It's been a couple of years since the last Harry Potter movie was released, but fans everywhere are still proud of it - including the editors, clearly, over at Paste Magazine, as they have just named the Gringotts Dragon among the top dragons ever created in showbiz.
Here's the quote from Paste:
The mythological beasts pay frequent visits to the Harry Potter series. The first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, establishes Robbie Coltrane’s Hagrid as a dragon enthusiast and introduces a cute hatchling named Norbert. The Goblet of Fire delivers a dandy battle scene between Harry and a bristling “Hungarian Horntail” as part of the Tri-Wizard Tournament. The best dragon, however, occurs when Harry and his pals attempt a heist from the wizard bank Gringott’s and discover a sightless albino dragon as a subterranean guard. Both a menacing creature and a pitiable one, the dragon conveys plentiful personality in brief screen time and provides the heroes with a spectacular getaway.
For Paste Magazine the Gringotts Dragon ranked as so spectacular not only because it was fearsome, but also "pitiable." In my opinion that scene in the movie was, in fact, very close to the book it adapted - so as a 'Potter' purist myself I am also quite proud of that movie dragon, as it's another testament to J.K. Rowling's pure genius.
Other dragons that topped the list come from such feature films as Disney's Sleeping Beauty, Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf, and Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away. As the dragon is at this time unable to claim this honor, MuggleNet.com will gladly accept it for him.