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Rubeus Hagrid: "I’ve never met another one before!"
Olympe Maxime: "Anuzzer what, precisely?"
Rubeus Hagrid: "Another half-giant, o’ course!"
Olympe Maxime: "’Ow dare you! I ’ave nevair been more insulted in my life! ’Alf-giant? Moi? I ’ave — I ’ave big bones!"
Rubeus Hagrid accidentally insulting Olympe Maxime about her half-giant heritage[src]

Half-giants were beings with some, but not a total, amount of giant heritage or blood, as well as part human blood. For instance, a human might have had a Giant mother and a wizard father or vice versa.[4][1]

Characteristics and appearance

All known half-giants had magical blood and were capable of producing magic, traits they received from their witch or wizard ancestors.[1] From their giant family they usually retained a large height and build,[2] they were usually considered extremely tall by human standards and short by giant standards. They also retained the natural resistance to most types of magical attacks from their giant blood.[5][6]

The large physical build of half-giants lends itself easily to great physical strength and stamina that could rival many, if not most magical creatures, with endurance dependent on how active an individual's lifestyle was. They were also gifted with human intelligence, enabling them to learn the use of magic at a wizarding school and the right to own a wand.[2]

Despite their immense stature, half-giants appeared otherwise indistinguishable from humans, as their proportions relative to their size were not said to be abnormal, meaning that they simply appeared as oversized humans.

It is unknown as to whether a half-giant would still have magic if the human parent was a Muggle; it is possible they could receive magic from the giant parent. In any case, the entire question would be more academic theory than a practical concern. The very act of a Muggle even meeting a giant, let alone having offspring with one, would be a breach of Clause 73 of the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy. Such a union after the events of the First Wizarding War became even less likely; Muggle mountaineers who approach the colony of the last giants would meet their demise at the hands of these fearsome beings.

Half-giants could not use any potion that was only designed for human physiology, such as Polyjuice Potion.[7]

Oppression

Cornelius Fudge: "Dumbledore, you know what that woman is?"
Albus Dumbledore: "I consider her to be a very able headmistress — and an excellent dancer."
Cornelius Fudge: "Dumbledore, come! Don’t you think you might be prejudiced in her favour because of Hagrid? They don’t all turn out harmless — if, indeed, you can call Hagrid harmless, with that monster fixation he’s got —"
Albus Dumbledore: "I no more suspect Madame Maxime than Hagrid. I think it possible that it is you who are prejudiced, Cornelius."
— Cornelius Fudge expressing prejudice towards the half-giant Olympe Maxime[src]

Many half-giants have been discriminated against, as with werewolves, centaurs, and other half-humans. This prejudice was notoriously demonstrated by Death Eaters, some Pure-bloods, and others like Dolores Umbridge.[8] One example of this prejudice is then-Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge accusing Olympe Maxime of murdering Bartemius Crouch Senior during his conversation with Albus Dumbledore because of Crouch's disappearance taking place near the Beauxbatons Carriage, despite having no conclusive evidence to back up this claim and instead basing this suspicion around the violent nature that giants commonly have.[9] Pure giants also looked down on half-giants due to their inferior sizes, as it is a giant's pride to give birth to large children.[1]

Half-giants were rare, as Hagrid never thought he would meet another one before Madame Maxime. This suggests that the bonding between humans and giants was indeed rare, seeing animosity for giants as it was. Maxime desperately kept her heritage hidden to protect herself from prejudice.[4]

Known Half-giants

See also

Appearances

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 24 (Rita Skeeter's Scoop)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 4 (The Keeper of the Keys)
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 15 (Beauxbatons and Durmstrang)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 23 (The Yule Ball)
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 31 (O.W.L.s)
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 28 (Flight of the Prince)
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 4 (The Seven Potters)
  8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 21 (The Eye of the Snake)
  9. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 29 (The Dream)
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