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A hag is a savage being that looks like an ugly, old witch but has more warts. They have four toes on each foot, have a taste for the flesh of human children, and possess rudimentary magic, similar to that of a troll. Many Muggles tend to think that hags are what witches look like, and are therefore popular in Muggle literature.
Sometime in or before 1992, Gilderoy Lockhart published a book called Holidays with Hags; whether the book was one of Lockhart's fictions, in which case it would be useless, or one of the stories he stole from other, memory-charmed wizards and witches, is unknown. This book, along with six other of his collected works, was set as a compulsory Defence Against the Dark Arts textbook during the 1992–1993 school year.
Hags were amongst the various magical creatures who proposed threats to the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy across the Wizarding world, during the Calamity in the 2010s. Hags were trapped in huge blocks of ice, in which volunteer wizards and witches had to liberate using the Fire-Making Spell to melt the ice and free the Foundable hags.
Behind the scenes
- The hag is a creature from English folklore. Originally used a way to explain the then-unknown condition of sleep paralysis, the "Old Hag" was a spirit that sat on a person's chest while they slept and gave them nightmares. The concept later evolved to be used for any malevolent and ugly old woman.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First mentioned)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film) (Disc 2) (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Possible appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game) (Appears on a Famous Wizard Card)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Mentioned only)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Mentioned only)
- Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World (Mentioned only)
- The Queen's Handbag (Mentioned only)
- Pottermore (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (First appearance)
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 If Quirrell really did have a run-in with one, it must have some sentience, and must be partially part of the magical community.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Famous Witches and Wizards Cards
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Pottermore
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (companion book)
- ↑ J. K. Rowling's official site - W.O.M.B.A.T. test
- ↑ Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World
- ↑ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - What is a Beast?
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 16 (The Chamber of Secrets)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 3 (The Burrow)
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 4 (The Leaky Cauldron)
- ↑ Daily Prophet Newsletters