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Nagini, a Maledictus

A Maledictus (plural Maledictuses)[1] was a female individual who carried a blood curse that eventually turned her into a beast permanently.[2] The curse was carried from birth and passed down from mother to daughter.[1] The beast ultimately transformed into can vary based on the curse.[3] Before their permanent transformation, they had the ability to change shape at will, which became gradually uncontrollable. A Werewolf was not considered a Maledictus.[1] Maledictuses also were very different from Animagi,[4] Unlike Animagi, they lost the ability to think like a human over time.[5] They were were not in any way destined to become evil.[6]

Known Maledictuses

Person Notes
Nagini Turned permanently into a snake because of her affliction.[7]

Etymology

  • Maledictus is a Latin word meaning "accursed [one]", from maledicere ("to speak ill of, slander, curse"). This is a masculine word; as all Maledictuses are female, it should logically be the female form, Maledicta.[8]

Behind the scenes

  • Nagini's human form was the first time a Maledictus was mentioned in the wizarding world franchise, though blood-related curses were mentioned before with the case of Astoria Malfoy.
  • It's unknown if a Muggle can carry the Maledictus curse. As yet we do not know if Nagini is magical or not, as it has not been revealed, and it is possible that Muggle women, as well as witches, may be afflicted.
    • Nagini is stated to not have a wand, however according to the script she did manage to use Parseltongue to cast a spell when transformed. It has also been stated in interviews that she has magic "unlike that of wizards" suggesting that she may be a non-magical human able to use limited magic due to the curse she is under.
  • It seems that a Maledictus' form is not limited by the lifespan of the animal they transform into, similar to Animagi. Nagini lived to be at least 71 years old, longer than a snake's normal life expectancy.

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