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{{Spell infobox
|image=[[File:Serpensortia.gif|250px]]
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|name=Snake Summons Spell
|incantation=''Serpensortia''<br/>(SER-pehn-SOR-tee-ah)
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|incantation=''Serpensortia''<ref name="COS11">{{COS}} - Chapter 11 (''The Duelling Club'')</ref><br/>(ser-pen-SOR-tee-uh)<ref name="COSf">{{COSF}}</ref>
 
|type=[[Transfiguration]]
 
|type=[[Transfiguration]]
|hand=Bring hand into shoulder and throw quickly as is throwing a [[wikipedia:Boomerang|boomerang]] or a [[wikipedia:Frisbee|Frisbee]]
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|hand=Raise [[wand]]<ref name="COS11"/>
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|light=White<ref name="COSf"/>
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|effect=Conjures a [[snake]]<ref name="COS11"/>
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|effect=Conjures a snake}}
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{{Quote|The end of his wand exploded. Harry watched, aghast, as a long black snake shot out of it, fell heavily onto the floor between them and raised itself, ready to strike.|Description|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
{{quote|Malfoy raised his wand quickly and bellowed, 'Serpensortia!' The end of his wand exploded. Harry watched, aghast, as a long black snake shot out of it, fell heavily onto the floor between them and raised itself, ready to strike.|Malfoy uses the spell.|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
 
The '''Snake Summons Spell'''<ref name="Cast-a-Spell">[http://harrypotter.warnerbros.com/hogwarts/library/castaspell.html ''Serpensortia'' entry on the Cast-a-Spell kit found in the Library section of the Harry Potter Official Site.]</ref> (''Serpensortia'') is a [[Transfiguration]] [[spell]] that can be used to [[Conjuration|conjure]] a [[snake]]. It is illegally used by [[India]]n [[Snake Charmer]]s. It is taught to 6th years at Hogwarts.
 
   
==History==
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The '''Snake Summons Spell'''<ref name="cas">[http://harrypotter.warnerbros.co.uk/hogwarts/library/castaspell.html Harry Potter Official Site]</ref>, also known as the '''Serpensortia Spell'''<ref name="cas"/> (''Serpensortia''<ref name="COS11"/>) is a [[transfiguration]] [[spell]] that [[Conjuration|conjures]] a snake from the tip of the [[wand]]<ref name="COS11"/>.
===Creation===
 
{{Quote|The "Snake Summons" spell originated in India and is often illicitly used today by wizards who are called by the Muggle moniker, "Snake Charmers".|Description in the Cast-a-Spell Handbook|Cast-a-Spell handbook}}
 
The Snake Summons Spell originated from India, where it is often illegally used by [[wizards]] who are called "[[Snake Charmer]]s" by the [[Muggle]] society.<ref name="Cast-a-Spell"/>
 
   
===1992===
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==Creation==
[[File:Cobra.png|thumb|The cobra used by Draco.]]
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The Serpensortia Spell was first created, sometime prior to [[1992]], in [[India]], and nowadays is used worldwide (although usually in its homeland) by [[Wizardkind|wizards]] known to [[Muggle]]s as "[[Snake Charmer]]s"<ref name="cas"/>.
It was used by [[Draco Malfoy]] while engaging in a practice [[duel]] against [[Harry Potter]] in [[1992]] in the [[Duelling Club]], after [[Severus Snape]] whispered the advice to Draco. This prompted Harry to speak to the snake, discovering for the first time that he was a [[Parseltongue|Parselmouth]] and causing some other students to suspect that he was the [[Tom Riddle|Heir of Slytherin]]. It is very strange that Malfoy is able to cast this spell in his second year as it summons a live creature, a very advanced form of magic not taught at Hogwarts until sixth year, however, this may have been because it seems to be a sort of curse.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]''</ref>
 
   
==Etymology==
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==History of Usage==
''Serpens'' is Latin for "serpent". ''Ortus'' is the past participle of the Latin verb ''oriri'' "to be created".<ref>[http://www.hp-lexicon.org/magic/spells/spells_s.html#serpensortia HP Lexicon: Serpensortia]</ref>
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This spell was utilized by Draco Malfoy during the first [[Duelling Club]] meeting in [[1992]] at the advice of [[Snape]], summoning forth a black serpent in an attempt to attack [[Harry Potter]]. After a [[Alarte Ascendare|failed attempt]] by [[Gilderoy Lockhart]] to dispose of it, the snake was [[Vipera Evanesca|obliterated]] by [[Severus Snape]], vanishing in a cloud of black smoke<ref name="COS11"/>.
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'', the counter-spell of ''Serpensortia'' is shown to be ''[[Vipera Evanesca]]''. [[Severus Snape|Professor Snape]] used it to vanish the snake Draco conjured. It should also be interesting to note that, while the book says the ''Serpensortia'' snake is long and black, the film version's is a [[Cobra|cobra]]. However, althrough it is not mentioned, it is possible that the book version also is a cobra as black coloured cobras also exist. It is also funny to note the counter-spells incantation is '''''Vipera''' Evanesca'' as the [[Latin]] name of the [[Common adder|common adder]] used in ''[[Harry Potter: Spells]]'' is '''''Vipera''' berus''.
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*The Snake Summons Spell and [[Bird-Conjuring Charm]] are the easiest living creatures to conjure.<ref>''[[Wonderbook: Book of Spells]]'' - Chapter 2, Part 1</ref>.
*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]'', during the [[Skirmish at Malfoy Manor]] in [[1998]] [[Bellatrix Lestrange]] may have used this spell to choke [[Fenrir Greyback]].
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*The [[counter-charm]] is ''[[Vipera Evanesca]]''<ref name="COSf"/>
*It is possible that this spell or a variant of it can also be used to transform objects into snakes. [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] transformed a fiery rope into a serpent in 1996, and [[Severus Snape]] did the same two years later. Both serpents were described as black, matching the Serpensortia snake´s colour.
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*Although the book states that the snake is conjured (brought forth into existence from nothingness), the Harry Potter Official Website states, when a user attempts to cast the spell at the farthest edges of the room, that:<br/>"''It appears the snake did not hear you. Try to cast your spell in the centre of the room''", suggesting that the serpent is brought forth from elsewhere.
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==Etymology==
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''Serpens'' is Latin for "serpent"; ''ortus'' is the past participle of the Latin verb ''oriri'' "to be created".<ref>[http://www.hp-lexicon.org/magic/spells/spells_s.html#serpensortia HP Lexicon: Serpensortia]</ref>
   
 
==Appearances==
 
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]'' {{C|Possible use}}
 
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]''
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]''
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]'' {{C|DS version}}
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]'' {{C|DS version}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter: Spells]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter: Spells]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter Trading Card Game]]''
 
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*''[[Wonderbook: Book of Spells]]'' {{Indirect}}
   
 
==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==
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Snake Summons Spell
Incantation

Serpensortia[1]
(ser-pen-SOR-tee-uh)[2]

Type

Transfiguration

Hand Movement

Raise wand[1]

Light

White[2]

Effect

Conjures a snake[1]

"The end of his wand exploded. Harry watched, aghast, as a long black snake shot out of it, fell heavily onto the floor between them and raised itself, ready to strike."
—Description[src]

The Snake Summons Spell[3], also known as the Serpensortia Spell[3] (Serpensortia[1]) is a transfiguration spell that conjures a snake from the tip of the wand[1].

CreationEdit

The Serpensortia Spell was first created, sometime prior to 1992, in India, and nowadays is used worldwide (although usually in its homeland) by wizards known to Muggles as "Snake Charmers"[3].

History of UsageEdit

This spell was utilized by Draco Malfoy during the first Duelling Club meeting in 1992 at the advice of Snape, summoning forth a black serpent in an attempt to attack Harry Potter. After a failed attempt by Gilderoy Lockhart to dispose of it, the snake was obliterated by Severus Snape, vanishing in a cloud of black smoke[1].

Behind the scenesEdit

  • The Snake Summons Spell and Bird-Conjuring Charm are the easiest living creatures to conjure.[4].
  • The counter-charm is Vipera Evanesca[2]
  • Although the book states that the snake is conjured (brought forth into existence from nothingness), the Harry Potter Official Website states, when a user attempts to cast the spell at the farthest edges of the room, that:
    "It appears the snake did not hear you. Try to cast your spell in the centre of the room", suggesting that the serpent is brought forth from elsewhere.


EtymologyEdit

Serpens is Latin for "serpent"; ortus is the past participle of the Latin verb oriri "to be created".[5]

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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