Harry Potter Online Tool Teaches You To Speak Parseltongue

By Sean O'Connell 2011-06-30 17:53:08discussion comments
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The tagline “It All Ends” has adorned every poster for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which indeed does bring the seven-book, eight-film franchise to a close once it opens on July 15. But do you know how to say “It All Ends” in parseltongue? Would you like to learn?

Of course you would, which is why Warner Bros., the studio bidding farewell to its enormously inspiring (and equally lucrative) series, has created an online parseltongue translator for fans to play around with. You can find it HERE.

Parseltongue, for all of our Muggle readers, is a language spoken by serpents, serpent-based creatures, and wizards blessed (or cursed) with the gift of parselmouth. Harry Potter learned in the Chamber of Secrets that he could both speak and understand the language, which is communicated through a series of hisses that you’d expect to hear emitting from a snake. That’s strange primarily because it’s a skill associated with dark wizards like Salazar Slytherin and, of course, Lord Voldemort.

And now it’s a skill associated with you. The online site let’s you enter a phrase into a box and translate it into parseltongue. You then can download the audio of your translation or share it with friends on Facebook and Twitter. I immediately wondered how much fun perverse, twisted and filthy Harry Potter fans could have with such a program, but the computer’s one step ahead of me. When I entered a curse-laden phrase in the translator, it refused to give me a whispery response.

What’s pareseltongue for, “Rats?” Oh yeah, it's this.


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