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The basilisk’s corpse was never actually seen in the books. When Ron and Hermione bring Harry the basilisk fangs in the book, the dead body of the basilisk isn’t seen or described in detail. It’s unclear in the book what state of decay the basilisk was in, it’s just said that Ron and Hermione took the fangs from it. “Harry’s eyes dropped to the objects ...


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I believe she was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. Tom M. Riddle didn't expect anyone to be in the toilet as he opened the passageway to the Chamber of Secrets. When Myrtle asked him to leave since she had heard a boy's voice, she saw two yellow eyes and died. “Oh, it’s you,” she said when she saw Harry. “What do you want this time?” “To ...


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The Chamber was NOT designed for indoor plumbing. If you recall, once they fell through the pipe, they were walking in the tunnel, with no pipes mentioned. The Chamber was not a "place where plumbing goes". It was more of a catacombs/hidden chambers, under the lake (presumably as per Ron's guess - "Under the lake, probably" was the exact quote), which was a ...


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I would say no. We have two canon instances of a boggart taking the form of a deadly creature. The first is a banshee, which materialises as Seamus’s fear in the first class with the boggart. Where the mummy had been was a woman with floorlength black hair and a skeletal, green-tinged face – a banshee. She opened her mouth wide and an unearthly sound ...


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There's no canon proof either way. Even if they aren't, there’d be ways around it. They’d know that the looking into the eyes of the basilisk can kill, so they'd be careful not to. Most of the basilisk victims were probably caught off guard by the presence of a basilisk. The Parselmouth controlling it would both know of its existence, and that its stare is ...


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I'm going to say "no", for the simple reason that anyone who stared directly into a basilisk's eyes would be killed, and therefore could not have their memories extracted. If someone looked at a basilisk in a mirror and so were just petrified, their extracted memories might petrify someone else, but not kill them.


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Basilisks are controllable by Parselmouths The creation of Basilisks has been illegal since medieval times, although the practice is easily concealed by simply removing the chicken egg from beneath the toad when the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures comes to call. However, since Basilisks are uncontrollable except by ...


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From Chamber of Secrets (emphasis mine): It was a page torn from a very old library book [...] Spiders flee before the Basilisk, for it is their mortal enemy, and the Basilisk flees only from the crowing of the rooster, which is fatal to it. So, the Basilisk has no natural enemies other than the rooster (so the mongooses won't be any good). I don't ...


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The Basilisk is a brilliant green serpent that may reach up to fifty feet in length. The male has a scarlet plume upon its head. It has exceptionally venomous fangs but its most dangerous meansof attack is the gaze of its large yellow eyes. Anyone looking directly into these will suffer instant death. If the food source is sufficient (the Basilisk will eat ...


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In the books there were the remains of small animals within the tunnel leading to the Chamber itself: But the tunnel was quiet as the grave, and the first unexpected sound they heard was a loud crunch as Ron stepped on what turned out to be a rat's skull. Harry lowered his wand to look at the floor and saw that it was littered with small animal bones. ...


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It’s not stated in HP canon, but this enmity goes a long way back. The exact reason is never given in the Harry Potter canon, but we can make a guess: Basilisks can kill you with eye contact. That’s very unusual. I can’t think of any other creatures that can do that (at least in the Potterverse). Spiders have many unclosable eyes. The eyelid is mostly ...


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JK Rowling answered this in an interview with Edinburgh “cub” reporters in 2005 (emphasis mine): If you see a basilisk and you are wearing glasses, will they protect you? And if they do, why did Moaning Myrtle die, and if they don't, why not? That is a really good question. And I have been asked that before. I had to decide the glasses couldn't ...


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This one is hard to answer with canon info, as there isn't any as far as I know I would guess at a no, but there is a possibility of some damage being done Reasons for No: The stare of the basilisk is what is fatal, you need to be looking into it's eyes while it looks back. In the 2nd book after Fawkes poked it's eyes out, it lost it's deadly stare and ...


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Only 5 years passed - the basilisk should have had flesh left on it, but all they show are only bones. Decomposition of dead bodies happens a lot faster than that, even for large animals. It takes about a year until skeletonisation, whether for a pig or for an elephant. I don't think it would be much different for a large snake - and even for a magical ...


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An answer comes from a Pottermore update which describes the history of the Chamber of Secrets (transcript), along with some speculation of my own. Here’s the relevant passage: (In spoiler text for those who want to work through Pottermore themselves; spoilers in the discussion below.) So here are my answers to your specific questions: Indoor plumbing in ...


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“I’m sorry,” he said shakily. “I didn’t mean to butt in —” But the wizard didn’t look up. He continued to read, frowning slightly. Harry drew nearer to his desk and stammered, “Er — I’ll just go, shall I?” Harry looked around the office. No Fawkes the phoenix — no whirring silver contraptions. This was Hogwarts as Riddle had known it, meaning that ...


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I've gotten a lot of flak in my comments of the How did the Basilisk survive for a thousand years? question, regarding the fact that the Basilisk is a snake. However I do maintain that it is a snake as this quote from Chamber of Secrets indicates: Of the many fearsome beasts and monsters that roam our land, there is none more curious or more deadly than ...


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It would appear that snakes must listen to what is told to them in Parselmouth. For instance, at the Dueling Club: Harry wasn't sure what made him do it. He wasn't even aware of deciding to do it. All he knew was that his legs were carrying him forward as though he was on casters and that he had shouted stupidly at the snake, "Leave him alone!" And ...


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The bit quoted in the question tells one important thing up front: 1. Riddle has the means and ability to successfully tell the Basilisk to target a specific person. We know a Basilisk can follow orders (from both Magical Beasts and from CoS: "It won’t come until it is called,” said Riddle calmly). When Riddle says his target has been Harry for months, he ...


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The only way to destroy a Horcrux, as Hermione tells us, is to put it beyond magical repair. Not quite. Hermione tells us: 'It has to be something so destructive that the Horcrux can't repair itself. Basilisk venom only has one antidote, and it's incredibly rare -' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - p.90 - Bloomsbury - chapter 6, The Ghoul in ...


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The implication (from Pottermore) is that her death was best described as murder, albeit also accidental. Riddle released the Basilisk from the Chamber of Secrets with the intention of allowing it to kill. Myrtle wasn't its intended victim, but I think we can assume that Riddle wasn't disappointed since she fit the criteria he was looking for (e.g. Muggle-...


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We have to speculate, but I'd lean towards saying yes. When Lupin was teaching Harry how to combat the effects of the Dementors and perform the Patronus charm, they used a Boggart that would then assume the form of a Dementor. In those situations Harry suffered exactly the same effects that he did when encountering a real Dementor: the cold feeling of ...


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They would most assuredly die. In the case of reflections, the force of the death stare is mitigated because it is a reflection of the actual event resulting in petrification rather than instant death. In the case of Colin's camera, he is seeing the image reflected from the mirror within the camera again blunting the force of the basilisk death stare. ...


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JKR never answered that; in the books, interviews (I searched entire Accio Quote) or Pottermore for Chamber of Secrets. The most the books have is Ron/Harry's understanding that Hermione wrote the word "Pipes" meaning that Basilisk used the pipes to move around the castle. However, "the only opening big enough was Myrtle's bathroom" isn't really a fact, it'...


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Because spiders have 8 eyes Imagine trying to avoid looking at a basilisk when you have 8 eyes! Especially when they have 360 degree vision and, as pointed out by Ixrec, these eyes cannot be closed, it makes it practically impossible to avoid seeing a basilisk if they are around. That's why spiders fear a basilisk above anything else - they don't have any ...


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Very interesting, indeed. I don't think Salazar Slytherin would have been so pompous as to call his own chamber the chamber of secrets. It would have held no secrets for him. The naming convention alone makes me believe the seed of the legend was not planted by him. If I can declare by the above assumptions that any eligible candidate for the origin of the ...


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According to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, the phoenix lives an inordinately long life, but it is not immortal: The phoenix lives to an immense age as it can regenerate, bursting into flames when its body begins to fall and rising again from the ashes as a chick. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - page 32 - Scholastic - An A-Z of ...


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When they figured out what was in the Chamber and where the entrance was, they were going to go tell McGonagal. ‘What’re we going to do?’ said Ron, whose eyes were flashing. ‘Shall we go straight to McGonagall?’ ‘Let’s go to the staff room,’ said Harry, jumping up. ‘She’ll be there in ten minutes, it’s nearly break.’ There they learn Ginny has been ...


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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them suggests an answer to this: [S]ince Basilisks are uncontrollable except by Parselmouths, they are as dangerous to most Dark wizards as to anybody else, and there have been no recorded sightings of Basilisks in Britain for at least four hundred years. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them "Basilisk" To put ...


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While the crow of a rooster is a sure-fire way to kill a Basilisk, there is no sense in the books that Basilisks have any special defenses. After all, Fawkes was able to poke out its eyes, which at least suggests that it would be susceptible to the Conjunctivitis Curse. Though, "susceptible" might be a little strong, since you usually need to be looking at ...


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