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Species information
Sentience

Half-sentient (for their low intelligence)

Eye colour

Varies

Height of average adult

Twelve feet

Distinction(s)
  • Giant-like appearance
  • Low intelligence
Affiliation

Norwegian National Quidditch team

Ministry of Magic Classification

XXXX

Status

Beast

"Anyone can speak Troll. All you have to do is point and grunt."
Fred Weasley joking about Troll language.[src]

A Troll is a magical creature of prodigious strength and immense stupidity. In fact, they are so stupid that they actually had a wizarding exam failing grade named after them.

Physical Description

Trolls generally reach a height of about twelve feet and weigh up to a ton. Troll whiskers have magical properties, and are sometimes used as wand cores. Their feet have two toes, both with giant toenails.
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A Troll

Behaviour

They are dangerously violent and incredibly aggressive, and then engage in unpredictable behaviour; comparable to giants.

Origin

Trolls originated in Scandinavia, but are now found all across Europe.

Diet

Trolls, similar to Acromantulas, have a taste for human flesh. They enjoy it raw, but are not fussy about what they eat. Trolls are also fond of fish.[1]

Society and Culture

Troll language is nothing more than simple grunts that only Trolls seem to be able to interpret, though skilled magical multi-linguists such as Barty Crouch can understand them. Trolls understand only a limited number of Human words, and some smarter ones can be skillfully trained as security Trolls. Professor Quirrell had a gift for communicating with Trolls, and then used it to set one loose in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1991 in an effort to steal the Philosopher's Stone.

History

A Troll was Quirrell's contribution to guarding the Philosopher's Stone.

Artemius Lawson was an outspoken advocate for the strict restraint of trolls. He thought it was wrong to allow them to roam free, stating that "they were creatures who weighed a ton, but had brains the size of a bogey".

Sub-species

There are four different types of Troll, each with its own highly unique set of physical differences.

A sub-type is the Troll of Nadroj, a kind of troll with disporpotionate hands.

Security trolls, the smartest troll specimens, are skillfully trained to guard several wizarding locations.

Behind the scenes

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The troll as a Lego minifigure.

part-Troll, judging by his odour.

enhanced strength. However, one of the questions on the Wizards' Ordinary Magic and Basic Aptitude Test, when taken with information on the Patronus Charm from Wonderbook: Book of Spells, implies that both hags and trolls can use rudimentary magic.

  • After the details of the Sorting ceremony were revealed in 1991, Ron stated that he was going to kill his brother Fred, who had suggested that the test to get into Hogwarts involved wrestling a troll.
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  • Though often derided as stupid, trolls are obviously intelligent, or at least sapient, beings.  This is seen in their wielding of weapons, dressing themselves, and their attempts to domesticate other beasts (such as graphorns).  This indicates that trolls are early to mid Stone Age in terms of culture, and likely possess rudimentary intelligence.

See also

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