Not a Flaw: Nagini

There’s a quote you may have heard:

“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.”

— J.K. Rowling

Yeah, you may also have heard that it isn’t remotely true. The snake from the first book is a Brazilian boa constricter which is non-venomous whereas Nagini is poisonous (She bites Arthur) and Voldemort probably found her in the forests in Albania where he was hiding. In the films the boa constricter is given a male voice but Nagini is female. The boa constricter is also described as having  ‘glistening brown coils’ whereas Nagini is green.


Sorry, I just saw someone repeating the supposed ‘fact’ again hence all the caps and bold type.


7 thoughts on “Not a Flaw: Nagini

  1. There are often conflicts between what is said in the books, and what was actually used in the films.

    Unfortunately many factors of the original statement here are incorrect.

    Without causing any offence, in the movies, Negiri appears to be a Reticulated Python (that was most likely given venom by Voldemort, as these snakes are HUGE, but non venomous)

    However the snake in the movie that Harry originally set free in the zoo is actually a Burmese Python (Not a Brazilian Boa as stated above)

    I know this as I happen to own a Burmese and 2 Boa Constrictors (as well as several other snakes of different species)

    • Hi, thank you for your comment. I tend to go off what is in the books and I don’t pretend to be an expert in the films or snakes. In the books Nagini does not appear to be any real species of snake and the Boa Constrictor is labelled as being from Brazil. That doesn’t necessarily reflect what is used in the films. Anyway the key point is that Nagini and the snake from the first book are not the same snake.

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