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Rubeus Hagrid (born December 6, 1928), familiarly known by only his surname, "Hagrid," is the groundskeeper for Hogwarts and also the Care of Magical Creatures professor. He admires Albus Dumbledore beyond all other men and is Dumbledore's most passionate supporter and fiercest defender.
Hagrid is about twice as tall as the average man and three times as wide. He loves magical creatures, particularly unusual or dangerous ones, although he usually insists most of them are only dangerous due to a handler's disrespect or ignorance. J. K. Rowling has said that Hagrid has little interest in tame magical creatures because of the lack of a challenge, although he does have a cowardly boarhound called Fang. Hagrid befriends Harry Potter and his friends during their first year. He is one of the first characters to imply that the idea of thinking of wizards as "pure-bloods" and "half-bloods" is a dated concept. Hagrid is known for his friendliness, and thick accent.
Hagrid is of mixed human and giant parentage, his mother is the giantess Fridwulfa and his father who was a tiny wizard. When Hagrid was about 3 his mother left him and his father. Hagrid could pick up and carry his father by the age of 6. Since giants have a reputation for being horribly brutal, and were once allies of Lord Voldemort, Hagrid keeps his parentage secret and allows people to imagine other reasons for his great size.
Hagrid was a student at Hogwarts starting in 1938. During his third year, he was expelled after being falsely accused of opening the Chamber of Secrets. Following his expulsion, the Ministry of Magic forbade Hagrid to practice magic and destroyed his wand. Albus Dumbledore nonetheless convinces the Headmaster, Armando Dippet, to gave Hagrid the job of grounds keeper, including the magical creatures residing there. Hagrid subsequently reconstructed and continued to use his wand by incorporating it into an inconspicuous pink umbrella.
The First Wizarding War
During the First Wizarding War, Hagrid rescued Harry from his parents' house, which was destroyed by Lord Voldemort in 1981 when Harry was one years old. Using Sirius Black's motorbike he brought Harry to Dumbledore and Minerva McGonagall to Harry's only remaining family - the Dursleys.
The Philosopher's Stone
Once Harry was accepted into Hogwarts, Hagrid was given the task of locating Harry, as Vernon Dursley continually attempted to escape Harry's school acceptance letters. On Harry's eleventh birthday, he found Harry on the Hut-on-the-Rock and convinced/threatened the Dursleys to allow Harry to go to Hogwarts. This included having Harry's cousin, Dudley grow a pig tail. In addition, he brought Harry a birthday cake - something he had never had before. Once it was decided that Harry would be attending Hogwarts, he helped Harry to find his bearings in the magical world by taking him to the Leaky Cauldron and Diagon Alley to buy his school necessities. While in Diagon Alley, Harry and Hagrid go to Gringotts Wizarding Bank in order to take money out for Harry and one other small errand. Hagrid was taking the Philosopher's Stone back to Hogwarts for safe keeping.
Sometime in 1991, a hooded person (now known as Quirinus Quirrell in disguise) got Hagrid drunk in the Hog's Head. Hagrid is given a dragon egg to elicit details about Fluffy, the three-headed dog Hagrid has lent to Dumbledore to help guard the Philosopher's Stone. Hagrid again lets slip, this time to Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger, about how to calm Fluffy: one simply plays music and Fluffy will fall asleep. This allows the trio to pursue the potential thief. Once the dragon egg hatches, Hagrid lovingly names the hatchling Norbert, Harry, Ron, and Hermione, convince him to allow Norbert to be taken to a dragon sanctuary by friends of Charlie Weasley, who works with dragons.
Sent to Azkaban
During the 1992-1993 school year, Hagrid is sent to the wizarding prison, Azkaban, when the Chamber of Secrets is opened. It is assumed he is the one who has reopened the Chamber because of his prior expulsion. He is later exonerated and released when the real culprit is found. He is able to help Harry and Ron in their quest to solve the mystery of the Chamber of Secrets by telling them to "follow the spiders." This leads them to Aragog; the giant spider which Hagrid had kept as a pet while a student at Hogwarts and was blamed for the original attacks. After Harry killed the Basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets, Hagrid came back immediatly for the midnight in celebration of the closure of the Chamber, arriving back at Hogwarts at 3 o'clock in the morning.
- "S'all my fault. Got all tongue-tied. They was all sittin' there in black robes an' I kep' droppin' me notes and forgettin' all them dates yeh looked up fer me, Hermione. An' then Lucius Malfoy stood up an' said his bit, and the Committee jus' did exac'ly what he told 'em...."
- —Hagrid lamenting over Buckbeaks execution[src]
In 1993, Hagrid becomes a professor of the Care of Magical Creatures. On the first day of class, while Hagrid was teaching his third year students about Hippogriffs. After explaining the proper way to great a Hippogriff and choosing Harry to demonstrate, Draco Malfoy causes trouble by insulting Buckbeak, one of the Hippogriffs. Buckbeak attacks Draco for the slight, and the Ministry of Magic issues an order for the Buckbeak's termination, much to Hagrid's dismay. Harry and Hermione are able to save the hippogriff by going back in time by means of Hermione's Time-Turner.
The Triwizard Tournament
During the 1994-1995 school year, the Triwizard Tournament is held at Hogwarts. Students from Durmstrang Institute and Beauxbatons Academy of Magic attend Hogwarts starting in October and Hagrid is tasked with taking care of the the Beauxbatons' Abraxans who drink only single malt whiskey and require a forceful handling. Throughout the year Hagrid and Olympe Maxime, the headmistress of Beauxbatons and a half-giantess, have a budding romantic relationship including dancing during the Yule Ball. Hagrid is also tasked with helping Charlie Weasley and others to handle the dragons used during the first task of the tournament. Rita Skeeter interviews Hagrid for an article in the Daily Prophet. Rita Skeeter's twisted article causes Hagrid to temporarily lose his position as Professor of the Care of Magical Creatures, Professor Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank substitutes for Hagrid. After the ordeal is over, Hagrid is convince to come back and teach by Dumbledore, Harry, Ron, and Hermione.
After the school year, Hagrid and Madame Maxime set out as an envoy to the giants in the north. They wish to keep the giants from joining Lord Voldemort's side in the coming war. Despite early promise, the mission was unsuccessful.
Early in the school year Hagrid returns from his mission for Dumbledore with his half-brother, Grawp. In 1995, Dolores Umbridge is brought in as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor. The students, namely Harry, Ron and Hermione, form Dumbledore's Army in order to learn true defense. Early in 1996, Dumbledore is able to keep Umbridge from firing Hagrid, since he is half-giant, but he is put on probation. Firenze tells Harry to warn Hagrid about Grawp. Once Dumbledore is asked to step down as Headmaster and flees; Hagrid fears, correctly, that he will be driven out by Umbridge, who is instated as Headmistress of Hogwarts. In preparation for this, he introduces Harry, Ron and Hermione to Grawp. Grawp takes an immediate liking to Hermione, whom he calls "Hermy." Hagrid asks Harry and Hermione to take care of Grawp while he is absent. Hagrid is fired by Umbridge near the end of the school year. Once Dumbledore is reinstated as the Headmaster of Hogwarts, Hagrid is welcomed back to his post.
Hagrid finds out that none of the sixth-year Gryffindor students choose to continue past their O.W.L. level of Care of Magical Creatures. Hagrid misinterprets this as the students not liking him, instead of his poorly taught class. In 1997, Hagrid's once pet spider, Aragog, dies and Hagrid is distraught. Hagrid, along with Harry and Horace Slughorn buried Aragog. Near the end of the school year, Death Eaters burn Hagrid's house down. In the aftermath of Dumbledore's death, Hagrid is grief-stricken, having been his strongest supporter. Hagrid carries Dumbledore's body to be interred at Dumbledore's funeral. Later Hagrid and Madame Maxime are seen comforting one another.
The Second Wizarding War
At some point Hagrid's house was repaired since he a "Support Harry Potter" party was hosted there.
Hagrid was chosen to carry Harry Potter on Sirius Black's motorbike when a group of members of the Order of the Phoenix brought Harry from the home of the Dursleys shortly before his 17th birthday. He showed great devotion and bravery in getting Harry delivered despite the flying bike sustaining damage and having to dive off at a great height to attack a Death Eater. Since Hagrid has a history of having trouble keeping secrets, Harry Potter, and others including evidently, Fleur Delacour, suspected Hagrid was the one who had unintentionally informed the Death Eaters of the plan to take him out of his aunt and uncle's house, although this was later revealed to not be the case.
Once back at Hogwarts, Hagrid was to be arrested but managed to flee into the nearby hills and go into hiding. He returned with Grawp for the Battle of Hogwarts, in which they fought. During the battle, he ran out onto the grounds and was surrounded by a swarm of giant spiders. He was taken as a captive by the Death Eaters. After Harry's apparent death at the Dark Lord's hands, Hagrid was forced to carry Harry back to the castle. Despite the situation, Hagrid rebuked Voldemort for Harry's death as they approached the castle and sobbed over the loss of Harry. Hagrid was among the first to approach Harry in congratulations after he killed Voldemort.
Nineteen years later after the Second Wizarding War, Hagrid is still the gamekeeper at Hogwarts at 88 years old.
Albus Dumbledore displays an innate trust of Hagrid in every situation starting from when Hagrid attended Hogwarts. Dumbledore believes that Hagrid did not open the Chamber of Secrets and asks the Headmaster to train Hagrid as the groundskeeper so he could stay. Since that time Dumbledore has shown many examples of his faith in Hagrid. For example, Hagrid is the one tasked to protect Harry as he is brought to live with the Dursleys, in addition he is asked to bring the Philosopher's Stone back from Gringotts. Dumbledore also sends Hagrid on other important missions, such as attempting to persuade the giants to join the side of the Order of the Phoenix.
Harry Potter and Hagrid have a special relationship. Hagrid is one of the first people to be nice to Harry and truly care for him, in addition he is the one who introduces him to the Wizarding world and sees both of them as orphans left to fend for themselves. Hagrid is Harry's first true friend and a sort of mentor/father figure throughout Harry's time at Hogwarts. Hagrid and Harry help each other get through difficult situations and look out for one another. Hagrid meets Hermione and Ron through Harry, and he develops a friendship with them, although not as close as with Harry.
Hagrid and Harry do not always see eye-to-eye, however. In particular they disagree on Hagrid keeping dangerous, and often illegal, creatures in his house. This is first seen with Norbert, a dragon, whom Harry feels Hagrid is unable to handle.
Madame Olympe Maxime
During the Triwizard Tournament, Hagrid and Madame Olympe Maxime have a romantic relationship. They are often together, talking and walking the grounds and were a couple during the Yule Ball. After the school year was over, they left together and traveled to visit the giants in the North. It is unknown exactly what may have transpired during that trip, but Olympe Maxime returned to Beauxbatons in the fall to resume her position as Headmistress. Olympe Maxime was seen comforting Hagrid during the funeral of Albus Dumbledore. The current status of their relationship is unknown.
Grawp was Hagrid's younger half-brother; they both have the same mother, Fridwulfa. Hagrid and Grawp meet when he travels north to visit the giants. There Grawp is being picked on, since he is a small giant, and Hagrid decides to take him back to Hogwarts with him. Hagrid attempts to civilise Grawp, but his first attempts do not make much progress since Grawp is a slow learner and does not know much English. Once back at Hogwarts, Hagrid keeps Grawp tied to a tree in the Forbidden Forest. When Harry, Ron and Hermione are saved by Grawp in the Forbidden Forest he is upset that he has not seen Hagrid recently. By the time of Dumbledore's funeral, Grawp has is calm and dressed nicely and attempts to comfort Hagrid by patting him on the head.
Behind the scenes
- Robbie Coltrane was the first person to be cast in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
- In the films, Hagrid is played by Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane, although in some shots where Hagrid's height needs to be emphasized, former England rugby player Martin Bayfield.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Notes and references
- ↑ "JKRowling.com Archives: Birthdays" from Mugglenet
- ↑ In Chamber of Secrets, the date of that particular school year is firmly established as being 1992-93. It also says that Hagrid was expelled 50 years prior to this (1943), during his third year at Hogwarts. A third year student is 13-14 years old making Hagrid's year of birth 1928.