It is no secret that the only thing bigger than Hagrid’s body is his compassion. The half-giant doesn’t think twice about taking on a fatherly role to anybody and anything in need (especially to his precious fluffy and Norbert).
Norbert (Right) Fluffy (Left)
This first becomes apparent to me when Hagrid had a hard time saying goodbye to Harry while they were at the doorstep of Number 4, Privet Drive, Little Whinging, Surrey. With vivid images such as Hagrid howling like a wounded dog, it is easy to imagine that Hagrid had great remorse for the tragedy that had happened to Harry, but I also suspect that Hagrid was upset that he couldn’t do more to take care of Harry than just lay him on the doorstep of his muggle relatives (Rowling, 14)
The Dursleys (muggle relatives)
While in the custody of Vernon and Petunia Dursley, Harry, unfortunately, suffered from severe neglect and abuse. As soon as Harry arrived at their doorstep, he was “rewarded” with a less than adequate room under the stairs. Not only was it a cramped space, but the cupboard was full of spiders that would often camp out on Harry and his belongings (Rowling, 19). The neglect didn’t stop there, but as Harry grew older, he was forced to wear his cousin’s old clothes, which emphasized his malnourished frame (Rowling, 20). Although I understand that sometimes families aren’t always able to afford new clothes for their children, the Dursleys are more than financially stable, especially if they can afford to buy Dudley thirty plus presents for his birthday (Rowling, 21). They also neglect Harry in the form of enabling Dudley’s abusive tendencies towards Harry. Whenever Dudley would throw a fit over something “Harry did”, more often than not, Dudley would be reward with remarks such as, “Atta boy Dudley!”
Unfortunately, the neglect didn’t stop until Hagrid stepped in to take Harry to Hogwarts. After the thousands of acceptance letters went unanswered, Hagrid tracked them down to the shelter in the middle of the lake. With that scenario, I can’t help but wonder if Hagrid not only stepped in as a guardian for Harry but symbolized a caseworker from a child protective service?
Hagrid also helps Harry get used to his new surroundings and powers by becoming the supportive parental role that he never once received while living with The Dursleys. To help Harry adjust to the wizarding world, Hagrid is more than eager to help Harry with important childhood milestones such as buying his first pet, taking Harry to buy his first wand, and even taking him to buy his first set of robes, which I can assume to be his first set of new clothes in general. By taking Harry to a place where being a wizard is more than okay, in fact quite normal, Hagrid is allowing Harry to have a social development within the wizarding world before he enters the even more unknown world of Hogwarts.
Through promoting Harry’s social development, Hagrid is taking an important and crucial step as his guardian by establishing normalcy for Harry. The establishment of normalcy is not only important because it helps Harry with transitioning from a world of muggles to the wizarding world, but it will also help him grow in regards to his maturity ((Illinois government 2019).
Although acting as if Harry was having in his legal guardianship, Hagrid allowed himself to look over Harry’s every need. I suspect that he wanted to do this not only because he is aware of Harry’s neglect from the Dursley’s, the emotional stress of becoming aware of what truly happened with his parents, but having this form of nonlegal/informal guardianship over Harry allowed him to fulfill his need to nurture.
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