A decorative engraving depicting a caduceus on one of the streetlamps at Victoria Embankment, in London

A caduceus (Portuguese: caduceu) was a wand carried by a herald in ancient Greece and Rome. It is a short staff entwined by two serpents, sometimes surmounted by wings. It is normally associated with Hermes and Iris in Greek mythology.

The streetlamps at the Victoria Embankment in London were engraved with depictions of caducei.[1]

Behind the scenes

"Outro Equipamento
Uma varinha
Um caldeirão (chumbo, tamanho 2)
Um conjunto de frascos de vidro ou cristal
Um telescópio
Um conjunto de balança de bronze
Um caduceu
Os alunos podem também trazer uma coruja, um gato ou um sapo.
Hogwarts acceptance letter.[src]
  • In the European Portuguese translation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter e a Pedra Filosofal, Editorial Presença), the accidental second listing of "1 Wand" in Harry Potter's supply list from the English version was translated as "Um caduceu" ("One caduceus"). This hardly constitutes canon, as it directly goes against the original text penned by J. K. Rowling. There is no subsequent mention of a caduceus in the translation of that novel, nor is there in the rest of the series. The caduceus was likely created as an attempt by the European Portuguese translator to make sense of 1 wand being listed twice, unaware it was a simple error.


Notes and references

  1. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (see this image)
  2. Original text from Harry Potter e a Pedra Filosofal (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, European Portuguese edition). Loosely translated:
    "Other Equipment
    One wand
    One cauldron (lead, size 2)
    One set of glass or crystal phials
    One telescope
    One set of brass scales
    One caduceus
    Students may also bring an owl, a cat or a toad.