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Fang Character Analysis: Timid Beast

Fang Character Analysis: Timid Beast

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Fang was an oversized boarhound that belonged to Rubeus Hagrid. Despite his great size, Hagrid said that he was a bit of a scaredy-cat.

But he accompanied Hagrid into many dangers including the Forbidden Forest and the Battle of Hogwarts.

About Fang

BornPre-1984
Blood StatusBoarhound
OccupationDog
PatronusNA
HouseNA
WandNA
Zodiac SignPisces (speculative)

Fang Biography

Fang the boarhound was born in 1984, and soon after found himself in the care of Rubeus Hagrid, the gamekeeper at Hogwarts.

He enjoyed his time as a puppy within the ground. Harry Potter met Fang in 1992 at Hagrid’s cabin where the dog lived.

Fang accompanied Harry, Draco Malfoy, Hermione Granger, and Neville Longbottom into the Forbidden Forest with Hagrid on a detention trip to find an injured unicorn.

Draco insisted on going with Fang for protection, but Hagrid pointed out that Fang was a scaredy-cat.

When Harry and Draco were in danger, Fang did run away, but to find Hagrid to help.

The following year, when Hagrid was arrested by the Ministry for Magic, Fang accompanied Harry and Ron Weasley into the Forbidden Forest to find the giant spider Aragog.

All three were eventually rescued by the enchanted Ford Anglia.

Fang began to share Hagrid’s cabin with the Hippogriff Buckbeak after Hagrid moved him in in the 1993/4 school year.

While he initially did not want to share, Fang was visibly upset when Buckbeak was sentenced to death.

In 1994, Hagrid did not take Fang with him when he showed the dragons for the Triwizard Tournament to Madam Maxime and Harry (under his invisibility cloak).

He worried that Fang would not like them and get scared.

In 1995, when Hagrid was hiding out after being exposed as a part giant by Rita Skeeter, Fang scratched and cried at the door when Harry, Ron, and Hermione came to visit.

Hagrid eventually opened the door when Albus Dumbledore also turned up to implore Hagrid to return to teaching.

Fang and the Second Wizarding War

It is unclear whether Fang accompanied Hagrid on his mission to the Giant Colony at the start of the Second Wizarding War, but he was in Hagrid’s hut with him when he returned.

When Hagrid was attacked by Ministry of Magic wizards under the orders of Dolores Umbridge, Fang tried to defend him. But the dog was hit by a stung spell.

This angered Hagrid, who is resistant to magic as a part-giant. He flung the offending wizard aside and picked up Fang and carried him into the mountains as they escaped.

Fang was also inside Hagrid’s hut when it was set ablaze by Death Eater Thorfinn Rowle during the Battle of the Astronomy Tower in June 1997.

Hagrid and Harry doused the hut with water making spells to save the dog. He survived and was present at Dumbledore’s funeral.

The following year, Fang went into hiding with Hagrid and Grawp. All three then returned to Hogwarts for the final battle against Lord Voldemort.

He returned to the Hogwarts’ hut with Hagrid following the conclusion of the war.

Fang Personality Type & Traits

While Fang looked large and foreboding, he was a loving and friendly dog with a timid streak.

He would often run off in fear when something scary happened. He was also known to sulk when he wasn’t the center of attention.

Fang Zodiac Sign & Birthday

We know that Fang was born in 1984, but little else is known about his birth. His personality suggests that his zodiac sign could be Pisces.

People born under this sign are loving and empathetic and make great friends. But they also tend to be timid when it comes to facing challenges on their own.

They are much braver with a friend at their side.