Medieval Bestiary: The Fantastic Basilisk

It is through the work by J. K. Rowling that most people now have an idea about the basilisk today. She is famously quoted describing the beast, ‘…Its methods of killing are more wonderous, for aside from its deadly and venomous fangs, the Basilisk has a murderous stare and all who are fixed with the beam of its eye shall suffer instant death…’ (Rowling, 1998).