Goliath was a mercenary giant employed by the Philistines to fight for them in the war they fought with the Israelites in Biblical times. He was ultimately slain by a young boy armed only with a catapult.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • Goliath is based on the Biblical figure of the same name. In the book 1 Samuel of the Old Testament, King David slays the giant Goliath with a slingshot as a child, but the Chocolate Frog Card for Goliath only refers to the giant's slayer as a "young boy" and does not explicitly name David. It is thus possible that Goliath was not slain by David in the Harry Potter universe.
  • Giants in the Harry Potter universe are said to be between twenty and twenty five feet tall. According to the Bible, Goliath was about 9 feet 9 inches, making him extremely short by giant standards.


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