Snakes and spiders are two well-known phobias, and in the wizarding world they are not without foundation – the Forest is home to a dangerous family of arachnids, and snakes have long been associated with Dark Magic. Then there are the unexpected fears – such as Hogwarts without Dumbledore
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The mystery is slowly unfolding… Lockheart is so showing off his non-existent teaching skills. Spiders… Follow the spiders…
The love one can have for animals
Hagrid. Such a kind heart but he just doesn’t understand the difference between pet and monster. This is why we love him so much I think. That heart of gold reaches out to everything around him. He is very much like Newt Scamander in that regard.
I am trying to imagine myself breeding a giant spider in a locker in school. Oh god… that would never happen! But let’s look at it from another perspective than “Hagrid’s stupidity”. Aragog does care a lot for Hagrid and shows him incredible amounts of respect. He knows how Hagrid has saved his life and is grateful for Hagrid’s help in bringing him a family. To be honest it is beautiful.
Hagrid was only a boy, but he cared for me, hidden in a cupboard in the castle, feeding me on scraps from the table. Hagrid is my good friend, and a good man. /…/ He even found me a wife, Mosag, and you see how our family has grown, all through Hagrid’s goodness…
Maybe we should remember that even the monsters can be grateful and that showing kindness to everyone actually might do some good. I don’t think the saying “love conquers all” came from nothing.