In trying to determine who has the authority to expel students from Hogwarts, the subject of Hagrid's expellation was raised.

Did Headmaster Dippet expel Hagrid or did the Ministry of Magic? Is it ever explicitly stated who expelled Hagrid and who broke his wand?

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    Not in the books, as far as I recall. – Mithical Feb 18 '16 at 21:05
  • the Ministry ordered Harry expelled. – Valorum Feb 18 '16 at 21:25

Dippet must have done it. Otherwise Dumbledore would have had to convince someone else to let Hagrid stay in as the gamekeeper.

Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 16:

"Only the Transfiguration teacher, Dumbledore, seemed to think Hagrid was innocent. He persuaded Dippet to keep Hagrid and train him as gamekeeper. Yes, I think Dumbledore might have guessed .... Dumbledore never seemed to like me as much as the other teachers did ...

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    Not necessarily. Even if it was the Ministry who expelled Hagrid (they were presumably the ones who broke the wand), the appointment of staff at Hogwarts would still be up to the current Headmaster (as Dumbledore tells Umbridge). Since Hagrid was not convicted of any crime—it is assumed that he was not fully cognisant of what he’d done and that Myrtle’s death had been an accident—there would be nothing hindering Dippet from keeping him on as gamekeeper. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Feb 18 '16 at 22:40

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