What kind of weapon do the giants use in the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2?

Giant in *Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2*

I thought at first the weapon might be a scythe, but it's clearly not. It's like half a circle of iron mounted on a mast of some kind. What kind of weapon is this?

To the untrained eye like mine -- and I know nothing about weapons in Fantasy -- it doesn't seem like a particularly efficient weapon; it's blunt, it seems ungainly, and from scenes in the movie it seems like a slow weapon to wield. Is this a particularly useful weapon? Perhaps I just don't know much about it.

Sorry for the poor image quality. It was the best I could find.

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    Blunt isn't "inefficient" - most longswords were not razor sharp, and neither are machetes - they rely more on their weight for damage. That weapon in the hands of a giant looks like it could easily do a lot of damage
    – HorusKol
    Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 1:26
  • They used large weapons.
    – Xantec
    Commented Dec 6, 2012 at 20:14

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It's a 月牙鏟, AKA a Monk's Spade or Crescent Moon Spade.


It is most definitely not an "inefficient" or unuseful weapon if wielded by a proficient person (like Gordon Liu in the classic The 36th Chamber of Shaolin).

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I'm not aware of the weapon having its own name, at least in English speaking world. Reverse horizontally mounted half-moon it is :)

It may actually be a good weapon to wield by a giant, as the giants are prone to fight OTHER giants. One of the weapon's greatest uses would be to trap opponent's neck, which is probably more effective than using a regular blade on a giant's tough hide (akin to russian bear hunting strategy using a 2-bladed pitchfork)

  • @Pureferret - I'm an expert on bear wrestling. NodNod Commented Dec 2, 2012 at 16:20
  • Thanks! I tried to be careful to say that it appears to be an ungainly weapon, but I'm not at all even remotely versed in weaponry, so I could be wrong. I totally hadn't thought of the neck trapping aspect within the giant community itself. So I suppose when faced with little people, the other choice would be to hit them with the half moon or sweep them aside. :) Commented Dec 2, 2012 at 17:52
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    Although the giant in the question's picture doesn't seem to have a neck... =P
    – Izkata
    Commented Dec 2, 2012 at 19:19

I was wondering this for a long while. I now think it's a torn down quidditch ring. This occurred to me when watching the final film last time.


This is a Chinese weapon called a "Monk's Spade". Traditionally, the shovel like spade on one end was placed so that traveling monks could properly bury and corpses they came across; and the smaller crescent moon on the other side was to be used as a weapon to defend against bandit attacks. This evolved into the Monk's spade weapon. Cheers :) Reference: I own one, and have been practicing Shaolin Kempo Kung Fu for 5 years.


I'm really late to this party but I always thought it was one of the goals from the Quidditch pitch. The size is abbout right and if I remember correctly the scene you posted is after the pitch was being destroyed.

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