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Rubeus Hagrid using axle grease on his hair

"Hagrid was wearing his best (and very horrible) hairy brown suit, plus a checked yellow-and-orange tie. This wasn't the worst of it, though; he had evidently tried to tame his hair, using large quantities of what appeared to be axle grease."

Axle grease is a petroleum-based substance used to lubricate wheel bearings.

Just before the Hallowe'en Feast in 1994, Rubeus Hagrid slicked his hair with a coat of axle grease in an attempt to tame it and impress Olympe Maxime.[1] By next month, Hagrid seemed to have given up on the use of axle grease, although he still attempted to comb his hair — leaving the comb's broken teeth tangled in it.[2]


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 16 (The Goblet of Fire)
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 19 (The Hungarian Horntail)