- No, Myrtle wasn't a victim of Petrification. She was killed by the Basilisk because she looked it straight in its eyes. No, this article isn't related to Petrificus Totalus; one is an ability of a beast, the other is a spell. Hermione1980 13:32, 6 Dec 2005 (UTC)
If the only proven cause of petrification is the gaze of a basilisk, then how could they have blamed Hagrid and his acromantula for what happened the first time the chamber opened, and wouldn't someone have known that the monster was a basilisk when the chamber was re-opened? --BachLynn23 00:40, July 23, 2010 (UTC)
- That sentence in the article is not in an in-universe tone, or at least that was not the original intention behind it (originally stated: "The only thing that has been seen to cause Petrification in the books so far [...]"). Teleputer 06:36, July 21, 2011 (UTC)
The article claims that it appears Quirrell turns to stone when touched by Harry in the the film, however it doesn't look like that at all. His body smolders into ash like a lit cigarette in a more "PG-rated" interpretation of the burning flesh described in the novel. I don't think this effect is relevant to petrification as described in this article. Teleputer 06:36, July 21, 2011 (UTC)
If you are merely petrified as oppossed to dying when you look into the eyes of the basilisk through an object, then wouldn't Myrtle be petrified, as she wore glasses, an object that is between the eyes of the basilisk and Myrtle's eyes, and thus, she shouldn't have died, or the description needs to be changed.