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"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. An’ see here — how ter recognise diff’rent eggs — what I got there’s a Norwegian Ridgeback. They’re rare, them."
— Rubeus Hagrid discussing how to handle dragon eggs[src]

All dragons, being reptilian beasts, hatched from a dragon egg.[1][3]

Description

The eggs of different breeds of dragons

Dragon's eggs tended to be very large (around 12 to 18 inches)[4] and needed a lot of heat from their mothers to hatch.[1] Dragon mothers were very protective of their eggs, as was found out in the Triwizard Tournament when Harry Potter's Hungarian Horntail violently tried to stop Harry from capturing the Golden egg, thinking it was one of her real eggs.[2] Dragon eggs were considered a Class A Non-Tradeable Material.[3]

History

Ron Weasley: "Where did you get it, Hagrid? It must’ve cost you a fortune."
Rubeus Hagrid: "Won it. Las’ night. I was down in the village havin’ a few drinks an’ got into a game o’ cards with a stranger. Think he was quite glad ter get rid of it, ter be honest."
Hermione Granger: "But what are you going to do with it when it’s hatched?"
— Ron and Hermione asking Hagrid about his newly acquired dragon egg[src]

The uses of powdered Chinese Fireball eggs were discovered by Quong Po in the 15th or 16th century.[5][6]

Hagrid and the trio watching a dragon egg hatch

In Harry Potter's first year at Hogwarts, Hagrid won a dragon's egg off a stranger he met down at the Hog's Head pub in Hogsmeade. The stranger was wearing a cloak so that no one could see his identity, but it is later learned it was Professor Quirrell. Hagrid kept the egg in order to try to hatch it by keeping it in the fireplace. Eventually it did hatch, but in the end Norbert was sent to Romania with a bunch of Charlie Weasley's friends.[1]

A Dragon egg

In 1994, as part of the First Task of the Triwizard Tournament at Hogwarts, the Triwizard Champions each had to retrieve a golden replica of a dragon's egg from a female dragon, with the dragon seeking to protect the replica egg among her own actual eggs. Viktor Krum was penalised for having used the Conjunctivitis Curse on his dragon (a Chinese Fireball), which caused the dragon to smash her own eggs due her eyesight being damaged with the curse.[2]

An orange dragon egg

During the 1995–1996 school year at Hogwarts, the portrait of Giffard Abbott required students use the password "dragon's egg" in order to use his secret passageway in the castle.[7]

Following the burial of Aragog, Hagrid and Horace Slughorn sat together in Hagrid's cabin and got drunk on Berry Ocky Rot. While drunk, they began swapping tales of the illegal trade in dragon eggs and Harry Potter used the conversation as cover to refill the wine using the Refilling Charm without being noticed.[8]

During the Calamity which affected the wizarding world in the 2010s, dragon eggs were some of the numerous magical items and artefacts which were mysteriously scattered across the world as Foundables, guarding by Confoundables, which had to overpowered by volunteer wizards and witches of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force to return the Foundables to their rightful place.[9]

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