|“||Kill... time to kill... soo hungry... for so long. I SMELL BLOOD! I SMELL BLOOD||„|
|~ The Basilisk speaks in Parsletongue, heard only by Riddle and Harry Potter|
The Basilisk is a serpentine monster that made an appearance as the secondary antagonist in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. It lived in the Chamber of Secrets until Ginny Weasely (possessed by part of Tom Riddle contained in Riddle's Diary) opened the Chamber of Secrets. The Basilisk escaped inside the school and petrified a few people - Mrs. Norris, Colin Creevey, Justin Fletch Fletchly, Nearly Headless Nick, Hermione Granger and Penelope Clearwater - who witnessed the monster and mae eye-contact. The Basilisk comes from a magical but deadly species of the same name and the creatures from that same race were bred by Dark Wizards including the first person who bred his own known as Herpo the Foul, and one of the four Founders of the Howarts School known as Salazar Slytherin.
Harry Potter was thought to be responsible for this event because he was a Parselmouth wich was an ability of Voldemort and the great Salazar Slytherin. Although, when Hermione Granger became petrified everyone started to think otherwise 'cause she was Harry's best friend. Harry and Ron went to the spider Aragog who told them that it was not him who was the monster in the Chamber of Secrets. Harry and Ron then visit Moaning Myrtle, who was actually the girl that the Basilisk had killed the first time that it was let out of the Chamber. She tells them that she had seen a pair of eyes besides one of the sinks in the Girls Lavatory. Harry and Ron check it out and find a small snake on the side of the sink. Harry figures that he has to speak Parseltounge in order to get into the Chamber of Secrets. Harry was able to slay the Basilisk and save Ginny from Tom Riddle who turned out to be a part of Voldemort's soul encased in the Diary.
Later Harry found out that the Diary belonged to Tom Riddle, had been one of Voldemort's Horcruxes.
The Basilisk's Victims
- Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk is female. Male Basilisks have red plume on their heads, However the Lego Basilisk is a male because it does has the red plume on it's head.
- In the movie, Penelope Clearwater was not shown as a victim of the Basilisk.
- The basilisk in the movie was a mix between CG-I and electronic puppet. 20 ft of the creature and the head were build in the studio for close-up shots of the snake.