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 onced 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.[9]

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.[10]

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.

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


Notes and references

  1. Goat on Wikipedia
  2. Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 2 (Ancient Broom Games)
  3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 28 (The Missing Mirror) - "I could get her to eat when she wouldn’t do it for my mother, I could get her to calm down when she was in one of her rages, and when she was quiet, she used to help me feed the goats."
  4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 8 (The Potions Master)
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 20 (Hagrid's Tale)
  6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
  7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 24 (Rita Skeeter's Scoop)
  8. (see this image)
  9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 28 (The Missing Mirror)
  10. The Tales of Beedle the Bard - Albus Dumbledore on “The Tale of the Three Brothers”
  11. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
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