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- "The first recorded Basilisk was bred by Herpo the Foul, a Greek Dark wizard and Parselmouth, who discovered after much experimentation that a chicken egg hatched beneath a toad would produce a gigantic serpent possessed of extraordinarily dangerous powers."
- —Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them[src]
Herpo the Foul's basilisk was the first recorded basilisk in history. It was bred by Herpo the Foul, an Ancient Greek Dark Wizard, who discovered after much experimentation that a chicken egg hatched beneath a toad would produce this gigantic serpent. Herpo was able to control the basilisk as he was able to speak Parseltongue. It is said that this particular basilisk lived to be almost 900 years old.
Behind the scenes
- Ironically, Herpo the Foul was also responsible for creating the first Horcrux which are known to be vulnerable to Basilisk venom. It is unknown if there is any further connection.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) (Appears on a Famous Wizard Card) (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) (Appears on a Famous Wizard Card) (Mentioned only)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Mentioned only)
- Wizard of the Month (Herpo the Foul) (Mentioned only)