Nagini transforms

Nagini, a maledictus

A Maledictus (plural Maledictuses[1]) is a female individual who carries a blood curse that eventually turns her into a beast permanently.[2] The curse is 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 have the ability to change shape at will, which becomes gradually uncontrollable.

Known Maledictuses

Person Notes
Nagini Turned permanently into a snake because of her affliction.[4]


  • Mal- is a prefix of Latin origin meaning "bad", "wrongful", or "ill". Dictus in Latin means "spoken".[citation needed]
    • Roughly translated, Maledictus could mean "spoken ill of" or "cursed."
    • A malediction is a magical word or phrase used with the intention to cause harm, aka a curse.
    • This term is masculine, though in the case of Nagini the condition apparently only applies to women.

Behind the scenes

  • Maledictuses may possibly be related to Animagi and/or Metamorphmagi.
  • 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.
  • A Werewolf is not considered a Maledictus.[1]
  • 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's under.
  • A Maledictus is not destined to be evil.[5]
  • 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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