ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

There's an important Harry Potter fan discussion in progress, and it centers on one Rubeus Hagrid. Sure, people have a lot of love for him as a character... but has everyone realized quite what a vital, integral part of Harry's life and story he is?

The Theory goes: Hagrid is the closest Harry's had to a father.

He's the most consistent figure in Harry's life

Apart from a couple of missions for Dumbledore, Hagrid is a constant presence at Hogwarts, and Harry is always made welcome to talk to him. Adventuresofcomicbookgirl also makes the great point that Hagrid is also very open with Harry, 'which is something Harry needs since people tend to keep secrets from him.'


He provides many things a good parent should

Stability, a firm word every now and then - as when he pulls Harry up for being inconsiderate to Hermione in Book 3 - and he gives balanced advice.

Don’ you worry, Harry. You’ll learn fast enough. Everyone starts at the beginning at Hogwarts, you’ll be just fine. Just be yerself. I know it’s hard. Yeh’ve been singled out, an’ that’s always hard. But yeh’ll have a great time at Hogwarts — I did — still do, ’smatter of fact.

- Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone


Compare Hagrid to Harry's other role models, he's the most truly 'Parental'

Of course, I'm not discounting the great love that Lily and James had for Harry, but he never knew them. Dumbledore is a mentor, Sirius is a 'cool uncle', McGonagall is a protector, Snape only protects him for his connection to Lily, and Lupin is a kindly teacher. Molly Weasley loves Harry like her own, but he is kind of a perfect, tragic hero in her eyes. It's Hagrid who treats him like a regular kid, and talks to him as such.


And because Harry's story begins and ends...

...with Hagrid carrying him.

Rubeus Hagrid, we salute you.


Do you think that Hagrid is the truest parent figure Harry ever has?

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If you liked reading about Hagrid's role in Harry's story, check out the epic contribution of Neville Longbottom.


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