The goat (Capra aegragus hircus) is a domesticated member of the Bovidae family, closely related to sheep and wild goats.[1]


A dom is the gallbladder of a goat, used in the wizarding game of Aingingein.[2]

The Dumbledore family kept goats when Aberforth Dumbledore and his siblings were kids.[3]

The bezoar, as mentioned by Professor Severus Snape on 2 September, 1991, is a stone taken from the stomach of a goat.[4]

Giants, such as Karkus, were known to eat dead goats.[5] Aberforth Dumbledore was fond of keeping goats for pets, such as Matey, which he kept in his pub in at least 1995.[6] 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.[7]

It is a possible corporeal form of the Patronus Charm.[8] Aberforth's Patronus took the form of a goat.[3]

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.[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]

Dragons including the Hungarian Horntail and Peruvian Vipertooth were known to feed on goats.[11]


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