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"Technically, I'm not allowed to do magic..."
Rubeus Hagrid to Harry Potter on Harry's eleventh birthday in 1991[src]

The wand of Rubeus Hagrid was 16 inches in length and made of oak wood with an unknown core material.[1] Hagrid's wand was also described as "rather bendy" by Garrick Ollivander, who manufactured it.[1]



Hagrid with this wand

This wand was snapped when Hagrid was expelled from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in his third year.[2] He was allowed to keep the pieces of the wand, which he concealed inside an umbrella as he wasn't allowed to do magic due to his expulsion.[3]

"Shouldn'ta lost me temper, but it didn't work anyway. Meant ter turn him into a pig, but I suppose he was so much like a pig anyway there wasn't much left ter do."
— Hagrid musing over Dudley's pig-tail predicament in 1991[src]

The wand may have been, in some form, mended. When Hagrid collected Harry Potter from the shack the Dursleys were hiding in in 1991, Hagrid was able to conjure a fire to cook sausages, and to speed up the boat when he and Harry leave the shack. However, its failure to completely transfigure Dudley Dursley could be due to either the wand's inability to perform such complex magic, or because Hagrid, having been expelled in his third year, was unable to do anything more than give Dudley a pig's tail. Or perhaps, on a less serious note, Dudley could have already been so utterly pig-like, there was nothing more for Hagrid to do except give him the tail.[3]

Hagrid has also used the Water-Making Spell to put out his flaming house in the summer of 1997 after it was set ablaze by Thorfinn Rowle.[4]

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?[5]
  • At 16 inches, Hagrid's wand is the longest known wand within the series.
    • The only longer known wand is the prop replica of Lucius Malfoy's wand, which is 18" long, but whose length isn't officially stated in either the novels or the movies.
  • In contrast to the abilities of Hagrid's fragmented wand, after Hermione's spell breaks Harry's wand in Godric's Hollow in 1997, Harry is able to only mend it physically; or rather, despite the use of Reparo the use of minor spells are ineffective, and the attempts at major spells split the wand again, until Harry was able to recover the Elder Wand from Lord Voldemort; this wand had the magical ability to completely repair Harry's original holly phoenix-feather wand. It seems Albus Dumbledore may have repaired Hagrid's wand to some extent when he was in possession of the Elder Wand, possibly refraining from fully repairing it for fear of Hagrid's many wild extremities and some ineptitudes of complex spells.
    • It could also be possible that Dumbledore fully repaired Hagrid's wand with the Elder Wand but Hagrid was not fully skilled enough to perform some complex spells as he rarely used magic and Hagrid could have just used his umbrella to hide his wand because he was not allowed to perform magic. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 he used his wand to levitate the wedding tent.
  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Hagrid is the only one not raising a wand in the air after Dumbledore's death.


Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley)
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 13 (The Very Secret Diary)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 4 (The Keeper of the Keys)
  4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 28 (Flight of the Prince)
  5. "Extra Stuff: Wands" at J. K. Rowling's official site