Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter/Characters/Bogrod

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Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter - Character
Gender Male
Hair color White/Grey
Eye color Black
Related Family Unknown
Loyalty Gringotts


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Bogrod, a goblin, is one of the counter staff (what would be tellers in a Muggle bank) at Gringotts Wizarding Bank in Diagon Alley.

Role in the Books

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Beginner warning: Details follow which you may not wish to read at your current level.

In order to retrieve the cup of Helga Hufflepuff, which Harry believes has been made into a Horcrux by Lord Voldemort, Harry, Hermione, and Ron, with the assistance of Griphook, determine to enter Gringotts and break into Bellatrix Lestrange's family vault. The Goblin who they encounter at the desk, and who Harry coerces into leading them to the vaults, is Bogrod. Under Harry's control, Bogrod receives Clankers, and pilots a cart down to the deepest levels where the Lestrange vault is located.

Griphook explains how the Clankers are used: to make noise so that the guardian dragon will not attack them. Bogrod opens the vault for them, at Harry's command. Once Harry has managed to retrieve the Cup, he coerces Bogrod into opening the door for them once more; then, confronted with a number of Goblins intent on restraining him, he, Ron, and Hermione free the watch-dragon and escape on his back.


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Bogrod is a Gringotts goblin, and as such has the knowledge and authority afforded to him by such a position.


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He is shown to be particularly susceptible to Harry's Imperius Curse, although he would certainly have not been expecting it, or ready to throw it off.

Relationships with Other Characters

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Bogrod presumably works with the other goblins in Gringotts.


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There is not really a lot to say about Bogrod. The story required someone who could grant the Trio access to a Gringotts vault, and so Bogrod was brought into our story, and promptly controlled by Harry to give that access. As Bogrod's personality is completely overpowered by Harry's use of the Imperius Curse within seconds of his introduction, there is little of value that we can learn from him.


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Study questions are meant to be left for each student to answer; please don't answer them here.

  1. What happened to Bogrod?
  2. Would Bogrod have been able to resist the Imperius Curse, had he been expecting it?

Greater Picture

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Intermediate warning: Details follow which you may not wish to read at your current level.

Although goblins are given a little more focus during this book, they do occasionally appear to be expendable. In Bogrod's case, we are left wanting for his ultimate fate.

We note that in his haste to depart the Lestrange vault, it is possible that Harry has left Bogrod within. In this case, we can only hope that Griphook reminds the other goblins there to free him. In the film adaptation, Bogrod is instead killed by the dragon. He may have even been among the goblins slaughtered by Voldemort in his rage.

In any case, the future does not look good for Bogrod, although none of this is his fault.