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"The hag is a child-eating creature of human appearance, though likely to have more warts than the average witch."
Quentin Tremble, The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection[src]

A hag is a savage being that looks like an ugly, old witch but has more warts.[3] 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.[6] Many Muggles tend to think that hags are what witches look like, and are therefore popular in Muggle literature.[7]

History

In the 14th century, hags were "gliding about in search of children to eat" at Burdock Muldoon's failed meeting of the Wizards' Council welcoming any two-legged Creatures as beings.[8]

Quirinus Quirrell supposedly had a "nasty bit o' trouble" with a hag sometime in 1991 during his Grand Tour.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11]

In 1993, Harry Potter thought he saw a hag ordering a plate of raw liver from behind a thick balaclava.[12]

A hag sent in "A Word in Support of Hags" to the Daily Prophet, offering babysitting services.[13]

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.[4]

Ministry classification

The British Ministry of Magic classifies hags as beings, a fact that causes centaurs and merpeople to desire the classification of beast.[5]

Known hags

Habitats

Bethany Harrison's painting

Hags are what Muggles would recognise as "fairy tale witches": the above is Muggle child Bethany Harrison's impression of witch Winifred Whittle

Hags can occasionally be encountered in Diagon and Knockturn Alleys, as well as Hogsmeade;[12] however, some hags like Annis Black live in caves.[2]

Diet

Hags are said to eat children[2] and raw livers,[12] although it is possible that those are false descriptions to defame them.

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.

Appearances

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Notes and references


Defence Against the Dark Arts (D.A.D.A.)
Subjectsdada
D.A.D.A. at Hogwarts
Classroom 3C · Temporary Classroom · Hogwarts Turris Magnus · Teacher's Office · Storeroom · Staircase · Lesson Cup · Race Cup · Dumbledore's Army
Professors
Arsenius Jigger · Albus Dumbledore · Galatea Merrythought · Patricia Rakepick · Quirinus Quirrell · Gilderoy Lockhart · Remus Lupin · Bartemius Crouch Junior (as Alastor Moody) · Dolores Umbridge · Severus Snape · Amycus Carrow (as Dark Arts teacher)
Textbooks
The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection · Break with a Banshee · Gadding with Ghouls · Holidays with Hags · Travels with Trolls · Voyages with Vampires · Wanderings with Werewolves · Year with the Yeti · The Essential Defence Against the Dark Arts · Defensive Magical Theory · Dark Arts Defence: Basics for Beginners · Confronting the Faceless · Magical Drafts and Potions
Spells studied at Hogwarts under D.A.D.A.
Aqua Eructo Charm · Boggart-Banishing Spell · Counter-curses · Counter-jinxes · Counter-spells · Curse of the Bogies · Defensive Charms · Densaugeo · Deprimo · Disarming Charm · Everte Statum · Freezing Spell · Full Body-Bind Curse · Fumos Duo · Green Sparks · Hex-Breaker· Hex-deflection · Hex Zapper · Homorphus Charm · Impediment Jinx · Knockback Jinx · Lacarnum Inflamari · Nonverbal spells · Patronus Charm · Red Sparks · Reductor Curse · Salvio hexia · Seize and Pull Charm · Shield Charm · Smokescreen Spell · Snake-Vanishing Spell · Stunning Spell · Tickling Charm · Tongue-Tying Curse · Trip Jinx · Verdimillious Charm · Verdimillious Duo Spell · Verdimillious Tria · Wand-Lighting Charm · Cruciatus Curse · Imperius Curse · Killing Curse
Creatures studied at Hogwarts under D.A.D.A.
Banshee · Boggart · Cornish Pixie · Dementor · Erkling · Ghost · Ghoul · Grindylow · Gytrash · Hag · Hinkypunk · Iguana · Imp · Inferius · Kappa · Nocturnal beasts · Red Cap · Snake · Troll · Vampire · Vampire bat · Werewolf · Yeti · Zombie
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