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"Then, as Harry drew level with the last pair of pillars, a statue high as the Chamber itself loomed into view, standing against the back wall. [...] It was ancient and monkeyish, with a long, thin beard that fell almost to the bottom of the wizard's sweeping stone robes, where two enormous grey feet stood on the smooth Chamber floor."
—Description of the Statue of Slytherin[src]

The Statue of Slytherin[1] was a massive stone statue of Salazar Slytherin that was located in the Chamber of Secrets. Constructed by Slytherin himself, along with the rest of the Chamber, the statue served as a testament to his own ego; he alone of the founders built such a statue. The statue served as the home of the Serpent of Slytherin, which was normally concealed within the statue's mouth. Freeing the Basilisk required a Parselmouth to speak the words: "Speak to me, Slytherin, greatest of the Hogwarts Four".[2]

Behind the scenes

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Harry and Ginny at the foot of the Statue of Slytherin

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Pottermore
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 17 (The Heir of Slytherin)