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'''Dragons''' are giant winged, [[fire]]-breathing reptiles. Widely regarded as terrifying yet awe-inspiring, they can be found all over the world and are frequently referred to in Asian and medieval European folklore. Able to fly and breathe fire through their nostrils, they are one of the most dangerous and hardest to conceal creatures in the [[wizarding world]]. The [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] [[Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures#Ministry Classification of Magical Creatures|classifies]] them as [[:Category:XXXXX Creatures|XXXXX]], most dangerous, or known wizard killers. Despite how dangerous they are, there are people who are trained to work with them, called dragon keepers, or [[dragonologist]]s. A wizard who illegally trades and sells dragons is referred to as a [[dragon dealer]]. Members of the [[Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures]] who kill Dragons are called Dragon Killers.
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{{Quote|You can't tame dragons, it's dangerous. You should see the burns [[Charles Weasley|Charlie]]'s got off wild ones in [[Romanian Dragon Sanctuary|Romania]].|Ron Weasley|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
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'''Dragons''' are giant winged, [[fire]]-breathing reptiles. Widely regarded as terrifying yet awe-inspiring, they can be found all over the world and are frequently referred to in Asian and medieval European folklore. Able to fly and breathe fire through their nostrils, they are one of the most dangerous and hardest to conceal creatures in the [[wizarding world]]. The [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] [[Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures#Ministry Classification of Magical Creatures|classifies]] them as [[:Category:XXXXX Creatures|XXXXX]], known wizard killers that are impossible to train or domesticate. Despite how dangerous they are, there are people who are trained to work with them, called dragon keepers, or [[dragonologist]]s. A wizard who trades and sells dragon eggs (which is an illegal activity) is referred to as a [[dragon dealer]].
   
 
==Early life of a dragon==
 
==Early life of a dragon==
 
{{Quote|Your dragon requires a lot of care during these first few months.|''[[Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit]]''|J.K. Rowling's Official Site}}
 
{{Quote|Your dragon requires a lot of care during these first few months.|''[[Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit]]''|J.K. Rowling's Official Site}}
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[[File:Hatching of a Common Welsh Green.png|thumb|right|250px|Hatching of a [[Common Welsh Green]].]]
Dragon mothers breathe fire on their eggs to keep them warm. The dragon's first fire breaths, usually accompanied by thick grey smoke, appear when the dragon is around six months old. However, the ability to fly is normally developed later, at around twelve months, and the dragon will not be fully mature until it is two years old and ready to live on its own. <ref>''[[J.K. Rowling's Official Site]]''</ref> ''Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit'' states that you are to feed a baby dragon a bucket of [[brandy]] mixed with [[chicken]] [[blood]] every half hour. <ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]''</ref>
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Dragon mothers breathe fire on their eggs to keep them warm. The dragon's first fire breaths, usually accompanied by thick grey smoke, appear when the dragon is around six months old. However, the ability to fly is normally developed later, at around twelve months, and the dragon will not be fully mature until it is two years old and ready to live on its own.<ref>''[[J.K. Rowling's Official Site]]''</ref> ''Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit'' states that you are to feed a baby dragon a bucket of [[brandy]] mixed with [[chicken]] [[blood]] every half hour.<ref name="PS"/>
   
 
==Dragons in the wizarding world==
 
==Dragons in the wizarding world==
   
[[File:40990212_potterdragon_416300-1-.jpg|thumb|left|250px|A Hungarian Horntail in a cage.]]
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[[File:40990212_potterdragon_416300-1-.jpg|thumb|left|220px|A Hungarian Horntail in a cage.]]
The motto of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] is ''Draco dormiens numquam titillandus''; Latin for ''Never tickle a sleeping dragon''. The Hogwarts gamekeeper, [[Rubeus Hagrid]], loved and adored dragons, briefly owning a [[Norwegian Ridgeback]] named [[Norberta|Norbert]], who turned out to be a female and was subsequently renamed Norberta.<ref name=PS>''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]''</ref> In [[1993]], the [[Minister for Magic]], [[Cornelius Fudge]], suggested placing dragons to guard the school, after being compelled to remove the [[Dementor]]s.<ref name=PA>''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]''</ref> Many useful materials come from dragons, but they are hard to obtain. It takes over a dozen wizards just to stun a dragon. [[Muggle]]s believe that dragons are a mere myth, but have been known on occasion to glimpse these beasts. To prevent them from being seen by Muggles, and to protect them from poaching, dragons are kept in [[dragon reserves]] around the world, most of which are far from human habitation. Dragons cannot be domesticated, despite individuals trying to do so. The selling of dragon products is closely regulated by the Ministry of Magic, and only dragon species that are over-breeding are killed to make these items.
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The motto of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] is ''Draco dormiens numquam titillandus''; Latin for ''Never tickle a sleeping dragon''. The Hogwarts gamekeeper, [[Rubeus Hagrid]], loved and adored dragons, briefly owning a [[Norwegian Ridgeback]] named [[Norberta|Norbert]], who turned out to be a female and was subsequently renamed Norberta.<ref name=PS>''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]''</ref> In [[1993]], the [[Minister for Magic]], [[Cornelius Fudge]], suggested placing dragons to guard the school, after being compelled to remove the [[Dementor]]s, something that [[Dumbledore|Professor Dumbledore]] thought Hagrid would be very happy with.<ref name=PA>''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]''</ref> Many useful materials come from dragons, but they are hard to obtain (see Uses below). It takes over a dozen wizards just to stun a dragon. [[Muggle]]s believe that dragons are a mere myth, but have been known on occasion to glimpse these beasts. To prevent them from being seen by Muggles, and to protect them from poaching, dragons are kept on [[dragon reserves]] around the world, most of which are far from human habitation. Dragons cannot be domesticated, despite individuals trying to do so. However, it is possible to condition them via torture to make them somewhat subservient, as [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank]] had done to the [[Ukrainian Ironbelly at Gringotts|one guarding the lower vaults]], who has been trained to expect pain upon hearing a certain noise. The selling of dragon products is closely regulated by the Ministry of Magic, and only dragon breeds that are over-breeding are killed to make these items.
   
 
==Known breeds==
 
==Known breeds==
[[File:Norbert.jpg|thumb|250px|[[Norberta|Norbert]], a young [[Norwegian Ridgeback]] dragon, after hatching.]]
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[[File:Norbert.jpg|thumb|225px|[[Norberta|Norbert]], a young [[Norwegian Ridgeback]] dragon, after hatching.]]
 
There is no officially sanctioned breeding of dragons, as dragon breeding was outlawed by the [[Warlocks' Convention]] of [[1700s|1709]]. However, they have been known to interbreed, producing rare hybrids. Below is a list of the ten known pure-bred breeds of dragons according to ''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them]]'':
 
There is no officially sanctioned breeding of dragons, as dragon breeding was outlawed by the [[Warlocks' Convention]] of [[1700s|1709]]. However, they have been known to interbreed, producing rare hybrids. Below is a list of the ten known pure-bred breeds of dragons according to ''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them]]'':
 
*[[Antipodean Opaleye]]
 
*[[Antipodean Opaleye]]
 
*[[Chinese Fireball]] (Known as "Lion Dragon")
 
*[[Chinese Fireball]] (Known as "Lion Dragon")
*[[Common Welsh Green|Common Welsh Green (the native dragon for Great Britain)]]
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*[[Common Welsh Green]] (A native dragon of Great Britain)
*[[Hebridean Black]]
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*[[Hebridean Black]] (The other native dragon of Great Britain)
 
*[[Hungarian Horntail]] (Considered to be the most dangerous dragon ever)
 
*[[Hungarian Horntail]] (Considered to be the most dangerous dragon ever)
 
*[[Norwegian Ridgeback]]
 
*[[Norwegian Ridgeback]]
*[[Peruvian Vipertooth]] (the venomous dragon)
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*[[Peruvian Vipertooth]] (A highly venomous dragon)
 
*[[Romanian Longhorn]]
 
*[[Romanian Longhorn]]
 
*[[Swedish Short-Snout]]
 
*[[Swedish Short-Snout]]
 
*[[Ukrainian Ironbelly]] (The largest dragon species ever recorded)
 
*[[Ukrainian Ironbelly]] (The largest dragon species ever recorded)
   
There are two other breeds, according to ''[[Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit]]''. It is unknown if these are pure-bred dragons, hybrids or, as the book is out-dated, these dragons may have become extinct due to illegal dragon huntings. These are the two dragons:
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There are two other breeds, according to ''[[Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit]]''. It is unknown if these are pure-bred dragons, hybrids or, as the book is out-dated, these dragons may have become extinct due to illegal dragon huntings.
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These are the two dragons:
 
*[[Catalonian Fireball]]
 
*[[Catalonian Fireball]]
 
*[[Portuguese Long-Snout]]
 
*[[Portuguese Long-Snout]]
   
 
==Spells that affect dragons==
 
==Spells that affect dragons==
While dragon skin can resist most spells, such as the [[Stunning Spell]], some spells can affect dragons if aimed at the right spot, or if cast by several people at once.
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While dragon skin can [[Spell resistance|resist]] most spells, such as the [[Stunning Spell]], some spells can affect dragons if aimed at the right spot, or if cast by several people at once.
 
*[[Conjunctivitis Curse]]: In the [[Triwizard Tournament]] of [[1994]], Durmstrang champion [[Viktor Krum]] used this curse on a dragon, with satisfying results.<ref name=GF>''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''</ref>
 
*[[Conjunctivitis Curse]]: In the [[Triwizard Tournament]] of [[1994]], Durmstrang champion [[Viktor Krum]] used this curse on a dragon, with satisfying results.<ref name=GF>''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''</ref>
 
*[[Draconifors]]: A [[transfiguration]] spell, it turns statues of dragons into real dragons, which can then be controlled by the caster.<ref name=PAG>''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)]]''</ref>
 
*[[Draconifors]]: A [[transfiguration]] spell, it turns statues of dragons into real dragons, which can then be controlled by the caster.<ref name=PAG>''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)]]''</ref>
*[[Fiendfyre]] creates fiery beasts, including dragons.
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*[[Stunning Spell]]: The stunning spell has been known to affect dragons only when multiple wizards cast it simultaneously at the targeted dragon. In the [[Triwizard Tournament]] of 1994, [[Charles Weasley|Charlie Weasley]] and several other [[dragonologist]]s used the Stunning Spell to successfully subdue several dragons.
*[[Stunning Spell]]: The stunning spell has been known to affect dragons only when multiple wizards cast it simultaneously at the targeted dragon. In the [[Triwizard Tournament]] of 1994, [[Charles Weasley|Charlie Weasley]] and several other [[Dragonologist|dragonologists]] used the Stunning Spell to successfully subdue several dragons.
 
   
 
==Uses==
 
==Uses==
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Hungarianhorntail.jpg|A Hungarian Horntail in the Triwizard Tournament.
 
Hungarianhorntail.jpg|A Hungarian Horntail in the Triwizard Tournament.
 
Gringottsfragon.jpg|The dragon that guarded the [[Lestrange Vault]].
 
Gringottsfragon.jpg|The dragon that guarded the [[Lestrange Vault]].
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===As mounts===
 
===As mounts===
Though they cannot be domesticated, there is one known instance of a dragon being used as a mount. In May [[1998]], [[Harry Potter]], [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]], and [[Hermione Granger]] rode on the back of a dragon, though they had trouble maintaining a grip on their steed.<ref name=DH/> Also during the [[1993–1994 school year]], before playing in the [[Quidditch]] final against [[Slytherin]], Harry dreamed that the Slytherin team were flying on dragons instead of [[broomsticks]]. When he awoke he realised that they would not be allowed to ride dragons.<ref name=PA/>
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Though they cannot be domesticated, there is one known instance of a dragon being used as a mount. In May [[1998]], [[Harry Potter]], [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]], and [[Hermione Granger]] rode on the back of a dragon, though they had trouble maintaining a grip on their steed, and could not control its flight.<ref name=DH/> During the [[1993–1994 school year]], before playing in the [[Quidditch]] final against [[Slytherin]], Harry dreamed that the Slytherin team were flying on dragons instead of [[broomsticks]]. When he awoke he realised that they would not be allowed to ride dragons.<ref name=PA/>
   
 
===As business===
 
===As business===
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===As materials===
 
===As materials===
*'''[[Dragon blood]]'''
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*'''[[Dragon blood]]'''[[Dragon blood|:]][[Albus Dumbledore| ]][[Albus Dumbledore]] discovered the twelve uses of dragon blood.<ref name=PS/> The twelfth use is as an oven cleaner.<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/1999/1099-sfchronicle-chonin.html Quote from J.K. Rowling interview with the San Francisco Chronicle]</ref> Another one is spot remover.<ref>[http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/herocomplex/2009/06/countdown-to-harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-prince-steve-kloves-talks-up-the-final-moments-between-.html Interview with Steve Kloves]</ref>
:[[Albus Dumbledore]] discovered the twelve uses of dragon blood.<ref name=PS/> The twelfth use is as an oven cleaner.<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/1999/1099-sfchronicle-chonin.html Quote from J.K. Rowling interview with the San Francisco Chronicle]</ref> Another one is spot remover.<ref>[http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/herocomplex/2009/06/countdown-to-harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-prince-steve-kloves-talks-up-the-final-moments-between-.html Interview with Steve Kloves]</ref>
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*'''[[Dragon claw]]''': During the [[1995]] school year, in the midst of the [[Ordinary Wizarding Level|O.W.L.s]], a trade sprang up among the fifth and seventh year students for various supposed brain stimulants. A student named [[Harold Dingle]] was offering powdered dragon claw, though [[Hermione Granger]] confiscated it, as it turned out to be dried [[Doxy]] droppings. [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] said that dragon claw does work, and that it gives your brain a boost, making you cunning for a few hours, though it is not known if this is actually true.<ref name=OP>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref>
*'''[[Dragon claw]]'''
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*'''[[Dragon dung]]''': Dragon dung is sold by the barrel in [[Knockturn Alley]]. It is a rich fertiliser used by students at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] in [[Herbology]].<ref name=CS>''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]''</ref>
:During the [[1995]] school year, in the midst of the [[Ordinary Wizarding Level|O.W.L.s]], a trade sprang up among the fifth and seventh year students for various supposed brain stimulants. A student named [[Harold Dingle]] was offering powdered dragon claw, though [[Hermione Granger]] confiscated it, as it turned out to be dried [[Doxy]] droppings. [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] said that dragon claw does work, and that it gives your brain a boost, making you cunning for a few hours, though it is not known if this is actually true.<ref name=OP>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref>
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[[File:A_Dragon_egg.png|thumb|left|230px|A Dragon egg seen by Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley inside [[Rubeus Hagrid's cabin|Hagrid's hut]] in [[1991]].]]
*'''[[Dragon dung]]'''
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*'''[[Dragon egg|Dragon Eggs]]'''[[Dragon egg|: ]][[Dragon egg]]s are classified as a Class A [[Non-Tradeable Material]] by the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]].<ref name=FB>''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real)]]''</ref> Despite the ban, many dragon eggs can still be found on the black market. [[Chinese Fireball]] egg shells are highly prized as [[potion]] ingredients by Chinese wiches and wizards.
:Dragon dung is sold by the barrel in [[Knockturn Alley]]. It is a rich fertiliser used by students at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] in [[Herbology]].<ref name=CS>''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]''</ref>
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*'''Dragon heart'''[[Dragon heartstring|: ]][[Dragon heartstring]] is an exceptionally powerful, and one of the most common kinds of, [[Wand core|core]] used in [[wand]]s.<ref name=GF/>
[[File:A Dragon egg.jpg|thumb|A Dragon egg seen by Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley inside [[Rubeus Hagrid's cabin|Hagrid's hut]] in [[1991]].]]
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*'''[[Dragon horn]]''': Powdered dragon horn is used in many potions. Romanian Longhorn Horns are listed as a [[Tradable Material|Class B-Tradable Material]] by the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]].<ref name=FB/>
*'''[[Dragon egg|Dragon Eggs]]'''
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*'''[[Dragon hide]]'''[[Dragon hide|: Dragon hide]] is used to make clothing. Where Muggles would wear leather, wizards wear dragon hide. The skin is very tough, impervious to some spells, and provides the same physical protection as leather, while at the same time having the same texture and appearance as snake skin. Dragon hide is used to make gloves, boots, jackets and shields. In high demand at the moment is the skin of the Swedish Short Snout. [[Fred and George Weasley]] wore dragon skin jackets when they greeted Harry after his fifth school year. Professor [[Horace Slughorn]] has a dragon-skin briefcase, with gold clasps.<ref name=HP>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref> When [[Rubeus Hagrid]] and [[Olympe Maxime]] went to be emissaries to the [[giant]]s, on [[Albus Dumbledore]]'s behalf, they brought a roll of dragon skin as a gift for the [[Gurg]].<ref name=OP/>
:[[Dragon egg]]s are classified as a Class A [[Non-Tradeable Material]] by the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]].<ref name=FB>''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real)]]''</ref> Despite the ban, many dragon eggs can still be found on the black market. [[Chinese Fireball]] egg shells are highly prized as [[potion]] ingredients.
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*'''[[Dragon liver]]'''[[Dragon liver|: Dragon liver]] is sixteen [[Wizarding currency|Sickles]] an ounce.<ref name=PS/><ref>The price in the older versions of the novel was given as seventeen Sickles, but this was changed because seventeen Sickles is equal to one Galleon, so it would be like saying "One hundred cents".</ref>
*'''Dragon heart'''
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*'''[[Dragon meat]]''': When Hagrid returned from his trip to the giants with many injuries (actually acquired from his half-brother [[Grawp]]), he put a bloody, green-tinged, [[dragon meat]] steak, slightly larger than an average car tire, on his face as it helped the stinging. It is not known if dragon meat is safe for humans to eat but seems fine for canines.<ref name=OP/>
:[[Dragon heartstring]] is an ideal, and one of the most common kinds of, [[Wand core|core]] in [[wand]]s.<ref name=GF/>
 
*'''[[Dragon horn]]'''
 
:Powdered dragon horn is used in many potions. Romanian Longhorn Horns are listed as a Class B-[[Tradeable Material]] by the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]].<ref name=FB/>
 
*'''[[Dragon hide]]'''
 
:[[Dragon hide]] is used to make clothing. Where Muggles would wear leather, wizards would wear dragon hide. The skin is very tough, impervious to some spells, and provides the same protection as leather, while at the same time having the same texture and appearance as snakeskin. Dragon hide is used to make gloves, boots, jackets and shields. In high demand at the moment is the skin of the Swedish Short Snout. [[Fred and George Weasley]] wore dragon skin jackets when they greeted Harry after his fifth school year. Professor [[Horace Slughorn]] has a dragon-skin briefcase, with gold clasps.<ref name=HP>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref> When [[Rubeus Hagrid]] and [[Olympe Maxime]] went to be emissaries to the [[giant]]s, on [[Albus Dumbledore]]'s behalf, they brought a roll of dragon skin as a gift for the [[Gurg]].<ref name=OP/>
 
*'''[[Dragon liver]]'''
 
:[[Dragon liver]] is sixteen [[Wizarding currency|Sickles]] an ounce.<ref name=PS/><ref>The price in the older versions of the novel was given as seventeen Sickles, but this was changed because seventeen Sickles is equal to one Galleon, so it would be like saying "One hundred cents".</ref>
 
*'''[[Dragon meat]]'''
 
:When Hagrid returned from his trip to the giants with many injuries (actually acquired from his half-brother [[Grawp]]), he put a bloody, green-tinged, [[Dragon meat|dragon meat]] steak, slightly larger than an average car tire, on his face as it helped the stinging. It is not known if dragon meat is safe for humans to eat but seems fine for canines.<ref name=OP/>
 
   
 
===Books===
 
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*Wales: Hidden in the higher mountains.
 
*Wales: Hidden in the higher mountains.
 
*Sweden: Between Arjeplog and Kopparberg. The [[annual broom race]] goes right through here.
 
*Sweden: Between Arjeplog and Kopparberg. The [[annual broom race]] goes right through here.
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==Social behaviour==
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Not much is known about dragon behaviour, however it seems that, at least with the Chinese Fireball, females are generally larger and dominant over males. ''Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'' states that sometimes females oust males from their territories, at least with the Antipodean Opaleye.
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Dragons are generally highly aggressive towards anything, even wizards, and will sometimes attack humans without provocation, such as in the case of the [[Ilfracombe Incident]].
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
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*[[Charles Weasley]] is a dragon keeper in Romania.
 
*[[Charles Weasley]] is a dragon keeper in Romania.
 
*Most of the dragons in the films seem to be based on the modern design rather than the classic design for dragons; most noticeably, their wings don´t sprout from their back, but are rather the modified forelegs of the dragon (as in real life bats and flying reptiles or pterosaurs). This style of dragon is actually known as the "Wyvern". Apparently in the movieverse, dragons and wyverns are one and the same, although wyverns are more commonly used than four-legged dragons.
 
*Most of the dragons in the films seem to be based on the modern design rather than the classic design for dragons; most noticeably, their wings don´t sprout from their back, but are rather the modified forelegs of the dragon (as in real life bats and flying reptiles or pterosaurs). This style of dragon is actually known as the "Wyvern". Apparently in the movieverse, dragons and wyverns are one and the same, although wyverns are more commonly used than four-legged dragons.
* The [[Catalonian Fireball]] appears to be a early draft on the [[Chinese Fireball]] because these were notes for ''[[Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit]]'' on [[J.K.Rowling Official Site]]. The same for the [[Portuguese Long-Snout]] which seems to be a early draft for the [[Romanian Longhorn]] and the [[Swedish Short-Snout]].
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* The [[Catalonian Fireball]] appears to be an early draft on the [[Chinese Fireball]] because these were notes for ''[[Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit]]'' on [[J.K.Rowling Official Site]]. The same for the [[Portuguese Long-Snout]] which seems to be an early draft for the [[Romanian Longhorn]] and the [[Swedish Short-Snout]].
* According to ''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real)|Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them]]'', in [[1932]], there was a dragon attack at a muggle beach that a family of wizards on holiday defeated. It earned them the [[Order of Merlin]], First Class.
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* According to ''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real)|Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them]]'', in [[1932]], there was a dragon attack at a muggle beach that a family of wizards on holiday defeated. It earned them the [[Order of Merlin]], First Class. It is known as the Ilfracombe Incident.
 
* In the credits of film adaptation of ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', it says "No Dragons were harmed in the making of this movie". This probably refers to the scene in the movie where the [[Hungarian Horntail]] falls off the bridge.
 
* In the credits of film adaptation of ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', it says "No Dragons were harmed in the making of this movie". This probably refers to the scene in the movie where the [[Hungarian Horntail]] falls off the bridge.
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* Madam [[Rosmerta]] owns a silk dressing gown embroidered with dragons, which she was wearing on the night in [[June]] [[1997]] when Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore [[Apparition|apparated]] back from the [[Crystal Cave]].<ref name="HBP27">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', Chapter 27 - (''The Lightning-Struck Tower'')</ref>
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
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{{Creatures by classification}}
 
{{Creatures by classification}}
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[[he:דרקון]]
 
[[he:דרקון]]
 
[[fr:Dragon]]
 
[[fr:Dragon]]
 
[[ru:Дракон]]
 
[[ru:Дракон]]
[[fi:Lohikäärme]]
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[[Category:Dragons (species)| ]]
 
[[Category:Dragons (species)| ]]
 
[[Category:XXXXX Creatures]]
 
[[Category:XXXXX Creatures]]

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Dragon
Species information
Sentience

Sentient

Eye colour

Varies by breed

Skin colour

Varies by breed

Native range

Various locations throughout the world

Height of average adult

Varies by breed

Length of average adult

Varies by breed

Wingspan of average adult

Varies by breed

Ministry of Magic Classification

XXXXX

Status

Beast

"You can't tame dragons, it's dangerous. You should see the burns Charlie's got off wild ones in Romania."
—Ron Weasley[src]

Dragons are giant winged, fire-breathing reptiles. Widely regarded as terrifying yet awe-inspiring, they can be found all over the world and are frequently referred to in Asian and medieval European folklore. Able to fly and breathe fire through their nostrils, they are one of the most dangerous and hardest to conceal creatures in the wizarding world. The Ministry of Magic classifies them as XXXXX, known wizard killers that are impossible to train or domesticate. Despite how dangerous they are, there are people who are trained to work with them, called dragon keepers, or dragonologists. A wizard who trades and sells dragon eggs (which is an illegal activity) is referred to as a dragon dealer.

Early life of a dragonEdit

"Your dragon requires a lot of care during these first few months."
Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit[src]
Hatching of a Common Welsh Green

Hatching of a Common Welsh Green.

Dragon mothers breathe fire on their eggs to keep them warm. The dragon's first fire breaths, usually accompanied by thick grey smoke, appear when the dragon is around six months old. However, the ability to fly is normally developed later, at around twelve months, and the dragon will not be fully mature until it is two years old and ready to live on its own.[1] Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit states that you are to feed a baby dragon a bucket of brandy mixed with chicken blood every half hour.[2]

Dragons in the wizarding worldEdit

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A Hungarian Horntail in a cage.

The motto of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is Draco dormiens numquam titillandus; Latin for Never tickle a sleeping dragon. The Hogwarts gamekeeper, Rubeus Hagrid, loved and adored dragons, briefly owning a Norwegian Ridgeback named Norbert, who turned out to be a female and was subsequently renamed Norberta.[2] In 1993, the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge, suggested placing dragons to guard the school, after being compelled to remove the Dementors, something that Professor Dumbledore thought Hagrid would be very happy with.[3] Many useful materials come from dragons, but they are hard to obtain (see Uses below). It takes over a dozen wizards just to stun a dragon. Muggles believe that dragons are a mere myth, but have been known on occasion to glimpse these beasts. To prevent them from being seen by Muggles, and to protect them from poaching, dragons are kept on dragon reserves around the world, most of which are far from human habitation. Dragons cannot be domesticated, despite individuals trying to do so. However, it is possible to condition them via torture to make them somewhat subservient, as Gringotts Wizarding Bank had done to the one guarding the lower vaults, who has been trained to expect pain upon hearing a certain noise. The selling of dragon products is closely regulated by the Ministry of Magic, and only dragon breeds that are over-breeding are killed to make these items.

Known breedsEdit

Norbert

Norbert, a young Norwegian Ridgeback dragon, after hatching.

There is no officially sanctioned breeding of dragons, as dragon breeding was outlawed by the Warlocks' Convention of 1709. However, they have been known to interbreed, producing rare hybrids. Below is a list of the ten known pure-bred breeds of dragons according to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them:

There are two other breeds, according to Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit. It is unknown if these are pure-bred dragons, hybrids or, as the book is out-dated, these dragons may have become extinct due to illegal dragon huntings.

These are the two dragons:

Spells that affect dragonsEdit

While dragon skin can resist most spells, such as the Stunning Spell, some spells can affect dragons if aimed at the right spot, or if cast by several people at once.

UsesEdit

  • A Hungarian Horntail in the Triwizard Tournament.
  • The dragon that guarded the Lestrange Vault.

Dragons have many uses in the wizarding world.

As obstaclesEdit

Dragons were used in the First Task of the Triwizard Tournament of 1994, in which the champions had to retrieve a golden egg from a nesting mother. The varieties used were: the Hungarian Horntail, the Chinese Fireball, the Swedish Short-Snout, and a Welsh Green. Ron Weasley's brother Charlie worked with dragons in Romania at the time, and helped transport the dragons used in the Tournament.[4] Dragons are also used to guard certain vaults at Gringotts Wizarding Bank, and one was used by Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger to escape the bank following their break-in in 1998.[6]

As mountsEdit

Though they cannot be domesticated, there is one known instance of a dragon being used as a mount. In May 1998, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger rode on the back of a dragon, though they had trouble maintaining a grip on their steed, and could not control its flight.[6] During the 1993–1994 school year, before playing in the Quidditch final against Slytherin, Harry dreamed that the Slytherin team were flying on dragons instead of broomsticks. When he awoke he realised that they would not be allowed to ride dragons.[3]

As businessEdit

The dragon model, like the model in the First Task of Triwizard Tournament of 1994, was used in a roast chestnuts sale, near Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, in Diagon Alley to hold the chestnut in place.

As materialsEdit

  • Dragon blood: Albus Dumbledore discovered the twelve uses of dragon blood.[2] The twelfth use is as an oven cleaner.[7] Another one is spot remover.[8]
  • Dragon claw: During the 1995 school year, in the midst of the O.W.L.s, a trade sprang up among the fifth and seventh year students for various supposed brain stimulants. A student named Harold Dingle was offering powdered dragon claw, though Hermione Granger confiscated it, as it turned out to be dried Doxy droppings. Ron Weasley said that dragon claw does work, and that it gives your brain a boost, making you cunning for a few hours, though it is not known if this is actually true.[9]
  • Dragon dung: Dragon dung is sold by the barrel in Knockturn Alley. It is a rich fertiliser used by students at Hogwarts in Herbology.[10]
A Dragon egg

A Dragon egg seen by Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley inside Hagrid's hut in 1991.

BooksEdit

Dragon reservesEdit

  • Romanian Dragon Sanctuary: Home to several types of dragons. Charlie Weasley works and studies dragons here.
  • Hebrides: The MacFusty Clan cares for their dragons here.
  • Wales: Hidden in the higher mountains.
  • Sweden: Between Arjeplog and Kopparberg. The annual broom race goes right through here.

Social behaviourEdit

Not much is known about dragon behaviour, however it seems that, at least with the Chinese Fireball, females are generally larger and dominant over males. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them states that sometimes females oust males from their territories, at least with the Antipodean Opaleye.

Dragons are generally highly aggressive towards anything, even wizards, and will sometimes attack humans without provocation, such as in the case of the Ilfracombe Incident.

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