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Basilisk being fought by Fawkes

Giant serpents which can instantly kill anyone who looks into their eyes

Basilisks fact file


An enormous serpent, bright, poisonous green, thick as an oak trunk

Magic Abilities

Armoured skin that can deflect spells, fatal stare


Venomous fangs, ability to kill with its stare


Usually bred by Dark wizards, loyal to Parselmouths

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The thing that lives in the castle is an ancient creature we spiders fear above all others.

Harry in the Chamber of Secrets

Everything you didn’t know about Parseltongue

Harry looking inside the Chamber of Secrets

Chamber of Secrets

By J.K. Rowling

It was a page torn from a very old library book. Harry smoothed it out eagerly and Ron leaned close to read it too.


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

by J.K. Rowling

Madame Pomfrey and the Petrified in the Hospital Wing.

Hermione falls foul of the Basilisk

A drawing of the giant snake creature called the Basilisk.

‘Enemies of the heir, beware.’

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We've got to get her out of here. There's a Basilisk... I don't know where it is, but it could be along any moment. Please, help me...

Harry Potter

Let’s match the powers of Lord Voldemort, heir of Salazar Slytherin, against famous Harry Potter


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

by J.K. Rowling

An illustration of Fawkes attacking the Basilisk.

Fawkes strikes the Basilisk

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The dark treasures of Slytherin house

Basilisk being fought by Fawkes

Behind the scenes: the Basilisk

Harry stabs the Basilisk with the Sword of Gryffindor.

Slaying the serpent