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“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?

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You show the quote, but didn't link to the source, or specify where you read it. Can you do so? – David Apr 9 '12 at 2:43
2 This is the source , i knw its not so authentic but still thought worthwhile to discuss about it – Bhargav Apr 9 '12 at 2:45
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. :) – Slytherincess Apr 9 '12 at 3:02
Nice question.. :) – SS-3.1415926535897932384626433 Apr 9 '12 at 14:41

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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.

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You can tell the gender of a snake's voice? Has someone been practicing their parseltongue? – Xantec Apr 9 '12 at 3:40
@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. – user5730 Apr 9 '12 at 3:59
Nagini's voice always sounded female to me! :) – Slytherincess Apr 9 '12 at 5:10
@Slytherincess "Nagini" means "female cobra" in Hindi. – Jayraj Aug 30 '14 at 6:14
@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 Aug 31 '14 at 15:34

The quote should read as follows:

Yes, it was rather funny, really, that next to no-one realised the ring Voldemort turned into a Horcrux was in actuality the One Ring of Power created by Sauron.

J.K. Rowling

Edited to add: The quote you're basing your question on is not by J.K. Rowling: see here. 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. :)

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You've got your comment and answer swapped it seems like. – Xantec Apr 9 '12 at 11:43
Really? Huh. Guess I should edit, then. :) – Slytherincess Apr 9 '12 at 13:31

No, because in the book the snake appeared friendly and he owed Harry for setting him free so he would never hurt Harry like Nagiri did on several accounts in the series.

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While I agree that it's not the same snake, I don't agree with this particular answer. Nagini could be actually a friendly/neutral snake, but when Voldemort (his owner) returned, it begun following his orders to kill Harry. Like Lucius: he was not quite exactly evil when Voldemort was dead, but when he came back Lucius returned to the death eater ways. – Voldemort Jul 28 at 2:03
Do you have any actual quotes and evidence? – AJL Sep 29 at 20:06

Not sure yet. I think not. I have never read the words that say or indicate Nagini is the one freed by Harry Potter in the first book. Besides, Nagini appears evil while that snake seems to be friendly. It didn't hurt others even after it was freed in that zoo.

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It didn't hurt anyone else in that scene, but unless you believe that the snake is really Nagini, we have no idea what else the snake does after it escapes. For all we know, it went on a massive killing spree and then grew wings and flew away just minutes after Harry left the zoo. – phantom42 Feb 2 at 5:58

It can't be because in the zoo it said that the snake was bred in captivity and Voldemort would have had to have made the Horcrux before he was nearly destroyed killing Harry.

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No, your reasoning based on 100% wrong fact. He made Naghini AFTER he nearly destoyed Harry. She was made a Horcrux when he murdered Bertha Jorkins in 1994. – DVK Jan 11 '14 at 14:39
Source: J.K. Rowling and the Live Chat,, 30 July, 2007 – DVK Jan 11 '14 at 14:45

Nagini can't possibly be the snake Harry sets free because we know that Harry was the final horcrux before voldemort died. He would have had to create another horcrux after his return which we know to be untrue. Therefore, the timing does not make any sense and nagini is not the snake from the zoo.

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Harry is not a horcrux. – Richard Jul 28 at 0:16
As has already been mentioned in comments on another answer, we know it to be true that Voldemort created another Horcrux after his return: Nagini. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Aug 13 at 22:20

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