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'''''Vipera Evanesca''''' is the [[counter-curse]] and [[Untransfiguration]] for [[Serpensortia]] that causes the conjured [[snake]] to vanish.
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{{Quote|Snape stepped forward, waved his wand, and the snake vanished in a small puff of black smoke.|Description|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
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'''''Vipera Evanesca''''' is the [[incantation]] for the spell that, when cast, causes a target [[Snake]] to [[Vanishment|vanish]] in a puff of black smoke. As such, it can be used as a [[Counter-spells|counter-spell]] for spells that produce serpents, such as [[Snake Summons Spell|Serpensortia]] or the [[Fire to snake spell]], annihilating the conjured or [[Transfiguration|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==
 
==History of use==
[[Severus Snape]] cast this spell in [[1992]] at the [[Duelling Club]] to get rid of a snake that [[Draco Malfoy]] had conjured while duelling [[Harry Potter]]. [[Albus Dumbledore]] also may have used this spell to vanish [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]]'s snake during their [[Duel in the Ministry Atrium]]. [[Harry Potter]] also used it while searching for [[horcrux]]es in [[1997]].<ref>See [http://bloghogwarts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Harry-Potter-BlogHogwarts-HP7-Videogame-02.jpg this image]</ref>
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[[Severus Snape]] cast this spell in [[1992]] at the [[Duelling Club]] to dispose of a snake that [[Draco Malfoy]] had conjured while duelling [[Harry Potter]].
   
During the [[Ousting of Severus Snape]], [[Professor McGonagall]] dispelled the huge serpent Snape had transfigured from her fiery rope in a puff of black smoke [[Nonverbal spell|nonverbally]]. It is therefore most likely that she was using this spell.
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[[Harry Potter]] also used it while searching for [[horcrux]]es in [[1997]], causing a snake that had appeared in his path to vanish.<ref>See [http://bloghogwarts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Harry-Potter-BlogHogwarts-HP7-Videogame-02.jpg this image]</ref>
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[[Albus Dumbledore]] used this spell during the [[Duel in the Ministry Atrium]] with [[Tom Riddle]], destroying the serpent that the dark wizard had transfigured from his [[Fire rope]].
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During the [[Ousting of Severus Snape]], [[Professor]] [[Minerva McGonagall|McGonagall]] used this spell [[Nonverbal spell|nonverbally]], vanishing the snake that Snape had transfigured from her [[Fiery offensive spell]].
   
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
[[File:Vipera_Evanesca_Snape.jpg|thumb|336px|[[Professor Snape]] casting the spell at the [[Duelling Club]]]]
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[[File:Tumblr_lvhoo3Ag1Z1qgt0vro5_250.gif|frame|[[Professor Snape]] casting the spell at the [[Duelling Club]]]]
[[Wikipedia:Vipera|Vipera]] is a genus of venomous vipers, a type of snake. ''Evanesca'' likely shares its origin with ''[[Vanishing Spell|Evanesco]]'', which means "disappear" in Latin.
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[[Wikipedia:Vipera|Vipera]] is a genus of venomous vipers, a type of snake. ''Evanesca'' likely shares its origin with ''[[Vanishing Spell|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==
 
==Behind the scenes==
*This spell appears to be related to the [[Vanishing spell]], given the effects and etymology.
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*This spell appears to be related to the [[Vanishing Spell]], given the similar effects and etymology.
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)|film adaption]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'' the [[Cobra]] burned away, leaving some ash.
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*In the [[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)|film adaption]] 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 indestructionness of Horcruxes, the spell probably would have failed.
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*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 Curse]]s, the spell probably would have failed if used against her.
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==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'' {{1st}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'' {{1st}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)]]'' {{1stID}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)]]'' {{1st ID}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' {{Possible}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]
*''[[Harry Potter Trading Card Game]]'' {{mention}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter Trading Card Game]]''
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]''
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]''
   
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Latest revision as of 18:56, December 5, 2014

Evanesca
Vipera Evanesca
Incantation

Vipera Evanesca
(vee-PAIR-uh ee-vuh-NES-kuh)

Type

Counter-spell

Hand Movement

Wave wand

Light

Black smoke

Effect

Vanishes snakes

"Snape stepped forward, waved his wand, and the snake vanished in a small puff of black smoke."
—Description[src]

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 useEdit

Severus Snape cast this spell in 1992 at the Duelling Club to dispose of a snake that Draco Malfoy had conjured while duelling Harry Potter.

Harry Potter also used it while searching for horcruxes in 1997, causing a snake that had appeared in his path to vanish.[1]

Albus Dumbledore used this spell during the Duel in the Ministry Atrium with Tom Riddle, destroying the serpent that the dark wizard had transfigured from his Fire rope.

During the Ousting of Severus Snape, Professor McGonagall used this spell nonverbally, vanishing the snake that Snape had transfigured from her Fiery offensive spell.

EtymologyEdit

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Professor Snape casting the spell at the Duelling Club

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 scenesEdit

  • This spell appears to be related to the Vanishing Spell, given the similar effects and etymology.
  • In the film adaption 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.


AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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