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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Chapter Twenty:
Hagrid's Tale

"Tell us about your summer and I'll tell you about mine."

Synopsis by Maureen Knight
Notes and links by Steve Vander Ark and Michele L. Worley

U.S. hardcover edition: pages 420 - 440
U.K. hardcover edition: pages aaa - bbb
U.K. paperback edition: pages 464 - 485
Timeframe: Saturday, 7 November, 1995 [Y15]

In which Hagrid returns and tells the story of his journey with Madame Maxime to the land of the giants, where they were unsuccessful in gaining an alliance.

Hagrid's Tale

Interesting facts and notes about the text of this chapter:

This chapter is our first source of real information about the giants.

We chanced a bit o' magic after that an' it wasn' a bad journey.

From Hagrid's brief remarks about the journey to the giants' camp, we may be able to work out an approximate location. Since Hagrid and Maxime lost (or at least, believed they'd lost) the tail in Dijon, at this point in their journey it may be reasonable to assume that they were travelling more or less directly to their destination.

Ran inter a couple o' mad trolls on the Polish border an' I had a sligh' disagreement with a vampire in Minsk -

Minsk is the capital of Belarus, which borders Poland on the east. Consequently, it seems like a fair deduction that the giants' camp lies somewhere east of Poland's border with Belarus and probably north. Since the giants' camp is in the mountains, it isn't likely to lie in Belarus itself, which is relatively flat and marshy. Consequently, it seems like a fair deduction to say that the giants' camp probably lies somewhere in Russia.

Characters introduced in this chapter:

  • none

Characters returning in this chapter:

Characters mentioned in this chapter:

Settings and locations introduced or returning in this chapter:

Settings and locations mentioned in this chapter:

Exceptional character moments:

  • Hagrid's observation that despite her usual elegance of dress, Olympe never complained once about the long, hard journey to the giants.

  • Umbridge, who speaks to Hagrid as though he were mentally afflicted.


Links and Resources:

Memorable lines:

  • "So why don't Muggles -?"
    "They do," said Hagrid darkly. "On'y their deaths are always put down ter mountaineerin' accidents, aren' they?"

  • "Er - I don' want ter be rude," said Hagrid, staring at her, "but who the ruddy hell are you?"

Strictly British:


The entire chapter takes place the evening of the Gryffindor-Slytherin Quidditch match, 7 November, 1995 [Y15] (see previous chapter). The next chapter confirms that the meeting with Hagrid took place on a Saturday.


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