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The Norwegian Ridgeback is a dragon native to Norway, and its typical habitat is the Northern mountains.

History

1802

A Norwegian Ridgeback is reported to have carried off a Whale Calf off the coast of Norway.[1]

1991–1992 school year

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Norbert, the Norwegian Ridgeback

Rubeus Hagrid received a Norwegian Ridgeback egg from a hooded stranger in a pub. After hatching the egg, Hagrid named the creature Norbert, and tried to raise it with the help of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ronald Weasley.[2] However, the dragon was discovered, and eventually Hagrid gave Norbert to Charlie Weasley, who took the young dragon to live with others of its kind in the Romanian Dragon Sanctuary where he worked.[2]

1997

It was later discovered that Norbert was a female dragon, so her name was changed to Norberta.[3]

Description and traits

It resembles the Hungarian Horntail, except for the black ridges on its back, the browner texture in its scales, and its less hostile attitude. It has venomous fangs, and its food of choice is large mammals, including water mammals, which is unusual for a dragon. Its eggs are black, and young Ridgebacks develop the ability to shoot flame earlier than any other breeds (around one to three months). Female Ridgebacks are generally more ferocious than the males.[1]

Etymology

Norwegian Ridgeback is likely a play on Rhodesian Ridgeback, a South African hunting dog used, among other things, to hunt lions. Two other breeds of ridgeback dog exist, the Thai Ridgeback, and the Phu Quoc Ridgeback. Additionally, Ridgeback is a British bicycle company.

Behind the scenes

  • The reference to the Rhodesian Ridgeback hunting dog is especially fitting as this dragon caused so much trouble to Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid, all of who were in Gryffindor House, which is represented by a lion.

Appearances

Norwegian Ridgeback

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 14 (Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback)
  3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 7 (The Will of Albus Dumbledore)


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