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*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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*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, although 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''.
 
*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]].
 
*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]].
 
*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.
 
*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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Serpensortia
Snake Summons Spell
Incantation

Serpensortia
(SER-pehn-SOR-tee-ah)

Type

Transfiguration

Hand Movement

Bring hand into shoulder and throw quickly as is throwing a boomerang or a Frisbee

Effect

Conjures a snake

"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.[src]

The Snake Summons Spell[1] (Serpensortia) is a Transfiguration spell that can be used to conjure a snake. It is illegally used by Indian Snake Charmers. It is taught to 6th years at Hogwarts.

The Snake Summons Spell, along with the Bird-Conjuring Charm, are substantially simpler to perform than most other forms of conjuration. The reasoning behind this is unknown, but is one of the many topics of research undertaken by the Department of Mysteries.[2]

History

Creation

"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[src]

The Snake Summons Spell originated from India, where it is often illegally used by wizards who are called "Snake Charmers" by the Muggle society.[1]

1992

Cobra
The cobra used by Draco.
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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 Parselmouth and causing some other students to suspect that he was the Heir of Slytherin.[3]

Etymology

Serpens is Latin for "serpent". Ortus is the past participle of the Latin verb oriri "to be created".[4]

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