Basilisk

Basiliks are fictional creatures from the Harry Potter Universe.

Species Information
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Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk
IntelligenceAnimal
Related toSerpents
Distinguishing FeaturesGreen skin, yellow eyes that kill and a scarlet plume if male.
Average Size50 ft. in length
Ministry Danger ClassificationXXXXX
Country of OriginGreece

[edit] Background

They are spoken of in legends dating back to Roman times. The way to breed a Basilisk is simple: if you leave a chicken's egg under a toad for a while it will hatch into a Basilisk. Basilisk breeders are hard to be caught because they can just remove the egg when authorities arrive and put it back under the toad when they leave. A Basilisk is a giant snake-like creature. They have eyes that kill if you stare directly into them, and petrify if there is something blocking eye-to-eye contact, such as a mirror. They have venom in their fangs that is fatal, and even powerful enough to destroy a Horcrux. A rooster's cry is fatal to them, however. Spiders consider the Basilisk their natural enemy.

[edit] History

A Basilisk first appeared in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and that has been its only appearance. The Basilisk is the monster of Salazar Slytherin, who, after disagreeing with the other founders of Hogwarts about the issue of blood purity, left the school. Before leaving, however, he built the Chamber of Secrets, and left the basilisk inside, to be awoken by his true heir, and kill all of the muggle-borns.

50 years before the events of the second book, the Basilisk was unleashed by Tom Riddle, Slytherin's last descendant, and killed Moaning Myrtle. The subsequent investigation caused Tom to blame the attack on Hagrid, claiming that his pet Acromantula, Aragog, was the real beast. With no proof to save himself, Hagrid was expelled.

Harry Potter stabbing the Basilisk
After Lord Voldemort's first downfall, Lucius Malfoy came into possession of Tom Riddle's diary, one of his Horcruxes. Lucius did not know it was a Horcrux, and merely wanted to get rid of all the dark magic objects in his possession, so he slipped it into Ginny Weasley's cauldron when they met in Borgin and Burke's. Ginny, when writing in the diary, found that it wrote back. Voldemort was eventually able to possess her, and thus used her to open the Chamber of Secrets and release Slytherin's Basilisk within. The Basilisk didn't manage to kill anyone this time, but did manage to petrify six muggle-borns, including Hermione Granger. Tom eventually took Ginny into the Chamber, and used her life force to restore his physical form. Harry Potter came to save Ginny, and managed to kill the Basilisk with the Sword of Gryffindor. Harry was stabbed by one of the Basilisk's fangs in the process, but was cured by Fawkes' tears. Harry then used the fang to destroy the diary, not knowing that the venom also destroyed the part of Voldemort's soul.

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Last edited by CJames on 23 August 2012 at 15:54
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