History Literature / HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets

27th May '16 9:36:23 AM Kingault
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** Harry wonders if, due to his speaking Parseltongue, he's a distant relative of Salazar Slytherins. [[spoiler:It turns out that, through the Peverells, he is related to Voldemort, so he actually is, in some fashion, related to Slytherin.]]

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** Harry wonders if, due to his speaking Parseltongue, he's a distant relative of Salazar Slytherins.Slytherin. [[spoiler:It turns out that, through the Peverells, he is related to Voldemort, so he actually is, in some fashion, related to Slytherin.]]
14th May '16 7:08:31 AM nighttrainfm
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* SavedByTheAwesome

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* SavedByTheAwesomeSavedByTheAwesome: After the flying car incident, Harry and Ron are threatened with expulsion if they're caught breaking any more rules. At the end, Dumbledore points out that they've done just that...then happily awards them several hundred points and special awards for services to Hogwarts.
7th May '16 12:35:37 AM HeroGal2347
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* CallingOutForNotCalling: Fred, George, and Ron take Harry to their house with the flying car. Molly is very upset with all of them for not having written a note (to be fair, she was also upset with them for going, period), except for Harry, who she doesn't blame because he wasn't involved in planning it.
29th Apr '16 5:53:25 PM grapesandmilk
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* StopHelpingMe: In-universe, ''Dobby''. Harry actually asks him to never try and save his life again at the end. [[spoiler:Good thing Dobby [[HeroicSacrifice didn't listen]].]]


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* UnwantedAssistance: ''Dobby''. Harry actually asks him to never try and save his life again at the end. [[spoiler:Good thing Dobby [[HeroicSacrifice didn't listen]].]]
25th Apr '16 4:39:02 AM Aruu
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* DisappointedInYou: Dumbledore and [=McGonagall=] to Harry after he flies the car to Hogwarts.

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* DisappointedInYou: DisappointedInYou:
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Dumbledore and [=McGonagall=] to Harry after he flies the car to Hogwarts.Hogwarts.
** [[spoiler: From Tom Riddle's memory; Dippet to Tom Riddle, when he fails to mention that he knows who might be behind the attacks.]]
25th Apr '16 4:35:05 AM Aruu
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* BodyHorror: Lockhart removes all the bones in Harry's right arm (it's mentioned that he has to be fed porridge left-handed in the next chapter). As a result, the bones have to be regrown overnight. At one point, Harry wakes up in the middle of the night with the feeling of large splinters in his arm.

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* BodyHorror: Lockhart removes all the bones in Harry's right arm (it's mentioned that he has to be fed eat his porridge left-handed in the next chapter). As a result, the bones have to be regrown overnight. At one point, Harry wakes up in the middle of the night with the feeling of large splinters in his arm.
17th Apr '16 9:08:30 AM gallium
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** The titular chamber contains [[spoiler:Slytherin's monster, an enormous Basilisk]].

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** The titular chamber contains [[spoiler:Slytherin's Slytherin's monster, an enormous Basilisk]].Basilisk.
17th Apr '16 8:59:53 AM gallium
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* NonMaliciousMonster: The Basilisk might have been able to kill you only by looking at you. But it was controlled by "the heir of Slytherin" and didn't do anything unless he asked it to kill someone. Then again, the things it said in snake language that Harry overheard sounded pretty horrible.
17th Apr '16 8:55:36 AM gallium
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* InnocuouslyImportantEpisode: Some readers found the novel to be heavy in the {{Padding}} department, particularly the WackyWaysideTribe aspect. But the novel is quietly setting up ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' and, to some extent, foreshadowing ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. See ChekhovsGun/HarryPotter for a list.

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* InnocuouslyImportantEpisode: Some readers found the novel to be heavy in the {{Padding}} department, particularly the WackyWaysideTribe aspect. But the novel is quietly setting up ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' and, to some extent, foreshadowing ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. See ChekhovsGun/HarryPotter the [[ChekhovsGun/HarryPotter Harry Potter Chekhov's Gun page]] for a list.
17th Apr '16 8:53:42 AM gallium
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* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: What kind of building has pipes big enough for a [[spoiler:huge snake]] to move around in?
** [[FridgeBrilliance One specifically designed that way by the architect responsible for the aforementioned]] [[spoiler:huge snake]].

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* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: What kind of building has pipes big enough for a [[spoiler:huge snake]] huge snake to move around in?
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in? [[FridgeBrilliance One specifically designed that way by the architect responsible for the aforementioned]] [[spoiler:huge snake]].huge snake.



* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: Implied with Percy during [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lo2uv86kMd1qcw1lgo1_500.jpg this passage]], but subverted when we find out what he was actually doing: [[spoiler:making out with his girlfriend, about whom he hadn't told anyone.]]

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* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: Implied with Percy during [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lo2uv86kMd1qcw1lgo1_500.jpg this passage]], when Ginny mentions catching Percy doing something, but subverted when we find out what he was actually doing: [[spoiler:making making out with his girlfriend, about whom he hadn't told anyone.]]



* TheDandy: Gilderoy Lockhart.

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* TheDandy: Gilderoy Lockhart.Lockhart, always dressed in colorful, immaculate robes, with his hair curled and styled and his teeth gleaming.



* DarkerAndEdgier: While not as tense and brooding as the final books, Chamber of Secrets presents a huge leap in violence from the first book. More importantly, though, it introduces elements that are flat-out horror and can be argued not to have been surpassed even in the final books. [[spoiler:Harry hearing the Basilisk's macabre ramblings while the monster stalks the piping system and the sinister, hostile message in blood]] aren't even the only examples.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: While not as tense and brooding as the final books, Chamber ''Chamber of Secrets Secrets'' presents a huge leap in violence from the first book. More importantly, though, it introduces elements that are flat-out horror and can be argued not to have been surpassed even in the final books. [[spoiler:Harry Harry hearing the Basilisk's macabre ramblings while the monster stalks the piping system and the sinister, hostile message in blood]] blood aren't even the only examples.



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Harry's (and [[spoiler:Ginny]]'s) interaction with Tom Riddle's diary is extremely similar to that of an online chat room, as well as the part about the person being conversed with being revealed to not be trustworthy at all to begin with, a similarity made even more apparent in the film. It looks like the fear of every early internet user's parents: an unsuspecting kid is taken advantage of by someone they met online. Naïve [[spoiler:Ginny]] pours out her soul “to an invisible stranger” she knows only through their text conversations and thinks she is making friends with this person. In reality he’s manipulating her, getting her to do things she normally wouldn’t, and when she goes to meet him in person she nearly ends up dead.
** [[TheHero Harry]] has to [[RescueRomance save a girl]] by going into a '''chamber of secrets''' and fighting a '''giant snake''' that belongs to a very weird, much older guy that's been corrupting her for the whole book. With a legendary sword that holds strange powers. Uh-''huh''.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Harry's (and [[spoiler:Ginny]]'s) interaction with Tom Riddle's diary is extremely similar to that of an online chat room, as well as the part about the person being conversed with being revealed to not be trustworthy at all to begin with, a similarity made even more apparent in the film. It looks like the fear of every early internet user's parents: an unsuspecting kid is taken advantage of by someone they met online. Naïve Naive [[spoiler:Ginny]] pours out her soul “to an invisible stranger” she knows only through their text conversations and thinks she is making friends with this person. In reality he’s manipulating her, getting her to do things she normally wouldn’t, and when she goes to meet him in person she nearly ends up dead. \n** [[TheHero Harry]] has to [[RescueRomance save a girl]] by going into a '''chamber of secrets''' and fighting a '''giant snake''' that belongs to a very weird, much older guy that's been corrupting her for the whole book. With a legendary sword that holds strange powers. Uh-''huh''.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Two mentions of werewolves in this book make absolutely no sense come [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban the very next installment]]: Lockhart claims he used a spell to turn a werewolf back into a man, and Riddle claims that Hagrid raised "werewolf cubs" during their school days. Could be InUniverse CriticalResearchFailure, if one assumes that Riddle is making things up (it ''is'' mentioned throughout the series that he's not nearly as knowledgeable as he thinks) and, less believably, that the wizarding public is ignorant enough about werewolves that Lockhart's claim ''doesn't'' immediately reveal him as a charlatan.



* FeetOfClay: Gilderoy Lockhart.

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* FeetOfClay: Gilderoy Lockhart.Lockhart, who has a grand reputation but is revealed to be pretty much incompetent as a wizard, except for his knack with Memory Charms.



* ForebodingFleeingFlock: Harry and Ron find a swarm of spiders leaving Hogwarts by an open window and heading for the forest. They later find out that the castle is home to a monster that spiders consider their mortal enemy: [[spoiler:the Basilisk]].

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* ForebodingFleeingFlock: Harry and Ron find a swarm of spiders leaving Hogwarts by an open window and heading for the forest. They later find out that the castle is home to a monster that spiders consider their mortal enemy: [[spoiler:the Basilisk]].the Basilisk.



** "Snape shot a look of [[spoiler:pure venom]] at Harry and Ron" in Chapter 5 as he and Dumbeldore leave the former's office. This foreshadows what is causing the attacks at Hogwarts: [[spoiler:a basilisk, a giant snake, and it kills people by looking at them]].



* HearingVoices: Harry is the only person who hears a voice in the wall that repeats "''Kill!''" He, Hermione, and Ron realize this is not a good thing to hear voices only he can hear. It turns out to be [[spoiler:the Basilisk moving in the pipes.]]

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* HearingVoices: Harry is the only person who hears a voice in the wall that repeats "''Kill!''" He, Hermione, and Ron realize this is not a good thing to hear voices only he can hear. It turns out to be [[spoiler:the the Basilisk moving in the pipes.]]



* INeverGotAnyLetters: In the first chapter, Harry is upset that his friends haven't written to him all summer. Then it's revealed that [[spoiler:an elf has been intercepting their letters]].

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* INeverGotAnyLetters: In the first chapter, Harry is upset that his friends haven't written to him all summer. Then it's revealed that [[spoiler:an an elf has been intercepting their letters]].letters.



* IneptMage: Gilderoy Lockhart.
* InnocuouslyImportantEpisode: Some readers found the novel to be heavy in the {{Padding}} department, particularly the WackyWaysideTribe aspect. But the novel is quietly setting up ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' and, to some extent, foreshadowing ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. To list:
** Harry winds up on Knockturn Alley, at Borgin and Burkes' dark antique shop. There he hides in a dark cabinet and sees Lucius Malfoy sell Borgin an opal necklace that kills people. [[spoiler:In the sixth book, Harry tracks Draco Malfoy to see him arrange the repairs of the Vanishing Cabinet, implied to be the same one he hid in. Also, the opal necklace almost killed Katie Bell, courtesy of Malfoy]].
** Ginny kindles her affection for Harry. [[spoiler:They finally get together in his sixth year.]]
** The trio spend the year suspecting Malfoy of scheming. [[spoiler:In the sixth year, Harry suspects him again and he's right]].
** Harry and Hermione, having dealt with a dark magical diary from the past, [[spoiler:are wary of the Half-Blood Prince's textbook. They are right to be, although it's not the book itself, but a spell written in it]].
** Harry and Ron deduce from the decorations in the trophy room that Tom Riddle was a Head Boy when the Chamber was opened and must have known about it. [[spoiler:They search for the Half-Blood Prince there, but find nothing. It turns out to be Snape]].
** Dobby is introduced, shown to be capable of potent magic such as apparition without the limitations that human wizards have, and freed. All of those are crucial elements in the final book.
** Draco mentions that the Malfoys have a secret chamber in which to hide their Dark artefacts in their home, but the Ministry agents do not find it. In Book Six, this room is mentioned again.
** Lucius Malfoy uses a dark artifact to his own ends in an intricate plot. [[spoiler:The destruction of said artifact [[SpannerInTheWorks backfires on him and his master]] in the sixth and seventh book, where it turns out to be a SoulJar belonging to Voldemort.]]
** After Dumbledore's expulsion, Malfoy suggests to Snape that he applies for Headmaster. [[spoiler:This is where he winds up in the seventh book]].
** [[spoiler:The Basilisk venom that destroyed the diary and Gryffindor's sword come in handy for the destruction of the other Horcruxes as well. Also, Ron and Hermione reopen the Chamber of Secrets specifically to obtain the Basilisk's fangs and destroy the remaining Horcruxes]].
** Draco Malfoy calls Hermione "filthy little Mudblood" and it is stressed upon how highly offensive the term is to Muggleborns. [[spoiler:Three books later we learn that, in the past, Snape called Harry's mother that, which was the catalyst for half the events in the series]].
** Dumbledore points out that only a true Gryffindor can pull Godric Gryffindor's sword out of the Sorting Hat. Neville Longbottom, TheUnchosenOne, does so when he finally proves [[TheSoCalledCoward that he's not a coward]] and [[spoiler:destroys Voldemort's last Horcrux. Also, the sword again kills a snake]].
** Dumbledore tells Harry that he suspects a part of Voldemort may live inside him. [[spoiler:This proves true and Harry turns out to be an unintentional Horcrux]].
** According to Dumbledore, Voldemort passed some Slytherin traits to harry, such as "certain disregard for the rules". [[spoiler:This very disregard for the rules allowed Harry to get acquainted with the Room of Requirement, where Riddle had hidden a Horcrux. Dumbledore, having been a model student, never thought of it.]]

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* IneptMage: Gilderoy Lockhart.Lockhart, who bungles it every time he has to do magic.
* InnocuouslyImportantEpisode: Some readers found the novel to be heavy in the {{Padding}} department, particularly the WackyWaysideTribe aspect. But the novel is quietly setting up ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' and, to some extent, foreshadowing ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. To list:
** Harry winds up on Knockturn Alley, at Borgin and Burkes' dark antique shop. There he hides in a dark cabinet and sees Lucius Malfoy sell Borgin an opal necklace that kills people. [[spoiler:In the sixth book, Harry tracks Draco Malfoy to see him arrange the repairs of the Vanishing Cabinet, implied to be the same one he hid in. Also, the opal necklace almost killed Katie Bell, courtesy of Malfoy]].
** Ginny kindles her affection
See ChekhovsGun/HarryPotter for Harry. [[spoiler:They finally get together in his sixth year.]]
** The trio spend the year suspecting Malfoy of scheming. [[spoiler:In the sixth year, Harry suspects him again and he's right]].
** Harry and Hermione, having dealt with
a dark magical diary from the past, [[spoiler:are wary of the Half-Blood Prince's textbook. They are right to be, although it's not the book itself, but a spell written in it]].
** Harry and Ron deduce from the decorations in the trophy room that Tom Riddle was a Head Boy when the Chamber was opened and must have known about it. [[spoiler:They search for the Half-Blood Prince there, but find nothing. It turns out to be Snape]].
** Dobby is introduced, shown to be capable of potent magic such as apparition without the limitations that human wizards have, and freed. All of those are crucial elements in the final book.
** Draco mentions that the Malfoys have a secret chamber in which to hide their Dark artefacts in their home, but the Ministry agents do not find it. In Book Six, this room is mentioned again.
** Lucius Malfoy uses a dark artifact to his own ends in an intricate plot. [[spoiler:The destruction of said artifact [[SpannerInTheWorks backfires on him and his master]] in the sixth and seventh book, where it turns out to be a SoulJar belonging to Voldemort.]]
** After Dumbledore's expulsion, Malfoy suggests to Snape that he applies for Headmaster. [[spoiler:This is where he winds up in the seventh book]].
** [[spoiler:The Basilisk venom that destroyed the diary and Gryffindor's sword come in handy for the destruction of the other Horcruxes as well. Also, Ron and Hermione reopen the Chamber of Secrets specifically to obtain the Basilisk's fangs and destroy the remaining Horcruxes]].
** Draco Malfoy calls Hermione "filthy little Mudblood" and it is stressed upon how highly offensive the term is to Muggleborns. [[spoiler:Three books later we learn that, in the past, Snape called Harry's mother that, which was the catalyst for half the events in the series]].
** Dumbledore points out that only a true Gryffindor can pull Godric Gryffindor's sword out of the Sorting Hat. Neville Longbottom, TheUnchosenOne, does so when he finally proves [[TheSoCalledCoward that he's not a coward]] and [[spoiler:destroys Voldemort's last Horcrux. Also, the sword again kills a snake]].
** Dumbledore tells Harry that he suspects a part of Voldemort may live inside him. [[spoiler:This proves true and Harry turns out to be an unintentional Horcrux]].
** According to Dumbledore, Voldemort passed some Slytherin traits to harry, such as "certain disregard for the rules". [[spoiler:This very disregard for the rules allowed Harry to get acquainted with the Room of Requirement, where Riddle had hidden a Horcrux. Dumbledore, having been a model student, never thought of it.]]
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* SeriesContinuityError: Two mentions of werewolves in this book make absolutely no sense come [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban the very next installment]]: Lockhart claims he used a spell to turn a werewolf back into a man, and Riddle claims that Hagrid raised "werewolf cubs" during their school days. Could be InUniverse CriticalResearchFailure, if one assumes that Riddle is making things up (it ''is'' mentioned throughout the series that he's not nearly as knowledgeable as he thinks) and, less believably, that the wizarding public is ignorant enough about werewolves that Lockhart's claim ''doesn't'' immediately reveal him as a charlatan.
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