If a Basilisk was killed without being blinded, would opening it's eyes (presuming they were closed on death) still cause instant death in the viewer?

Edit: I'd do this myself, but I'm not sure how. This question should be on hold until this question is answered to give a greater understanding to the actual question.

  • This is a good question! – Md Danish Khan Mar 30 '16 at 17:05
  • Possibly, but first you'd need to determine what makes the eyes deadly in the first place.Could Slytherian have placed a spell on the basilisk? Is the spell broken when the basilisk dies? Or could it be something chemical within the basilisk? Interesting question though +1 – Scanner Mar 30 '16 at 17:31
  • @Scanner I smell another question! I'll post it in a second. – Anoplexian - Reinstate Monica Mar 30 '16 at 17:32
  • @Anoplexian, lol I'm going to make a guess that it's another basilisk question?!?! Look forward to seeing it!! – Scanner Mar 30 '16 at 17:33
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    First thing that it made me think of was Greek Mythology, and Perseus using the severed head of Medusa. – K-H-W Mar 30 '16 at 17:42

It’s hard to know for sure, but I would guess not.

We only really see one basilisk in canon – the basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets. Although there are descriptions and allusions to others, we don’t see them in enough detail to make a call on this one. And Fawkes unhelpfully blinds that basilisk and fills the eyes with blood.

JK Rowling’s mythology is not written in isolation; it draws inspiration from a lot of classical mythology. There’s one story about a basilisk – the basilisk of Warsaw – which suggests to me that post-mortem, a basilisk stare isn’t fatal:

He declared that it really was a basilisk; it had the head of a cock, the eyes of a toad, a crest like a crown, a warty and scaly skin "covered all over with the hue of venomous animals," and a curved tail, bent over behind its body.

At this point, the basilisk has been killed and dragged out a cellar. It’s being examined by a physician. He must have looked at the eyes to know they looked like a toad, and he must have survived to tell the tale. Ergo, basilisk stare isn’t fatal if the creature is dead.

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    Nicely rounded answer with a solid speculation. Disappointed there's no canon, but regardless +1. – Anoplexian - Reinstate Monica Mar 30 '16 at 19:14

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