Harry Potter: "Hagrid's always wanted a dragon, he told me so the first time I ever met him."
Ron Weasley: "But it's against our laws. Dragon breeding was outlawed by the Warlocks' Convention of 1709, everyone knows that. It's hard to stop Muggles from noticing us if we're keeping dragons in the back garden — anyway, you can't tame dragons, it's dangerous."
— Ban on dragon breeding[src]

Dragon breeding was the practice of artificially propagating and raising dragons.[1]


Dragon breeding was outlawed by the Warlocks' Convention of 1709, due not only to the fact that that dragons could not be tamed (receiving the highest British Ministry of Magic danger classification of XXXXX), but because wizards with pet dragons would be easily detected by Muggles.[1]

By the 20th century, it was common wizarding knowledge that dragon breeding was highly illegal and dangerous.[1]

Some books that covered dragon breeding included Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit, published in 1658,[2] and From Egg to Inferno: a Dragon-Keeper's Guide.[1]

Raising dragons

A hatching dragon egg

"Keep the egg in the fire, 'cause their mothers breathe on 'em, see, an' when it hatches, feed it on a bucket o' brandy mixed with chicken blood every half hour."
— Rubeus Hagrid on how to raise a dragon, citing Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit[src]

While the dragon was still in its egg, it should be placed in the fire to heat it up, as the mother ordinarily breathed on it.[1] Fire Seeds could be tossed into the fire to give it the last burst of heat needed to make it hatch.[3] When hatched, the dragon chick should be fed a bucket of brandy mixed with chicken blood every half-hour,[1] which apparently served as a replacement for dragon milk.[4] During the first few months, the dragon required a lot of care. The dragon's first fire breaths, usually accompanied by thick grey smoke, appeared when the dragon was around six months old. However, the ability to fly was normally developed later, at around twelve months, and the dragon would not be fully mature until it was two years old and ready to live on its own.[5]

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 14 (Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback)
  2. "Harry Potter Trio 1st Screen Test"
  3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)
  4. Given the fact that dragons produced milk in the first place, that the mixture of brandy and chicken blood was the first thing a newborn dragon consumed, as well as the fact that dragons obviously couldnot make brandy, it appeared the mixture was a wizarding replacement for dragon milk used to feed newborn dragons.
  5. J. K. Rowling's official site
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