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I know that Hagrid is not really of age, but still : by the end of Chamber of Secrets, the Minister of Magic knows that Hagrid had not open the Chamber fifty years before. Even if Fudge did not trust Dumbledore on that point, it is clear that after DH, Kingsley could well have declared Hagrid free of charges, and thus allowing him to have a wand.

My question is simple : considering that Hagrid is innocent after all, could he have re-attempted Hogwarts even if he is older than 10? And in a broader way, are there any canon examples of overage wizards/witches who still attempted Hogwarts?

As implied in the last question, I'd rather have canon-based answers (Novels, Pottermore, JKR) but no wikia.

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I would say yes he could have, maybe not after CoS but definitely after the series had come to an end. JKR confirmed that both Harry and Ron did not resit the final year and thus did not graduate, however Hermione did go back and complete her final year and graduated. She may not exactly be a mature student but she was definitely overage.

From the Pottercast interviews with JK Rowling in 2007:

SU: Oh, speaking of Ron/Hermione—

JKR: Yeah, did they graduate from Hogwarts?

SU: Yes, did they?

JKR: Harry and Ron didn't go back, Hermione did. Did you bet right? You must've, I mean, come on. No one's gonna think Hermione wouldn't go back.

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Oh, right. I forgot about Hermione's NEWT. –  Vrashnak Apr 25 at 9:49
    
@Vrashnak added quote. –  Simon Apr 25 at 9:52
    
Thanks Simon. Upvote for the moment, I'll wait a bit before accepting it :) –  Vrashnak Apr 25 at 9:53
    
@Vrashnak Happy to help! Searching for anything about hagrid but cannot find anything yet. Found some interesting speculation on his Pink umbrella though. –  Simon Apr 25 at 9:58
    
Given that he worked as a professor, it's unlikely that he would want to return to complete his schooling. I see no Canon reason why he would be refused the opportunity to take his owls and newts if he so desired. –  Richard Apr 25 at 10:25

As a supporting fact for Simon's excellent "yes" answer, JKR also stated that she intended to have a character who only got to Hogwarts late in life (she never included the character but she never repudiated the IDEA of an adult attending Hogwarts when answering).

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Wasn't it always hinted to be Aunt Petunia? –  Simon Apr 26 at 14:23
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@Simon - Not that I'm aware of. See the link. –  DVK Apr 29 at 14:06

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