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They may not have seen the creature that attacked them clearly. The students who were attacked might not necessarily have a clear description of the creature that did it. Although Myrtle was attacked by the basilisk, she only remembered its yellow eyes - she didn’t remember what the creature that killed her looked like. “So I unlocked the door, to tell ...


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It doesn’t seem like Salazar Slytherin ever killed with the basilisk. In the JKR writing on Pottermore about the Chamber of Secrets, it’s stated that Salazar Slytherin had decided before he was thrown out of Hogwarts that he would keep a basilisk in the Chamber, and either he or his descendants could control it. However, it’s not mentioned that he ever ...


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Short answer: there weren't any witnesses to the giant snake, but there were witnesses to the giant spider. The important question to answer first is: who were these witnesses? The only two people we can be certain of are Tom Riddle, and Moaning Myrtle, but that gives us evidence enough: We know that Tom Riddle got Hagrid expelled for keeping Aragog ...


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Salazar’s reason is never truly confirmed. It isn’t known for certain why Salazar Slytherin put the basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets. Though the often-cited explanation is that he did it so he or one of his descendants could rid the school of all those who were unworthy of studying magic, it’s unclear if this is proven anywhere or if it’s just a ...


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It’s unclear from the known information. There’s no way of knowing for sure or deducing the likely possibility of what effect, if any, Vipera Evanesca would have on a basilisk with the information given. Basilisks are a type of snake. Though they’re much larger and more powerful than most snakes, Basilisks are a type of snake. In Fantastic Beasts and ...


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We have only one evidence from an attacker in the books and that is from Myrtle: So I unlocked the door, to tell him to go and use his own toilet, and then –’ Myrtle swelled importantly, her face shining, ‘I died.’ ‘How?’ said Harry. ‘No idea,’ said Myrtle in hushed tones. ‘I just remember seeing a pair of great big yellow eyes. My whole body ...


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Yes, because it does irreparable damage unless healed quickly. Though phoenix tears are a cure for the damage done by basilisk venom, the basilisk venom will still do irreparable damage if not healed quickly by phoenix tears. Once phoenix tears are not administered in a short period of time, the damage will be done and the Horcrux object will be destroyed ...


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tldr: he used a basilisk because that was the best option available to him This answer is based on the assumption that all the information we have about Slytherin are correct. I also recommend you to read and upvote this as it's a good answer. But I also think it's just a theory, and as more new material gets added to the Harry Potter universe, I think we ...


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In theory, yes... According to Wikia: The Snake-Vanishing Spell (Vipera Evanesca) is a spell that vanishes snakes. https://harrypotter.fandom.com/wiki/Snake-Vanishing_Spell from their page on Vipera Evanesca. From their page on the Basilisk: The Basilisk is a giant serpent, also known as the King of Serpents. https://harrypotter.fandom.com/wiki/...


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It is possible that Tom Riddle modified the memories of the other victims. Unlike the second time around when he was not on hand (being a mere memory from 50 years earlier), the first time the Chamber of Secrets was opened Riddle was in school. He would certainly have had the motivation to modify their memories, because if they could describe the attacks ...


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Consider when the attacks were. Firstly, during the Halloween feast. Later, late at night. After that, during class. After that, before a quidditch game. All of the attacks were timed when there wouldn't be people wandering around to spot things. The attacks were orchestrated by a skilled, powerful wizard who didn't want people to know the details of the ...


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It seems most likely that it would Petrify the spirit-form Dark Lord. The Dark Lord, when he’s ripped from his body, existed in a spirit form. He can’t be truly killed while his Horcruxes ensure he stays earthbound, so looking at a basilisk wouldn’t kill him as he couldn’t die. Having Horcruxes meant his soul couldn’t ‘move on’ while they were intact - he ...


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Negative past experience Harry had been in a very similar situation one year earlier. At that time he had information about the Philosopher's Stone and he did go to McGonagall. Here's how that worked out: She eyed him with a mixture of shock and suspicion. "Professor Dumbledore will be back tomorrow," she said finally. "I don't know you found out ...


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