The goat is one of the oldest domesticated species of animal and closely related to sheep.[4]


A dom is the gallbladder of a goat, used in the wizarding game of Aingingein.[5]

The Dumbledore family kept goats when Aberforth Dumbledore and his siblings were kids.[6] Aberforth was later known for a somewhat unusual affection for goats.

The story Grumble the Grubby Goat featured a goat named Grumble, who attracted flies; this story was a favourite of Aberforth Dumbledore, although his brother Albus disliked it.[7]

Aberforth once performed illicit charms upon them and receiving a hearing from the British Ministry of Magic. This caused much libel against him, although he was unperturbed by this; his brother Albus suspected this was because Aberforth couldn't read.[8]

The bezoar, as mentioned by Professor Severus Snape on 2 September, 1991, is a stone taken from the stomach of a goat.[9]

Rubeus Hagrid, Gamekeeper and Care of Magical Creatures Professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, possessed a small number of goats, which he kept in the grounds.[10]

Giants, such as Karkus, were known to eat dead goats.[1] Aberforth Dumbledore was fond of keeping goats for pets, such as Matey, which he kept in his pub in at least 1995.[11]

It is a possible corporeal form of the Patronus Charm.[3] Aberforth's Patronus took the form of a goat.[6]

Dragons including the Hungarian Horntail and Peruvian Vipertooth were known to feed on goats.[12]


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