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Hagrid with Fang

Hagrid (wearing his overcoat) with Fang, in the Forbidden Forest.

"The giant sat back down on the sofa, which sagged under his weight, and began taking all sorts of things out of the pockets of his coat ..."
—Description.[src]

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Hagrid is first seen wearing this coat when he visits an 11-year-old Harry Potter on his birthday (31st of July, 1991), at the Hut-on-the-Rock, and tells him that he is a wizard. When he makes himself comfortable he begins to pull out all sorts of strange things. In his pockets, you will find:

  • His pink umbrella
  • A slightly squashed box with a large, sticky chocolate cake with "Happy Birthday Harry" written in green icing
  • A copper kettle
  • A squashy packet of sausages
  • A poker
  • A teapot
  • Several chipped mugs
  • A bottle of some amber liquid
  • A real, live rather ruffled-looking owl
  • A long quill
  • A roll of parchment
  • A very dirty, spotted handkerchief the size of a tablecloth
  • A couple of dormice
  • Bunches of keys
  • Slug pellets
  • Balls of string
  • Mint humbugs
  • Teabags
  • Strange-looking coins (Wizarding money: golden Galleons, silver Sickles and bronze Knuts)
  • Mouldy dog biscuits
  • A tiny golden key (Harry's vault key).  

Description

The coat is extremely large and black and is made up of pockets that house a number of unusual objects and creatures. Hagrid wears it often, as seen in the Hut-on-the-Rock, in Diagon Alley and possibly around the Hogwarts grounds and in his Hut. He once let Harry sleep under it for the night and told him to not mind it if it wriggles, as there might be dormice running around in one of the pockets. The next morning, an owl swoops in through the window and drops a newspaper (the Daily Prophet) on Hagrid and begins attacking and savaging the coat, demanding for its payment of five Knuts.  

Behind the scenes

  • In the first book, J. K. Rowling makes it very clear that the overcoat possesses some type of "magic power". However, we never hear of these abilities again, whereas in the films, the coat is portrayed as a normal travelling-cloak with no power what-so-ever.
  • It is possible that overcoat, itself, may be charmed with the Undetectable Extension Charm, as it can hold a great number of items in such small spaces.
  • In the Harry Potter film series, Hagrid wears a number of overcoats that differ in look and appearance. This makes it difficult to pinpoint as to which one may hold the charm. 

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