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A '''snake''' (also called a '''serpent''') is a long, thin, legless reptile. The symbol of Slytherin house is the serpent, and the dark wizard [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] had a pet snake named [[Nagini]]. There are many types of snakes in the magical world, but the biggest and most dangerous of them all is the [[Basilisk]] also known as the King of Serpents. The spell [[Serpensortia]] creates a snake from the caster’s wand, while the spell [[Vipera Evanesca]] gets rid of it. The spell for [[Fiendfyre]] creates fiery serpents and [[dragon]]s. [[Boomslang skin]] is an ingredient of [[Polyjuice Potion]]. Voldemort's mark, the [[Dark Mark]], is a skull with a snake coming out of its mouth. In [[1991]] during a trip to a zoo, [[Harry Potter]] accidentally set loose a [[Boa constrictor]] on his cousin [[Dudley Dursley]]. In [[1995]], Harry Potter witnessed, in dream, the snake Nagini's attack on [[Arthur Weasley]].
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{{Quote|...serpents are often used in the worst kinds of Dark Magic, and are historically associated with evildoers.|An anonymous member of the [[Dark Force Defence League]], as quoted by [[Rita Skeeter]], ''[[HARRY POTTER "DISTURBED AND DANGEROUS"]]'', ''[[Daily Prophet]]''}}
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A '''snake''' (also called a '''serpent''') is a long, thin, legless reptile. The symbol of Slytherin house is the serpent, and the dark wizard [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] had a pet snake named [[Nagini]]. There are many types of snakes in the magical world, but the biggest and most dangerous of them all is the [[Basilisk]] also known as the King of Serpents. The spell [[Serpensortia]] creates a snake from the caster’s wand, while the spell [[Vipera Evanesca]] gets rid of it.<ref name="CS10" /> The spell for [[Fiendfyre]] creates fiery serpents and [[dragon]]s. The skin of [[boomslang]], a species of a snake,is an ingredient of [[Polyjuice Potion]].<ref name="CS10">''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]] - Chapter 10 (''The Rogue Bludger'')''</ref> Voldemort's mark, the [[Dark Mark]], is a skull with a snake coming out of its mouth.<ref name="GF9">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 9 (''The Dark Mark'')</ref> In [[1991]] during a trip to a zoo, [[Harry Potter]] accidentally set loose a [[Boa constrictor]] on his cousin [[Dudley Dursley]].<ref name="PS2">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' - Chapter 2 (''The Vanishing Glass'')</ref> In [[1995]], Harry Potter witnessed, in dream, the snake Nagini's attack on [[Arthur Weasley]].<ref name="OP21">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' - Chapter 21 (''The Eye of the Snake'')</ref>
   
 
==Language==
 
==Language==
 
{{Main|Parseltongue}}
 
{{Main|Parseltongue}}
Snakes speak a language called [[Parseltongue]]. Only a select few wizards can speak this language, most of whom were Dark wizards. They are called [[Parseltongue|Parselmouths]]. Some known Parselmouths are [[Salazar Slytherin]], [[Marvolo Gaunt]], [[Morfin Gaunt]], [[Merope Gaunt]], [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]] (while under the influence of [[Tom Riddle's Diary]]), and [[Harry Potter]] (although he lost the ability later).
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Snakes speak a language called [[Parseltongue]]. Only a select few wizards can speak this language, most of whom were Dark wizards. They are called [[Parseltongue|Parselmouths]].<ref name="CS11">''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'' - Chapter 11 (''Duelling Club'')</ref> Some known Parselmouths are [[Salazar Slytherin]], [[Marvolo Gaunt]], [[Morfin Gaunt]], [[Merope Gaunt]], [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]] (while under the influence of [[Tom Riddle's Diary]]), and [[Harry Potter]] (although he lost the ability later).
   
 
==Species of snake==
 
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*Snakes are easier to conjure from nothing than any other animal, apart from birds.<ref>See [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOoAFUUyycA&feature=BFa&list=ELtMQLA1ScYkc this video].</ref>
 
*Snakes are an enemy in ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]'' and ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]'' and also an ingredient for the [[Ageing Potion]].
 
*Snakes are an enemy in ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]'' and ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]'' and also an ingredient for the [[Ageing Potion]].
**In the same game Snake Marks are used as keys to open or move something. These can only be used by [[Harry Potter]] and [[Tom Riddle]] because they are [[Parseltongue]]s.
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**In the same game Snake Marks are used as keys to open or move something. These can only be used by [[Harry Potter]] and [[Tom Riddle]] because they speak [[Parseltongue]].
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*One of the forms that the [[Fiendfyre]] took was a snake.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]''</ref><ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game)]]''</ref><ref>''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]''</ref>
 
*Snakes are usually attributed to the [[Dark Arts]] simply due to them being affiliated with [[Dark Wizard]]s such as [[Salazar Slytherin]], [[Herpo the Foul]] and [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]].
 
*Snakes are usually attributed to the [[Dark Arts]] simply due to them being affiliated with [[Dark Wizard]]s such as [[Salazar Slytherin]], [[Herpo the Foul]] and [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]].
   
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Serpent
Snake
Species information
Eye colour

Various

Skin colour

Various

Native range

Various

Alternative names
  • Serpent
Length of average adult

Varies

Distinction(s)
  • Legless
Affiliation
"...serpents are often used in the worst kinds of Dark Magic, and are historically associated with evildoers."
—An anonymous member of the Dark Force Defence League, as quoted by Rita Skeeter, HARRY POTTER "DISTURBED AND DANGEROUS", Daily Prophet

A snake (also called a serpent) is a long, thin, legless reptile. The symbol of Slytherin house is the serpent, and the dark wizard Lord Voldemort had a pet snake named Nagini. There are many types of snakes in the magical world, but the biggest and most dangerous of them all is the Basilisk also known as the King of Serpents. The spell Serpensortia creates a snake from the caster’s wand, while the spell Vipera Evanesca gets rid of it.[1] The spell for Fiendfyre creates fiery serpents and dragons. The skin of boomslang, a species of a snake,is an ingredient of Polyjuice Potion.[1] Voldemort's mark, the Dark Mark, is a skull with a snake coming out of its mouth.[2] In 1991 during a trip to a zoo, Harry Potter accidentally set loose a Boa constrictor on his cousin Dudley Dursley.[3] In 1995, Harry Potter witnessed, in dream, the snake Nagini's attack on Arthur Weasley.[4]

LanguageEdit

Main article: Parseltongue

Snakes speak a language called Parseltongue. Only a select few wizards can speak this language, most of whom were Dark wizards. They are called Parselmouths.[5] Some known Parselmouths are Salazar Slytherin, Marvolo Gaunt, Morfin Gaunt, Merope Gaunt, Lord Voldemort, Ginny Weasley (while under the influence of Tom Riddle's Diary), and Harry Potter (although he lost the ability later).

Species of snakeEdit

Basilisk

A basilisk, the King of Serpents.

Notable snakesEdit

NaginiGF

Nagini, Voldemort's snake

Behind the scenesEdit

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