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In Harry Potter and Chamber of Secrets, Harry, Ron, and Hermione decided to infiltrate the Slytherin Common Room in order to talk to Draco Malfoy. The trio wanted to know more about the Heir of Slytherin.
In order to enter the Slytherin Common Room, they decided to use polyjuice potion, a concoction that when consumed can assume the physical appearance of the person they wanted.
They only need to get a small portion of the body of the person, like a toenail or hair.
Since this concoction is time-consuming, the trio decided to make this potion in the haunted lavatory of Hogwarts because no one is going there and they won’t be seen. This is because using the polyjuice potion is breaking a lot of the rules in Hogwarts.
In this haunted lavatory, they got to meet the ghost that’s been haunting this very bathroom and the very reason why no one is using the lavatory.
Myrtle Warren is a witch who attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry before she died. She is a witch whose parents are both Muggle, non-magical folks.
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the trio did not bother asking why she died at first. Then, a lot of students got petrified, a state of being turned into stone.
The people who got petrified were Colin Creevey, Justin Finch-Fletchley, Hermione Granger, Penelope Clearwater, Mrs. Norris, and Sir Nicholas (nearly-headless Nick.)
No one cannot give an answer as to how these people and cat got petrified.
At once, Harry even got blamed for this when he was seen by Argus Flinch in the scene when one of the people mentioned was petrified.
When Hermione got petrified, she left Ron and Harry a clue as to who petrified these people.
On her hand is a piece of paper with the “pipe” word written on it. They realize that the thing that petrifies the people in Hogwarts travels through pipes which is why it cannot be seen.
They realize that it is not a person but a basilisk, the serpent of Slytherin. They asked also Myrtle how she died.
“Ooooh, it was dreadful. It happened right in here. I died in this very stall. I remember it so well. I’d hidden because Olive Hornby was teasing me about my glasses. The door was locked, and I was crying, and then I heard somebody come in. They said something funny. A different language, I think it must have been. Anyway, what really got me was that it was a boy speaking. So I unlocked the door, to tell him to go and use his own toilet, and then — I died.”
“I just remember seeing a pair of great, big, yellow eyes.”
This is the very reason why Myrtle has died. She looked directly at the eyes of the Basilisk, which is a fatal move.
The whole Story of Moaning Myrtle
Why is Myrtle called Moaning Myrtle?
Myrtle is also known as Moaning Myrtle because of her constant weeping and crying at the lavatory
What did Myrtle do to be killed by the Basilisk?
Tom Riddle is the one who release the Basilisk but it is not proven that killing Myrtle was his intention. Myrtle must be at the wrong place at the wrong time and just accidentally looked at the basilisk’s eyes.
Why were the other students not killed when they saw the basilisk’s eyes?
The other students were petrified rather than killed when they also saw the Basilisk’s eyes because they did not directly look at the eyes. They saw the eyes through different objects, mirrors, cameras, or water.