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Vipera Evanesca

Vipera Evanesca (VIYP-er-uh ehv-uhn-EHS-kuh)



Hand Movement

Point wand at the snake


None (black smoke)


Vanishes a conjured snake

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

Vipera Evanesca is the counter-curse and untransfiguration for Serpensortia that causes the conjured snake to vanish.

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 Voldemort's snake during their Duel in the Ministry Atrium. Harry Potter also used it while searching for horcruxes in 1997.[1]

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 nonverbally. It is therefore most likely that she was using this spell.


Vipera Evanesca Snape

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.

Behind the scenes

  • 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.
  • It is unknown if used against Nagini, who was a Horcrux, she would vanish. However, given the near-indestructibility of Horcruxes, the spell probably would have failed.


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