|"Is this all real? Or has this been happening inside my head?"
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|Boa constrictor (Boa constrictor)|
|Length of average adult||
Around 10 feet
Boa constrictor (binomial name Boa constrictor) is a large, heavy-bodied species of snake. It is a member of the family Boidae found in North, Central, and South America, as well as some islands in the Caribbean. A staple of private collections and public displays, its colour pattern is highly variable yet distinctive.
On 23 June, 1991, Parselmouth Harry Potter spoke to a boa constrictor from Brazil. He unknowingly used underage magic by making the pen's glass vanish, freeing the boa. The boa then told him "Brazil, here I come. Thanks, amigo".
Behind the scenes
- In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the boa constrictor from Brazil is changed to a python from Burma, and so is the mention of it in the film adaption of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
- In the film, the snake blinks multiple times at Harry, despite the fact that snakes have no eyelids.
- Also in the film, after the boa is freed the glass reappears trapping Dudley on the inside of the pen.
- In the film adaptions of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, in flashback, Nagini, Voldemort's pet snake, is portrayed as a Dumeril's Ground Boa which also goes by the name boa constrictor. A Reticulated Python portrayal replaced this in the last two films.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film) (Briefly in flashback)
- Harry Potter Trading Card Game