Dragons are a fictional creature from the Harry Potter Universe.

Species Information
Related toMythological
Distinguishing FeaturesVaries by breed
Ministry Danger ClassificationXXXXX
Country of OriginGlobal
BreedsAntipodean Opaleye, Chinese Fireball, Common Welsh Green, Hebridean Black, Hungarian Horntail, Norweigan Ridgeback, Peruvian Vipertooth, Romanian Longhorn, Swedish Short-Snout, Ukranian Ironbelly and two possible extinct breeds: Catalonian Fireball and the Portuguese Long-Snout

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Dragons are large, fire breathing reptiles with wings. Due to their vicious nature and their terrifying yet awe-inspiring appearance, and their ability to fly and breathe fire not just from their fang-filled maw but their nostrils too, the Ministry has given them the highest level of danger classification, and they are known wizard killers. They are frequently referred to in Asian and European mythology. Despite the danger that even a juvenile dragon poses, certain wizards are specially trained to deal with dragons, called Dragonologists or dragon keepers, for example, Charlie Weasley. Dealing in Dragons and their eggs is illegal, and people who do it are called Dragon Dealers, much like the man who gave Rubeus Hagrid Norbert (now Norberta)'s egg. Those from the Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures who slay dragons are called Dragon killers.

To nurture their eggs, female dragons will breathe fire on them, to keep them warm. A dragon's first breaths, always accompanied with dark grey smoke first appears when they are 6 months of age. Their wings become strong enough to hold their weight at a year old, but a dragon will not be fully grown or mature until the age of 2. Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit says that the best way to feed an orphaned baby dragon is to feed them on a bucket of chicken blood and brandy every half hour.

The motto of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus, which translates from latin to "tickle not the sleeping dragon". Hargid, Hogwarts' gamekeeper loves dragons, and for a time in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone he owned a Norweigan Ridgeback, Norbert. Cornelius Fudge suggests using dragons in the place of Dementors in 1993 to guard the school. Many items useful to the wizarding world come from Dragons, such as the heartstrings for wands, but they are very difficult to obtain, and it takes around a dozen wizards just to stun them. Muggles believe that they are just mythical beasts, but on occasion they catch glimpses of them. To prevent poaching, Dragons are kept in dragon reserves around the world, such as Charlie's place of work in Romania, and these are far from human habitations. Despite many attempts, a dragon has never been domesticated. Due to their protected nature, their by-products are closely regulated by the Ministry for Magic, and only species that breed beyond their means are killed to make required items.

Breeding dragons was made illegal in 1709 by the Warlocks' Convention. They have been known to interbreed, creating hybrids.

While dragon skin is resistant to many spells such as Stupefy, they have various weaknesses, and spells cast en masse's collective effect can harm them. Their eyes are particularly weak, as evidenced by Viktor Krum's use of the Conjunctivitis Curse in the 1994 Triwizard Tournament. One way to create dragons that obey commands is the Draconifors spell, that turns statues of dragons into real dragons.

In the first task of the 1994 Triwizard Tournament, 4 dragons were used as part if it, the champions required to collect a golden egg from their nests. The breeds used were: Chinese Fireball, Swedish Short-Snout, Welsh Green and a Hungarian Horntail. Ron Weasley's older brother Charlie helped to transport these dragons from the reserve in Romania. In Gringott's Wizarding Bank, dragons are used to guard certain vaults, such as Bellatrix Lestrange's, which held the sword of Gryffindor and Helga Hufflepuff's Cup.

Harry once had a dream where the entire Slytherin Quidditch team were mounted upon dragons, and during Harry, Ron and Hermione Granger's escape from Gringotts after robbing Bellatrix's vault, they flew on dragonback to escape. The dragon models used by the champions to pick their dragons in the Triwizard tournament were used to braise roast chestnuts in a stall near Weasley's Wizard Wheezes.

Albus Dumbledore discovered the twelve uses of Dragon's blood. One is a spot remover, another an oven cleaner. Rubeus Hagrid uses a dragon steak in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to help with his injuries from the Giants. Horace Slughorn also uses dragon blood to try and hide from Harry and Dumbledore when Dumbledore comes to ask him to teach again.

During the Ordinary Wizarding Levels, there was a trade in brain stimulants, and it is claimed that dragon claw can stimulate the mind and make you more cunning.

Dragon eggs are a Class - A Non-Tradeable Material, but they are easy to find on the black market. The shell of a Chinese Fireball egg is highly prized as a potion ingredient.

Dragon heartstring is a very common core material for wands.

Dragon horn is a common ingredient in potions. Romanian Longhorn horns as a result of the demand are a Class-B Non-Tradeable material.

Dragon hide is a very common material for clothing, much like the way that muggles wear leather. It's extremely tough and offers protection from some spells, but looks and feels like snakeskin.

Dragon liver is another potion ingredient, and is extremely expensive with an average price of 16 sickles or more for one ounce.

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