It stands looming down from atop Gringotts Bank. It is the Ukrainian Ironbelly dragon from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, the same one Harry, Hermione and Ron rode to freedom after breaking into a vault at Gringotts, and it’s one of the coolest things to experience at Universal Studios’ Diagon Alley.
Aside from being one of the biggest structures in the park the dragon also has one feature guests aren’t expecting to see – fire. You can’t walk into Diagon Alley without your gaze immediately being lifted up to see the dragon. The beast is portrayed in the exact same way it was in the Harry Potter Films. From its angry face right down to the fire it releases. And yes, it is real actual fire that sprays out of the dragon’s mouth. It is quite the sight to see, so much so that we’re giving you three tips to ensure you get to watch the fiery blast:
1. Ask a nearby wizard – Feel free to grab a nearby wizard and ask when the dragon will blow fire next. Sometimes the dragon will be out of fire for the day so asking ensures you won’t wait around all day for nothing. If it does have fire the wizards will give you a time.
2. Wait for the growl – Prior to the Ironbelly blowing fire out of its mouth it makes a growl and then sparks begin to fly. When you hear and see this make sure you get to a good spot where you can see the dragon. This is a sure fire sign the dragon is about to release a fiery blast!
3. Side view can capture the flame better – Speaking of the ideal view, the side view of the dragon captures the flame the best. From this angle you can see the entire dragon spit out the fire as if it was really aiming for its prey. The side also allows for a more detailed view of the dragon in general. From there you can see the broken chains wrapped around its neck where it escaped as well as the detail in its skin, wings, mouth and teeth.
You can watch the Ukrainian Ironbelly spit fire with discounted Universal Studios tickets right here on BestofOrlando.com! And be sure to keep our tips in mind on your next visit.
Orlando, FL – 8/24/15
By: Jena Pugh