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"And Odo the hero, they bore him back home
To the place that he'd known as a lad,
They laid him to rest with his hat inside out
And his wand snapped in two, which was sad.
—Part of a song about Odo.[src]

Odo was a wizard, apparently a male about whom a song was written.

"And for a while after that, Hagrid and Slughorn were sitting side by side, arms around each other, singing a slow sad song about a dying wizard called Odo."
Rubeus Hagrid and Horace Slughorn after Aragog's burial.[src]

In 1996, Rubeus Hagrid and Professor Slughorn sang the song about Odo when they were drunk right after Aragog's funeral. Also, at Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour's wedding Hagrid, Charlie Weasley, and a "squat wizard in a purple porkpie hat" were singing "Odo the Hero".[1]

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  • Odo could have possibly been a friend of Hagrid's since Hagrid was around in both situations the song was sung or it could just be a drinking song of sorts. The latter seems more likely.


"Odo" is a name typically associated with historical figures from the Middle Ages and before, most especially Count Odo, who led an unsuccessful defence of Paris against the Vikings in 885. Odo is etymologically related to various European names which all come from a Germanic word meaning "possessor of wealth".


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 22 (After the Burial)

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