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"The phoenix had fluttered to the floor. It was resting its beautiful head against Harry's injured leg, and thick, pearly tears were falling from its eyes onto the wound left by the spider. The pain vanished. The skin mended. His leg was repaired."
— Fawkes' tears healing Harry Potter's injured leg[src]

The tears of phoenixes had immense healing powers,[1] and were the only known antidote for basilisk venom.[2] Capable of reviving a person from any injury, phoenix tears could save person even at the brink of death,[1] similar to drinking unicorn blood, but without a cursed life.[4]


On 29 May 1993, Fawkes produced his tears to heal Harry Potter when the latter was bitten by the Serpent of Slytherin, after stabbing it with the Sword of Gryffindor during the battle in the Chamber of Secrets, which not only sealed the wound, but also cleared the poison out of Harry before he died from it.[2] Again on the 24 June 1995, Fawkes also healed the injury to Harry's leg that he received from the Acromantula in the Hedge Maze after the Third Task of the Triwizard Tournament.[3]


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 12 (The Polyjuice Potion)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 17 (The Heir of Slytherin)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 36 (The Parting of the Ways)
  4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 15 (The Forbidden Forest)