It just seems silly that he would put them in danger like that.

Why didn't Hagrid just tell them that he didn't do anything in the slightest to attack muggleborns when they were talking in the hut?

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    Hagrid always maintained his innocence and denied that he had anything to do with the attacks, but the Ministry didn't believe him. Proof was needed to clear him, and to do that he felt Ron and Harry needed to find Aragog.
    – phantom42
    Jul 24, 2014 at 13:35
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    He knows they had plot armor?
    – corsiKa
    Jul 24, 2014 at 16:50

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Why didn't Hagrid tell Harry & Ron everything in plain words?

In The Chamber of Secrets, when Harry and Ron come down to talk to Hagrid, their conversation is almost immediately interrupted by Dumbledore, accompanied by Fudge and shortly afterwards Lucius Malfoy. They only have time to exchange a hello, and a 'Have you heard about Hermione?' before being interupted.

Before this point, while Hagrid knows that he was falsely accused 50 years ago, he has no idea that he's going to be arrested and taken away to Azkaban immediately. He is completely blindsided by Fudge telling him he's going to be taken away right now to Azkaban and he's clearly shocked at the idea that Dumbledore's going to be kicked out as Headmaster as well.

So given these two sudden and unexpected turns of events, by the time he realized that he needs to tell Harry and Ron about the truth, it's too late to speak plainly or explain anything.

Did Hagrid know that Aragog would want to kill Harry and Ron? Did he know he'd be putting them in danger?

The answer is clearly no. Hagrid has consistently displayed a complete lack of ability to understand that the dangerous animals he loves are dangerous and aren't the fluffy creatures he sees them as. In addition, Aragog had so consistently allowed (perhaps even encouraged) Hagrid to visit that Hagrid had promise of safe passage to that region of the forest.

He considered Aragog to be a dear friend and as such he had clearly expected Aragog to show the same mercy to his other friends as well. Unfortunately he was wrong - he had misjudged Aragog's nature.

Still, there is no reason to believe that Hagrid sent Harry and Ron to Aragog believing they'd come to harm.

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    Another piece of circumstantial evidence is Hagrid’s shock and disbelief when, four years later, Aragog dies and his large family suddenly go for him too. Sep 9, 2015 at 18:36

Hagrid throughout the entire series, shows he does not understand that these creatures can, and will, hurt people. Hagrid was 100% sure that Harry and Ron would be completely safe in the forest because he always was. Plain and simple Hagrid loves dangerous things yet does not realize that not everyone has giants blood in them making them tough, strong, and partially immune to magic. Therefore he feels that if he can do something (since he also knows he's not highly intelligent) anyone can.

"I bet he thought Aragog wouldn't hurt friends of his," said Harry.   

"That's exactly Hagrid's problem!" said Ron, thumping the wall of the cabin. "He always thinks monsters aren't as bad as they're made out, and look where it's got him! A cell in Azkaban!"

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    Some more references of Hagrid being unaware of Aragog's nature: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince: When burying Aragog, Hagrid remarks that the region occupied by Aragog's colony is unsafe and that he can't believe that it was only Aragog's orders that stopped the rest of the spiders from eating him
    – viraj
    Jul 25, 2014 at 9:23
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    – user1027
    Jul 25, 2014 at 14:46

Hagrid had no reason to believe they would be hurt by Aragog. After all, his children had never hurt HIM.

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.

Aragog had clearly always told his children not to harm Hagrid, and Hagrid may have assumed, incorrectly as it were, that he'd extend the same favor to his friends.

Aragog did not.

  • Thank you @Zibbobz ! Spot on!! You've cleared up my lack of knowledge well!!:) Jul 24, 2014 at 14:37

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