- "Dragon Blood can be used as an ingredient in potion brewing."
- — Description[src]
It had a number of magical properties and was fairly expensive to buy bottled. It had twelve uses, the discoveries of which were typically all credited to the famous Hogwarts Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, although Ivor Dillonsby claimed that he had already discovered eight of them and that Dumbledore "borrowed" his notes.
Dragon blood seemed to have a notable taste, as Dumbledore was able to distinguish it from human blood by placing a small amount in his mouth in 1996. He was, however, the foremost expert on the substance, and the distinction may have been too subtle for anybody else.
History of use
Behind the scenes
- In the Order of the Phoenix book and film, dragon blood appears to be green, but then in the Half-Blood Prince book and film, as well as Pottermore, dragon blood appears to be scarlet. However this could simply be explained by the blood having come from different breeds of dragon.
- In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Dumbledore was able to tell from taste that the blood used was that of a dragon's, but in the novel, he had to ask Slughorn what it was.
- In real life, the "dragon's blood" used in ritualistic magic and ancient medicine is actually a plant resin. 
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First mentioned)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)
- Harry Potter Trading Card Game (First appearance)
Notes and references
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 4 (Horace Slughorn)
- Quote from J.K. Rowling interview with the San Francisco Chronicle
- Interview with Steve Kloves
- http://www.videobash.com/video_show/creating-the-world-of-harry-potter-part-30-the-story-1325902 Around 11:15
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 6 (The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 2 (In Memoriam)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 20 (Hagrid's Tale)