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The Swedish Short-Snout is a dragon native to Sweden. It lives in wild, uninhabited areas, mostly the northern mountains of Sweden. The scales are silvery blue, and its powerful flame is also a brilliant blue colour - and hot enough to reduce timber and bone to ashes in seconds. Its attractive skin is much sought after for the making of gloves and shields.
Since it rarely comes into contact with humans, the Short-Snout has less deaths to its name than most dragons. However, the Short-Snout is nevertheless one of the most dangerous species due to its agile flying and the extremely hot fire that it produces. The Short-Snout tends to be less agile on the ground because of its lack of forward limbs.
The trophy awarded to the winner of the Annual Broom Race between Kopparberg and Arjeplog is designed after the Swedish Short-Snout.
In the 1994 Triwizard Tournament, Cedric Diggory, of Hogwarts, had to face a Short-Snout in the First Task. He Transfigured a rock into a dog to distract the dragon, and retrieved the Golden egg that it was guarding.
Behind the scenes
- In the LEGO video game, the Swedish Short-Snout is seen as one of the dragons caged by Hagrid. It will either attempt to incinerate the player by blasting its blue flames through holes in the walls, or furiously shoot fireballs at a small purple ring which must be levitated around the room in order to have the dragon sever the chains supporting a bridge.
- You can buy a plush of the dragon at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter