Even though Harry and Ron told Aragog that they were friends of Hagrids, why did Aragog still try to kill them?

‘Kill them,’ clicked Aragog fretfully. ‘I was sleeping …’

‘We’re friends of Hagrid’s,’ Harry shouted. His heart seemed to have left his chest to pound in his throat.


‘My sons and daughters do not harm Hagrid, on my command. But I cannot deny them fresh meat, when it wanders so willingly into our midst. Goodbye, friend of Hagrid.’

HP and the Chamber of Secrets

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    'Friend' is not a transitive property Jun 22, 2014 at 18:38

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As JohnP points out, Aragog's children and not Aragog attack Harry. Aragog could however have stopped them, as he did for Hagrid, but chooses not to. As to why this might be, Aragog explains most of it in your second quote. The spider owes a debt to Hagrid for saving him when he was falsely accused of the murder committed by the basilisk. He does not, however, appear to have any particular fondness for humans.

The spiders attempt to eat Harry and Ron because they are humans and therefore they are prey in the spiders' eyes. As Aragog indicates, Harry and Ron's friendship with Hagrid is not sufficient to award them any special status in Aragog's eyes.

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    Self-preservation: I personally have murdered hundreds of spiders. It's rare the eight-legged b******s have the upper hand -- they cannot miss the opportunity to rid the world of a couple of predators :)
    – Mac Cooper
    Jun 22, 2014 at 20:05

Aragog didn't try to kill them, it was his children.

Aragog: I never saw any part of the castle but the box in which Hagrid kept me. The girl was discovered in a bathroom. When I was accused, Hagrid brought me here.

Ron: Harry!

Harry: What? [Ron points at the spiders surrounding them]

Harry: Well... thank you. We'll just go.

Aragog: Go? I think not. My sons and daughters do not harm Hagrid on my command, but I cannot deny them fresh meat when it wanders so willingly into our midst. Goodbye, friend of Hagrid.


Even though Harry and Ron told Aragog that they were friends of Hagrids

Actually Hagrid was a person who always had a soft corner for animals (That includes monsters kind of animals too).

Hagrid had an ability to control them as well as to cure them.

Harry and Ron were different for Aragog.

In fact , Any other person was a food for Aragog's family.

I can just say that :

Hagrid was a friend of Aragog.But his (Hagrid's) friends were not.


Perhaps Aragog was just humoring them? All he had to go on was Harry's extremely iffy proclamation of, "We're...friends of Hagrid.". He didn't sound very confident, nor was he very convincing. He had no evidence to back up his claim of being associated with Hagrid, and indeed, he probably had tons of students try the old 'friends of a friend' trick to get out of being eaten.

  • He said that they'd not attacked a human before.
    – Valorum
    Jun 22, 2014 at 10:24

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