A Guide to the Amphibians
and Reptiles of California

Snakes In Movies

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Snakes in Movies
Lizards in Movies
Turtles in Movies
Amphibians in Movies
Alligators and Crocodiles
in Movies
Snake Face
All Movie Snakes
Must Die!
All Movie Snakes
Want to Kill You!
Snake Bites
Snakes Used
as Weapons
Giant Monster Snakes with a Taste
for Human Flesh
Pet Snakes
Snakes Used
to Shock Us
Dancing With Snakes
Snake Charmers
Snake People
Snakes Used Realistically
Snakes Used for
Food or Medicine
Snake Fights
Throwing and
Whipping Snakes
Black Mambas
Boas, Pythons,
and Anacondas

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
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Some of these pictures and descriptions may give away plot details that you might not want to know before watching the film.
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At the beginning of this first film in the Harry Potter franchise, Harry goes to the Reptile House at the London Zoo with his Aunt and Uncle, his adopted parents, and his cousin. They look at a large Burmese Python (according to the sign.) It's a computer generated snake, not a real one, because they couldn't find a real one that could wink, nod, and talk, but it's a good fake and a memorable and unusually sympathetic character, considering that it's a large snake of the kind we usually see trying to kill somebody in movies. The family are bored because the snake isn't moving so they leave. Harry stays to appologize to the snake, which winks to him (pretty hard to do with no eyelids) and then nods its head yes when Harry asks if the snake can hear him. They chat about the fact that neither of them knew their parents until Harry's spoiled brat cousin runs up and leans on the glass, which suddenly disappears. (The background music tells us that Harry made it happen with magic.) The boy falls in to the snake cage and the snake crawls out, thanking Harry, this time vocally, before crawling out the door, making plenty of hissing sounds, as all movie snakes have to do - it's an unwritten movie law. The glass re-appears and the boy is stuck in the cage. When they get home the stepfather asks him what happened, Harry says it was like magic, the stepfather says there's no such thing as magic, then they make seven more Harry Potter movies and almost Eight Billion Dollars worldwide, proving to us that, yeah there is.


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