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Hagrid's Tale

- Chapter 20

“Giants?” ... “Who said anythin’ abou’ giants? Who yeh bin talkin’ to? Who’s told yeh what I’ve — who’s said I’ve bin — eh?” - Rubeus Hagrid (OP20)

OP20: Hagrid’s Tale

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.

Calendar and Dates

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.

Interesting facts and notes

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.

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.

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?"

Words and phrases

Other Canon Notes

Characters (notes or unnamed):

  • Grubbly-Plank, Wilhelmina (referred to as covering Hagrid's classes)
  • (unnamed) Death Eater travelling with Macnair
  • (unnamed) Karkus's wife
  • (unnamed) other giants
  • (unnamed) someone from the Ministry who tailed Hagrid and Olympe as far as Dijon
  • Various Gurgs of the giants


Settings and locations mentioned:

  • mountains where the giants live



  • battle helmet, goblin-made

Characters Introduced


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