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"Anyone can speak Troll. All you have to do is point and grunt."
—The 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. Trolls are grouped in the taxonomical genus Troglodytarum.[1]

Description

Physical appearance

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

Behaviour

They are dangerously violent and incredibly aggressive, and they engage in unpredictable behaviour, comparable to giants. They are also incredibly low in intelligence, of which giants seem to have more.

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.[2]

Society and Culture

Troll language is supposedly 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.

Mountain trolls have been known to tame and ride Graphorns, or at least try to ride them. Graphorns don’t seem to be very keen on the idea. [3]

History

"I went looking for the troll because I — I thought I could deal with it on my own — you know, because I've read all about them."
—Hermione Granger lying after encountering a Troll[src]

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

Trolls are not recognized as magical beings.[4] Pierre Bonaccord, the first Supreme Mugwump of the International Confederation of Wizards, wanted to stop troll-hunting and give them rights, but his appointment to that office was contested by Liechtenstein, since they were having problems with a tribe of very dangerous mountain trolls at the time.[5]

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".

The Black family kept an umbrella stand made out of a troll's leg in their front hall. A large stuffed troll can be found in the ese were evidently a di.ferent type of troll than the mountain variety, since the

Professor Quirrell, to create a diversion so he could go after the Philosopher's Stone, let a mountain troll into the castle on Hallowe'en, 1991. It wandered around the corridors until Harry Potter and Ron Weasley locked it in a girls' bathroom, only to realize soon after that Hermione Granger was also in that particular bathroom. With a lucky combination of derring-do, desperate magic, and "sheer dumb luck," they managed to knock it out and save Hermione.

Trolls participate in wizarding society to some extent; some witches and wizards make a career out of training security trolls. These were evidently a different type of troll than the mountain variety, since they seemed considerably more intelligent and less smelly. Dumbledore hired security trolls to guard the Fat Lady after Sirius Black attacked her. They spent all their time pacing the corridor in front of the Fat Lady's portrait, giving dirty looks to everyone who happened by and comparing the sizes of their clubs.

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

Sub-species

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

The Mountain Troll is the largest and most violent of the various troll species. It stands twelve feet tall, with grey skin, a lumpy body, and flat horny feet. It exudes a powerfully awful smell, “a mixture of old socks and the kind of public toilet no one seems to clean.” Its nose is full of what looks like lumpy, gray glue: troll boogers.[6]

The Forest Troll has pale-green skin and straggly hair.[7] This breed of troll is native to forests or woodlands, some may even live in the Forbidden Forest.[8]

The River Troll has hairy purple skin and short horns. It is often found lurking under bridges.[9] They are often found lurking beneath bridges or in the middle of rivers.

Part-Troll is apparently a sub-species that exists. Part-trolls are, apparently, beings with some, but not a total, amount of troll heritage or blood, as well as part human blood.

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

Behind the scenes

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The troll as a Lego minifigure

  • The troll is a creature from Norse mythology. Though sometimes depicted as being little different from humans, later Scandinavian folklore began to increasingly depict them as ugly, stupid, and brutish, a depiction that has persisted into modern fantasy works.
  • In the Philosopher's Stone book and PS1/GBC game, there is a room with a troll that belongs to Professor Quirrell. However, in the film, this scene was omitted.
  • In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Ron Weasley draws a picture of a troll and describes Gregory Goyle as one.
  • In the video game adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, "Security Trolls" are made in the last parts of the game. They are shown to be watching the library, and will end the game if they catch the player. To distract them, Ron must throw a Dungbomb around one. If close enough, the Troll will walk towards them. Humourously, when a Troll walks to a Dungbomb, they seem to lose sense of the player.
  • Harry Potter once speculated that Marcus Flint has some traces of Troll blood in him; however, this might be simply to insult Flint's stupidity and appearance.
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  • When Ron Weasley was captured by Snatchers in 1997, he told them he was Stan Shunpike, due to them not looking very intelligent, and even speculated that one of them might have been part-Troll, judging by his odour.
  • In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, if someone casts a spell at a security troll, they can create an expansive wave in self-defence.
  • Troll whiskers may be used in wand cores, though they are considered inferior to the Supreme Cores.
  • There is some contradiction as to the ability of trolls to perform magic. In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, it states that trolls have no magic powers other than their naturally 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. However, they were either not considered intelligent enough to understand the laws of the wizarding world or could not control their violence, as the Ministry of Magic did not grant them being status.

See also

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