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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
===Harry Potter's pet===
 
===Harry Potter's pet===
[[File:Harry-potter-and-hedwig.jpg|thumb|left|Hedwig and Harry]]
 
Hagrid bought Hedwig as a [[Harry Potter's eleventh birthday|birthday]] present for Harry when they went to [[Diagon Alley]] together. Harry was delighted and couldn't stop stammering his thanks, while Hedwig had already fallen asleep after leaving the shop.<ref name="PS5">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', Chapter 5 - (''Diagon Alley'')</ref> Harry decided on her name after finding it in ''[[A History of Magic]]''. Before attending his first year at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], Harry routinely stayed in his bedroom with Hedwig, away from the [[Dursley family|Dursleys]], since she was the only living creature in the house that did not hate him.<ref name="PS6">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', Chapter 6 - (''The Journey from Platform Nine-and-Three-Quarters'')</ref> Throughout her life, Hedwig provided Harry with mail service, as well as loyal companionship. Hedwig often showed Harry her affection by gently nibbling his ears and fingers, and seemed fully capable of understanding his wishes (as she faithfully followed Harry's orders to peck [[Ronald Weasley]] and [[Hermione Granger]] until they responded to him).
 
   
[[File:Hedwigharry.jpg|thumb|right|Harry and Hedwig]]
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{{Quote|Harry now carried a large cage that held a beautiful snowy owl, fast asleep with her head under her wing.|Harry Potter after receiving Hedwig as a gift.|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
Hedwig was also highly intelligent, as she flew to [[France]] completely of her own accord while Hermione was on holiday there with her parents, just to ensure that Harry received a gift from her for his thirteenth birthday, later arriving at the [[Leaky Cauldron]] shortly after Harry stormed out of [[Privet Drive]] after a particularly bad argument despite the fact that she had been away and allegedly staying with the [[Weasleys]] when Harry left the Dursleys; she was also able to deliver letters even though there was no specific address given. Hedwig was a proud creature, and had a habit of staring or hooting "reproachfully," and showing Harry her tail, cuffing him with a wing, or even nipping him a little harder than usual if she was offended by his thoughtless words or actions. She also seemed fairly disdainful of the hyperactive behaviour of [[Ron Weasley]]'s pet owl, [[Pigwidgeon]].
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[[File:Hedwig,_Seamus,_Ron_and_Harry_Potter_(1991).JPG|thumb|left|Hedwig with [[Harry Potter]] and [[Ron Weasley]].]]
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[[File:Tumblr_lvf9odTv9L1qdg3u6o1_250.gif|thumb|left|220px|Harry and Hedwig in [[1993]]]]
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[[Rubeus Hagrid]] bought Hedwig as a [[Harry Potter's eleventh birthday|birthday]] present for Harry when they went to [[Diagon Alley]] together. Harry was delighted and couldn't stop stammering his thanks, while Hedwig had already fallen asleep after leaving the shop.<ref name="PS5">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', Chapter 5 - (''Diagon Alley'')</ref> Harry decided on her name after finding it in ''[[A History of Magic]]''. Before attending his first year at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], Harry routinely stayed in his bedroom with Hedwig, away from the [[Dursley family|Dursleys]], since she was the only living creature in the house that did not hate him.<ref name="PS6">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', Chapter 6 - (''The Journey from Platform Nine-and-Three-Quarters'')</ref> Throughout her life, Hedwig provided Harry with mail service, as well as loyal companionship. Hedwig often showed Harry her affection by gently nibbling his ears and fingers, and seemed fully capable of understanding his wishes (as she faithfully followed Harry's orders to peck [[Ronald Weasley]] and [[Hermione Granger]] until they responded to him).
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[[File:Hedwigharry.jpg|thumb|209px|Harry and Hedwig]]
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Hedwig was also highly intelligent, as she flew to [[France]] completely of her own accord while Hermione was on holiday there with her parents, just to ensure that Harry received a gift from her for his thirteenth birthday, later arriving at the [[Leaky Cauldron]] shortly after Harry stormed out of [[Privet Drive]] after a particularly bad argument despite the fact that she had been away and allegedly staying with the [[Weasleys]] when Harry left the Dursleys. According to the landlord, [[Tom]], she arrived five minutes before he did.<ref name="PA3">''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', Chapter 3 - (''The Knight Bus'')</ref> She was also able to deliver letters even though there was no specific address given. Hedwig was a proud creature, and had a habit of staring or hooting "reproachfully," and showing Harry her tail, cuffing him with a wing, or even nipping him a little harder than usual if she was offended by his thoughtless words or actions. She also seemed fairly disdainful of the hyperactive behaviour of [[Ron Weasley]]'s pet owl, [[Pigwidgeon]].
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[[File:Hedwig,_Seamus,_Ron_and_Harry_Potter_(1991).JPG|thumb|left|254px|Hedwig with [[Harry Potter]] and [[Ron Weasley]].]]
   
 
While living with the [[Dursleys]], Hedwig was locked in her cage for months at a time to prevent Harry from sending messages to his "freaky little friends." As a result, the first holidays after Hogwarts were a frustrating and boring time for her, as much as for Harry. When Harry was rescued by the [[Weasley family|Weasley brothers]] in [[1992]], Hedwig was freed from her cage and flew along following behind the [[flying Ford Anglia]] all the way to [[The Burrow]]. In [[1992]] when Harry thought his friends had forgotten him, he mused that Hedwig was the only reason he knew that discovering the wizarding world had not just been a dream. Fortunately, her frustrated hooting during her first year with them convinced the [[Dursleys]] to subsequently let Harry let Hedwig out for flights so long as he didn't use her to send messages, though Harry sometimes ignored this rule and possibly began ignoring it entirely after meeting [[Sirius Black]] and gaining leverage with the Dursleys.
 
While living with the [[Dursleys]], Hedwig was locked in her cage for months at a time to prevent Harry from sending messages to his "freaky little friends." As a result, the first holidays after Hogwarts were a frustrating and boring time for her, as much as for Harry. When Harry was rescued by the [[Weasley family|Weasley brothers]] in [[1992]], Hedwig was freed from her cage and flew along following behind the [[flying Ford Anglia]] all the way to [[The Burrow]]. In [[1992]] when Harry thought his friends had forgotten him, he mused that Hedwig was the only reason he knew that discovering the wizarding world had not just been a dream. Fortunately, her frustrated hooting during her first year with them convinced the [[Dursleys]] to subsequently let Harry let Hedwig out for flights so long as he didn't use her to send messages, though Harry sometimes ignored this rule and possibly began ignoring it entirely after meeting [[Sirius Black]] and gaining leverage with the Dursleys.
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====Battle of the Seven Potters and death====
 
====Battle of the Seven Potters and death====
{{Quote|No...NO! Hedwig...Hedwig...|Harry to Hedwig, after her [[death]].|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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[[File:Tumblr_lug4mz1evZ1qgt0vro5_250.gif|frame|Hedwig gets hit with the [[Killing Curse]] during the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]]]]
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{{Quote|No... NO! Hedwig... Hedwig...|Harry to Hedwig, after her [[death]].|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
 
In [[1997]], Hedwig was killed during the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]]. While in the air, a Death Eater cast the [[Killing Curse]], which was most likely meant for Hagrid, but struck Hedwig instead, killing her instantly. It was said she fell like a rag doll to the bottom of her cage immediately.
 
In [[1997]], Hedwig was killed during the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]]. While in the air, a Death Eater cast the [[Killing Curse]], which was most likely meant for Hagrid, but struck Hedwig instead, killing her instantly. It was said she fell like a rag doll to the bottom of her cage immediately.
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==Personality and traits==
 
==Personality and traits==
[[File:11-stills-mq-scarpotter-07_large.jpg|thumb|Harry with Hedwig in 1994, the beginning his Fourth Year.]]
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[[File:11-stills-mq-scarpotter-07_large.jpg|thumb|left|142px|Harry with Hedwig in 1994, the beginning his Fourth Year.]]
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{{Quote|Just as he limped past the window, Hedwig soared through it with a soft rustle of wings like a small [[ghost]]. 'About time!' Harry snarled, as she landed lightly on top of her cage. 'You can put that down, I've got work for you!' 'Hedwig's large round amber eyes gazed reproachfully at him over the dead frog clamped in her beak. .... In addition to every other miserable feeling, he now felt guilty that he'd been irritable with Hedwig; she was the only friend at he had at [[4 Privet Drive|number four, Privet Drive]].|Hedwig expresses her displeasure at Harry's treatment of her.|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
 
{{Quote|Just as he limped past the window, Hedwig soared through it with a soft rustle of wings like a small [[ghost]]. 'About time!' Harry snarled, as she landed lightly on top of her cage. 'You can put that down, I've got work for you!' 'Hedwig's large round amber eyes gazed reproachfully at him over the dead frog clamped in her beak. .... In addition to every other miserable feeling, he now felt guilty that he'd been irritable with Hedwig; she was the only friend at he had at [[4 Privet Drive|number four, Privet Drive]].|Hedwig expresses her displeasure at Harry's treatment of her.|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
   
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*In the [[Harry Potter films|films]], Hedwig is played by [[Gizmo]]<ref>''[http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=5802 Meet Gary Gero, Animal Trainer for Two Harry Potter Movies]''</ref> , and his main stunt replacements, [[Ook]] and [[Sprout]].<ref>''[http://www.mugglenet.com/movies/movie1/trivia.shtml First Movie Trivia]''</ref>
 
*In the [[Harry Potter films|films]], Hedwig is played by [[Gizmo]]<ref>''[http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=5802 Meet Gary Gero, Animal Trainer for Two Harry Potter Movies]''</ref> , and his main stunt replacements, [[Ook]] and [[Sprout]].<ref>''[http://www.mugglenet.com/movies/movie1/trivia.shtml First Movie Trivia]''</ref>
 
*Ook was the first cast member to be chosen for a role in the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|film version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]''.<ref>''[http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ook Portuguese language Wikipedia]''</ref>
 
*Ook was the first cast member to be chosen for a role in the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|film version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]''.<ref>''[http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ook Portuguese language Wikipedia]''</ref>
*The death of Hedwig was meant to symbolize Harry's loss of innocence as he came of age.<ref>[http://www.bloomsbury.com/harrypotter/default.aspx?sec=3 Bloomsbury Live Chat]</ref>
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*The death of Hedwig symbolised Harry's loss of innocence as he came of age.<ref>[http://www.bloomsbury.com/harrypotter/default.aspx?sec=3 Bloomsbury Live Chat]</ref>
 
*[[J. K. Rowling]] originally intended to make Hedwig open Harry's [[Golden Snitch]] in ''Deathly Hallows''.<ref>"[http://harryahistory.com/2008/08/hedwig-owl-of-a-different-fate.html Hedwig: Owl of a Different Fate?]" on the ''Harry, A History'' site</ref>
 
*[[J. K. Rowling]] originally intended to make Hedwig open Harry's [[Golden Snitch]] in ''Deathly Hallows''.<ref>"[http://harryahistory.com/2008/08/hedwig-owl-of-a-different-fate.html Hedwig: Owl of a Different Fate?]" on the ''Harry, A History'' site</ref>
[[File:Hedwig_Plush.png|thumb|right|175px|Hedwig plush from The [[Wizarding World of Harry Potter]].]]
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[[File:Hedwig_Plush.png|thumb|165px|Hedwig plush from The [[Wizarding World of Harry Potter]].]]
 
*In reality, there are two female saints named Hedwig. One is Saint [[Wikipedia:Hedwig of Andechs|Hedwig of Andechs]] (1174–1243), Duchess of [[Wikipedia:Silesia|Silesia]]. The other one is Saint [[Wikipedia:Hedwig of Poland|Hedwig (Jadwiga)]] (1373–1399), King of Poland. A St. Hedwig's Day<ref>'''[http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/myleaky/events/500 The-Leaky-Cauldron.org]''': ''St. Hedwig's day''</ref> dedicated to Hedwig of Andechs has been observed in [[October]] 16th every year since she was canonised in 1267.
 
*In reality, there are two female saints named Hedwig. One is Saint [[Wikipedia:Hedwig of Andechs|Hedwig of Andechs]] (1174–1243), Duchess of [[Wikipedia:Silesia|Silesia]]. The other one is Saint [[Wikipedia:Hedwig of Poland|Hedwig (Jadwiga)]] (1373–1399), King of Poland. A St. Hedwig's Day<ref>'''[http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/myleaky/events/500 The-Leaky-Cauldron.org]''': ''St. Hedwig's day''</ref> dedicated to Hedwig of Andechs has been observed in [[October]] 16th every year since she was canonised in 1267.
 
*[[J. K. Rowling]] considered [[Snowy Owl]]s to be "the most beautiful [[owl]] of all," ergo her choice in Hedwig's colour.
 
*[[J. K. Rowling]] considered [[Snowy Owl]]s to be "the most beautiful [[owl]] of all," ergo her choice in Hedwig's colour.

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Heddy
Hedwig
Biographical information
Born

Before August 1991[1]

Died

27 July, 1997
Somewhere over England[2]

Physical information
Species

Snowy Owl[1]

Gender

Female

Feathers

Snow White

Eye colour

Amber

Affiliation
Loyalty
"Very smart owl you've got there. Arrived about five minutes after you did."
Tom comments on Hedwig's intelligence.[src]

Hedwig (b. before early 1991 - 27 July 1997) was Harry Potter's pet Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus).[3] She was a gift to Harry on his eleventh birthday from Rubeus Hagrid, in 1991 and was purchased from Eeylops Owl Emporium. Owls are used by wizards to deliver mail, but Hedwig was also an important companion as Harry was initiated into the wizarding world, and continued to be one of his closest companions until her death in the Battle of the Seven Potters in 1997.

BiographyEdit

Harry Potter's petEdit

"Harry now carried a large cage that held a beautiful snowy owl, fast asleep with her head under her wing."
—Harry Potter after receiving Hedwig as a gift.[src]
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Harry and Hedwig in 1993

Rubeus Hagrid bought Hedwig as a birthday present for Harry when they went to Diagon Alley together. Harry was delighted and couldn't stop stammering his thanks, while Hedwig had already fallen asleep after leaving the shop.[1] Harry decided on her name after finding it in A History of Magic. Before attending his first year at Hogwarts, Harry routinely stayed in his bedroom with Hedwig, away from the Dursleys, since she was the only living creature in the house that did not hate him.[4] Throughout her life, Hedwig provided Harry with mail service, as well as loyal companionship. Hedwig often showed Harry her affection by gently nibbling his ears and fingers, and seemed fully capable of understanding his wishes (as she faithfully followed Harry's orders to peck Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger until they responded to him).

Hedwigharry
Harry and Hedwig
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Hedwig was also highly intelligent, as she flew to France completely of her own accord while Hermione was on holiday there with her parents, just to ensure that Harry received a gift from her for his thirteenth birthday, later arriving at the Leaky Cauldron shortly after Harry stormed out of Privet Drive after a particularly bad argument despite the fact that she had been away and allegedly staying with the Weasleys when Harry left the Dursleys. According to the landlord, Tom, she arrived five minutes before he did.[5] She was also able to deliver letters even though there was no specific address given. Hedwig was a proud creature, and had a habit of staring or hooting "reproachfully," and showing Harry her tail, cuffing him with a wing, or even nipping him a little harder than usual if she was offended by his thoughtless words or actions. She also seemed fairly disdainful of the hyperactive behaviour of Ron Weasley's pet owl, Pigwidgeon.

Hedwig, Seamus, Ron and Harry Potter (1991)
Hedwig with Harry Potter and Ron Weasley.
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While living with the Dursleys, Hedwig was locked in her cage for months at a time to prevent Harry from sending messages to his "freaky little friends." As a result, the first holidays after Hogwarts were a frustrating and boring time for her, as much as for Harry. When Harry was rescued by the Weasley brothers in 1992, Hedwig was freed from her cage and flew along following behind the flying Ford Anglia all the way to The Burrow. In 1992 when Harry thought his friends had forgotten him, he mused that Hedwig was the only reason he knew that discovering the wizarding world had not just been a dream. Fortunately, her frustrated hooting during her first year with them convinced the Dursleys to subsequently let Harry let Hedwig out for flights so long as he didn't use her to send messages, though Harry sometimes ignored this rule and possibly began ignoring it entirely after meeting Sirius Black and gaining leverage with the Dursleys.

Snowy Owls are not native to Great Britain, and this caused some inconvenience, as she could not always perform tasks for Harry. Specifically, when Sirius Black was in hiding from the Ministry of Magic in 1994, Harry could not send Hedwig to deliver messages to him, as onlookers would remember a Snowy Owl always going to and from a specific location, prompting a brief disagreement between the two when Hedwig resented being neglected in such a manner. During 1995, she was attacked by associates of Dolores Umbridge when Umbridge tried to intercept Harry's mail, requiring Dobby and Professor Grubby-Plank to nurse her back to health.

Battle of the Seven Potters and deathEdit

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Hedwig gets hit with the Killing Curse during the Battle of the Seven Potters
"No... NO! Hedwig... Hedwig..."
—Harry to Hedwig, after her death.[src]

In 1997, Hedwig was killed during the Battle of the Seven Potters. While in the air, a Death Eater cast the Killing Curse, which was most likely meant for Hagrid, but struck Hedwig instead, killing her instantly. It was said she fell like a rag doll to the bottom of her cage immediately.

To add to his grief, Harry was forced to destroy the side car with Hedwig's body inside to slow down the pursuing Death Eaters. Harry was devastated by the loss, for which all of his friends comforted him. Hagrid consoled him by asserting Hedwig lived "a great old life."

Personality and traitsEdit

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Harry with Hedwig in 1994, the beginning his Fourth Year.
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"Just as he limped past the window, Hedwig soared through it with a soft rustle of wings like a small ghost. 'About time!' Harry snarled, as she landed lightly on top of her cage. 'You can put that down, I've got work for you!' 'Hedwig's large round amber eyes gazed reproachfully at him over the dead frog clamped in her beak. .... In addition to every other miserable feeling, he now felt guilty that he'd been irritable with Hedwig; she was the only friend at he had at number four, Privet Drive."
—Hedwig expresses her displeasure at Harry's treatment of her.[src]

Hedwig was very loyal to Harry and frequently displayed affection for him by nipping him gently. She sometimes fell out with her master, but they always made up with each other before long. Hedwig obeyed Harry's requests and even pecked Ron and Hermione on Harry's orders, in order to get them to write back to him.[6] She was a dignified and proud creature and was disapproving of less mature owls such as Pigwidgeon.[7] Hedwig would also make a lot of noise if she was locked in her cage for too long.[8] Like most owls, Hedwig was a keen hunter and when possible, was allowed to fly outside free and catch food for herself, such as frogs.[9]

Behind the scenesEdit

Hedwig Plush
Hedwig plush from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
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AppearancesEdit

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