In Goblet of Fire (2005), Maxime speaks to Hagrid about her horses:

MAXIME: But you know, Monsieur Hagrid... they drink only single-malt whiskey.

Then Hagrid stab Flitwick with a fork:

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  • No particular help from the script; DUMBLEDORE: Not to worry Madame Maxime, our gamekeeper Hagrid's more than capable of seeing to them. MADAME MAXIME: But you know Monsieur Hagrid, they drink only single malt whiskey. The man seated next to Hagrid yelps. Hagrid has stabbed a fork into his hand. MAN: You idiot! - nldslab.soe.ucsc.edu/charactercreator/film_corpus/film_20100519/…
    – Valorum
    Aug 24, 2021 at 7:48
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    Numerous people have pointed out on Reddit, etc that Flitwick moved Hagrid's dish out of the way and hence his stabbing was largely self-inflicted. reddit.com/r/harrypotter/comments/js1vo5/…
    – Valorum
    Aug 24, 2021 at 7:53
  • Hagrid had just had it up to here with those %^&%* Ewoks.
    – Buzz
    Aug 25, 2021 at 1:12

2 Answers 2


It's just meant as a comedy scene to highlight the fact that Hagrid is smitten with Madam Maxime, and isn't paying attention to his surroundings.

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    Although this is probably correct, can you offer any evidence to back it up, aside from your own personal opinion?
    – Valorum
    Aug 24, 2021 at 7:49
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    It also comically undermines Dumbledore's assurance of Hagrid's competence in looking after and feeding animals, by showing that Hagrid can't even feed himself without causing collateral damage. ;)
    – PM 2Ring
    Aug 24, 2021 at 8:31
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    @Valorum Well, I don't have any evidence, but I can explain the logic behind my speculation: The filmmakers needed to develop Hagrid's relationship with Madam Maxime quickly, as (IIRC) they don't get any other proper scenes together before the Yule Ball. So this is the only scene to give a glimpse of Hagrid's feelings (unlike the books, where he courts her at every chance he gets).
    – Righter
    Aug 24, 2021 at 10:11
  • @Valorum -- All the evidence we really need is right on Hagrid's face. The clip I linked to is, if I recall correctly, right after Madame Maxine mentions that her horses drink only whisky. Hagrid's eyes are focused on Maxine, and he just jabs his fork without paying attention. We know from context that he is, in fact, smitten with Madame Maxine, as he is later seen to have combed his hair, gotten some flowers and eventually dances with her at the Yule Ball.
    – elemtilas
    Aug 24, 2021 at 21:31
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    @Righter - These comments sound like the sort of thing that should be in your answer.
    – Valorum
    Aug 24, 2021 at 21:40

It was unintentional. He didn't know Flitwick's hand was there. Hagrid confused the locations a bit.

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