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"I had contracted dragon pox shortly before arriving at school, and while I was no longer contagious, my pockmarked visage and greenish hue did not encourage many to approach me."
-- Elphias Doge in "Albus Dumbledore Remembered" (DH2)

Dragon Pox

A wizarding disease, Dragon Pox was originally contracted by wizards working closely with Peruvian Vipertooths (Pm).

  • Gunhilda Kneen had to sit out a Quidditch match due to a case of Dragon Pox in the 1100s (QA3).
  • Chauncey Oldridge is credited with being the first known victim of Dragon Pox, but this was in the 1300s (FW).
  • Gunhilda of Gorsemoor, the famous healer, developed a cure for Dragon Pox in the late 1500s/early 1600s (FW).
  • Dragon Pox is treated on the second floor of St. Mungo's (OP22).
  • Dragon Pox is contagious, but even after a patient is past that stage he or she will have greenish skin and pockmarked skin (DH2).
  • Howland Coopey writes to the Daily Prophet with symptoms that Professor Helbert Spleen diagnoses as Dragon Pox, although he does state that it will go away of its own accord, rather than recommending that Mr Coopey go to St Mungo's to get the Dragon Pox cure (DP3).
  • Draco Malfoy's grandfather, Abraxas Malfoy, died of Dragon Pox, although Professor Slughorn doesn't find this surprising as Abraxas was very old (HBP9).
  • A popular Minister for Magic, Eldritch Diggory, died in office of Dragon Pox in 1747 before he was able to close Azkaban prison (Pm).
  • Moldova was unable to attend the Quidditch World Cup in 2014 due to an outbreak of Dragon Pox at their training camp (Pm).



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