Valak is a demon described in the goetic grimoires the Lesser Key of Solomon (in some versions as Ualac as well as in Thomas Rudd’s variant as Valu), Johann Weyer’s Pseudomonarchia Daemonum (as Volac), the Liber Officium Spirituum (as Coolor or Doolas), and in the Munich Manual of Demonic Magic (as Volach) as an angelically winged boy riding a two-headed dragon, attributed with the power of finding treasures.
The Sixty-second Spirit is Valak, or Volac, or Valu.
Goetia – S. L. MacGregor Mathers (1904) (quoted)
The Sixty-second Spirit is Volac, or Valak, or Valu. He is a President Mighty and Great, and appeareth like a Child with Angel’s Wings, riding on a Two-headed Dragon. His Office is to give True Answers of Hidden Treasures, and to tell where Serpents may be seen. The which he will bring unto the Exorciser without any Force or Strength being by him employed. He governeth 38 Legions of Spirits, and his Seal is thus.
Pseudomonarchia daemonum – Johann Wier (1583) (quoted)
Valac is a great president, and commeth abroad with angels wings like a boie, riding on a twoheaded dragon, he perfectlie answereth of treasure hidden, and where serpents may be seene, which he delivereth into the conjurors hands, void of anie force or strength, and hath dominion over thirtie legions of divels.
Dictionnaire Infernal – Collin de Plancy (1863) (paraphrased)
Volac or Valak is high-president of hell and commands 30 legions. He appears as a child with angel’s wings and riding on a two-headed dragon. He tells of the positions of the planets and where to find serpents.
Even today, Valak is often invoked by magical practitioners who are looking to find “true answers of hidden treasures”. He’s also known as being quite strong and not opposed to sharing that strength with those worthy of calling upon him. Not worthy? Well then, I’d hate to be you, because Valak will probably ruin your life.
Valak in The Conjuring 2
The Conjuring 2 is loosely based on the real-life investigation conducted by Ed and Lorraine Warren and has become known in the field of paranormal research as The Enfield Poltergeist. While Valak is a known entity, the demon had nothing to do with the actual case.
According to The Lesser Key of Solomon, Valak is a major player of the realm and this seems to be why the demon was chosen as the Antagonist of the plot. And word has it that Valak was introduced to try and create a bridge, film-wise, between Amityville and Enfield. The director has even stated that, at least, Valak had nothing to do with Amityville whatsoever.
“She’s got nothing to do with Amityville. At all”
The look of Valak in the film, dressed as a nun, was even somewhat inspired by a sighting Lorraine Warren said she encountered.
While speaking to Lorraine in passing one day, she mentioned that she had once encountered a swirling vortex with a dark, hooded figure at the center.
I had a strong outlook on the whole movie, but the one thing I wasn’t quite sure of was the design of the demon character. I felt like I was still discovering it. And believe it or not, I always knew that I was going to do additional photography. So I was saving it because I was hoping I’d discover what that thing would look like as I was putting the movie together in post-production.
While The Conjuring 2 is a great film and surely fires up the imagination it’s important to know that the Valak depicted in the film is very loosely based on the actual being and the Enfield case handled by The Warrens.