Picture by Cassandra Middles
Article by The Adventurous Lion
The motto of Hogwarts School Witchcraft and Wizardry has always been ‘Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus’, but what exactly does it mean? Well! Of course we know it means ‘Never tickle a sleeping dragon’ (and if you don’t, then you should! I’m looking at you first years!) yet does anyone really know what the meaning behind it all is?
I did some research, and during a Dragonology class last year Professor Eastwood explained a couple of things. “Draco dormiens numquam titillandus; Latin for Never tickle a sleeping dragon. I’d say that’s sound advice considering how dangerous they are and you are mere bite sized snacks in their eyes. They are ticklish and you would never expect how critical and important it is to know where they are ticklish. Those spots are proof of where the dragon’s weak points are and how we use that to handle them.”
Who in their right mind would tickle a dragon anyway? Unless you’re cursed or completely nuts! And we all know how that dragon experience went at Brighton Bay a few years ago….
It’s clear that dragons are not the friendliest beasts, but what is the dragon in relation to the Hogwarts motto? There are many things it could mean, though here is my interpretation of it for you all.
Clearly a dragon means danger for everybody, unless you’re those trained in the care, then not so much. Now if we just adjust this to life, then we can figure out some sort of meaning.
If there is danger, don’t provoke it. And this is a lesson to everyone! (Not just first years) Hogwarts has had its experiences of danger, and, well, we all like to jump in and see what we can do but sometimes that isn’t the best thing. When it comes to danger we’re best when we’re listening to our professors who know how to deal with any danger that comes our way.
The motto may have no real meaning at all, but have a think about this thought!