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The Snake Summons Spell (Serpensortia) was a transfiguration spell that conjured a live snake from the end of the wand. Out of all of the spells used to conjure living things, The Snake Summons Spell was amongst the easiest, alongside the Bird-Conjuring Charm. The counter-spell to this conjuration was the Snake-Vanishing Spell.
This spell was utilised by Draco Malfoy during the first Duelling Club meeting in 1992 at the advice of Snape, summoning forth a black serpent in an attempt to attack Harry Potter. After a failed attempt by Gilderoy Lockhart to dispose of it, Harry spoke to the snake with Parseltongue, inadvertently revealing his status as a Parselmouth to the school. Snape's enjoyment at Harry's horror turned to horror himself at this discovery, and he obliterated the snake, vanishing it in a cloud of black smoke.
Serpens is Latin for "serpent"; ortus is the past participle of the Latin verb oriri "to be created".
In Spanish, serpiente means "snake or serpent"
In French, sortir is a verb that means to go out, in this case, the snake goes out of the wand.
Behind the scenes
- Although the book states that the snake is conjured (brought forth into existence from nothingness), the Harry Potter Official Website states, when a user attempts to cast the spell at the farthest edges of the room, that: "It appears the snake did not hear you. Try to cast your spell in the centre of the room", suggesting that the serpent is brought forth from elsewhere.
- In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, when Draco Malfoy casts the spell on Harry Potter during a duel organised by Gilderoy Lockhart, he makes wild, large movements similar to a snake's slithering pattern. It is unknown whether this is just for dramatic purposes to intimidate Harry, or if it modifies the effect to his desire.
- Gellert Grindelwald may have used this spell to conjure a snake with multiple heads during his escape in 1927.
- Despite the fact that the spell originated in India, the incantation is still derived from the very European language Latin, unlike Alohomora, which is African in origin and is derived from a local language.
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay (Possible appearance)
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Possible appearance)
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (DS version)
- Harry Potter: Spells
- Harry Potter Trading Card Game
- Wonderbook: Book of Spells (Indirectly mentioned only)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
- Harry Potter: Magic Awakened
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 11 (The Duelling Club)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Chapter 12 (Working with Snape)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Harry Potter Official Site via Internet Archive
- ↑ Wonderbook: Book of Spells
- ↑ Serpensortia entry on the Cast-a-Spell kit found in the Library section of the Harry Potter Official Site.
- ↑ HP Lexicon: Serpensortia
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
- ↑ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay