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l atin in the movies. b y chelsea mageland. The movies. (click icon). The Matrix. The Matrix. There was latin in “The Matrix”. Over the door in the Oracle’s kitchen there is a latin motto. It said: “temet Nosce,” which translates as “know thyself”. The Sixth Sense.

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latin in the movies

by chelsea mageland


The movies

(click icon)

the matrix

The Matrix

The Matrix

There was latin in “The Matrix”

Over the door in the Oracle’s kitchen there is a latin motto

It said: “temet Nosce,” which translates as “know thyself”

the sixth sense
The Sixth Sense

In the movie, when Malcolm and Cole are in the church, during the day, Cole says,

“De profundisclamo ad tedomine (Malcolm stares surprised) …It’s Latin”

This translates as “from the depths I cry out to you, Lord”

Latin in...


Latin in…

There is actually Latin in Willy Wonka

and the Chocolate Factory! :

Wonka, angrily to grandpa Joe,

Reading the contract signed by the children:

“fax mentis incendiumgloriae…”

“the torch of glory kindles the mind”

Continuing to read the contract…


“no one shall be punished twice for

the same offenses


Latin in…

Carpe Diem is the theme for this movie. Mr. Keating is a young English and poetry teacher who is determined to teach his students to live life with “absolute passion” and he uses this Latin phrase to help him to do so. Her is a section of the script:

PITTS: Gather ye rosebuds while ye may Old time is still a flying And this same flower that smiles today Tomorrow will be dying.

Keating: Gather ye rosebuds while ye may. The Latin term for that sentiment is “Carpe Diem.” Anyone know what that means?

MEEKS: Carpe Diem… seize the day.

KEATING: Very good, Mr__?

MEEKS: Meeks.

KEATING: Seize the day while you’re young, see that you make use of your time. Why does the poet write these lines?

A STUDENT: Because he's in a hurry?

KEATING: Because we’re food for worms, lads! Because we’re only going to experience a limited number of springs, summers, and falls. One day, hard as it is to believe, each and every one of us is going to stop breathing, turn cold, and die! Stand up and peruse the faces of the boys who attended this school sixty or seventy years ago. Don’t be timid, go look at them.

harry potter

Latin in the spells:

  • PetrificusTotalus, a full body-bind curse
  • Locomotor Mortis, a leglock curse
  • Finite Incantatem, a charm to stop all other charms currently functioning
  • Lumos, a charm to make a tiny light appear on the end of a wand to use as a flashlight
  • Nox, a charm to extinguish light; opposite of Lumos
  • Fidelius Charm, a charm used to hide secrets in a person
  • Mobiliarbus, a charm to move trees
Harry Potter.
  • Latin in the names:
  • Rubeus (red, ruddy) Hagrid
  • Albus (white) Dumbledore
  • Sirius (the dog star) Black
  • Draco (dragon) Malfoy
  • Severus (stern, strict) Snape

Latin in…

I know, this is kind of a given, but here are some examples

many movies that involve the catholic church have bits and pieces of latin here are some examples
Many movies that involve the Catholic Church have bits and pieces of Latin. Here are some examples:
national treasure two
National treasure two

In the first few scenes Nicholas Cage is speaking to a man about the assassination of Lincoln.

They brought up that John Wilkes Booth’s (the assassinator) last words were, “Sic SemperTyranis”

“Thus always to Tyrants”

[Which is also Virginia’s state motto]

Latin in National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets

jurassic park

So who would have thought that dinosauras have latin in their names? [just kidding…]

Jurassic Park

Here are some examples:

Velociraptor (velocis=swift + raptor=thief): meaning “swift thief,” referring to its quickness and grasping hands. It was a small, agile and slender theropod dinosaur.

Tyrannosaurus rex (tyrant lizard king..rex=king, tyranis=tyrant): the king of dinosaurs

Latin in…