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Ollivander: "Good wand, that one. But I suppose they snapped it in half when you got expelled?"
Rubeus Hagrid: "Er — yes, they did, yes. I've still got the pieces, though."
Ollivander: "But you don't use them?"
Rubeus Hagrid: "Oh, no, sir."
Garrick Ollivander on Rubeus Hagrid's wand inside his umbrella[src]

Hagrid's Pink Umbrella[2] was an umbrella owned by Rubeus Hagrid in which he concealed the pieces of his broken wand,[1] after he was expelled from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1943.[3]


Hagrid's Umbrella

During his third year at Hogwarts, Hagrid was falsely accused by Tom Riddle to have released a monstrous creature on the school that killed a Muggle-born witch named Myrtle Warren. As a result of this, his wand was destroyed by the British Ministry of Magic.[3] Although it was destroyed, Dumbledore allowed him to secretly keep the shards of his wand in the shaft of a pink umbrella as the shards still possessed a good portion of the wand's original power. However, since he never graduated, Hagrid's magic was never flawless; so even though he was able to use the pink umbrella as a wand substitute, he did not have the skill required for complex feats of magic. This caused him to rarely perform the spells that he wanted to.[1]


Examples of unsuccessful magic

  • In 1991, Hagrid lost his temper after Vernon Dursley insulted Albus Dumbledore, and tried to transfigure Dudley Dursley into a pig in retaliation, but instead just gave him a pig's tail sticking out of his backside. Hagrid later regretted his loss of temper, but then claimed that he couldn't turn Dudley into a pig because he was already much like one, the tail being the last pig-like part of him.[1]
  • In 1997, during the Battle of the Seven Potters, Hagrid tried to save Harry from falling to his death by repairing the sidecar of Sirius Black's motorcycle, but instead destroyed it completely and made it fall away from the motorcycle. Harry, in sheer desperation, levitated the sidecar to stop it falling.[6]

Examples of successful magic

Behind the scenes

  • J. K. Rowling has commented on Hagrid's wand wood: "Hagrid, for instance, has an oak wand though by this Celtic system he should have a wand made of elder; in Britain, the oak is ‘King of the Forest’ and symbolises strength, protection and fecundity; what other wood could ‘choose’ Hagrid?"[9]


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 4 (The Keeper of the Keys)
  2. From the Story: Hagrid's Pink Umbrella at Pottermore (Archived here)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 13 (The Very Secret Diary)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley)
  5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 6 (Draco's Detour)
  6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 4 (The Seven Potters)
  7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 7 (Mudbloods And Murmurs)
  8. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 28 (Flight of the Prince)
  9. "Extra Stuff: Wands" from J. K. Rowling's official site (via The Internet Archive)