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.
Behind the scenes
- Goliath is based on the Biblical figure of the same name. In the book 1 Samuel of the Old Testament, as a teenager, King David slew the giant Goliath, 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 a common interpretation of the Bible, Goliath was about 9 feet 9 inches, making him extremely short by giant standards (but still taller than the tallest recorded human), suggesting that he may have been a Half-giant. Other interpretations place his height at about 6 feet 7 inches, a more realistic height for a human who was still extremely tall by the standards of the time, making the term "Giant" descriptive.
- Though David's weapon is sometimes depicted as a catapult, historically it was more likely to have been a sling weapon.
Notes and references
|Giants and Half-Giants|
Bran the Bloodthirsty ·
Death Eaters's Giant army in First Wizarding War ·
Grawp's father ·
Hengist of Upper Barnton ·
Morholt's brother ·
Unidentified giant in the Blind Pig