Press release

Task Force Deals with Dragon

The dragon that used to guard Gringotts vaults is still living wild in Britain; it had been left to roam wild for a substantial period of time since its escape from the bank because it was not considered a threat to human life. However, it has recently started making attacks on Gringotts directly, and The Ministry has had to assembled a task force to capture the beast.

A Ukranian Ironbelly, pictured above during its infamous escape involving Harry Potter, is still on the loose. Previously, the dragon in question had been guarding the high-security vaults at Gringotts Wizarding Bank, but was released by Harry Potter and friends during their recent break-in at the Lestrange vault. As such, the dragon keeps returning to Gringotts to wreak havoc on the building.

The Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures has not yet been able to safely capture the beast. Charles Weasley, distinguished Dragonologist, is currently leading the taskforce, with the support of Professor Rubeus Hagrid (Care of Magical Creatures at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry). While both wizards have exceptional experience of working with creatures like this one, members of the magical community should be aware that capturing the dragon is not proving an easy task.

Commenting on the matter, Charles ('Charlie') Weasley has said:

We are doing our best to recapture the creature and return it to safety as humanely as possible. Dragons are often misunderstood creatures, and it is important for witches and wizards to avoid approaching the Ukranian Ironbelly themselves.

Professor Rubeus Hagrid has every faith in Mr Wealey's efforts, commenting:

He's great with animals.

Harry Potter has not yet commented on the situation.

So far we can confirm that the Dragon has made no attempt to injure witches and wizards with whom it has come into contact. However, three Goblins have sustained minor, rubble-related injuries due to the dragon's attempts to fly around Gringotts, which is causing damage to the walls, lights and other elements of the ancient building.

This practice is currently increasing the time taken to restore Gringotts to its former glory, however the bank remains open for business as usual.

Due to the unpredictable nature of the creature's visits, when attending Diagon Alley, and specifically Gringotts, members of the magical community should be especially careful and keep an eye on underage wizards and witches to ensure that no harm comes to them. Witches and wizards are also advised to check their copies of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in order to find out detailed information on the Ukrainian Ironbelly, should they come into contact with the escaped creature.

We at the Ministry apologise for any inconvenience and assure you that your Ministry is working hard to rectify the situation.