Harry Potter Wiki

Hungarian Horntail

12,126pages on
this wiki
Hungarian Horntail
Species information
Eye colour


Skin colour


Hair colour


Related to

See Dragon

Native range


Length of average adult


Ministry of Magic Classification




"I don't envy the one who gets the Horntail. Vicious thing. Its back end's as dangerous as its front."
Charlie Weasley about the first challenge of the Triwizard Tournament[src]

The Hungarian Horntail is a dragon native to Hungary and is considered to be the most dangerous dragon breed.[1]


The 1994 Triwizard Tournament

"Oh, don't worry about 'em, Harry, they're seriously misunderstood creatures — [Horntail breathes fires a bit too close to Harry and Hagrid's position] ...Although, I have to admit that Horntail is a right nasty piece of work."
Hagrid about the Hungarian Horntail[src]

A Horntail used in the first task

A Hungarian Horntail was to be faced during the First Task of the 1994 Triwizard Tournament, in an effort to retrieve a Golden egg.[2] Harry Potter had to face it after selecting, at random, a tiny model depicting the Horntail from a bag. He Summoned his Firebolt broomstick to him and used it to maneuver around the dragon to retrieve the egg. It is stated that Ron Weasley's brother Charlie helped transport the dragon from Romania.[2]

Description and traits

It has black scales, and is lizard-like in appearance. It also has yellow eyes, bronze horns and similarly coloured spikes that protrude from its long tail. The dragon's roar is a yowling, screeching scream, and its flame can reach to about fifty feet. While having a very far reaching flame the Horntail's breath can reach extremely high temperatures as it made a stone turn red hot in seconds. Its eggs are cement-coloured and particularly hard-shelled. The Horntail's foods of choice include cattle, sheep, goats, and whenever possible, humans.

Hungarian horntail 1

A Hungarian Horntail climbs the Grand Staircase Tower

Horntails are also known for being one of the most vicious breeds of dragon; even Rubeus Hagrid commented on their ferocity.[3] Along with their viciousness, Horntails are shown being extremely fast in flight while able to keep up with a Firebolt broomstick, a broom capable of going from 0 to 150 miles per hour in 10 seconds. Horntails are also seen able to keep up with Harry Potter's flying skills; a very impressive feat considering Harry's talent as a seeker.[2]

Behind the scenes



A Hungarian Horntail in LEGO form.

Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 20 (The First Task)
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 19 (The Hungarian Horntail)


Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki