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Questions tagged [parseltongue]

For questions about Parseltongue, the language of snakes in the Harry Potter series, or Parselmouths, wizards who can speak Parseltongue.

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Can Dumbledore speak parseltongue? [duplicate]

Since Dumbledore can understand parseltongue without being a parselmouth, and Ron can mimic enough parseltongue to open the Chamber door without being a parselmouth, it seems logical that someone ...
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Can Muggles learn Parseltongue?

While discussing this question, the conclusion was that apart from using Parseltongue to open the gate to the Chamber of Secrets, Harry didn't really use any magic and he might as well have been a ...
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Was Isolt Sayre a Parselmouth or not?

After reading the Pottermore article on "Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry," by J.K. Rowling, it's unclear to me whether Isolt Sayre was a Parselmouth. Based on what I remember from ...
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Why is Parseltongue common in Salazar Slytherin's bloodline?

On Pottermore it states that Parseltongue is rare except for in the bloodline of Salazar Slytherin. Why is Parseltongue common in Slytherin's bloodline, but nowhere else?
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Why does Snape suggest Malfoy use the Serpensortia spell?

In Chamber of Secrets, in the first Duelling Club class, Snape suggests Malfoy use the Serpensortia spell against Harry. This of course reveals that Harry is a Parselmouth, but how could Snape ...
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At what age are you able to speak Parseltongue?

Parseltongue is considered an 'inherited magical ability', meaning it is passed down through the bloodline. Does this mean that you are able to speak Parseltongue when you are a 1 month old baby (...
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Is a Parselmouth immune to the effects of the stare of the Basilisk?

We see in the Chamber of Secrets when Tom Riddle summons the Basilisk, he looked at the Basilisk's eyes directly. So are they immune to the effects, or is it just the controller?
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How does Salazar Slytherin speak Parseltongue?

From what I can tell it is an inherited skill from wizard to wizard. According to this question: Was there a Parselmouth before Salazar Slytherin? Herpo the Foul seems to be the first or one of the ...
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Is Tom Marvolo Riddle the only one who opened the Chamber of Secrets after Salazar Slytherin?

Is there any canon-based information on whether Tom Marvolo Riddle (a.k.a. Lord Voldemort) is the only wizard in history (after Salazar Slytherin, of course) who opened the Chamber of Secrets and ...
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Why are there so few Parselmouths?

JK Rowling has stated that Parseltongue is different from other languages. You can learn to understand it (like Dumbledore) and even mimick it to some degree (like Ron did), but actually knowing ...
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How did Ron speak Parseltongue and re-enter the Chamber of Secrets?

Although 'The Deathly Hallows' was overall an excellent conclusion to Harry Potter's saga, there were moments within the book that felt infuriatingly lazy, like Rowling was whipping the plot along ...
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Is Parseltongue a useful skill?

While we know Parseltongue brings all the Basilisks to the yard, Parseltongue is kind of presented in canon as this edgy, somewhat cool ability that very few wizards (who are direct descendants of ...
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Where does Dumbledore learn to speak Parseltongue?

In Harry Potter, it says that Dumbledore can speak Parseltongue. Where is this proved, and where does he learn it?
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Was there a Parselmouth before Salazar Slytherin?

Was Salazar Slytherin the first Parselmouth, or did somebody else use it before him? I’ve read the books, but I can’t find any examples.
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Theoretically, would Harry have been able to control the basilisk, since part of the true heir of Slytherin survived inside him?

I've always been frustrated with this idea. As the storyline between Voldemort and Harry unfolded in the seventh book, we learned of the deep connection between the two. Since part of Voldemort's soul ...
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Did Harry Potter lose Voldemort's powers when he lost his connection to Voldemort?

Harry noted to Dumbledore that he had a number of things in common with Voldemort. And it was later revealed that some of Voldemort's power was transferred to Harry when Voldemort tried to kill him. ...
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Would Harry still be a Parselmouth at the end of the Deathly Hallows? [duplicate]

Near the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Dumbledore tells us before this that: Given the above, does that mean that Harry would have lost his ability to speak with snakes at the end of ...