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The spell cannot harm humans but it can leave black scorch marks on humans or other things that the spell was used on. Spiders are the only thing the spell actually works on


OK, since that other SE question seems to suggest that Rowling never supplied a canonical answer, we'd just have to settle for a plausible explanation: It's a magical snake and a magical school. After all, in the Harry Potter universe, things are impossibly squeezed into smaller things all the time. Remember, for example: That people enter the Ministry of ...


The answer can also be found Here. Following is the accepted answer from there. Voldemort's appearance became more snake-like as he delved deeper into Dark Magic, and his face became more serpentine, which would presumably explain the flattening of his nose. Mention of Voldemort's serpentine appearance is mentioned in every book. It's theorized that ...

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