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|known users= Severus Snape, Harry Potter
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|incantation=''Sectumsempra''<br/>(sec-TUM-semp-ra)
|type=Curse; [[Dark Magic]]
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|type=[[Curse]]
|incantation=Sectumsempra (sec-tum-SEMP-rah)
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|hand=Slash
|hand=Slashing Movement
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|light=White
|light=Bright flash
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|effect=Cuts
|effect=Blade slashings on a target
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|creator=[[Severus Snape]] ([[1975]]/[[1976]])
 
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{{Quote|Blood spurted from Malfoy's face and chest as though he had been slashed with an invisible sword. He staggered backward and collapsed onto the waterlogged floor with a great splash, [[Draco Malfoy's wand|his wand]] falling from his limp right hand. "No —" gasped Harry. Slipping and staggering, Harry got to his feet and plunged toward Malfoy, whose face was now shining scarlet, his white hands scrabbling at his blood-soaked chest.|[[Harry Potter]] uses ''Sectumsempra'' on [[Draco Malfoy]].|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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{{Quote|[[Blood]] spurted from [[Draco Malfoy|Malfoy]]'s face and chest as though he had been slashed with an invisible sword. He staggered backward and collapsed onto the waterlogged floor with a great splash, [[Draco Malfoy's wand|his wand]] falling from his limp right hand. Slipping and staggering, [[Harry Potter|Harry]] got to his feet and plunged toward Malfoy, whose face was now shining scarlet, his white hands scrabbling at his blood-soaked chest.|Description|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
   
'''Sectumsempra''' is a [[Dark Arts]] curse invented by [[Severus Snape]] (under his alias of ''"The Half-Blood Prince"'') for the use against his enemies, and it soon became one of his specialities. Easily a curse of the highest level, when uttered, its effect is the equivalent of an invisible sword, which can be used by the caster to slash the victim(s) from a distance. The injuries appear to follow the movements of the caster's wand, making it very deadly to use on vital parts, and thus inflicts the most damage if cast with rapid waving movements. It works best on living targets and has no noticeable effect on inanimate objects or dead ones, such as [[Inferius|Inferi]], other than slashing them pointlessly.
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'''''Sectumsempra''''' is a [[curse]] invented by [[Professor]] [[Severus Snape]], during his [[Slytherin|childhood]], when he was known as "The [[Half-blood|Half-Blood]] [[Prince family|Prince]]".<ref name="HBP28">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' (''Chapter Twenty-Eight - Flight of the Prince'')</ref> He created it with the intention of using it against [[Marauders|his enemies]],<ref name="creation">As the book says "for use on enemies", and the Marauders were the ones he hated the most as they constantly bullied him, it is highly likely they were the enemies he meant.</ref> and it soon became one of his [[Signature spell|specialties]].<ref name="DH5">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' (''Chapter Five - Fallen Warrior'')</ref>
   
[[File:Alchemy_Advanced_Potion-Making.jpg|thumb|250px|Half-Blood Prince's book]]
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==Overview==
Wounds inflicted by the curse can be cured by the spell ''[[Vulnera Sanentur]]''.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]''</ref> If the wounds caused are of a certain severity, it may take three castings to heal the victim acceptably: the first time the flow of blood eases up; the second time it causes the wounds to knit; the third time removes the worst effects of the curse. The victim would still require medical treatment, and if [[Dittany]] is applied immediately, scarring can be avoided.
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A rather dangerous [[curse]], when the [[incantation]] is uttered its effect is the equivalent of an invisible sword; it is used to slash the victim from a distance, causing rather deep wounds. The slash follows the user's wand movements.<ref name="HBP24">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' (''Chapter Twenty-Four - Sectumsempra'')</ref> Due to the depths of the cut, the victims run the risk of dying from blood loss if treatment is not applied in time, if the wounds are not instantly fatal.<ref name="HBP24" /><ref name="DH5" />
   
Though the healing spell can heal the wounds, and Dittany can prevent scars, any body parts that have been severed by this curse cannot be grown back, as seen when [[George Weasley]] lost his left ear to it.
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===Counter and treatment===
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Wounds inflicted by this [[spell]] can be cured by the song-like [[incantation]] ''[[Vulnera Sanentur]]'';<ref name="HBPf24">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]'' (''Chapter Twenty-Four - Sectumsempra'')</ref> the first usage eases the blood flow, the second causes the wounds to knit and the third removes the worst effects of the [[curse]].<ref name="HBP24" /> The victim would still require medical treatment, and if [[dittany]] is applied immediately, scarring can still be avoided.
   
==Known Uses==
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Though the aforementioned [[healing spell]] may heal the wounds and [[dittany]] may prevent scars, any body parts that have been severed by this [[curse]] cannot be grown back (a trait of dark magic's permanent effects), as demonstrated by [[George Weasley]] when he lost his left ear to the [[spell]].<ref name="DH5" />
{{Quote|You dare use my own spells against me, Potter? It was I who invented them — I, the Half-Blood Prince! And you'd turn my inventions on me, like your filthy father, would you? I don't think so… no!|Snape reveals he is the curse's creator.|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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[[File:2011-05-14 130713.png|thumb|250px|[[George Weasley]]'s missing ear.]]
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==History of usage==
*While attending [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] and being harassed by [[James Potter I|James Potter]], Snape used the spell while fighting him. James Potter, however, did not receive the full brunt of the attack due to Snape's lack of aim and nonverbal use; resulting in one deep gash upon his cheek as opposed to potentially fatal wounds to his body.
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*In a duel in the restrooms with [[Draco Malfoy]], Harry, not knowing exactly what the curse did, used it on him when Malfoy was poised to use a [[Cruciatus Curse]]. This resulted in Malfoy almost dying much to Harry's horror, proving how deadly the curse can be.
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=== 1970s ===
*While in the [[Horcrux cave]], Harry used the spell on an army of [[Inferius|Inferi]] left to protect the [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket|Horcrux]]. This was to no avail, as Inferi could neither feel the gashes inflicted upon them nor lose any blood from the cuts.
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*[[File:EPICNESS.gif|thumb|Snape deflecting Harry's Sectumsempra curse.]]During the [[Battle of the Astronomy Tower]], Harry attempted to use the spell against Snape as he fled the school with the [[Death Eaters]]. Snape, however, deflected the spell easily, and revealed that he was the spell's creator, the "Half-Blood Prince."
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==== Creation ====
*During the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]], Snape, attempting to stop a Death Eater from cursing [[Remus Lupin]], aimed a ''Sectumsempra'' curse at him, but it accidentally struck [[George Weasley]]. George lost an ear due to his injury, which could not be healed because it was caused by a curse.
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{{Quote|You dare use my own spells against me, [[Harry Potter|Potter]]? It was I who invented them I, the Half-Blood Prince! And you'd turn my inventions on me, like your filthy father, would you? I don't think so... ''no''!|[[Professor]] [[Severus Snape|Snape]] to [[Harry Potter|Harry]] during the [[Battle of the Astronomy Tower]]|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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The curse was invented by Severus Snape during his time as a student at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]],<ref name="HBP28" /> in retaliation against [[Marauders|his enemies]].<ref name="creation" /> He recorded it in his [[N.E.W.T.]] Potions [[Severus Snape's copy of Advanced Potion-Making|textbook]] and used it enough to make [[Remus Lupin]] recognise it as one of his [[signature spell]]s.<ref name="DH5" />
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===1997===
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====Duel with Draco Malfoy====
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Many years later, in the [[1996–1997 school year]], Harry Potter came into the possession of Snape's textbook, and learned the incantation. Without knowing its effects at the time and believing that the "Half-Blood Prince" (Snape's nickname signed into the book) merely copied it as a note of reference, Harry became interested in trying it, thinking it would have some hilarious effects as with ''[[Levicorpus]]'' and other spells found within the same book. He considered using it against [[Cormac McLaggen]] for annoying him, though it was not until he confronted [[Draco Malfoy]] in [[Moaning Myrtle's Bathroom]] that he utilised it, mortally wounding Malfoy. Snape saved Draco, and having realised that Harry got a hold of the old textbook, he punished Harry with a multitude of detentions for nearly killing Malfoy; Snape did not turn Harry in for a deeper punishment for fear of exposing himself to be the inventor of the curse Harry used. Harry, despite disliking Malfoy, did not truly want to harm Malfoy to such an extent, and was both horrified and guilt-ridden by using the curse against him. [[Minerva McGonagall|Professor McGonagall]] considered Harry to be lucky not to have been expelled for such an act, and she full-heartedly supported the detentions, while [[Pansy Parkinson]] wasted no time in vilifying Harry far and wide.<ref name="HBP24" />
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====Skirmish in Crystal Cave====
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During Harry's hunt for a [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket|Horcrux]], he accidentally attracted the attention of an army of [[Inferius|Inferi]], and in an attempt to stop them, he used many spells, ''Sectumsempra'' among them. However, this merely slashed their unfeeling flesh, causing no impediment at the very least.<ref name="HBP26">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 26 (''The Cave'')</ref> Later the same night, when Snape killed Dumbledore, Harry attempted this curse against him, only for Snape to negate it and angrily confront Harry for using it against him, revealing that he is the inventor of the said curse.<ref name="HBP28" />
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====Battle of the Seven Potters====
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The next year, during the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]], Snape attempted to use this curse to sever the hand of a fellow [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]], but due to a slip, he accidentally cut off [[George Weasley]]'s left ear instead. The ear could not be repaired by any means due to the nature of Dark Arts.<ref name="DH5" /><ref name="DH33">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' - Chapter 33 (''The Prince's Tale'')</ref>
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==Practitioners==
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* [[Harry Potter]]<ref name="HBP24" />
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* [[Severus Snape]]<ref name="HBP28" /><ref name="DH5" />
   
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
''Sectumsempra'' derives from the Latin ''sectum'', "having been cut" (comparable to the English word "section" or "segmented"), and possibly ''semper'', "always." It can be translated as "always cutting" or "sever forever", the latter being a pun on Snape's first name, Severus.
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''Sectumsempra'' derives from the Latin ''sectum'', "having been cut" (comparable to the English word "section" or "segmented"), and possibly ''semper'', "always." It can be translated as "always cutting" or "sever forever", the latter being a pun on Snape's first name, Severus, as well as indicating that severed body parts cannot be regrown.
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
*[[File:Dhsnape.jpg|thumb|right|Voldemort casting this spell on Severus Snape, the creator of this spell, moments before Nagini finishes him off.]]Sectumsempra, like [[Levicorpus]], probably escaped Snape's secrecy too, as Lupin mentions it as "always a speciality of Snape's." It may also be possible that Lupin did not know the verbal form of the spell before the Battle of the Seven Potters, but heard it during the battle and only detected it by its effect he had seen before.
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* ''Sectumsempra'', like ''[[Levicorpus]]'', most likely escaped [[Severus Snape|Snape]]'s secrecy as well, seeing how [[Remus Lupin]] recognises it during the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]].
*The spell was engineered by Snape to use on enemies. It is possible that while inventing it, Snape's intention was to use it on his enemies back then, the [[Marauders]].
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* In the [[Harry Potter (film series)|films]], ''Sectumsempra'' appears as a small flash of white light which causes a cut when it strikes the target.
*[[File:Snape'sthroat.png|thumb|200px|Severus' throat under his own spell effect]]The spell seems to manifest itself as a small flash of light in the movies.
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* In ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]'', Harry uses ''Sectumsempra'' on Malfoy only to find out the [[spell]] has, apparently, painlessly sliced him in half.
*In Part 2 of the [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', unlike in the [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows|novel]], [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] first slits [[Severus Snape]]'s throat using Sectumsempra{{fact}} before ordering [[Nagini]] to finish him.
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* This curse's effect is similar to the [[Severing Charm]], except it is used for more malicious intent.
*In ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]'', Harry uses ''Sectumsempra'' on Malfoy only to find out the spell has sliced him in half (apparently) painlessly.
 
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' {{1st}} {{flashback}}
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* ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' {{1st}} {{flashback}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' {{1st ID}}
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* ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' {{1st ID}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]''
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* ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)]]''
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* ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''
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* ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]'' {{Comment|Indirect mention}} {{Comment|Effect only}}
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* ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]'' {{Comment|Indirect mention}} {{Comment|Effect only}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]''
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* ''[[Harry Potter: Spells]]''
*''[[Harry Potter: Spells]]''
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* ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]''
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]''
 
   
 
==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==
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Sectumsempra curse
Sectumsempra
Incantation

Sectumsempra
(sec-TUM-semp-ra)

Type

Curse

Hand Movement

Slash

Light

White

Effect

Cuts

Creator

Severus Snape (1975/1976)

"Blood spurted from Malfoy's face and chest as though he had been slashed with an invisible sword. He staggered backward and collapsed onto the waterlogged floor with a great splash, his wand falling from his limp right hand. Slipping and staggering, Harry got to his feet and plunged toward Malfoy, whose face was now shining scarlet, his white hands scrabbling at his blood-soaked chest."
—Description[src]

Sectumsempra is a curse invented by Professor Severus Snape, during his childhood, when he was known as "The Half-Blood Prince".[1] He created it with the intention of using it against his enemies,[2] and it soon became one of his specialties.[3]

OverviewEdit

A rather dangerous curse, when the incantation is uttered its effect is the equivalent of an invisible sword; it is used to slash the victim from a distance, causing rather deep wounds. The slash follows the user's wand movements.[4] Due to the depths of the cut, the victims run the risk of dying from blood loss if treatment is not applied in time, if the wounds are not instantly fatal.[4][3]

Counter and treatmentEdit

Wounds inflicted by this spell can be cured by the song-like incantation Vulnera Sanentur;[5] the first usage eases the blood flow, the second causes the wounds to knit and the third removes the worst effects of the curse.[4] The victim would still require medical treatment, and if dittany is applied immediately, scarring can still be avoided.

Though the aforementioned healing spell may heal the wounds and dittany may prevent scars, any body parts that have been severed by this curse cannot be grown back (a trait of dark magic's permanent effects), as demonstrated by George Weasley when he lost his left ear to the spell.[3]

History of usageEdit

1970s Edit

Creation Edit

"You dare use my own spells against me, Potter? It was I who invented them — I, the Half-Blood Prince! And you'd turn my inventions on me, like your filthy father, would you? I don't think so... no!"
Professor Snape to Harry during the Battle of the Astronomy Tower[src]

The curse was invented by Severus Snape during his time as a student at Hogwarts,[1] in retaliation against his enemies.[2] He recorded it in his N.E.W.T. Potions textbook and used it enough to make Remus Lupin recognise it as one of his signature spells.[3]

1997Edit

Duel with Draco MalfoyEdit

Many years later, in the 1996–1997 school year, Harry Potter came into the possession of Snape's textbook, and learned the incantation. Without knowing its effects at the time and believing that the "Half-Blood Prince" (Snape's nickname signed into the book) merely copied it as a note of reference, Harry became interested in trying it, thinking it would have some hilarious effects as with Levicorpus and other spells found within the same book. He considered using it against Cormac McLaggen for annoying him, though it was not until he confronted Draco Malfoy in Moaning Myrtle's Bathroom that he utilised it, mortally wounding Malfoy. Snape saved Draco, and having realised that Harry got a hold of the old textbook, he punished Harry with a multitude of detentions for nearly killing Malfoy; Snape did not turn Harry in for a deeper punishment for fear of exposing himself to be the inventor of the curse Harry used. Harry, despite disliking Malfoy, did not truly want to harm Malfoy to such an extent, and was both horrified and guilt-ridden by using the curse against him. Professor McGonagall considered Harry to be lucky not to have been expelled for such an act, and she full-heartedly supported the detentions, while Pansy Parkinson wasted no time in vilifying Harry far and wide.[4]

Skirmish in Crystal CaveEdit

During Harry's hunt for a Horcrux, he accidentally attracted the attention of an army of Inferi, and in an attempt to stop them, he used many spells, Sectumsempra among them. However, this merely slashed their unfeeling flesh, causing no impediment at the very least.[6] Later the same night, when Snape killed Dumbledore, Harry attempted this curse against him, only for Snape to negate it and angrily confront Harry for using it against him, revealing that he is the inventor of the said curse.[1]

Battle of the Seven PottersEdit

The next year, during the Battle of the Seven Potters, Snape attempted to use this curse to sever the hand of a fellow Death Eater, but due to a slip, he accidentally cut off George Weasley's left ear instead. The ear could not be repaired by any means due to the nature of Dark Arts.[3][7]

PractitionersEdit

EtymologyEdit

Sectumsempra derives from the Latin sectum, "having been cut" (comparable to the English word "section" or "segmented"), and possibly semper, "always." It can be translated as "always cutting" or "sever forever", the latter being a pun on Snape's first name, Severus, as well as indicating that severed body parts cannot be regrown.

Behind the scenesEdit

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Chapter Twenty-Eight - Flight of the Prince)
  2. 2.0 2.1 As the book says "for use on enemies", and the Marauders were the ones he hated the most as they constantly bullied him, it is highly likely they were the enemies he meant.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Chapter Five - Fallen Warrior)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Chapter Twenty-Four - Sectumsempra)
  5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film) (Chapter Twenty-Four - Sectumsempra)
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 26 (The Cave)
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 33 (The Prince's Tale)

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