilled when his son was accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where Hagrid began his education in 1940 in which he was Sorted into Gryffindor House.[10] During his third year, Hagrid acquired one in what would be a long line of dangerous pets: a young Acromantula, which he named Aragog.

That same year, fifth-year student Tom Marvolo Riddle, who would go on to become Lord Voldemort, opened the Chamber of Secrets and unleashed another monster, which Riddle used to attack and petrify a number of Muggle-born students until he finally caused the death of a girl named Myrtle Warren. When the school was threatened with closing, a consequence highly undesired by Riddle, the boy found out about Aragog and turned Hagrid in as the culprit. It likely didn’t help that Hagrid had a habit of getting into trouble every other week: he’d once tried raising werewolf cubs under his bed and was known to sneak off into the Forbidden Forest to wrestle trolls (both of these statements were likely exaggerations on Riddle’s part however). Hagrid protected Aragog and helped him flee to the Forbidden Forest; however, he was shortly thereafter expelled from Hogwarts,[16] a fate that he was relieved that his father never knew of, having died during Hagrid’s second year.[17]

Following his expulsion, the Ministry of Magic forbade Hagrid from practising magic and destroyed his wand. The then-Transfiguration teacher Albus Dumbledore, who was convinced that Hagrid was innocent, nonetheless convinced then-Headmaster, Armando Dippet, to have Hagrid trained for the job of Gamekeeper and allow the orphan to remain a resident of the school. Hagrid continued to do magic using his pink umbrella, which most likely contained the broken fragments of his wand or perhaps even his entire wand intact. It may have been reconstructed for him by Dumbledore using the Elder Wand, although he only would have done this some years later, because he did not procure the Elder Wand until 1945.[18]

First Wizarding War

(1970-1981)

“”

— Hagrid to Dumbledore on rescuing young Harry Potter in 1981[src]

Sometime in the 1970s, Hagrid joined the original Order of the Phoenix. It was a secret organisation founded by Albus Dumbledore to oppose Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters. The Order was constructed after Voldemort returned to England from abroad and started his campaign to take over the Ministry of Magic and persecute Muggles and Muggle-borns.

Voldemort’s first reign of terror lasted years and turned friends against each other. It was said that during this time it was difficult to trust one another, as you did not know for sure who had gone over to the dark side. The Order worked with the Ministry to oppose the Dark Lord and his followers, even allowing Aurors the use of Unforgivable Curses. Voldemort also had a number of magical dark creatures under his command as well, such as giants.

At the abrupt end of the First Wizarding War, Albus Dumbledore sent Hagrid to rescue a one-year-old Harry Potter from the ruins of his house in Godric’s Hollow, after Lord Voldemort murdered both James and Lily Potter in 1981. Using Sirius Black’s motorcycle, he brought Harry Potter to Albus Dumbledore and Minerva McGonagall, who were waiting to deliver the boy to his only remaining family — Lily’s Muggle elder sister, Petunia, and her husband Vernon Dursley. Hagrid was very sad at the thought of James and Lily Potter being dead.[19]

Between the wars

(1981-1995)

Unidentified seventh year: “”

Unidentified first year: “”
— Unidentified students reminiscing on Hagrid’s actions[src]

Meeting Jacob’s sibling

Early in the 1984–1985 school year, Hagrid rescued a student from Devil’s Snare.[20] He also met Ben Copper.[21] Around this time, he also got a puppy.[22]

Shortly before one of his birthdays, Hagrid lost one of his pets, and stopped being as cheerful as he usually was.[21] Around this time, Dumbledore recruited Jacob’s sibling to help throw him a huge birthday party to cheer him up and show just how much everyone appreciated him.

At some point before this, he saved a seventh year’s life, made a first year feel welcome at Hogwarts, and baked Rock Cakes to cheer up a third year.

During the 1987–1988 school year, Hagrid’s hut became infested with Bundimuns. Jacob’s sibling helped Hagrid clear out the infestation with the Scouring Charm, for which Hagrid was extremely grateful.[23]

Meeting Harry Potter

Hagrid: “”

Vernon Dursley: “”
Hagrid: “”
— Hagrid threatening Vernon Dursley[src]

After Harry was accepted to Hogwarts in 1991, Hagrid was given the task of finding Harry, as Harry’s uncle Vernon was doing everything in his power to prevent his nephew from receiving his Hogwarts acceptance letter. On Harry’s eleventh birthday, Hagrid found the Dursleys and Harry in an isolated Hut-on-the-Rock, and accidentally broke the door down from the force of his knocking. Vernon threatened him with a gun, only for Hagrid to contemptuously seize the gun and twist it into a knot.

Hagrid gave Harry a birthday cake and revealed to Harry that he was a wizard, and several times came close to losing his temper at Vernon due to repeated insults, but lost it entirely when Vernon called Albus Dumbledore, a “crackpot old fool”. In retaliation, Hagrid attempted to turn Harry’s spoiled cousin, Dudley, into a pig, but only managed to give the boy a pig’s tail. Hagrid credited this to Dudley being “so much like a pig already, there was not much left to do”.

Once it was confirmed that Harry would be attending Hogwarts, after Hagrid decidedly ignored the Dursleys’ protests, he helped Harry find his bearings in the magical world by taking him to Diagon Alley, through the Leaky Cauldron, to buy his school necessities. While in Diagon Alley, Hagrid took Harry to Gringotts Wizarding Bank to withdraw some funds from the Potters’ vault, and to retrieve the Philosopher’s Stone from high-security Vault 713, to be transported to Hogwarts for even safer keeping. Hagrid also bought Hedwig, a snowy white owl, for Harry’s eleventh birthday. He comforted Harry about his upcoming attendance at Hogwarts school and provided him with a ticket detailing the date, time and place that he would need to catch the Hogwarts Express.

Protecting the Philosopher’s Stone

“”

— Hagrid trying to convince the trio to stop nosing in about the Philosopher’s Stone[src]

When news got out that Vault 713 had been broken into (shortly after it had been emptied by Hagrid), Harry, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger quickly realised that whatever Hagrid had moved from Gringotts to Hogwarts was being hidden in the off-limits third-floor corridor and guarded by a massive three-headed dog. Hagrid refused to disclose what the vault had contained, but he mentioned that the secret was “”. In the spring of 1992, Hagrid met a hooded man (Quirinus Quirrell in disguise) at the Hog’s Head and was enticed to play a game of cards when the mysterious person bet a dragon egg. Assuming the man was a dragon dealer and fellow dangerous creature enthusiast, and under the influence of a fair amount of mead, Hagrid was convinced to divulge details about Fluffy, the three-headed dog Hagrid had lent to Dumbledore to help guard the Philosopher’s Stone.

Harry, knowing that Hagrid had always wanted a dragon and thinking it far too much a coincidence that a man just happened to bring a rare dragon egg to the local pub, questioned Hagrid alongside Ron and Hermione about what had exactly happened during the card game. This time, Hagrid let slip to the trio what he had told the hooded man: the secret to calming Fluffy was that one simply had to play music and Fluffy would fall asleep. This allowed the trio to pursue the potential thief.

Once the dragon egg hatched, Hagrid lovingly named the hatchling Norbert. Hagrid was initially blind to the chaos that the hatchling caused, but eventually, Harry, Ron, and Hermione convinced him to allow Norbert to be taken to a dragon sanctuary by friends of Ron’s brother, Charlie, who worked with dragons. After learning that Voldemort had attempted to steal the Stone using the information Hagrid gave him while drunk, Hagrid was distraught with guilt, but Harry assured Hagrid that he did not blame him. As an apology, Hagrid spent the time that Harry was unconscious sending off owls to some of his parents’ old school friends, assembling an album full of wizarding photos of Harry’s parents for him.

Imprisonment in Azkaban

“”

— Hagrid cryptically telling Harry and Ron how to uncover the truth[src]

During the 1992–1993 school year, Hagrid showed public disdain for the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher Gilderoy Lockhart, although he never did so for any other teachers. In 1993 Hagrid was sent to the wizarding prison, Azkaban, when the Chamber of Secrets was re-opened. It was assumed he was the one who reopened the Chamber because his expulsion from Hogwarts was for the same occurrence. Even with Dumbledore backing Hagrid, Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge insisted on taking Hagrid anyway. So on the same night Dumbledore was asked to step down as Headmaster by the school governors, Hagrid was escorted to Azkaban. However, he was able to help Harry and Ron solve the mystery surrounding the Chamber, by advising them to “.”

“”

— Ron’s anger at Hagrid’s suggestion[src]

Following the spiders led the boys to Aragog, the Acromantula believed to have attacked students during the 19421943 school year, and his family. Though Harry and Ron barely escaped the encounter with their lives, they managed to obtain some valuable information over the course of their conversation with Aragog: the monster within the Chamber had nothing to do with Hagrid, and the girl it had killed in the 1940s had died in a bathroom. Harry was thus able to find the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets, slay the basilisk within, and destroy Tom Riddle’s diary. As it turned out, the actual perpetrator had been the person who had turned Hagrid in in 1943. Hagrid was exonerated and released from Azkaban. He returned to Hogwarts at three o’clock in the morning and joined in the ongoing celebration of the closure of what had been a terrifying incident, accidentally knocking Harry and Ron face-first into their plates of trifle when he cuffed them on the shoulders.[16]

Protecting Buckbeak

“”

— Hagrid lamenting over his defence at Buckbeak’s trial[src]

In the 1993–1994 school year, Hagrid became a professor of the Care of Magical Creatures. For his first lesson, Hagrid taught his third-year students about hippogriffs. After explaining the proper way to greet a hippogriff and choosing Harry to demonstrate, Draco Malfoy caused trouble by insulting the hippogriff Buckbeak, even though Hagrid had just warned the class to treat the creatures with respect. Buckbeak attacked Draco, and the Ministry of Magic issued an order for Buckbeak’s execution after a hearing in which Lucius Malfoy‘s pull at the Ministry was demonstrated, the incident also damaging Hagrid’s self-confidence; later lessons focused on tamer creatures like flobberworms. Buckbeak’s attack on Malfoy was later used during the Triwizard Tournament by Rita Skeeter to give Hagrid a very bad reputation.

An appeal took place on 6 June 1994, but this was to no avail, and Buckbeak was to be executed at sunset that night. Before the execution, Harry, Ron, and Hermione visited Hagrid to console him, and they left just before the executioner arrived. Knowing Buckbeak’s position, and the exact timing of the start of the execution, Harry and Hermione were able to save Buckbeak by going back in time with Hermione’s Time-Turner, allowing them to rescue Buckbeak after the Ministry team sent to execute him had confirmed his location while Hagrid and Dumbledore were under observation, thus guaranteeing that neither would be blamed for Buckbeak’s rescue/escape.[24] Delighted at the escape of his beloved pet, Hagrid spent the whole night celebrating with a large bottle of what may have been Firewhisky.

Triwizard Tournament

“‘

— Madame Maxime’s words leaving Hagrid heartbroken[src]

During the 1994–1995 school year, the Triwizard Tournament was held at Hogwarts. Students from the Durmstrang Institute and the Beauxbatons Academy of Magic attended Hogwarts starting in October, and Hagrid was tasked with taking care of the Beauxbatons’ Abraxans, which drank only single malt whiskey and required forceful handling. Over the course of the year, he performed various tasks essential to the workings of the tournament: in November, he helped Charles Weasley take care of the dragons used in the First Task of the tournament, which he showed Harry at the suggestion of Professor Moody (who was really Barty Crouch Jnr); he also bred Blast-Ended Skrewts as a project for his fourth years, which were to be used in the Third task of the tournament.[25]

Throughout the year, Hagrid and Olympe Maxime, the half-giantess headmistress of Beauxbatons, had a budding romantic relationship, which included dancing during the Yule Ball. Hagrid confided in her his life story, revealing to her that he is a half-giant, assuming her to be one as well because of her massive size. She was offended by the insinuations that she was part giant, and left him heartbroken.[25]

Rita Skeeter, in her Animagus beetle form, overheard Hagrid’s confession and reported it in the . After receiving a fair amount of hate mail, Hagrid hid in the seclusion of his hut, while Professor Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank temporarily took over Care of Magical Creatures, and attempted to resign from his position as Professor. Dumbledore refused to accept Hagrid’s resignation, and he was eventually convinced to come back and teach by Harry, Ron, and Hermione.[25]

Before the events of the third task, Hagrid was called by Dumbledore to escort Harry back to the castle after he and Viktor Krum encountered Barty Crouch Snr at the edge of the Forbidden Forest. When it appeared that Krum had been attacked by Crouch (really it was his son hiding in the trees), Igor Karkaroff accused Dumbledore of treachery and spat at his foot. This caused Hagrid to lose his temper with Karkaroff and pin him to a tree, demanding an apology. He was talked down by Dumbledore, and saw Harry back to his common room, reprimanding him for being in such a situation and warning him against the foreign students.[25]

Following the return of Lord Voldemort, Hagrid attempted to comfort Harry after his ordeal and admitted that he had believed Voldemort would have returned eventually, echoing something he had told Harry at their first meeting; that Voldemort did not have enough humanity left to die. He admitted to Harry and his friends that he and Madam Maxime had important business to attend to over the holidays but refused to say more. He also imparted some wisdom to Harry, helping him accept that what would come would come.[25]

Second Wizarding War

(1995-1998)

“”

— Hagrid talks to Harry, Ron, and Hermione about his mission to try and appease the giants[src]

When Albus Dumbledore learned of Voldemort’s rebirth, he sent Hagrid and Madame Maxime as envoys to the giant colonies of north-eastern Minsk, in the hopes of dissuading the giants from joining Lord Voldemort‘s side in the coming war. Bearing gifts of eternal Gubraithian Fire and a goblin-made battle helmet, they eventually won over the Gurg, Karkus.

However, two Death Eaters that Voldemort had sent on the same mission engineered an uprising. This uprising was led by the giant Golgomath, who beheaded Karkus and usurped his position. Golgomath then ordered his subordinates to attack Hagrid and Maxime and forced them to flee. Golgomath was far more keen towards the Death Eaters and got on well with Walden Macnair, both of whom enjoyed killing and had shared a dislike toward Hagrid. Hagrid subsequently found that his mother had died years ago, and the existence of his half-brother Grawp, who was having a hard time within his colony as he was considerably smaller than most giants. Hagrid insisted on bringing Grawp back to Hogwarts due to this and presumably to prevent Grawp from being enslaved by Voldemort alongside the other giants. Grawp, however, was highly resistant to the idea and had a general tendency to be violent. Thus Hagrid and Grawp made the journey back to Scotland separately from Madam Maxime.[17]

Living with Grawp

“”

— Hagrid explaining his decision to bring an undersized giant back to Hogwarts[src]

About halfway through the school year, Hagrid returned from his mission for Dumbledore with his half-brother, Grawp. In 1995, Dolores Umbridge was brought in as the new Defence Against the Dark Arts professor, and later became the first and only Hogwarts High Inquisitor. Hagrid barely excused himself for his long absence from Umbridge’s tyrannical questioning and was surprised that he would be subjected to her inspection soon afterwards.

Hagrid resumed his teaching post, beginning with a lesson about Thestrals. Despite their rather off-putting appearance and the inability of most of the class to see them, Hermione found these lessons far more useful than Hagrid’s typical classes. Regardless, early in 1996, Professor Umbridge put Hagrid on probation after supposedly finding his lessons unsatisfactory by her standards, despite Hermione’s every effort to make sure Hagrid’s curriculum was geared toward preparing students for the upcoming O.W.L.s. Umbridge’s harsh judgement was largely due to her distaste for “half-breeds,” and it was only the resistance she met from Headmaster Dumbledore that kept her from firing Hagrid altogether. When confronted by the trio about this revelation, Hagrid attempted to make light of it (nearly concussing Professor Vector with his fist as she went past) but was consistently jumpy and nervous at the prospect of being sacked.

However, once Dumbledore was forced to leave in order to shield Harry from punishment for establishing Dumbledore’s Army, Hagrid feared that he would be driven out by the new Headmistress Umbridge. In preparation for this, he introduced Harry and Hermione to Grawp. Grawp took an immediate liking to Hermione, whom he called “Hermy,” and Hagrid asked the two of them, along with Ron, to take care of Grawp in his absence.

Upon Dumbledore’s departure, general chaos reigned within the school, as the students became determined to make Umbridge’s job as hard for her as possible; Lee Jordan even released a couple of nifflers into her office, for which she blamed Hagrid. Umbridge finally attempted to have Hagrid forcibly removed from the premises, and possibly arrested, when she brought several Ministry officials to his hut in the middle of the night so as not to cause a commotion with the students due to their earlier presence at Sybill Trelawney‘s dismissal. Hagrid refused to go quietly and took on the officials, whose attempts to Stun him proved fruitless thanks to his giant blood. Fang came to his master’s aid until one of the wizards Stunned him, prompting Hagrid to lift the culprit bodily from the ground and throw the unfortunate soul ten feet away.

While all of this was being witnessed by the trio’s Astronomy exam, Professor Minerva McGonagall came charging out of the castle demanding that Hagrid be left alone and, in a disgustingly cowardly move by the officials, was seriously injured after being hit by four simultaneous Stunning Spells without warning. Enraged at this dishonourable conduct and the injury of his friend and colleague, Hagrid knocked out two more of his assailants before fleeing with his unconscious dog. Aurors were sent to search for Hagrid, but he successfully evaded capture by hiding in the same cave that had previously proved a useful hiding place for Sirius Black. Once Dumbledore was reinstated as the Headmaster of Hogwarts and Umbridge permanently removed from the school, Hagrid was welcomed back to his post.[17]

“”

— Hagrid regarding a dying Aragog[src]

Hagrid accompanied the trio and some members of the Weasley family to Diagon Alley as security for Harry, as these were dark and dangerous times. When Hagrid found out that none of his sixth-year Gryffindor students chose to continue past their O.W.L. level of Care of Magical Creatures, he initially misinterpreted this as a reflection of his students not liking him, as opposed to his questionable teaching.[26]

Hagrid eventually came to forgive Harry, Ron, and Hermione, understanding that their N.E.W.T. classes were difficult with massive work loads (and after Hermione confirmed that they could not have managed his classes with Time-Turners, as they had all been smashed during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries); his anger abated completely when he was overcome with worry about the failing health of Aragog.[26]

When Aragog died in 1997, he asked Harry, Ron and Hermione to help him bury the dead Acromantula‘s body, though the heightened security around the castle with Voldemort’s confirmed return made that difficult. Ultimately, spurred on by Felix Felicis, Harry went to Hagrid’s anyway and met Professor Horace Slughorn on the way. Hagrid, along with Harry and Professor Slughorn, buried Aragog near the pumpkin patch, and then gave him a tearful salute involving a good deal of mead. Harry used the situation to his advantage in retrieving a memory of Tom Riddle asking about Horcruxes from a very inebriated Slughorn.[26]

Battle of the Astronomy Tower

“”

— Hagrid’s confusion after the Battle of the Astronomy Tower[src]

During the Battle of the Astronomy Tower, Albus Dumbledore was killed by Severus Snape (on Dumbledore’s orders). Near the end of the battle, he confronted Death Eater Thorfinn Rowle who attempted to curse him only to realise that Hagrid’s giant blood protected him. Rowle proceeded to set Hagrid’s Hut on fire while the Death Eaters were fleeing the school grounds. Hagrid and Harry Potter, who had chased Snape out of the castle, put it out before the hut burned down. Hagrid was grief-stricken about Dumbledore’s death, having been one of his strongest supporters. Hagrid carried Dumbledore’s body to be interred at his funeral, almost breaking down several times, and later Hagrid and Grawp were seen comforting one another.[26]

Battle of the Seven Potters

“”

— Hagrid to Harry during the Battle of the Seven Potters, in response to Harry’s protests that they turn around[src]

Hagrid was among the thirteen members of the Order of the Phoenix, led by Alastor Moody, that made up the Advance Guard. The Advance Guard was in charge of moving Harry Potter out of the Dursley home before his seventeenth birthday; the plan to do so included having five of Harry’s friends (Ron, Hermione, Fleur Delacour, and Fred and George Weasley), as well as Mundungus Fletcher, impersonate Harry to act as decoys, with an Order of the Phoenix member protecting each of them, and fly to six safe houses before taking portkeys to the Burrow. Knowing that any Death Eaters watching out for them would assume the most skilled Auror would be moving with the real Harry, Alastor Moody took Mundungus Fletcher, while Hagrid was given the important task of protecting the real Harry in the side-car of Sirius Black’s motorcycle.

Arthur Weasley had helped Hagrid make several adjustments to the bike, including adding a button that produced dragon’s fire, one that produced a net, and another that produced a solid wall, all of which materialised behind the bike by expanding out of its exhaust pipe. As it turned out, the Death Eaters had found out about the plan to move Harry earlier than rumoured (as the Order had purposely released false information about moving him at a later date) and the seven Harrys, with their Order protectors, were ambushed.

Hagrid was able to keep the Death Eaters at bay with the help of the modifications on his bike and Harry’s wand-work, but when Harry discovered one of the attacking Death Eaters was an imperiused Stanley Shunpike, he made the unusual move of using the Disarming Charm. As he had done the same unexpected thing in Little Hangleton graveyard in 1995, Harry was identified as the real deal, and Voldemort came after him personally. In the struggle that followed, the motorcycle was torn apart and Hagrid dove off the bike at a Death Eater, falling a great distance to the ground. He survived, however, as did Harry, when it turned out they had fallen into the protection surrounding the Tonks house.

Nymphadora Tonks’ parents, Ted and Andromeda Tonks, healed their injuries, as Hagrid comforted Harry over the death of his beloved pet owl Hedwig, saying she had lived a “good old life.” Since Hagrid had a history of having trouble keeping secrets, Fleur Delacour suspected Hagrid was the one who had unintentionally leaked the date of the intended move, although Harry refused to blame anyone even before that was revealed not to be the case. That same night, Hagrid and all the other members of the Order mourned the death of Alastor Moody, who had been targeted immediately by Voldemort, exactly as Moody anticipated.

During the summer of 1997, Hagrid was present at Harry’s seventeenth birthday party. He gave him a mokeskin pouch which held objects retrievable only by the owner. Hagrid also attended Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour‘s wedding, accidentally sitting in the wrong spot (and destroying a number of chairs) before finding the correct place to sit.[27] During the wedding, Kingsley Shacklebolt warned the crowd that Voldemort had taken over the Ministry. It is unknown if Hagrid fought the Death Eaters that attacked the Burrow.

Hiding

— regarding Hagrid’s escape[src]

Once back at Hogwarts, Hagrid continued his job as gatekeeper and Professor of Care of Magical Creatures. At the request of new headmaster, Severus Snape, Hagrid was placed in charge of students who had been assigned detention. Detention with Hagrid consisted of work in the Forbidden Forest, which was far safer than detention with Amycus and Alecto Carrow. Later that year, Hagrid narrowly escaped arrest after holding a Support Harry Potter party in his hut. He then went into hiding, presumably in the mountains, with his half-brother, Grawp. His escape was reported hours later on the radio programme .

“”

— Hagrid to Harry, shortly before the start of the battle[src]

Hagrid returned to Hogwarts with Grawp for the final battle. He rushed out onto the grounds to prevent injury being done to the Acromantula who had swarmed out of the Forbidden Forest and were climbing up the walls of the school. He was taken captive by the Death Eaters. When Harry appeared in the forest Hagrid shouted for him to run, though was silenced by Rowle. After Harry’s apparent death at the Dark Lord’s hands, Hagrid was forced to carry Harry back to the castle. As the supposed “victory party” approached the castle, Hagrid rebuked the centaurs for refusing to involve themselves in the fight but was eventually reduced to sobs over the loss of Harry.

When fighting resumed at the arrival of reinforcements, which included Buckbeak and Hagrid’s herd of tame Thestrals, as well as the centaurs, Hagrid threw Walden Macnair against the wall of the Great Hall, presumably recognising him from both Buckbeak‘s trial and the mission to recruit the giants. Hagrid was among the first to approach and congratulate Harry after Voldemort’s ultimate defeat.[27] He was seen in the Great Hall among the other survivors of the battle.

Later life

(1998-)

“”

— Harry reminding Albus on his appointment with Hagrid[src]

Hagrid was still working at Hogwarts by 2017, at 89 years old, owing to the natural longevity of wizardkind, which also meant that he would likely have an extremely long life by Muggle standards. He invited Harry and Ginny’s youngest son, Albus, to his hut for tea, just as he had done during Harry’s first year.[27] Hagrid never married, despite his reciprocated attraction to Madame Maxime, as she was ultimately too sophisticated for them to be a good match.[2]

In 2019, Hagrid led the members of the then recently established Statute of Secrecy Task Force seeking a career as Magizoologists, welcoming them by saying that he could sense they were going to sign in as he was able to see that they shared a curious spirit and ensuring them that, although being a Magizoologist was far from easy, they could succeed if they had the spirit to withstand the difficult trials and could recover. He first took them to the Diagon Alley to buy several robes and other essential pieces of equipment required to handle beasts and creatures for increased durability before proceeding to successfully teach the Stamina Charm, (despite his own being “less-than-perfect”), and allowed them to help him handle several live Fire Crabs. The primary takeaway they got from this, however, was a boost in their tolerance of pain.[28] He also gave those who chose to became an Auror an elective to raise their defences against Beasts.

Physical description

“”

— Hagrid’s physical description[src]

Hagrid was born to a wizard father and a giant mother, making him a half-giant. As a half-giant, Hagrid possessed great physical strength and endurance, including a resilience against some spells, though his ability to withstand spells was not as great as that of full giants. He was about twice as tall as an average man, standing at eleven feet, six inches tall[5] (too big for an ordinary-sized broomstick) and three times as wide, with a long mane of shaggy black hair and a beard that covered most of his face. Hagrid’s hands were as big as dustbin lids and his feet in their boots were like baby dolphins.[6] He had dark eyes that glinted like black beetles.[7] Hagrid’s size often makes it difficult for him to enter rooms or buildings that are designed for ordinary sized people or not built with airy or grand designs, such as him not being able to fit easily into the Hospital Wing or the Burrow yet having no trouble moving in the Great Hall.

He often wore an exceptionally large moleskin overcoat with several pockets that held many things, though that sometimes caused him to spend a lot of time searching for what he wanted to find. Objects within the pockets have included any number of items, such as mouldy dog biscuits, the key to Harry Potter’s Gringotts vault, peppermint humbugs, a squashy package of sausages, a copper kettle, a fire poker, wizard money, a birthday cake, birthday presents, a dirty spotted handkerchief, slug pellets, and a living owl. Hagrid’s clothing is largely hand-made due to the descriptions of his clothing as being crafted of animal skin and far too large for a full-blooded or non-hybridised human being.

Despite his love for beasts, Hagrid was allergic to cats.[29]

Personality and traits

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Minerva McGonagall describing Hagrid’s personality[src]

Hagrid was an incredibly warm, kind-hearted man, and would often forget his exceptional size and strength when patting people on the back. Another of Hagrid’s greatest traits was his courage. He was also very loyal to his friends and was ready to defend them or fight for them if necessary. He was particularly loyal to Albus Dumbledore, describing him as a “great man”. He would react with fury if anyone dared insult the headmaster and wouldn’t hesitate to magically assault or rough up the offender. However, despite his loyalty, Hagrid was not good at keeping secrets and accidentally told Quirinus Quirrell, Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley, and Hermione Granger, the secret of how to get past his three headed dog, Fluffy, which all four of them used to get through to the Philosopher’s Stone.[19] This was again shown when he revealed his half-giant status to Olympe Maxime, which Harry, Ron and Rita Skeeter all overheard, with the latter exposing it to the wizarding world by an article in the .[25]

“”

— Hagrid’s passion for magical creatures[src]

Hagrid had a great love of magical creatures, including cross-breeds such as the Blast-Ended Skrewt, and had a better relationship with most of the inhabitants of the Forbidden Forest than most people, including the centaurs, though he had little interest in tame magical creatures due to the lack of a challenge they offered. Despite this, he did show a good understanding of such creatures when he returned to his post as Care of Magical Creatures teacher, continuing lessons on unicorns after Professor Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank.[17] Unfortunately he tended to overlook the dangers behind certain magical creatures, such as his dragon Norbert,[19] and his pet Acromantula Aragog, which was alleged by Tom Riddle to be the monster of Slytherin in 1943,[24] resulting in Hagrid’s expulsion from the school. Hagrid never spoke about why he was expelled and would ignore any inquiries about it. Hagrid was fond of creatures in general and seemed to want to own any creature was even slightly fierce — his desires included a warthog and any dragon that he could get his hands on. He tended to give his pets ironic names, such as Fluffy for a vicious three-headed dog, and Fang, an affectionate Boarhound.

Hagrid had a fondness for drinks and was sometimes known to be aggressive, especially when people insulted or dishonourably attacked those he cared about. After Vernon Dursley claimed that James and Lily Potter deserved their fates and called Albus Dumbledore a “”[19], Hagrid threatened Vernon with his pink umbrella. When Igor Karkaroff accused Dumbledore of treachery and spat at his feet, Hagrid lifted Karkaroff off the ground and slammed him against a tree, roaring at him to apologise to Dumbledore.[25] When some Aurors stunned Fang and Minerva McGonagall, he was so outraged and disgusted that he attacked the Aurors, furiously denouncing them as cowards[17] and when he was younger, threw Tom Riddle to the ground when he framed Aragog of opening the Chamber of Secrets.[16]

— Hagrid’s deep emotional concern for Harry’s safety[src]

Despite this, Hagrid was a very sensitive person and was known to burst into tears when someone close to him was harmed or killed, or when he felt responsible for something that put his friends in peril, such as drunkenly telling Quirinus Quirrell how to get past his giant three headed dog, Fluffy.[19]
His courage also concealed a deep fear of rejection and insecurity which was notably shown when he isolated himself after he was revealed as a half-giant and he attempted to resign from his position as the Care of Magical Creatures teacher until he was convinced otherwise by Dumbledore, Harry, Ron and Hermione.[25]

When he was teaching, he also had a tendency to lose his self-confidence if his classes were disrupted such as when Buckbeak attacked Draco Malfoy, or if he believed people disliked his classes,[24] which he mistook for people disliking him.[26] Although he overlooked certain dangers, Hagrid also avoided doing anything against the Wizarding Law when he was under pressure such as when he avoided setting Buckbeak free, fearing he would be put back in Azkaban,[24] and when he tried hard to avoid getting dangerous creatures when under probation by Dolores Umbridge.[17]

Hagrid was also a good and caring brother to Grawp, insisting on bringing him back to Hogwarts on finding he was being picked on for his (relatively) small stature by the other giants in his colony, and hiding in the forest, despite the frequent injuries and the trouble doing so caused him.[17]

He also enjoyed cooking for his friends. However, his tendency to mostly cook foods suitable for himself and a lack of understanding of what his friends preferred eating meant that his cooking was usually turned down politely.[19]

Magical abilities and skills

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— Hagrid explaining to Harry his rare usage of magic[src]

For a man who was expelled during his third year and rarely used magic as a result, Rubeus Hagrid was a rather good wizard, being considerably advanced, with some of his abilities even comparing to the N.E.W.T.-level academical difficulty. Being a Half-Giant, he also had magical abilities which stemmed from his giant blood, such as great superhuman strength and endurance along with a certain degree of magical resistance. Hagrid’s hands-on and outdoor style of living allowed him to acquire other skills such as looking after magical creatures, craftsmanship, crossbowmanship and social networking within the magical community.

  • Magical aptitude: Despite having never graduated from Hogwarts and therefore not being fully trained in the magical arts as well as probably not often practising magic as he wasn’t allowed to do so technically in his own admission,[19] as he had been expelled from Hogwarts and his wand was apparently destroyed some years earlier,[16] Hagrid’s magical aptitude was clearly astonishing as he proved to be quite accomplished and skilled in magic enough that he was able to successfully conjure moderate levels of powerful magic. He was capable of performing successfully the majority of his spells using non-verbal magic via his umbrella and as his wand was apparently destroyed, he may also have been capable of wandless magic as well, both of which only extremely powerful wizards and witches proved capable of using effectively. However, Hagrid’s magic was never flawless as he was the only member of the Order of the Phoenix who could not cast the extremely powerful and difficult Patronus Charm and failed to completely transfigure Dudley Dursley into a pig, although he admitted that since Dudley was already so close to being a pig with his overweight physique and eating ways, he did not need to transfigure him completely, suggesting that Hagrid may have been able to do it but just chose not to further humiliate Dudley, and repair Sirius Black’s motorbike which had been heavily damaged during the Battle of the Seven Potters, though it must be noted that he was also struggling to control the motorbike and therefore he may just have been unable to exert enough magic to do so.

“”

— Hagrid attempting to turn Dudley Dursley into a pig[src]
  • Transfiguration: Hagrid was at least moderately proficient in the field transfiguration, as shown in the Hut-on-the-Rock when he pulled off a partially successful transfiguration when he put a pig’s tail on Dudley Dursley in a failed attempt to transfigure him into said animal. He could also perform conjuration; in 1991 he used the Fire-Making Spell, while in the Hut-on-the-Rock and in 1997 the Water-Making Spell, to put out a fire in his hut during the Battle of the Astronomy Tower. This is impressive as transfiguration, especially Human Transfiguration, is considered one of the most difficult branches of magic and even experienced wizards struggle with it. In the latter case, however, Harry had to inform him of the incantation for the spell, which Hagrid’s response suggested he didn’t correctly memorise.

Rubeus Hagrid: “”

Harry Potter: “”
Rubeus Hagrid: “”
Hermione Granger: “”
— Hagrid’s use of the Engorgement Charm to enlarge pumpkins[src]
  • Charms: Hagrid was also accomplished with charms as he could cast a spell of his own that can enchant a boat to move on its own to a destination, which he used to transport himself and Harry back to the mainland from the Hut-on-the-Rock and used it on the Hogwarts boats to transport the first years across the Black Lake. Hagrid was skilled in the Engorgement Charm as he used it to enlarge his pumpkins to a giant size, his success impressing Hermione and Fred and George. Although he admitted to not having perfected it, he was competent enough in the Stamina Charm to successfully instruct members of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force who pursued a profession as a Magizoologist how to cast them.
  • Non-verbal magic: Hagrid was quite skilled at using non-verbal magic, as shown when he both lit a fire non-verbally and transfigured a pig’s tail on Dudley. These spells show that, even though Hagrid never graduated from Hogwarts, he had a powerful command of magic, as non-verbal magic was difficult to use (Hogwarts does not teach non-verbal magic until students are in their sixth year).
Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank complimenting Hagrid’s gift for training magical beasts[src]

Hagrid’s pets

As early as in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and possibly earlier than that, Hagrid managed to gain possession of numerous magical creatures, many of them dangerous, including Aragog, Fang, Fluffy, Buckbeak, and Norbert (later Norberta). Hagrid’s love for animals and his talent for taming and training them won him the post of Care of Magical Creatures Professor at Hogwarts.
In their fourth year, Harry and his classmates were expected to help take care of Hagrid’s Blast-Ended Skrewts, one of which (grown to an enormous size) was placed in the hedge maze for the final task of the Triwizard Tournament.

Relationships

Family

“”

— Hagrid discussing his mother[src]

Rubeus Hagrid was born to Mr Hagrid, a wizard, and the giantess Fridwulfa. Fridwulfa left the family because her son was “too small” for her liking, though Hagrid never seemed to resent her for abandoning him, generally appearing relatively indifferent about his lack of relationship with her. His father, on the other hand, seemed to be a very caring man who was heartbroken when his wife left, and was amused by the fact that, at the age of six, Hagrid was large enough to be able to set him on top of a dresser.[15] Mr Hagrid died when his son was twelve years old, and by the time Hagrid tried to find his mother in 1995, she too had died, although he dismissed the issue on the grounds that he barely remembered her. On the other hand, he was saddened by his father’s death, though he was at least glad that his father did not live to see Rubeus expelled from school.

During his travels to the Northern giant colonies that same year, Hagrid found his maternal half-brother: an undersized giant called Grawp. As Grawp’s size made it difficult for him to function within his colony, Hagrid brought him back to Hogwarts and hid him within the Forbidden Forest. As Hagrid and Maxime’s mission had failed, it is extremely likely that Hagrid also brought Grawp back to prevent his half-brother from being enslaved by Voldemort alongside the other giants. Hagrid’s attempts to raise and socialise Grawp initially appeared completely pointless; Grawp’s progress in picking up English, or in curbing his violence, which often left Hagrid with a number of painful looking injuries, seemed almost non-existent.

However, over the course of the year, Grawp grew increasingly attached to his older brother and was distressed by Hagrid’s disappearance after Dolores Umbridge attempted to have Hagrid arrested in 1996.[17] By Albus Dumbledore‘s funeral, Grawp was relatively calm and presentable, and he even attempted to comfort Hagrid by patting him (though a bit too hard) on the head and later embracing him.[26] Grawp spent the first part of the Battle of Hogwarts stumbling around, yelling for “Hagger,” but eventually jumped into the fray, fighting the giants brought to the battle by Voldemort.[27]

Pets and other creatures

Hagrid had a good relationship with most of his pets and other magical creatures, most notably Fang, Aragog, and Buckbeak. His relationship with most magical creatures was arguably better then the ones most other wizards had.

Fang was usually Hagrid’s companion most of the time, although he was cowardly. Fang demonstrated some protectiveness towards Hagrid in spite of his cowardly nature such as when he attempted to protect Hagrid when Dolores Umbridge and some Auror’s attempted to sack and arrest him. Hagrid, in turn, was also protective of Fang as he was enraged when the Aurors had stunned him, carrying his unconscious body as he fled Hogwarts, and immediately went after Fang when he was afraid during the Battle of Hogwarts.

Hagrid had a huge friendship with Aragog, whom he had hatched in an egg when he was a student at Hogwarts. Hagrid protected Aragog when he was suspected to be the monster that opened the Chamber of Secrets, throwing Tom Riddle to the ground when he tried to curse him and sending Aragog to live in the Forbidden Forest. Hagrid managed to find Aragog a wife, Mosag, which allowed Aragog to have a family in the forest. Aragog, in turn, was grateful for Hagrid’s friendship and protection to the point that he never directly harmed a human out of respect for Hagrid and commanded his family not to harm Hagrid while he was alive. However, this did not stop Aragog from letting his children and descendants attempt to eat Harry and Ron even though they were friends of Hagrid, claiming that he could not deny them fresh meat when it wandered into their midst. Hagrid was devastated when Aragog died and, along with Professor Slughorn, buried him near his Hut. Although Aragog’s children and descendants did not hold back in attempting to devour Hagrid after Aragog’s death, Hagrid attempted to protect them during the Battle of Hogwarts in honour of his friendship with Aragog, even though the Acromantulas were attacking both Death Eaters and Hogwarts defenders.

Hagrid cared greatly about Buckbeak as he tried hard to prevent his execution by the Ministry of Magic and was overjoyed when he managed to escape with Sirius Black, unaware at the time that Harry and Hermione helped him escape. Hagrid was later reunited with Buckbeak and looked after him when Sirius was killed by Bellatrix Lestrange. Hagrid briefly had a pet dragon named Norbert, whom he had acquired from a disguised Quirinus Quirrell in exchange for knowledge on how to get past Hagrid’s three-headed dog Fluffy. However, since dragons were illegal, Hagrid reluctantly allowed Norbert to be sent to Charlie Weasley in Romania and was devastated to let her go. When inquiring about Norbert from Charlie six years later, Hagrid was shocked to learn that Norbert was a female dragon, having mistaken her for a male dragon, and of her being renamed Norberta. Although the full extent of Hagrid’s relationship with Fluffy is unknown, Hagrid used Fluffy to guard the entrance of the Underground Chambers where the Philosopher’s Stone was being kept and before he accidentally told Quirrell, was the only one apart from Dumbledore who knew how to calm him.

Hagrid also had a cordial relationship with the Forbidden Forest Centaur colony, especially with Bane, Ronan, Magorian and Firenze, and sometimes visited them whenever he went inside the Forest. However, Hagrid had a falling out with the centaurs when he defended Firenze from them as they believed Firenze had betrayed them by accepting the teaching post of Divination at Hogwarts, which was further complicated when he brought Grawp into the Forbidden Forest. During the Battle of Hogwarts, when Hagrid carried Harry, believing he was dead, back to Hogwarts, he was furious when the centaurs did not fight in the first half for Harry, accusing them of cowardice, which convinced them to fight in the second half of the battle. While Hagrid remained on good terms with Firenze, it is unknown whether Hagrid made peace with the other Centaurs after the battle ended.

Albus Dumbledore

“”

— Hagrid discussing his trust in Dumbledore[src]

Albus Dumbledore placed great trust in Hagrid, which Hagrid returned with fierce loyalty and unwavering admiration. This loyalty always flared up whenever someone insulted Dumbledore, one time causing Hagrid to give Dudley Dursley a pig’s tail, and causing him to choke Igor Karkaroff another time.

While a professor, Dumbledore believed in Hagrid’s innocence when he was accused of opening the Chamber of Secrets, and convinced then Headmaster, Armando Dippet, to train Hagrid as the Gamekeeper and allow him to remain at Hogwarts.[16] Hagrid went on to join Dumbledore’s Order of the Phoenix as an adult, and he was the one tasked with bringing Harry Potter to Dumbledore after James and Lily Potter were murdered in 1981.

Dumbledore also trusted him to move the Philosopher’s Stone from Gringotts Wizarding Bank to the school and believed Hagrid could offer Harry as much protection as “a bunch” of Ministry Aurors could while shopping in Diagon Alley, in 1996.[26] In 1995, Dumbledore gave Hagrid the difficult task of approaching the giant colonies of the North and dissuading them joining forces with Lord Voldemort, knowing Hagrid was fully capable of the delicate handling required to court the Gurg.[17]

Dumbledore additionally was the only one who supported Hagrid’s decision to bring his giant half-brother Grawp with him back to Hogwarts after his mission to recruit the giants failed, allowing Grawp to stay in the Forbidden Forest and later having him sent to the mountains near Hogsmeade. After Albus Dumbledore’s death, Hagrid was so devastated to the point that he was inconsolable, despite the best efforts of Olympe Maxime and even his half-brother Grawp.

Harry Potter

“”

— Hagrid to baby Harry after the murder of the Potters[src]

Harry Potter and Hagrid shared a special relationship. Hagrid was one of the first people (if not the first) Harry could remember showing him genuine kindness and appearing to truly care for him. Hagrid was the one who introduced Harry back into the wizarding world, and he empathised with Harry’s situation, as they were both a bit different from wizarding norm and were orphans who had been more or less left to fend for themselves.

“”

— Hagrid giving Harry a special photo album[src]

Hagrid was Harry’s first true friend, and the two helped each other get through many difficult situations and constantly looked out for one another. Though Harry often took issue with Hagrid’s penchant for collecting dangerous pets, as well as the fact Hagrid decided to bring his giant half-brother to Hogwarts,[17] he never failed to support Hagrid in his efforts to protect and care for all of them.

When Harry learned about Hagrid’s half-giant status, he never showed any concern about it, citing his relationship to the Dursleys as an example of how people should not be judged by who they were related to but who they were themselves. Hagrid’s kindness and friendship allowed Harry to come to terms with how being an orphan never leaves you, as Harry witnessed Hagrid still mourning his father’s death even over fifty years since he passed. This bond between two orphans and Hagrid’s reassurance that Harry’s parents would be proud of him helped Harry to live with pride in his family. Hagrid was also the one who first told Harry about who his parents were and gave him his first true look at his heritage and family.

“”

— Hagrid’s horror at seeing Harry sacrifice himself to Voldemort[src]

Hagrid was shocked and horrified when Harry came to Voldemort to be sacrificed and yelled at him to run. Hagrid was devastated when he thought Harry was dead and openly sobbed in front of the Death Eaters and rebuked the centaurs for not helping Harry. Hagrid returned Harry to the forest and was very gentle with his body. Hagrid was delighted when he found Harry was alive and was among the first people to congratulate Harry after he defeated Voldemort for the final time.

Hagrid also met Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley through Harry, and he presumably remained in touch with all three of them well after their time at Hogwarts, as in 2017, Harry reminded his son, Albus, that he had been invited to Hagrid’s Hut for tea upon his arrival at Hogwarts.[27] In many ways, Hagrid served as a pillar of strength for Harry, giving him his first look at just how kind people can be, and gave Harry his first taste of kindness, which caught on like wildfire and served to groom Harry into the selfless guardian and warrior he became. Suffice it to say, were it not for Hagrid, Harry could have ended up a profoundly different person.

Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley

Hermione Granger: “”

Ron Weasley: “”
— Hermione and Ron about the monster in the Chamber of Secrets[src]

Like Harry, both Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley had a close relationship with the half-giant. Though Ron was openly outraged by some of Hagrid’s more dangerous pets, particularly Aragog, Hermione was more reserved with her comments and tended to be more proactive than either Ron or Harry when it came to helping Hagrid protect his creatures. She tried desperately to help him appeal Buckbeak‘s death sentence in 1994,[24] and in her fifth year, she made every effort to ensure sure Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures curriculum would give Dolores Umbridge no excuse to sack him.[17]

When Rita Skeeter revealed that Hagrid was half-giant in the , both Ron and Hermione stood by him and convinced him that despite all the prejudice he faced, there were still people who loved him and wanted him to stay at the school. Hagrid was on the point of resigning, but with their encouragement, remained at Hogwarts and continued teaching. Ron did show a certain level of concern upon learning of Hagrid’s shock, given wizarding history regarding giants; Hermione, on the other hand, noted in an unsurprising tone that she suspected it long ago, seeing as his size fit the profile.[25]

Hagrid came to Hermione’s defence during her third year when she was in conflict with the boys (as Ron believed her cat had eaten his rat Scabbers, and Harry was angry that she had gotten his Firebolt confiscated). Hagrid was able to convince Harry and Ron of how poorly they were treating their friend, and eventually, he succeeded in getting the two to reconcile with Hermione.[24] He also encouraged Hermione during her fourth year to ignore the hate mail as he had following Rita Skeeter releasing a nasty article about Hermione in .
It is possible that Hagrid was close with Ron and Hermione’s daughter, Rose Granger-Weasley and their son Hugo Granger-Weasley, as he was planning to have tea with Harry’s son, Albus, in 2017.

Madame Olympe Maxime

Hagrid: “”

Madame Maxime: “”
Hagrid: “”
Madame Maxime: “what”
Hagrid: “”
Madame Maxime: “‘”
— Hagrid and Madame Maxime[src]

During the Triwizard Tournament, Hagrid began a romantic relationship with Madame Olympe Maxime, Headmistress of Beauxbatons Academy. They were often seen together, talking and walking around the grounds, and they danced together at the Yule Ball. Though the two had a minor falling-out when Hagrid implied (correctly) that Maxime, like him, was part-giant, they eventually reconciled and travelled together to appeal to the giants of the Northern colonies and dissuade them from joining forces with Voldemort. Maxime was also seen comforting Hagrid during Albus Dumbledore‘s funeral. The current status of their relationship is unknown, but as Hagrid never got married, it can be assumed that their relationship did not work out.[2]

Tom Riddle/Lord Voldemort

“”

— Riddle before he turned Hagrid in[src]

Hagrid was two years below Tom Riddle at Hogwarts, and in Hagrid’s third year, Riddle opened the Chamber of Secrets, unleashing a Basilisk on Muggle-born students. After the death of Myrtle Warren, Hogwarts was in danger of closing, and to prevent that happening, Riddle framed Hagrid and his pet Acromantula, Aragog, for the crime. Hagrid protected Aragog from Riddle, throwing him to the ground when he tried to curse Aragog, making Hagrid the only person to challenge Riddle while he was a student. Despite this, Hagrid was expelled from Hogwarts and had his wand snapped in half by the Ministry of Magic.[16] Believing in Hagrid’s innocence, however, Professor Albus Dumbledore convinced Headmaster Armando Dippet to allow Hagrid to stay on at Hogwarts as Gamekeeper.

Tom Riddle never felt remorse for framing Hagrid and ruining his life. As Riddle went on to become Lord Voldemort, Hagrid joined the Order of the Phoenix to fight against Voldemort and his Death Eaters. In 1981, Hagrid was devastated by the murder of his friends James and Lily Potter but was relieved when the Dark Lord disappeared after failing to kill young Harry Potter. Although many thought that Voldemort was dead, Hagrid, agreeing with Dumbledore, believed that he would return one day, as he believed that he did not “”. As with most of the wizarding community, he refused to speak Voldemort’s name, and generally referred to him as “You-Know-Who.” However, when he first explained Voldemort’s background to Harry, he reluctantly said Voldemort’s name. When Voldemort was searching for the Philosopher’s Stone, he took advantage of Hagrid’s love and knowledge of magical creatures and through Quirinus Quirrell, gathered the secret of subduing Fluffy through music from a drunken Hagrid, who was remorseful afterwards. Since Voldemort had a certain respect for Hogwart’s professors, it is not known if that included Hagrid, who taught Care of Magical Creatures. This is unlikely considering Hagrid’s half-giant status.

In 1995, after his resurrection, Voldemort dispatched his Death Eaters to convince the giants to join their side, while Dumbledore had sent Hagrid and Olympe Maxime to do the same. While Hagrid and Maxime were on good terms with the Gurg, Karkus, the Death Eaters supported the giant Golgomath in an uprising that resulted in Golgomath beheading Karkus and taking over the giant colony. The giants then attacked Hagrid and Maxime, who were forced to retreat.

In 1998, Hagrid fought in the Battle of Hogwarts and was captured by the Death Eaters. After Harry sacrificed himself to be killed, Voldemort ordered a grieving Hagrid to carry his friend’s “dead” body in his arms, where it would be clearly visible to Harry’s supporters. On the way back to the school, Hagrid expressed his fury with the centaurs for staying out of the fight, prompting them to join in soon after.[27] Hagrid was among the first to congratulate Harry after his defeat of Voldemort, showing his disdain for the Dark Lord.

Although Hagrid’s expulsion, and much of his later reputation for clumsiness, was originally Tom Riddle’s fault, Riddle at least did not attach any special importance to his relationship with Hagrid, and at the Battle of Hogwarts, made no mention of their past. Hagrid, in turn, is never seen to admit to having known Riddle in their youth, and never referred to him except as ‘You-Know-Who’, or (once) by his preferred alias of Voldemort; indeed, Hagrid is terrified of him in the Battle of the Seven Potters, in spite of having known him. It was never confirmed if he ever knew that his former classmate and the Dark Lord were one and the same; however, since Hagrid said to Harry in 1991 that Voldemort was in Slytherin, it is likely that Hagrid knew.

Weasley family

“”

— Hagrid to Ron when they first met[src]

Hagrid was good friends with Molly and Arthur Weasley, though it is uncertain as to when they first met, Arthur and Molly not having been in the original Order of the Phoenix. He was most likely assistant or co- gamekeeper when Mr and Mrs Weasley were at school, because of the Ogg timeline discrepancy.[30] Arthur and Molly would have attended nearly two decades later (1960s). He met them again in 1992, at Flourish and Blotts, when Arthur got into a fist fight with Lucius Malfoy. Hagrid broke up the fight and told Arthur that he should have ignored Malfoy, though he clearly sympathised with Arthur on acting the feelings Malfoy went out of his way to inspire. Hagrid was fond of the Weasley’s due to their kind nature, immense courage, and their fair-minded views on Muggle-borns and half-humans like himself.

Twins Fred and George Weasley were friends of Hagrid since their time at Hogwarts. Hagrid seemed to be one of their favourite members of the staff, as he had a sense of humour and was not anywhere near as strict as many of the professors, though he mentioned that he spent “half his life” chasing the twins away from the Forbidden Forest.
Hagrid also knew Charles Weasley quite well; Charlie had been one of the best Care of Magical Creatures students in his time at Hogwarts, and Hagrid described him as being “great with animals.” He went on to study dragons in Romania, and Hagrid helped him with the dragons imported to Scotland for the Triwizard Tournament in 1994. Two years earlier, Hagrid had sent his pet dragon, “Norbert” to Charlie in Romania, and Charlie later informed Hagrid that “Norbert” was, in fact, actually “Norberta.”

Bill Weasley also attended Hogwarts before working in Egypt with Gringotts Wizarding Bank, and Hagrid encountered him numerous times when he moved back to England. Bill arrived with the Order of the Phoenix at Hogwarts during the Battle of the Astronomy Tower, where he was attacked by Fenrir Greyback. Hagrid was invited to Bill’s wedding to Fleur Delacour, in which Ginny, the youngest child and only daughter of the Weasley family, was a bridesmaid. Hagrid was quite fond of Ginny throughout her time at Hogwarts, and she was among the students who never even considered turning her back on Hagrid when she found out he was half-giant. Hagrid also knew she had a crush on Harry Potter, and playfully teased Harry about the fact in 1992.

Hagrid did not appear to have much of a relationship with Percy Weasley, though it is unlikely they would have been very close before the Battle of Hogwarts, even if they had had more contact. When Percy was employed by the Ministry of Magic, he did not show any sign of protesting against the Ministry’s criticism of Dumbledore’s decision to employ Hagrid, as he was a half-giant and Percy disbelieved Dumbledore’s claims of Voldemort’s return. He also tried to persuade his younger brother Ron to support the Ministry of Magic in favour of Dumbledore, to whom Hagrid was fiercely loyal. However, Percy abandoned the Ministry once it fell to Lord Voldemort, apologised to his family, and fought against the Death Eaters at the Battle of Hogwarts, after which Hagrid would have undoubtedly thought better of him.

James and Lily Potter

“”

— Hagrid defending Lily and James[src]

Hagrid had been a good friend of Harry Potter‘s parents, Lily and James, since the time they attended Hogwarts. Hagrid admired them for being amongst the best wizards and witches of their age. Hagrid became a member of the Order of the Phoenix around the same time as James and Lily, and they fought together throughout the First Wizarding War. Hagrid was beside himself when Lily and James were killed in 1981; Albus Dumbledore sent him to rescue their infant child, Harry, from the wreckage of their home in Godric’s Hollow, and Hagrid later reintroduced Harry to the wizarding world in 1991.

Hagrid knew them very well and conveyed the truth about them to their son, who had been lead to believe insulting lies about them and their deaths, restoring and preserving their legacy in their son. Hagrid also kept a leather-bound family album of them which he gave to Harry, which Hagrid came into possession of through unknown circumstances, but might have been entrusted to him by Lily and James to give to their son. Hagrid was known to respect them for their desire to fight for what was right.

Sirius Black

“”

— Rubeus Hagrid to Harry Potter on Sirius Black[src]

Though Hagrid described Sirius Black as having been a “trouble-maker” in his youth, Hagrid had clearly been fond of him, as well as his best friend, James Potter, when they were students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. After graduating, Sirius, along with James, Lily Evans, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew, joined the Order of the Phoenix around the same time as Hagrid.

When James and Lily discovered they were Voldemort‘s next targets, they went into to hiding with the use of the Fidelius Charm; Peter Pettigrew had been made their Secret-Keeper, unbeknownst to anyone else, and betrayed the Potters to Voldemort, framing Sirius for the crime. For many years, everybody, including Hagrid, believed Sirius was the betrayer. The night James and Lily died, Hagrid met Sirius in Godric’s Hollow, where Hagrid had been sent to rescue the infant Harry Potter from the wreckage of the Potter’s destroyed home, and Sirius lent Hagrid his flying motorbike to deliver Harry to Albus Dumbledore. By 1993, Hagrid was horrified to think that he comforted the “murdering traitor” that very night and deeply resented him for his betrayal, raging that had he knew, he would have attacked Black in retaliation.

Hagrid learned the truth in 1995 once Voldemort returned, a year after Sirius escaped from Azkaban and exposed Pettigrew as having been in hiding as Ron Weasley‘s pet rat, Scabbers. When Harry and Hermione Granger helped Sirius avoid the fate of receiving the Dementor’s Kiss, they also saved Buckbeak, who was poised for execution as ordered by the Ministry of Magic, and in doing so, provided Sirius with transportation to make his escape.[24] Dumbledore re-instated the Order of the Phoenix in 1995, and following Sirius’ tragic death during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries in 1996, Harry inherited Buckbeak, whom he sent back into Hagrid’s care at Hogwarts.[26] Hagrid was saddened by Sirius’s death and tried to comfort Harry the best he could, saying that having known Sirius, he was confident that Sirius wanted to go down the way he did, which he truly deemed a valiant way to die.

Hogwarts staff

Hagrid would have known Remus Lupin for about as long as he knew the Potters and Sirius Black, though they did not appear to be particularly close until 1993 when Lupin was appointed Defence Against the Dark Arts professor, and they became co-workers. Both Hagrid and Lupin knew what it was like to be within the wizarding community, yet still considered outsiders and face its prejudices, as Lupin was a werewolf and Hagrid was a half-giant.
In 1995, they both joined the re-instated Order of the Phoenix and worked together throughout the Second Wizarding War to protect Harry Potter and bring about the end of Lord Voldemort.

Hagrid greatly respected Minerva McGonagall, the Transfiguration professor and Head of Gryffindor House. They attended Hogwarts around the same time (Hagrid having been expelled a few years before she started) and they later became members of the Hogwarts staff. As one of the most strict professors at Hogwarts, McGonagall sometimes disapproved of Hagrid’s lack of refined behaviour, especially during the Sorting ceremony. However, they were close friends and fellow members of the Order of the Phoenix in both wars.

In 1995, when Dolores Umbridge brought several Ministry officials to either have Hagrid forcibly removed from the school grounds, arrested, or both, McGonagall immediately came to Hagrid’s defence; she took four simultaneous stunners straight to her chest as she rushed to Hagrid’s aid, and was incapacitated for some time at St Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries. Hagrid was disgusted and outraged when McGonagall got stunned to the point that he attacked the Ministry officials who injured her, furiously denouncing them as cowards.

After Albus Dumbledore‘s death, McGonagall stated that she appreciated Hagrid’s opinion very much, as Dumbledore had, and took it into consideration when determining the best time to close the school. McGonagall later became Headmistress of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where Hagrid was still living by 2017. Also, McGonagall showed no disdain when Hagrid drunkenly kissed her on the cheek at a Hogwarts Christmas celebration. On the contrary, she began to giggle and blushed. McGonagall was touched by Hagrid’s defence of wanting to bury their mentor, Albus Dumbledore on Hogwarts’s grounds, citing that no other Headmaster had given more to the school, and as such defended his stance on the matter.

Hagrid always stoutly defended Severus Snape against Harry’s doubts and allegations, on the basis that Albus Dumbledore trusted Snape completely. When Snape killed Dumbledore, Hagrid initially disbelieved the fact and told Harry he must be mistaken but was later furious to learn that Snape had indeed killed the late Headmaster. Hagrid openly opposed Snape when he became the Headmaster of Hogwarts by holding a Support Harry Potter party (unaware Snape was secretly still on their side), an act which almost resulted in his arrest and forced him to go into hiding until the final battle. Before Hagrid fled, Snape put students in detentions with Hagrid, ensuring that they were protected from the harsher and torturous punishments from the Carrows. However, Hagrid eventually learned of Snape’s true loyalties during the final confrontation of the Battle of Hogwarts.

Hagrid and Argus Filch regularly found themselves at odds; Filch thought that Hagrid was “an oaf,” and even told Mrs Norris, his cat, to keep an eye on the Gateskeeper. Filch did not seem to care or even really acknowledge when Hagrid became a professor, possibly because he was a half-giant, and Hagrid, for his part, called Filch a “sneakin’ Squib”, when the latter insulted him.

Hagrid had been very familiar with Divination Professor Firenze, long before he began working at Hogwarts, and when the centaur’s herd turned on him for entering into “the servitude of a human” by accepting the position at Hogwarts as a favour to Headmaster Dumbledore, it was Hagrid who saved him. Of all the centaurs Firenze seemed to be the most active in working against Lord Voldemort and was not above allowing Harry Potter to ride on his back in the process of saving Harry’s life — both of which elicited great respect and gratitude from both Harry and Hagrid.

Hagrid also seemed to be on good terms with Horace Slughorn, the Potions master in 1996. It is possible that Slughorn was one of Hagrid’s teachers at Hogwarts, but they later became co-workers. Slughorn attended Aragog‘s funeral and comforted Hagrid, and while this was mostly because he wanted to extract some of Aragog’s valuable venom, Hagrid was touched nonetheless, and the two enjoyed a drunken salute to the late Acromantula.

Hagrid initially held Quirinus Quirrell in high regard, considering him a very talented and clever wizard, and initially seemed to have a good relationship with him, especially when he introduced Quirrell to Harry in the Leaky Cauldron. However, due to his loyalty to Voldemort, a disguised Quirrell later took advantage of Hagrid’s love for magical creatures and manipulated a drunken Hagrid into revealing the secret of getting past Fluffy in exchange for a dragon egg. Hagrid was later horrified and guilt-ridden when he learnt of Quirrell’s true nature after his death, calling him an “evil git” and blaming himself for Harry’s injuries during his encounter with Quirrell and Voldemort.

Hagrid had a mixed relationship with Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank as while she worked as a substitute for Hagrid in Care for Magical Creatures and his gamekeeping duties when Hagrid was absent or had a mission to do, he slightly envied her teaching skills, which made other students (including Harry, Ron and Hermione) consider her a superior teacher to him for Care of Magical Creatures. This also made him accept Harry, Ron and Hermione’s untrue claims of Grubby-Plank being a “terrible teacher” when they attempted to reassure him that they still cared for him despite not taking the subject for their sixth year. Grubbly-Plank on the other hand seemed to respect Hagrid for his skills and abilities despite the students considering her a better teacher than him, as she complimented Hagrid’s training of the school’s Thestrals and also kept silent about his mission to recruit the giants when Harry inquired her about his whereabouts, understanding the importance of his classified mission.

Hagrid disliked Gilderoy Lockhart, as did the other teachers, due to him being an annoyingly obnoxious and an incompetent teacher. Hagrid did not read any of Lockhart’s books, rejected his ideas of Harry trying to hog the spotlight, and openly criticised him, something that he would normally not do to a teacher.

The professor with whom Hagrid had the most difficult and antagonistic relationship was, by far, Dolores Umbridge, who was a pure-blood supremacist with a particular dislike for what she called “half-breeds.” Throughout the 1995–1996 school year, she made Hagrid’s life miserable with her disruptive evaluations of his teaching (part of her role as Hogwarts High Inquisitor, during which she was unabashedly condescending and critical.)

When a student released two nifflers in her office, following Headmaster Dumbledore’s departure from the school, she blamed Hagrid, although he had a rock solid alibi. She later brought Ministry officials to Hagrid’s Hut in the middle of the night, either to arrest or forcibly remove him from the premises, though Hagrid was able to resist with the help of Minerva McGonagall and go on the run.

Hagrid was disgusted by Umbridge’s and the officials attack on McGonagall, attacking the Ministry officials in retaliation, although he refrained from attacking Umbridge in order to escape from Hogwarts. Following the Skirmish in the Forbidden Forest, Umbridge was eventually suspended from Hogwarts in 1996 and Hagrid was reinstated as a teacher. She was also imprisoned in Azkaban two years later for her crimes against Muggle-Borns because of her actions as Head of the Muggle-Born Registration Commission.

Hogwarts students

Luna Lovegood: “”

Harry Potter, Ron and Ginny Weasley: “”
Hermione Granger: “”
Luna Lovegood: “”
— Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Ginny Weasley and Hermione Granger discussing Hagrid’s teaching abilities[src]

Apart from Harry, Ron and Hermione and the other Weasley children (excluding Percy), Hagrid seemed to have a good relationship with Lee Jordan who was a friend of Fred and George Weasley as he once shook Hagrid’s hand, along with Fred and George, when he returned after his mission to find the giants. Apart from them, the other students had a mixed relationship with Hagrid which was especially evident while he taught Care of Magical Creatures.

Although many of the students had a relatively civil relationship with Hagrid outside his teaching, most of them considered Professor Grubbly-Plank a more qualified teacher for the subject since Hagrid sometimes lost his confidence and preferred teaching dangerous creatures.[25] The Gryffindor students expressed the most enthusiasm when he assumed the post but after Draco Malfoy caused Buckbeak to attack him by insulting him and when Hagrid preferred teaching monstrous creatures over creatures which were tame, their enthusiasm on the subject reduced.[24] Despite this, Hagrid arguably had the best relationship with the Gryffindor students as he was once a Gryffindor himself and was regularly seen supporting Gryffindor during Quiddich matches alongside the other Gryffindor students. Luna Lovegood believed that Hagrid was a poor teacher and said that Ravenclaw students considered him a joke.[17] It is unknown what relationship Hagrid had with the Hufflepuff students, although it is possible their relationship was also mixed like the other students. However, while the other students mostly disapproved his teaching methods, Hagrid had an antagonistic relationship with the Slytherin students as they, encouraged by Draco Malfoy, were also prejudiced against Hagrid due to his status as a half-giant,[17] and Draco’s attack by Buckbeak, without caring that Draco did not listen to Hagrid in the first place.[24]

However, despite Hagrid’s mixed relationship with them, most of the students with the exception of Slytherin opposed Dolores Umbridge alongside Hagrid and disapproved of Umbridge’s harsh and critical treatment of Hagrid due to her prejudice against part-humans. They also believed that Hagrid had improved in his teaching by the time he was temporarily sacked by Umbridge although many of them did not take the subject for N.E.W.Ts due to their past experiences with the dangerous creatures he taught. They were also extremely angry when Hagrid was attacked by Umbridge, again excluding the Slytherin students. Hagrid also opposed the Death Eater’s control of Hogwarts alongside many of the students, including holding a Support Harry Potter Party in his Hut, and also fought alongside them against Voldemort and the Death Eater’s during the Battle of Hogwarts.

Dursley family

Vernon Dursley: “”

Rubeus Hagrid: “”
— Hagird insulting Vernon Dursley[src]

Hagrid was sent by Albus Dumbledore to inform Harry Potter of his true identity on Harry’s eleventh birthday in 1991 after it was revealed that Hogwarts’ letters to him were getting blocked by his aunt and uncle, Vernon and Petunia Dursley, both Muggles who hated and feared magic.

Eventually, Hagrid found Harry and his family in an old shack out at sea (Vernon Dursley had become paranoid with the amount of Hogwarts letters arriving at their home, so he had temporarily vacated their home in the hopes that they would throw off any wizards possibly following them.) After giving Harry a birthday cake, he introduced himself to Harry, believing him to know everything about the wizarding world (from the letter left by Albus Dumbledore.) Upon learning that Harry knew nothing, Hagrid became furious at the Dursleys for not telling him anything.

When Hagrid proceeded to tell Harry that he was a wizard, Vernon became angry and admitted that they had known for years and had been trying to “stomp it out of him”, including admitting that they lied to Harry in telling him that his parents had really been killed in a car crash. This further enraged Hagrid, but Vernon continued to try and keep Harry from going to Hogwarts, going so far as to call Albus Dumbledore a “crackpot old fool”. This, however, sent Hagrid over the edge; he lost his temper and used his pink umbrella to give Dudley Dursley a pig’s tail. This terrified Vernon and Petunia enough to let Hagrid take Harry. Eventually, they would remove the pig tail, but the encounter added a newfound fear of magic to the Dursleys’ hatred of it. The incident scared Dudley so much that he instinctively grabbed his bottom when meeting the Weasleys, despite them being friendly wizards.

Malfoy family

“”

— Hagird’s scathing opinion of the Malfoy family[src]

Hagrid was disgusted by the Malfoy family‘s pure blood supremacist values, their open ill-treatment of Muggle-borns and “blood traitors,” their allegiance to Lord Voldemort and their disrespect towards Albus Dumbledore; even going so far as to accuse them of ‘bad blood’, rather against the principles espoused by Dumbledore. In turn, the Malfoys disliked Hagrid, regularly mocking him and doing nearly everything in their collective power to get him sacked from his post at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

In 1992, Hagrid broke up a fight between Arthur Weasley and Lucius Malfoy in Flourish and Blotts, though Hagrid was more sympathetic to Arthur. During the 1992–1993 school year, Lucius was indirectly responsible for reopening of the Chamber of Secrets, as he had used the earlier scuffle with Arthur Weasley to slip Tom Riddle’s diary into Ginny Weasley‘s cauldron full of books. Hagrid was blamed for the attacks, just as he had been fifty years earlier when he was framed by Tom Riddle for the Chamber’s first opening. Hagrid was arrested as a precautionary measure by Cornelius Fudge, where Hagrid reacted angrily to Lucius’ unnecessary presence and ordered him out. Lucius mocked Hagrid by wondering how his small hut could be considered a “house” and claimed he was only there to inform Dumbledore that he and the other governors had voted on his suspension. Hagrid saw through Lucius and accused him of threatening the other governors, which later proved to have been exactly the case.

“”

— Rubeus Hagrid to Lucius Malfoy[src]

Hagrid did not get along any better with Lucius’ son Draco. Even before meeting Hagrid for the first time, Draco slandered him when talking to Harry Potter for the first time, describing him as “…a sort of savage – lives in a hut in the school grounds and every now and then he gets drunk, tries to do magic and ends up setting fire to his bed.” Hagrid first met Draco in 1991 when he was sorted into Slytherin. During that year, Draco was put in detention with Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Neville Longbottom. Hagrid called Draco an “idiot” when he scared Neville, and in 1992, was outraged when he heard Draco called Hermione a Mudblood. Draco was in Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class in 1993 and ignored Hagrid’s advice on how to handle Hagrid’s hippogriff Buckbeak. Draco insulted Buckbeak, causing the hippogriff to lash out and cut Draco’s arm. Hagrid took Draco to the Hospital Wing, but Draco swore revenge, and deliberately exaggerated his injury to get Hagrid into trouble. Lucius was furious when he found out and took legal action against Hagrid and Buckbeak. Hagrid tried hard to defend Buckbeak, but the court ruled in favour of Lucius, largely due to his influence at the Ministry, and Buckbeak was sentenced to death, but later freed by Harry and Hermione.

In Draco’s fourth year, he openly disobeyed Hagrid by saying that he would not be coming down to look after the blast-ended skrewts, saying that he spent too much time with them during regular class. Hagrid, hearing about the previous punishment ‘Moody’ gave Draco, threatened to turn him into a ferret. Later that year, Draco happily provided Rita Skeeter with skewed details about the events of the previous year and delighted when Hagrid temporarily went into hiding following Skeeter’s publication of the article revealing that Hagrid was half-giant. In his fifth year, Draco spoke negatively regarding Hagrid during Dolores Umbridge‘s inspection of a Care of Magical Creatures class conducted by Professor Grubbly-Plank, likely hoping that Hagrid would be placed on probation when and if he returned to Hogwarts, an outcome that did indeed come to pass.

Given that Draco’s wife Astoria helped to raise their son to be a kinder man than Draco was in his youth, it can be assumed that Scorpius Malfoy had a better relationship with Hagrid than his father did. This is also likely due to Scorpius being best friends with Albus Potter who was already a good friend of Hagrid’s before his first year.

Order of the Phoenix members

Hagrid was friendly with most members of the Order of the Phoenix. Some of them were Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, the Weasley family, Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, James and Lily Potter, Severus Snape, and Minerva McGonagall.

Hagrid also knew and greatly admired Alastor Moody, and Moody’s protege, Nymphadora Tonks. They fought together in several battles, including the Battle of the Astronomy Tower and the Battle of the Seven Potters, where Hagrid was devastated by Moody’s death. Tonks later married Remus Lupin, and their son, Teddy, would attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry after both his parents were killed at the Battle of Hogwarts.

Hagrid was also familiar with Dedalus Diggle, whom he introduced to Harry Potter at the Leaky Cauldron in 1991.

Death Eaters and enemies

As Hagrid was a member of the Order of the Phoenix, he disliked the Death Eaters and tried to thwart their plans most of the time. The Death Eaters whom Hagrid knew the most were Severus Snape, Lucius Malfoy and his son Draco, clashing with Lucius before he was put in Azkaban, and had clashes with Draco while he taught Care of Magical Creatures.

Snape, on the other hand, defected from Voldemort, and Hagrid defended him whenever Harry, Ron and Hermione criticised him, except when he temporarily believed that Snape had betrayed Dumbledore at the Astronomy Tower.

Apart from the Malfoys, Hagrid also had an antagonistic relationship with Walden Macnair, who was a polar opposite to Hagrid’s love and admiration for magical creatures. They first clashed when Buckbeak was going to be executed, with Macnair being Buckbeak’s intended executioner, then for a second time when Macnair persuaded the giants to join Voldemort and as a result foiled Hagrid and Olympe Maxime‘s own attempt to convince the giants to join Dumbledore, and a third time when Hagrid threw him across the Great Hall during the Battle of Hogwarts, knocking him unconscious. Hagrid also knew Igor Karkaroff, as he once choked Karkaroff against a tree and told him to apologise to Dumbledore for accusing him of complicity in an attack on Viktor Krum. Thorfinn Rowle also tried to attack Hagrid following the Battle at Astronomy Tower and set his hut on fire. He later angrily silenced Hagrid when the latter tried to discourage Harry from sacrificing himself.

Etymology

in Latin means “red”.[31] The name suited Hagrid, as red could be for passion or emotion, “an earthy, warm and physical man, lord of the forest”.[32]

Hagrid is the archaic past participle of the verb “hagride”,[33] which means “harass or torment with dread or nightmares”, and its etymology in turn is “hag” and “ride”.[34] A hag is a nightmare spirit in English folklore. According to folklore, the Hag sat on a sleeper’s chest and sent nightmares to him or her. When the subject awoke, he or she would be unable to breathe or even move for a short period of time. This state is now called sleep paralysis, but in the old belief the subject had been “hagridden”.[35]

Hagrid also may mean “hung over,” as from alcohol.[]

Behind the scenes

  • Hagrid was the first person to tell Harry that he resembled his father, but had his mother’s eyes. He was also Harry’s first friend.
  • It is unknown why no one calls Hagrid ‘Rubeus’, which is his first name, although when Hagrid meets Harry for the first time he tells him to call him Hagrid as that’s what everyone calls him. This probably means that Hagrid tells people to call him by this name. The only individuals known to call Hagrid by his first name were Garrick Ollivander and Tom Riddle, who have both known him since he was a child.
  • Given Hagrid’s interest in unusual pets, it is possible that his activities may have caught the eye of the Illegal Pets Detection service at some point.
  • Hagrid was not charged for raising Aragog under the Ban on Experimental Breeding because it was enacted in 1965, 22 years later.
  • Hagrid quoted “fool Gorgon” when he was about to sent a letter to Dumbledore regarding Harry at the first time he met him.[36] Either Hagrid quoted that line as a mere cursing, or he knew that Gorgons (women-like creatures from Greek Mythology with living snakes as hair) existed in the magical world.
  • There are two common interpretations of Hagrid’s statement to Harry about failing to turn Dudley into a pig on their first meeting- the first is that he genuinely tried to do so but failed due to the spell’s complexity, or Dudley’s general pig-like nature as he stated. The other is that he intended to give Dudley a tail and was only joking about attempting a full transformation.
  • In the film adaptation of :
    • Hagrid seems to have poor spelling, as seen when he shows Harry his birthday cake. In addition to this, when Hagrid tells Harry about how his parents were killed, Harry asked You-Know-Who’s name. Hagrid responded he didn’t want to say his name and when Harry suggested to write it down, Hagrid said he couldn’t spell “Voldemort”.
      • He doesn’t have spelling problems in the books, as the notes he wrote to Harry were with perfect spelling.
      • Interestingly, in he says he “can’t spell fer the life o’ me”.[45]
    • When Harry, Ron, and Hermione approached Hagrid to ask him about the Philosopher’s Stone, Hagrid is playing the theme tune on his flute.

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