Rubeus Hagrid's crossbow was the half-giant, gamekeeper, Hagrid's primary weapon, as his wand had been broken when he was expelled from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the 1943. He would sometimes keep it outside next to his door.[1] He often carried it for protection when making trips into the Forbidden Forest, such as in spring of 1992 when he took Harry, Hermione, Neville, and Draco to help look for an injured unicorn.[2] He answered the door with in May of 1993 when Harry and Ron went to visit him after Hermione was Petrified by Basilisk.[3] In 1995, he was carrying it when Albus Dumbledore asked him to go and fetch Igor Karkaroff after Viktor Krum was attacked.[4] He also had it in the spring of 1996 when he took Harry and Hermione to meet his half-brother, Grawp.[5]

On 1 March 1997, he carried it with him into the Hospital Wing to visit Ron after he was mistakenly poisoned. It was broken shortly thereafter when Hagrid briefly lost his temper at Harry's repeated accusations against Professor Snape.[6]

It is unknown if Hagrid ever repaired or replaced it.


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 8 (The Potions Master)
  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 15 (The Forbidden Forest)
  3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 14 (Cornelius Fudge)
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 28 (The Madness of Mr Crouch)
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 30 (Grawp)
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 19 (Elf Tails)
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