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"Any wizard realising that one or more Ashwinders are loose in the house must trace them immediately and locate the nest of eggs."
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them[src]

Ashwinder eggs were the eggs of the Ashwinder, a magical serpent which was born from the embers of an unattended magical fire.[1]


A frozen Ashwinder egg

The Ashwinder eggs were extremely hot and flammable, and, if not frozen in time, would light fire to the surrounding area. They were bright red and very valuable when frozen.[1]


Frozen eggs were a common ingredient in potions, particularly love potions. They could also be swallowed whole as an antidote to ague.[1] An Ashwinder egg was essential to the creation of Felix Felicis.[2]


A bottle of Ashwinder Eggs

Some enlarged Ashwinder eggs played a large part in the ending of the Hogwarts school pantomime tradition. In the play The Fountain of Fair Fortune, an Ashwinder was supplied by Professor Kettleburn to play the 'blind and bloated' worm. The Ashwinder was enlarged with the use of an Engorgement Charm; however things got out of control, and the Ashwinder laid its eggs. These eggs, presumed to be enlarged like the Ashwinder, set fire to the floorboards in the Great Hall and ended the Hogwarts pantomime tradition.[4]

On 7 December 1926, Newton Scamander attempted to pay Gnarlak with a frozen ashwinder egg for information about his missing beasts.[5]

Professor Severus Snape kept Ashwinder eggs in his personal stores. In the 1989–1990 school year, he was telling Argus Filch and Madam Pince one day that he had awoken to find Ashwiner eggs, Murtlap tentacles and Occamy eggshells missing. Beatrice Haywood stole them (following Ismelda Murk's advice) from Snape in order to brew Felix Felicis in Classroom 3C, along with several books on advanced potion-making from the Hogwarts Library without checking them out.[3]

During the Calamity, which happened across the Wizarding world in the 2010s, wizards and witches who worked as volunteers for the Statute of Secrecy Task Force often collected and used these eggs, as ingredients for various potions brewed to help address the mysterious situation.[6]

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