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|incantation=''Sectumsempra''<br/>(sec-TUM-semp-ra)
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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}}
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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>. 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<ref name="HBP24">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' (''Chapter Twenty-Four - Sectumsempra'')</ref>
   
'''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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Wounds inflicted by this [[spell]] can be cured by the [[incantation]] ''[[Vulnera Sanentur]]''<ref name="HBPf24">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]'' (''Chapter Twenty-Four - Sectumsempra'')</ref>; the first time, the flow of blood eases, 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.
   
[[File:Alchemy_Advanced_Potion-Making.jpg|thumb|250px|Half-Blood Prince's book]]
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Though the [[healing spell]] ''[[Vulnera Sanentur]]'' may heal the wounds and [[dittany]] may prevent scars, any body parts that have been severed by this [[curse]] cannot be grown back, as demonstrated by [[George Weasley]] when he lost his left ear to the [[spell]]<ref name="DH5"/>
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.
 
   
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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==Practicioners==
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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}}
==Known Uses==
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*[[Harry Potter]]<ref name="HBP24"/>
{{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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*[[James Potter]]<ref name="comment">In ''Flight of the Prince'' in ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', [[Severus Snape|Snape]] says "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?", hence implying that James used this on Snape at one point.</ref>
[[File:2011-05-14 130713.png|thumb|250px|[[George Weasley]]'s missing ear.]]
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*[[Severus Snape]]<ref name="DH5"/>
*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.
 
*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.
 
*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.
 
*[[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."
 
*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.
 
 
==Known Practitioners==
 
[[File:Sectumsempra (full scene)|thumb|right|335px|Harry casts Sectumsempra on [[Draco Malfoy]]]]
 
*[[Harry Potter]]
 
*[[Severus Snape]]
 
*[[Tom Riddle]] {{C|Used only in film}}
 
   
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
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==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.
*[[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.
 
*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==
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]'' {{Comment|Indirect mention}} {{Comment|Effect only}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]'' {{Comment|Indirect mention}} {{Comment|Effect only}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]''
 
 
*''[[Harry Potter: Spells]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter: Spells]]''
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]''
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]''

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Sectumsempra Draco 2
Sectumsempra
Incantation

Sectumsempra
(sec-TUM-semp-ra)

Type

Curse

Hand Movement

Slash

Light

White

Effect

Cuts

"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]. 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[4]

Wounds inflicted by this spell can be cured by the incantation Vulnera Sanentur[5]; the first time, the flow of blood eases, 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 healing spell Vulnera Sanentur may heal the wounds and dittany may prevent scars, any body parts that have been severed by this curse cannot be grown back, as demonstrated by George Weasley when he lost his left ear to the spell[3]

Practicioners

"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]

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, as well as indicating that severed body parts cannot be regrown.

Behind the scenes

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Chapter Twenty-Eight - Flight of the Prince)
  2. 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 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Chapter Five - Fallen Warrior)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 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. In Flight of the Prince in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Snape says "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?", hence implying that James used this on Snape at one point.

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