Grawp (b. 1931 – 1995) was a kind, gentle giant that was known, despite standing a full sixteen feet tall, for his small stature and short height. He was the son of Fridwulfa and an unnamed giant and, therefore, the maternal half-brother of Rubeus Hagrid.
Around 1931, the giantess Fridwulfa abandoned her human husband Mr Hagrid and their infant child Rubeus Hagrid, a half-giant, who was smaller in stature than she wanted. She consequently rejoined her own kind in the mountains, and there she found a new mate. The two gave birth to the giant Grawp who, despite being a full-blooded giant, was still particularly small, and due to this he, too, was abandoned. He was frequently bullied by the other giants thereafter due to his small size.
- "Well, tha's why it took so long, see. Could on'y travel by nigh' an' through wild country an' stuff. Course, he covers the ground pretty well when he wants ter, but he kep' wantin' ter go back."
- —Hagrid and Grawp's journy to Hogwarts[src]
Rubeus Hagrid, along with his newly-found friend Olympe Maxime, paid a visit to a tribe of giants in June of 1995, on the orders of Headmaster Albus Dumbledore of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in an attempt to bring the giants over as allies of the Order of the Phoenix in the war against Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters.
After three days at the giant camp, Hagrid discovered his half-brother Grawp and dragged Grawp back to Hogwarts with him due to the bullying he knew Grawp had received. Despite his previous abuse, Grawp continuously attempted to return to the camp, but Hagrid forced him through England against his will.
Hagrid kept Grawp in the Forbidden Forest for months, teaching him manners and pieces of English as they went. The other inhabitants of the forest, namely the centaurs, noticed these attempts and tried to warn Hagrid that his trial was futile.
- "Harry glanced at the back row to which Hagrid was heading and realised what was guiding him, for there, dressed in a jacket and trousers each the size of a small mar-quee, was the giant Grawp, his great ugly boulder-like head bowed, docile, almost human. Hagrid sat down next to his half-brother and Grawp patted Hagrid hard on the head, so that his chair legs sank into the ground."
- —Grawp attending Dumbledore's funeral[src]
By the next year, however, Grawp had become much more docile and lost his violent edge. He attended the Funeral of Albus Dumbledore, standing in clothes the size of mar-quees. By this time he had developed a large sense of compassion, his head bent with sorrow, and patted his half-brother to comfort him, unintentionally smashing him into the ground due to his immense strength.
- "At the same time, Grawp came lumbering around the side of the castle and yelled, HAGGER! His cry was answered by roars from Voldemort's giants: They ran at Grawp like bull elephants making the earth quake."
- —Grawp's participation in the second half of the final battle[src]
On 1 May of that same year, Hagrid and Grawp heard Voldemort's magically enhanced voice from their cave, delivering an ultimatum of handing Harry Potter over to him or else starting a battle. Grawp carried Hagrid and their boarhound Fang, smashing right through the boundaries and then launching Hagrid and Fang together as one through the window of the First Floor Corridor, in which Harry was wandering, and then stumbled off to join the fight below.
Later on, Grawp was seen alive but very angry, attacking Voldemort's giants head-first as he roared in fury. Aided by the centaurs, they were quickly defeated and Grawp moved on to helping others in the fight.
Personality and traits
Grawp was aggressive and violent, both common traits for a true giant, and was known to attack his brother when in a foul mood. Despite this, Grawp loved his brother dearly and was badly upset when left alone in June of 1996.
Grawp had great difficulties learning to trust Hagrid, however, as it took nearly a year to tame him. The language barrier may have been a factor in this since Hagrid could only speak English and, after nearly a year, Grawp could barely speak comprehensible English. After nearly three years, he could still only just talk properly, and could not pronounce long or difficult words such as "Hermione", which he said as "Hermy", and "Hagrid", which he pronounced as "Hagger".
Behind the scenes
- The film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix showed Grawp as less a violent giant and more of a "high spirited," inquisitive child, as his half-brother, Hagrid, said.
- Grawp is voiced by Tony Maudsley in the film adaptations of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
- For the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the in-camera reference for Grawp was performed by William Todd-Jones, who also created Grawp's body performance as used for the sequence's pre-vis.
- The original model for the film was created in 2004 by Gerald Gibbons who based it on a student he had taught back when he was a teacher. The student, Tom Hull, now attends the University of Bath.
- The film adaptation shows Ron Weasley accompanying Harry and Hermione during their first visit to Grawp, as opposed to the book in which Ron was playing in a Quidditch match at that time.
- In the end of the Order of the Phoenix of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, Grawp is seen on a high tree trying to help Luna reach a pair of her sneakers.
- It is possibly that his name is different from this as Hagrid said that it sounded like Grawp when he says his name. There is a theory that it is how he pronounces "Grow up!"
- Grawp's role in the Battle of Hogwarts from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was omitted from the final version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. In addition to this, the character is neither seen nor mentioned in the film.
- J. K. Rowling mentioned in an interview that when she was writing Grawp's parts into the book that she knew she was giving the filmmakers a challenge when it came time to bring the giant to life on the big screen.
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game) (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game) (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
- Harry Potter: The Character Vault (concept artwork)
- Harry Potter: The Creature Vault
Notes and references
- As he was born after Fridwulfa left Rubeus and Mr Hagrid, but was born sometime prior to his leaving the giant colony, this is the only possible birth range.
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 30 (Grawp)
- Grawp's hair is described as being "the colour of bracken"; bracken is described, both here and here, as being a light brown. It is much more likely that Grawp's hair is the brown bracken colour than green.
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 20 (Hagrid's Tale)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 27 (The Centaur and the Sneak)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 30 (The White Tomb)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 22 (The Deathly Hallows)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 31 (The Battle of Hogwarts)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 36 (The Flaw in the Plan)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 33 (Fight and Flight)
- Tony Maudsley to Play Grawp in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- "'Harry Potter: A Blue Peter Special.' Blue Peter (CBBC), July 20 2007" at Accio Quote!