This article is your complete guide to the Harry Potter Gringotts Dragon, and more importantly when does the dragon breathe fire at Gringotts? Because one of our favorite things about visiting Universal is the amount of detail and effort that was put into making the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. There are many things to explore, with some features becoming “must sees.” The dragon that sits atop Gringotts Bank is one of those main attractions, and catches visitors’ eyes with its exquisite details and large, engulfing flames.
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Want to step foot into the Bank? Here’s what you need to know about the Gringotts dragon!
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The Universal Studios dragon can be found on top of the Gringotts Bank ride in Diagon Alley on the Harry Potter World Universal Studios side of the Resort parks. This is not to be confused with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade side in Islands of Adventure.
This iconic dragon spitting fire is a part of the Ukraine Ironbelly species and was used to guard several high-security vaults, including Gringotts Wizarding Bank. The ferocious beast made its appearance in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It was an immense, powerful and savage beast with enormous spoked wings, scary head and has milky pink, partially blind eyes.
(Spoiler Alert) This is the same dragon on Gringotts Bank that Harry, Hermoine, and Ron rode to freedom on after breaking into a Vault at Gringotts.
This Harry Potter World dragon protects the bank at all costs. When you enter the bank, you’ll go through a journey deep underground on a multi-dimensional thrill ride.
When Diagon Alley opened in Universal Studios, there was controversy on whether or not the dragon in Gringotts had a name. Both the author/creator of the dragon, J.K Rowling as well as Universal Creative, never gave it an official name. Therefore, leaving it up to the imagination.
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Before the dragon in Harry Potter World blows its flames, the Ironbelly makes a growl in prep for its big performance. The growl is a guaranteed notification that flames are about to fly.
The “burning” question here is how often does the dragon at Gringotts breathe fire? This Universal Studios Harry Potter dragon excites the crown every ten minutes. So if you just miss the show, don’t fret, Diagon Alley dragon breathing fire times run almost constantly.
If you are unsure about the next performance by the dragon in Universal, you can always ask a nearby wizard. Sometimes, the dragon in Diagon Alley will be out of fire for the day, and they can give you the heads up so you’re not waiting around for nothing. If the dragon at Gringotts Universal isn’t tired yet, the nearby wizard will let you know the Diagon Alley dragon schedule.
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The dragon Diagon Alley fire can reach temperatures of 3,560 degrees Fahrenheit. Now that’s hot!
If you want to get stunning pictures of the Diagon Alley Universal dragon fire, stand to the side of it. This way, you can capture the intensity of the fire and how far the dragon lets it out. The side also allows for a more detailed view of the dragon, such as seeing the broken chains wrapped around its neck from when it escaped, making for stunning pictures.
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