"The hag is a child-eating creature of human appearance, though likely to have more warts than the average witch."
The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection[src]

A hag is a savage being that looks like an ugly, old witch but has more warts.[4] They possess rudimentary magic, similar to that of a troll.[5] Little is known of them, though it is thought that they are what Muggles think are witches and are therefore popular in Muggle literature.


Ministry classification

The Ministry of Magic classifies hags as beings, a fact that causes centaurs and merpeople to desire the classification of beast.[3]

Known hags


Bethany Harrison's painting

Hags are what Muggles would recognise as "fairy tale witches": the above is Muggle child Bethany Harrison's impression of witch Winifred Whittle

Hags can occasionally be encountered in Diagon and Knockturn Alleys, as well as Hogsmeade[9]; however, some hags like Annis Black live in caves.[2]


Hags eat children[2], and raw liver is part of their diets.[9]

Behind the scenes

  • The hag is a creature from English folklore. Originally used a way to explain the then-unknown condition of sleep paralysis, the "Old Hag" was a spirit that sat on a person's chest while they slept and gave them nightmares. The concept later evolved to be used for any malevolent and ugly old woman.
  • According to W.O.M.B.A.T, hags might only have four toes on each foot.[5]
  • Whether any male Hags exist is unknown.


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