Hungarian Horntail

“Keep back there, Hagrid! They can shoot fire at a range of twenty feet, you know! I’ve seen this Horntail do forty!”
-- Dragonkeeper trying to subdue a Hungarian Horntail (GF19)

Hungarian Horntail

The Hungarian Horntail is a species of dragon native to Hungary which is considered to be the most dangerous of the various breeds of dragon.

  • appearance: black scales, bronze horns, spiked tail
  • eyes: yellow, vertical pupils
  • roar: yowling, screeching scream
  • flame: up to fifty feet
  • food: goats, sheep, humans
  • eggs: cement-colored with very hard shells

Harry encounters a Hungarian Horntail as the first task in the Triwizard Tournament (GF 18, GF19, GF20).



This creature has a ride named after it at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Orlando.

Hungary has several mountain ranges, the highest of which is the Northern Hungarian Mountains, part of the Carpathians. These mountains are also near the range of several other dragon species -- the Romanian Longhorn and the Ukranian Ironbelly.

Pensieve (Comments)

  • Mmmm why

    Horn tails only have 2 legs…

    • No, they have four:

      “Harry watched the dragon nearest to them teeter dangerously on its back legs; its jaws stretched wide in a silent howl; its nostrils were suddenly devoid of flame, though still smoking – then, very slowly, it fell. Several tons of sinewy, scaly-black dragon hit the ground with a thud that Harry could have sworn made the trees behind him quake.” (GF19)

      In order for it to have back legs, it has to have front legs (otherwise it would just be “legs”). Total legs: four.

      I’m curious where you got the idea that they had only two. If you’re using the film as evidence, remember that the film is NOT created by Rowling and what you see in the films is not canon. It’s wonderful, beautiful, fantastic, and very expensive fan fiction.

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