Many can recall the iconic moment in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling; whrm Hogwarts (the school of wizardry) is under attack by a fifty-foot snake called a Basilisk.
This king of snakes is a mythical creature created with the myths and legends found in Roman and Greek mythology. They are evil creatures whose intentions are to harm the world around them and kill mankind. Yet, there are tales where Basilisks are protectors to homes from spiders and sacred temples of Apollo and Diana.
A Basilisk is born when a snake or toad lays a yolkless egg that is sat on by a rooster until it hatches. It must take place during the days of the constellation Sirus the Dog. The chimera form ranged from six to twelve inches while its snake version can range to larger proportions.
Basilisk- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
There are many forms of the Basilisk in which one is a giant snake referenced in Harry Potter: The Chamber of Secrets. The other forms are a chimera with the feather head and legs of a cockerel, the wings of a dragon, and the body of a snake.
Toxic Defenses The snake part of the Basilisk belongs to the cobra family making its venom poisonous. A Basilisk can kill a human five different ways without having to bite them. Looking into its eyes will kill a human in an instant and its deadly venom can climb up weapons killing its holder upon touch.
The Basilisk’s rancid breath can kill plant life and is what gives the Basilisk the ability to breathe fire. There are claims that hearing it hiss can drive a man to madness, paralyzing the body and even killing those that hear it. There are rumors that by touching the dark creature you are signing your own death warrant.
There are ways to defeat the monster, although it’s preferred that you never encounter one. A weasel is an animal that can kill the monster. and the rooster’s crow will turn the beast into ashes. Another protection against the Basilisk is a mirror. The Basilisk’s deadly gaze will kill anything it sets its eyes upon including itself.
Do Basilisk Exist? In Greek mythology, Python, a monster created by Hera the wife of Zeus, ordered the creature to attack Leto the mother of Apollo and Artemis to prevent their birth. Python was slain by the Sun God Apollo.
In Norse mythology, the child of Loki the Mudguard Serpent will play a hand in Raganok. He will start the war by leaving the base of the world tree allowing it to collapse. He will be slain by Thor. Before the war he was chained above his father’s head allowing the snake’s venom to drip onto Loki’s head
In Aztec mythology, the feather snake God Quetzalcoatl was the sky God of knowledge and creation. He was the patron of priesthood forcing priests to conduct human sacrifices on Quetzalcoatl’s alter. The Priest would cut out the heart for the God to feast upon fearing that if angered Quetzalcoatl would destroy the Aztec world.
Myths and legends are stories, but they are based on facts or experiences people have. They use the stories and warnings or lessons to those who hear it. The Basilisk can be found in many cultures making me wonder if this beast is real. The Basilisk reminds me of Medusa, although unlike the Gorgon, Basilisk’s gaze won’t turn a person to stone but rather dispatch them to the Underworld.
Now, shush, I’m trying to read. Luna