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Required:  How in the world did Hagrid manage to befriend an Acromantula?  Discuss attributes of Hagrid which might have led him to be able to see the “good” in his spidery friend.  Were there parallels between Hagrid and the Acromantula, or their situations, which might have helped them become “buddies” of the most unlikely kind?


Extra Credit:  Is there a character in any of the Harry Potter books which seems to be modeled after either the Greek or Egyptian version of the Sphinx?  (Remember, the Egyptian is more kindly than the Greek.)  Who have you chosen, and why?