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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].

Creation

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 Usage

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 scenes

  • 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.


Etymology

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

Appearances

Notes and references

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