Harry Potter Moment of the Week
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Favorite Dragon Species
DRAGONS! I had a lot of fun with this topic, researching all the different dragon breeds that exist in the Harry Potter Universe. I knew some of them wouldn't have been mentioned in the books or films so I went off hunting for dragons ;-)
I already knew that my favorite breed would not be the Hungarian Horntail. If Hagrid of all people admits the best is nasty, I'll be taking his word for it thanks. And we all know how vicious it was when Harry faced his in the Triwizard Tournament. But other than that, we really don't get much info on other breeds of dragons in the books - unless you've read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - which I have, but my memory was a bit fuzzy. I expect we'll be getting a lot more fun details when the film comes out :D
Anyways, after looking up the different breeds, I've decided that my favorite dragon is:
The Antipodean Opaleye is a breed of Dragon native to New Zealand, although it has been known to migrate to Australia in search of territory.
Eye colour: MulticolouredSkin colour: PearlyNative range: New Zealand
It resides in valleys, which is unusual as dragons typically reside on mountains. It is generally considered one of the most beautiful dragons, with pearly scales that line its body, and glittering multi-coloured eyes that have no pupils. The Opaleye's eggs are pale grey and have been known to be mistaken by Muggles for fossils and its flame is vivid red.
The Opaleye is not particularly aggressive, rarely killing unless it is hungry making it the easiest of dragons to train. Its prey of choice is sheep, but it has been known to attack larger animals. In the 1970s, several kangaroo killings were thought to have been caused by a male Opaleye that had been ousted from its territory by a dominant female.
The dragon that was chained in the Gringotts vault shares the same characteristics as an Opal-Eye, although the dragon is believed to have become pale due to a lack of sunlight. It is revealed in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, however, that the dragon guarding the Lestrange Vault is actually an Ukrainian Ironbelly. -Source
The Gringotts Dragon, since it most resembles the Opaleye