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What are the dragons in Harry Potter called?

Asked by aviona (3240points) May 27th, 2009

I was never an avid fan of the books. I just bought a cool shirt from a second-hand store with all kinds of animals on them including these dragon-looking things. My friends said they are called “something-glyphs” maybe? I can’t remember.

They look something like this. Really I’m just wondering for the sake of the shirt. Goofy I know.

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dynamicduo's avatar

Oh, I think you’re talking about hippogriffs perhaps? Those are seen in one of the earlier books (maybe the third, the one with Sirius getting out of prison), Hagrid takes care of it. The exact one is named Buckbeak.

There aren’t really other dragons in HP as far as I can remember, but I could be wrong.

aviona's avatar

yes! Hippogriffs!

Thank youuu @dynamicduo. Haha.

MrItty's avatar

Dragons are called Dragons. There are four types that we see in the books, and probably many others. The ones I remember off the top of my head are Hungarian Horntails and Chinese Fireballs.

@dynamicduo – there are dragons in both books 1, 4, and 7. In 1, Hagrid buys a baby dragon, and names it Norbert. In 4, the 1st task is to steal a dragon’s egg. In 7, the trio ride a dragon away from Gringots.

Tink's avatar

Then who are the griffins?

dynamicduo's avatar

Yes, I came back here to note the baby dragon Hagrid buys, but was obviously beaten to the punch. My brain’s a bit slow in the morning.

bythebay's avatar

Here is some more info

Darwin's avatar

Actually there are dragons in HP. Remember that Hagrid had a Norwegian Ridgeback in Book 1? And Harry had to deal with a Hungarian Horntail in book 4? And doesn’t one of the older Weasleys work with dragons?

Never mind. I see I am too late.

MrMeltedCrayon's avatar

There are ten species of dragon in the Harry Potter series (or at least only ten have been mentioned): The Welsh Green, the Chinese Fireball, the Hungarian Horntail, the Antipodean Opaleye, the Ukranian Ironbelly, the Romanian Longhorn, the Swedish Short-snout, the Peruvian Vipertooth and the Hebridean Black.

My HP geekery knows no bounds.

Darwin's avatar

You forgot the Norwegian Ridgeback

bezdomnaya's avatar

Also, hippogriffs do not look like the picture in the link you posted. They look like this .

MrMeltedCrayon's avatar

@Darwin: I am forever shamed.

Kap89's avatar

Is it a thestral?? OMG julyyyyy can’t wait… Love hp :)

Darwin's avatar

@MrMeltedCrayon That’s okay. The Ridgeback would still eat you anyway.

A_Beaverhausen's avatar

i <3 Harry Potter :D

MacBean's avatar

HIPPOGRIFF, n. An animal (now extinct) which was half horse and half griffin. The griffin was itself a compound creature, half lion and half eagle. The hippogriff was actually, therefore, a one-quarter eagle, which is two dollars and fifty cents in gold. The study of zoology is full of surprises.

-Ambrose Bierce, “The Devil’s Dictionary”

I love Ambrose Bierce. And HP.

A_Beaverhausen's avatar

im sure you could also reference Magical Beasts and where to find them for any future queries.

Dansedescygnes's avatar

Man, I haven’t seen you in a while… :(

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