Harry Potter WYR: Basilisk or Arachnid??

The two most common human fears have to be Ophidiophobia and Arachnophobia. Ophidiophobia is the fear of snakes. I grew up with pet geckos in my house, so snakes or reptiles in general, don’t bother me. Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders. If there’s a spider in a bathtub, I have no issues capturing it or touching it. In the Harry Potter series, Harry has had to fight life-size snakes and spiders, which one is the scariest to fight?

Harry Potter WYR: Battle a Basilisk or a Giant Arachnid (Aragog?)

Harry Potter WYR: Battle a Basilisk or a Giant Arachnid like Aragog?

Starting with the Basilisk, I think this battle would be tougher than Aragog. Instant death is a result of staring the Basilisk in its eyes. Where else am I supposed to look while fighting a Basilisk especially when its head is lunging straight at me? If the eyes weren’t enough, the Basilisk has venomous fangs. The Basilisk itself wouldn’t be the scariest fight, but it would be the most challenging.

Having to deal with Aragog would be a hell of a lot scarier than a Basilisk. Aragog with his gigantic limbs and bulging eyes staring at me would freak me out. Another disadvantage of having to fight Aragog is the webbing. Webbing is sticky enough to prevent escape, it’s how spiders capture most of their insects is through their webs. For me to win this fight, I would have to ensure that doesn’t happen.

I’m going to pick. . .

Fight Aragog. I don’t want to choose either option, but I think Aragog would give me a better chance of survival. The eyesight and the fangs on a Basilisk would kill me.

Which one would you rather pick? Let me know in the comments below.

8 thoughts on “Harry Potter WYR: Basilisk or Arachnid??

  1. Well…I agree with your pick: for me it’s Aragog as well! It’s not going to be an easy fight, but instant petrification at the hands of a Basilisk doesn’t sound all too pleasant. Not to mention that’s a way quicker game over scenario! 😂😂


  2. I am way more afraid of spiders than I am of snakes, but I think I’d choose Aragog too. He does seem easier to fight, and he can talk so I’d hope I could talk my way out of a fight.


  3. This is such a hard choice cause I wouldn’t want to do either! I think I’m more afraid of spiders than snakes, but I’d pick Aragog also since at least then I’d be able to see what I was doing and not have to worry about being petrified.


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