Giants in the Harry Potter universe are capable of interbreeding with humans- both Hagrid and Olympe Maxime are half-giants. However, relations between giants and wizards are toxic; wizards on the whole loathe giants and have engaged in an active campaign to hunt and hound giants out of civilization. The last giants in Britain were killed apparently by Ministry decree, as Dumbledore had argued against it, but most deaths have been due to territorial aggression between themselves as wizards force them to live together in ever more confined spaces. The last few giants remaining in the world (the total number is between 70 and 80) are collected together in an isolated region east of Belarus. Giants range in height from twenty to twenty-five feet (6 to 7.5 meters), and have skin similar to rhino hide. Their society is "governed" by a chief called a Gurg, who spends most of his time demanding food from his underlings.
Voldemort has employed giants in his attacks, after convincing them that he can offer them a better life. Hagrid revealed in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix that he and Madame Maxime went on an Order mission to ask the Giants to take part in the war against Voldemort; however Karkus the Gurg was killed by other Giants, thus Hagrid and Maxime were forced to introduce themselves to Golgomath, the new Gurg. Walden Macnair and other Death Eaters were sent by Voldemort in a mission too to get the Giants into the Dark Lord's side. Giants took part in the Battle of Hogwarts in the end of the series, mostly fighting for Voldemort. Giants either have vaguely Nordic names, such as Hengist and Fridwulfa, or onomatopoeic names like Grawp and Karkus.



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