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Hagrid and Magic

So the twins and I read Harry Potter together on a continual loop.  (What?  It makes us happy.)  And this is the question I had this week.

When Ron’s wand snaps in half in Book Two because he crashes into a tree, it ceases to work properly and can’t be repaired.

When Harry’s wand snaps in half in Book Seven, it ceases to work, can’t be repaired, and while he saves the pieces out of affection, it’s worthless.


In Book One, when they’re in Ollivander’s, Hagrid confirms that they snapped his wand in half when he was kicked out of Hogwarts.  We also know that the wand pieces are concealed inside the pink umbrella, and he uses it to do magic quite well including giving Dudley a pig tail and rowing the boat with magic.

So why does Hagrid’s wand still work despite being in two pieces?  Any thoughts?

Side note: Tomorrow is #MicroblogMonday.  Get writing!


1 A.M.S. { 11.15.15 at 9:12 am }

Hmmm. Who actually snapped Hagrid’s wand? Was it Dumbledore, who would have had misgivings about Hagrid’s actual guilt over the Chamber being opened and maybe used a spell that gave the wand the appearance of being broken but allowed it to maintain its functionality when it was concealed in the pink umbrella? Just a theory that bubbled to the top of my foggy brain

2 sassymonkey { 11.15.15 at 10:11 am }

It’s about the cores. The core of Ron’s was not broken. Harry’s was. I suspect the core of Hagrid’s was not completely snapped.

3 Jessica { 11.15.15 at 9:21 pm }

Well Dumbledore had the Elder wand which was capable of repairing Harry’s want (am I remembering that correctly?).

So perhaps Dumbledore fixed Hagrid’s wand with the understanding that it must be concealed in an umbrella and used only in special circumstances.

4 No Baby Ruth { 11.16.15 at 5:24 am }

I always suspected that it was more about usefulness. Hagrid’s need for magic is far less than Harry’s or Ron’s, so while a broken wand is still useful for him (making pig tails and rowing a boat), a similarly incapacitated (though still “working”) wand would essentially be useless to Harry or Ron.

Although, I also really like A.M.S.’s idea of Dumbledore helping Hagrid out with a working “broken” wand. That would be very much like him.

5 mijk { 11.16.15 at 1:26 pm }

I Just can’t get over the fact that Harry needs glasses. It seems such a muggle thing. And even they have invented contacts!

6 Heather { 11.18.15 at 9:18 am }

Upgrades. Hagrids was before the upgrade to Wands 2.0

7 Kasey { 11.18.15 at 2:40 pm }

I was going to go with Dumbledore and see other commenters already there. He had the Elder wand, my theory is he fixed it and concealed it for Hagrid.

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