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Harry Potter (#4) and the Goblet of Fire
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  • Hedwig gave a very loud hoot and took off so suddenly that her talons cut into his shoulder.
  • They ended up having lunch with Hagrid, though they didn’t eat much — Hagrid had made what he said was a beef casserole, but after Hermione unearthed a large talon in hers, she, Harry, and Ron rather lost their appetites.
  • "Talon-clipping by charms…. treating scale-rot….’ This is no good, this is for nutters like Hagrid who want to keep them healthy…. "Dragons are extremely difficult to slay, owing to the ancient magic that imbues their thick hides, which none but the most powerful spells can penetrate….’ But Sirius said a simple one would do it…. "Let’s try some simple spellbooks, then," said Harry, throwing aside Men Who Love Dragons Too Much.
  • Lovely," said Rita Skeeter, and in a second, her scarlet-taloned fingers had Harry’s upper arm in a surprisingly strong grip, and she was steering him out of the room again and opening a nearby door.

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  • Bald eagle talons can measure as long as two inches.
  • Bird talons are similar to a dog’s nails.

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