Is Nagini the snake Harry freed on Dudley's birthday?

  • “Yes, it’s rather funny, really, that next to no-one realised the snake that Harry set free in Philosopher’s Stone turned out to be Voldemort’s final Horcrux, Nagini.”

    — (not actually) J.K. Rowling

    Read this here in the morning so started thinking over this! Any clarifications?

    You show the quote, but didn't link to the source, or specify where you read it. Can you do so? This is the source , i knw its not so authentic but still thought worthwhile to discuss about it

    The quote you're basing your question on is not by J.K. Rowling: As for Nagini being the snake in the *Sorcerer's Stone*, they are not the same snake. If you Google "is the snake from Sorcerer's Stone Nagini?" the answer comes right up. :)

    It only took 6 years, but we now have an official confirmation that it's not Nagini.

  • Correct answer

    9 years ago

    Well, it doesn't seem likely for a couple of reasons:

    1. The voice of the snake in the zoo in the first film is male, while Nagini is female.

    2. The book says the snake is a Boa Constrictor, which is a non-venomous snake. Nagini, however, is venomous. (I believe in the first film the snake in the zoo was changed to a Burmese Python, which is also non-venomous.)

    3. I believe the first book describes the snake in the zoo as brown, whilst Nagini is said to be green.

    You can tell the gender of a snake's voice? Has someone been practicing their parseltongue?

    @Xantec Well, I was assuming the actor they chose to give the English voice-over of the snake's lines in the theatrical release matched the gender of the snake. I also assume they had at least one parselmouth on set to advise on such matters during filming.

    Nagini's voice always sounded female to me! :)

    @Slytherincess "Nagini" means "female cobra" in Hindi.

    @Jayraj - Yes, I subsequently learned this! Funny that Nagini isn't described, physically, as a cobra, though. I read on the Wiki that "nagaraja" (sp?) means "king of snakes" and IIRC the female version of nagaraja is nagini. :)

    @Slytherincess - "Nagaraja" actually is the common name for King Cobra (Naja Naja) in India. Basically "Naag" = Cobra. "naagin"/"Naagini" is the feminine equivalent. Kinda like prince - princess ;)

    Also the Cobras in Rudyard Kipling's 'Rikki-Tikki-Tavi' are called Nag and Nagaina.

    I want to say there also is a very similar name in The Jungle Book. Can't be sure what it is but possibly Nagaina too? Something like that anyway. That or my memory is faulty and/or I'm mixing it up with another story.

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