At least some content in this article is derived from information featured in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. As such, spoilers will be present within the article.
A Maledictus (plural Maledictuses) was a female individual who was a carrier of a blood curse that would eventually lead her to turn into a beast permanently. The curse was carried from birth and was passed down from mother to daughter. The beast ultimately transformed into could vary based on the curse.
|Nagini||Turned permanently into a snake because of her affliction.|
- Mal- is a prefix of Latin origin meaning "bad", "wrongful", or "ill". Dictus in Latin means "spoken".
- 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 the condition apparently only applies to women.
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.
- A Werewolf is not considered a Maledictus.
- It's unknown if a Muggle can carry the Maledictus curse.
- A Maledictus is not destined to be evil.
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 They're different conditions. Maledictuses are always women, whereas werewolves can be either sex. The Maledictus carries a blood curse from birth, which is passed down from mother to daughter. by J.K. Rowling on Twitter
- ↑ Everything you need to know about Nagini at Pottermore
- ↑ @gabifcr: Is always a snake? @jk_rowling: No, they can be other creatures. Depends on the curse. by J.K. Rowling on Twitter
- ↑ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
- ↑ https://twitter.com/jk_rowling/status/1044577399977988097