"And there was the Horntail, at the other end of the enclosure, crouched low over her clutch of eggs, her wings half-furled, her evil, yellow eyes upon him, a monstrous brown dragon, thrashing her spiked tail, heaving yard-long gouge marks in the hard ground."
Harry Potter meets the Hungarian Horntail[src]

This unidentified Hungarian Horntail was the female dragon that Harry Potter had to get by in the First Task of the 1994 Triwizard Tournament.[1]


"Harry put his hand into the silk bag and pulled out the Hungarian Horntail, and the number four."
—The miniature dragon[src]
Due to his earlier espionage, Harry Potter was, in fact, aware of the sole remaining choice before he drew it from the bag of selection. According to Charles Weasley, she could shoot fire forty feet. He felt sorry for whomever got the Horntail, as its "back end's as dangerous as its front", and felt unable to tell his mother of the terrors awaiting Harry.[2] He proceeded the inevitable and drew the tiny Horntail model dragon depicting the from the bag, revealing his opponent to the rest of the occupants in the Waiting Tent.
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Harry during the First Task

When it was Harry's turn, he Summoned his Firebolt broomstick to him and used it to manoeuvre around the dragon to retrieve the Golden egg. Charlie helped transport the dragon from Romania.[1]

After the task, Harry kept the miniature version of the Horntail he received when he drew the Horntail for the Task.

When faced with the agony of trying to ask someone to the Yule Ball, Harry said that he would have preferred facing the Horntail again.[3]

Behind the scenes


The Horntail in LEGO form


Notes and references

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