Ironbellies had been subject to constant observation by the Ukrainian wizarding authorities, ever since a particular Ironbelly carried off a sailing ship from the Black Sea in 1799. Thankfully, the boat was empty at the time.
Gringotts Wizarding Bank owned a Ukrainian Ironbelly that guarded some of the oldest and deepest vaults, including the Lestrange Vault. This dragon could be subdued by using clankers, a rattling mechanic that the dragon had been taught to associate with pain. It broke free in 1998, with the help of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger during their break-in and escape from Gringotts. The dragon carried the trio to a far-off lake where they jumped off and the dragon continued to fly away.
It was a bipedal breed, metallic grey in colour, with an immense wingspan, long talons and rough scales said to be as hard as steel. It was the largest breed of dragon which reaches up to six tonnes, with deep red eyes.
More rotund and slower in flight than other dragons, the Ironbelly was nevertheless extremely dangerous, capable of crushing the dwellings on which it lands.
Behind the scenes
- In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game), they use a Common Welsh Green instead of an Ukrainian Ironbelly to protect the vaults.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First mentioned) (Not specified as Ukrainian Ironbelly)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film) (Mentioned in Daily Prophet) (Not specified as Ukrainian Ironbelly)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (First appearance) (Not specified as Ukrainian Ironbelly)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay (Mentioned only)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) (Mentioned only)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (First identified as Ukrainian Ironbelly)
- Wizarding World
- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts)
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
- Harry Potter: The Creature Vault
- Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
Notes and references
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, Scene 50
- The Beasts: Cinematic Guide (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) (see this image)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Newt Scamander: Cinematic Guide (see this image)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 26 (Gringotts)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 27 (The Final Hiding Place)
- FUN, NEW FACTS ABOUT THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER – DIAGON ALLEY - Universal Orlando Blog
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