The gamekeeper at Hogwarts. Hagrid is a tall and wild-looking man who, despite his potentially terrifying appearance, is one of the kindest, gentlest, and most supportive people Harry knows. Hagrid adores scary and violent animals, which leads him to develop the Blast-Ended Skrewts, illegal hybrids that Hagrid thinks are charming but his Care of Magical Creatures students think are horrifying and dangerous. Hagrid is just as worried as the other adults in Harry's life when Harry's name comes out of the Goblet of Fire, and throughout the Tournament, Hagrid supports Harry and assures him that things are going to be okay. He helps Harry in a more active way before the first task when he shows Harry the dragons that feature prominently in the task. Hagrid also takes a liking to the headmistress of Beauxbatons, Madame Maxime, who's just as tall as Hagrid is. During the Yule Ball, Harry and Ron overhear that Hagrid is so large because his mother is a giantess. When the journalist Rita Skeeter learns this and publishes an article suggesting that Hagrid is dangerous and violent, Hagrid tries to resign from his teaching post and at least for a while, he takes his hate mail seriously. Between Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Dumbledore, they're able to convince him that he's an integral figure at Hogwarts and belongs at the school. Hagrid is one of the referees for the final task and also contributes several creatures, including a Blast-Ended Skrewt and a giant spider, to the maze. He assures Harry after the third task that life will go on and shares that over the summer, he and Madame Maxime will be going on a secret mission for Dumbledore.