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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...