- "Snape stepped forward, waved his wand, and the snake vanished in a small puff of black smoke."
Vipera Evanesca is the incantation for the spell that, when cast, causes a target Snake to vanish in a puff of black smoke. As such, it can be used as a counter-spell for spells that produce serpents, such as Serpensortia or the Fire to snake spell, annihilating the conjured or transfigured snake. Alternatively, the spell may also send a ball of fire at the serpent, which proceeds to incinerate it, leaving behind a wisp of smoke.
History of use
Vipera is a genus of venomous vipers, a type of snake. Evanesca likely shares its origin with Evanesco, which means "disappear" in Latin -- Evanesca would be the imperative form of the verb, making this incantation a command for the serpent to disappear.
Behind the scenes
- This spell appears to be related to the Vanishing Spell, given the similar effects and etymology.
- In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets the cobra burned away, leaving some ash, rather than disappearing in a cloud of black smoke, as it is portrayed in the novel.
- It is unknown if used against Nagini, who was a Horcrux, she would vanish. However, given the near-indestructibility of Horcruxes, as well Nagini's proven resistance to Blasting Curses, the spell probably would have failed if used against her.
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film) (First identified as Vipera Evanesca)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)
- Harry Potter Trading Card Game
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4