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In the Harry Potter book/film series, Harry's enemy is named Draco Malfoy.
Draco was the first law scribe of ancient Athens, Greece. The laws, transcribed in 621 BC when he was archon eponymous, were particularly harsh: the death penalty was the punishment for even minor offenses. Any debtor whose status was lower than that of his creditor was forced into slavery. The punishment was more lenient for those who owed their debt to a member of a lower class. The stringency of these laws gave rise to expressions such as "draconian punishment", "draconian laws", and more generally, the far-reaching "draconian measures". Draco was the first to codify Athenian law; contrary to popular belief, however, he was not the creator of those laws. Draco's code of law was superseded by that of Solon in the early 6th century BC.
Draco (Latin for Dragon) is a far northern constellation that is circumpolar for many northern hemisphere observers. It is one of the 88 modern constellations, and one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy. Visible at latitudes between +90° and −15°. Best visible at 21:00 (9 p.m.) during the month of July .
There are many myths behind Draco, due to its resemblence to a dragon. In the first legend, Draco represents the dragon killed by Cadmus before founding the city of Boeotia. In the second legend, it represents the dragon that guarded the Golden Fleece and was killed by Jason.
In another myth, it represents Ladon, the dragon that guarded the apples of the Hesperides, one of The Twelve Labours of Herakles. Due to its position and nearby constellations in the zodiac sign of Libra (i.e. Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, and Boötes), formed the origin of the myth.
Symbology the Dragon
Right ascension 15 h
Area 1083 sq. deg.
Number of stars
(magnitude < 3) 3
Brightest star Etamin (γ Dra)
(App. magnitude 2.23)
Meteor showers Draconids
In the movie "Dragonheart", Draco is the name Dennis Quaid's character gives to the dragon, the last one on Earth. In the movie, Draco is voiced by Sean Connery.
The draco plant (Daemonorops Draco), also called the draconis palm, secretes a reddish-brown resin called Dragon's Blood. The resin was used as a varnish in the 18th-century and is still used as a dye. It can also be collected, rolled into spheres, and hardened. The hardened resin began showing up as a street drug in the 90s under the name "red rock opium," but it's more a scam than anything else; it contains no opiates, and its effect is more nauseating than anything else.
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