This article is about the moment. For Salazar's Slytherin's monster, see Basilisk.

The Basilisk is the second moment of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 17, The Heir of Slytherin


Slytherin’s gigantic stone face was moving. Horror-struck, Harry saw his mouth opening, wider and wider, to make a huge black hole.

And something was stirring inside the statue’s mouth. Something was slithering up from its depths.

Zoom levels

This moment has 3 zoom levels. You can zoom in or out of levels 1 or 3, either way takes you to level 2.

Zoom 1


Hover over Harry for his cape to flap and sword to sway.

Zoom 2


Nothing to do, just watch Fawkes fly up toward the basilisk's head.

Zoom 3


Hover over the basilisk's mouth for a spray of venom, and over the eye for venom and blood.

See also

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Cornelius Fudge
Another Attack
Dumbledore is Suspended
Follow the Spiders
Rescued from the Forest
The Chamber of Secrets
Hermione's Clue
The Entrance to The Chamber
Two Entwined Serpents
The Heir of Slytherin
Tom Riddle
The Basilisk
Harry Destroys the Diary
Dobby's Reward
Dumbledore Returns
A Free Elf
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