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Parseltongue is the language of snakes and serpents. Wizards who are able to speak Parseltongue are called Parselmouths. The ability to speak Parseltongue is an extremely rare gift and Parselmouths are historically associated with the Dark Arts. Many wizards go as far as considering Parseltongue itself a Dark Art and are highly prejudiced against anyone who can talk to snakes (GF31, CS11). Important Parselmouths include the Dark wizards Herpo the Foul, creator of the first Basilisk, and Salazar Slytherin (CS11, FW, FBAZ). Slytherin's descendants, including the Gaunts and Lord Voldemort, inherited his talent. As long as Harry Potter carries a piece of Voldemort's soul inside him, he, too, is able to speak Parseltongue (CS11, BLC).

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