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All dragon species in the Harry Potter universe

With the Fantastic Beasts franchise in full swing, the magical creatures of the Harry Potter universe are getting a lot more attention. JK Rowling has shown her creativity in creating fantastical creatures to fill her world and has managed to create a new series around the idea.

Although Rowling has shown that there is much more to the world of Harry Potter than the merely traditional, there are always iconic creatures that really make an impression. Harry Potter’s dragons stand out as a remarkable mix of classic fantasy beasts mixed with Rowling’s creativity. From the first book in the series, when Hagrid battles a baby dragon of his own, to the thrilling escape from Gringotts on the back of a dragon, dragons hold a special place throughout the books. Harry Potter’s dragons manage to feel unique due to the wild variation in species and characteristics that Rowling gives. In the books, we see the Hungarian Horntail in particular having a reputation as an extremely fearsome species when Harry has to face one in the Triwizard tournament. Through Pottermore and other sources, Rowling has developed other species of dragons in the same way.

10 NORWEGIAN RIDGEBACK

This dragon was the reader’s first glimpse of a dragon in the Harry Potter series. Hagrid buys a dragon egg from a mysterious stranger in a bar and raises it until it hatches. Hagrid names the little dragon Norbert. This was a great way for Rowling to show Hagrid’s loving and caring nature while also showing that he can sometimes be a bit reckless in his care of magical creatures. It sets up Hagrid’s tenure as professor incredibly well. It turns out that Norbert is a girl and apparently they are much more ruthless. According to Rowling, Norwegian Ridgebacks like to hunt creatures that live in the water and have even eaten an entire baby whale.

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9 OPALEYE OF THE ANTIPODES

This dragon is the example of what a magnificent dragon can be. The dragon is known for its beauty and has scales that shimmer in the light. Originating from New Zealand and Australia, they have found interesting prey, hunting kangaroos on occasion. The dragon finds its name in its multicolored eyes.

 


8 COMMON GREEN WELSH

These dragons are like the garden snake of the wizarding world. They are extremely common (if they weren’t obvious from their name) and tend not to be too dangerous. They feed mainly on sheep and leave humans alone. This dragon is best known for being the one Fleur faces in the Triwizard Tournament. She was lucky to pull him, as he doesn’t present too much of a threat, at least compared to other dragons. Their natural habitat is in the mountains, where they can blend in with the green of the grass. According to Rowling, there is a specific reserve to preserve these dragons.


7 CHINESE FIREBALL

This dragon is bright red in color and is the one that Viktor Krum faced during the Triwizard Tournament. Originating from China, his eggs are highly sought after by Chinese magicians because they are studded with gold. They are quite dangerous, especially since their name comes from their tendency to shoot massive fireballs from their snouts. Another name for the beast is “dragon lion”. One of its distinctive features is the golden tips that cover its face.

6 SWEDISH SHORT

Cedric Diggory was presented with this dragon during his challenge and when it comes to dragons there are worse options. The species is not particularly dangerous and has not killed too many humans. Although it’s on the less deadly side, there are some interesting aspects to the dragon. He is known for having a blue flame when he breathes fire and has silver-blue skin that has many uses, as protective gloves and shields are made from the skin of a Swedish shortsnout.

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5 PERUVIAN VIPERTOOTH

This species of dragon is especially interesting. They are the color of copper and extremely poisonous. They’re known for being on the smaller side, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less deadly, as the species is notorious for killing humans and wizards had to purposefully hunt them down to try and decrease their population.

4 UKRAINIAN IRONBELLY

Although it is never explicitly stated, this is the type of dragon that Harry, Ron, and Hermione escaped on when they left Gringotts. He has glowing red eyes, grayscale, and is the largest of all the dragon breeds. They are incredibly ruthless and it is obvious why the goblins chose this species to guard their vaults.


3 BLACK HYBRID

The Black Hebridean gets its name from the islands off the coast of Scotland, the Hebrides, as the dragon resides in that area. Capable of growing up to 30 feet in length, the Hebridean Black is most notable for its purple eyes and spiked tail. Rowling has described the dragon as having bat wings.

2 ROMANIAN LONGHORN

This dragon is remarkable for many different reasons and its natural habitat even became the central location for wizards who were interested in the study of dragons. In the books, Charlie spends time in Romania for this very reason. Although he can breathe fire and has large claws, the Romanian Pronghorn prefers to use the horn on his head to hunt down prey. These horns became extremely valuable and extinction was a serious danger to the species.


1 HUNGARIAN HORNTAIL

This species of dragon is known to be particularly dangerous. Harry had to fight one during the Triwizard Tournament and was only successful by summoning his broom and using his talent to fly to escape. The dragon is ruthless and has no shortage of ways to end a life. He is covered in spikes from head to tail and will use them as a weapon. As if this were not enough, the Hungarian Horntail is also capable of shooting a flame over 15 meters. There is definitely a reason why it is known as the most dangerous of the dragon breeds. Hagrid even went so far as to give a special warning about it, particularly in Goblet of Fire.

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