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Hagrid
Rubeus Hagrid´s wand
History information
Manufacturer

Garrick Ollivander[1]

Made

Before 1940

Master(s)

Rubeus Hagrid

Owner(s)

Rubeus Hagrid

Material information
Wood

Oak[1]

Length

16"[1]

Characteristics

Bendy[1]

"Technically, I'm not allowed to do magic..."
Rubeus Hagrid to Harry Potter on Harry's eleventh birthday in 1991[src]

The wand of Rubeus Hagrid is 16" long, and made of oak wood[1]; the core material is unknown. This wand is the longest ever recorded, except for Lucius Malfoy's wand, which measured 18" in length. The wand is described as "rather bendy"[1]. This wand was snapped when Hagrid was expelled from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in his third year[2], and either repaired or replaced at some point prior to his picking up Harry at his eleventh birthday. The wand was presumably concealed inside an umbrella.

Uses

"Shouldn'ta lost me temper, but it didn't work anyway. Meant ter turn him into a pig, but I suppose he was so much like a pig anyway there wasn't much left ter do."
—Hagrid musing over Dudley's pig-tail predicament in 1991.[src]

The wand may have been, in some form, mended (probably by Dumbledore using the Elder Wand because this wand showed the power to repair broken wands). When Hagrid collects Harry from the shack the Dursleys are hiding in, Hagrid is able to make a fire to cook sausages, and to speed up the boat when he and Harry leave the shack. However, its failure to completely transfigure Dudley Dursley could be due to either the wand's inability to perform such complex magic, or because Hagrid, having been expelled in his third year, was unable to do anything more than give Dudley a pig's tail. Or perhaps, on a less serious note, Dudley could have already been so utterly pig-like, there was nothing more for Hagrid to do except give him the tail.

Hagrid has also used Aguamenti to put out his flaming house in the summer of 1997 after it was set ablaze by Thorfinn Rowle.

Behind the scenes

  • J. K. Rowling has commented on Hagrid's wand wood: "Hagrid, for instance, has an oak wand though by this Celtic system he should have a wand made of elder; in Britain, the oak is ‘King of the Forest’ and symbolizes strength, protection and fecundity; what other wood could ‘choose’ Hagrid?"[3]
  • In contrast to the abilities of Hagrid's fragmented wand, after Hermione's spell breaks Harry's wand in Godric's Hollow in 1997, Harry is able to only mend it physically; or rather, despite the use of Reparo the use of minor spells are ineffective, and the attempts at major spells split the wand again, until Harry was able to recover the Elder Wand from Lord Voldemort; this wand had the magical ability to completely repair Harry's original holly phoenix-feather wand. It seems Albus Dumbledore may have repaired Hagrid's wand to some extent when he was in possession of the Elder Wand, possibly refraining from fully repairing it for fear of Hagrid's many wild extremities and some ineptitudes of complex spells.
  • It could also be possible that Dumbledore fully repaired Hagrid's wand with the Elder Wand but Hagrid was not fully skilled enough to perform some complex spells as he rarely used magic and Hagrid could have just used his umbrella to hide his wand because he was not allowed to perform magic. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 he used his wand to levitate the wedding tent.
  • In film adaptation of Half-Blood Prince Hagrid is shown raising his wand after Dumbledore's death.

Appearances

Hagrid's wand and coat inside his hut
Hagrid's wand in the coat.
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Notes and references

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