History Literature / HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets

28th Oct '17 1:05:12 PM Actua11y
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* DidntThinkThisThrough: Harry and Ron when they steal Mr. Weasley's FlyingCar. [[JustifiedTrope Granted]], they're twelve years old at the time. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by [=McGonagall=] when she points out other, more reasonable, things they could have done to get to Hogwarts, and Harry reluctantly admits to himself that stealing a car was pretty stupid.

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* DidntThinkThisThrough: Harry and Ron when they steal Mr. Weasley's FlyingCar. [[JustifiedTrope Granted]], they're twelve years old at the time. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d {{Lampshaded}} by [=McGonagall=] when she points out other, more reasonable, things they could have done to get to Hogwarts, and Harry reluctantly admits to himself that stealing a car was pretty stupid.



** Lampshaded when Minerva [=McGonagall=] asks why Harry didn't just [[BoringButPractical send a message to ask for help]].

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** Lampshaded {{Lampshaded}} when Minerva [=McGonagall=] asks why Harry didn't just [[BoringButPractical send a message to ask for help]].
23rd Oct '17 5:06:38 PM jamespolk
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* JustPlaneWrong: Well, car. When Ron and Harry [[spoiler:fly to Hogwarts in Arthur's flying car after Dobby seals the entrance to Platform 9¾]], they fly the car through cloud banks without succumbing to freezing temperatures or hypoxia usually associated with high altitude flight (against which Muggle aeroplanes are rigorously insulated). Then again, magic.
23rd Oct '17 4:49:18 PM jamespolk
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* ChekhovsGunman: Harry, Ron and Hermione interact with [[spoiler:Myrtle]] throughout the book, and only near the end realize that [[spoiler:she's the girl the Heir of Slytherin killed fifty years ago]].

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* ChekhovsGunman: Harry, ChekhovsGunman:
**Harry,
Ron and Hermione interact with [[spoiler:Myrtle]] throughout the book, and only near the end realize that [[spoiler:she's the girl the Heir of Slytherin killed fifty years ago]].ago]].
** The book offhandedly checks in with Ginny Weasley a couple of times before she disappears near the end and then becomes pivotal to the climax.
23rd Oct '17 12:21:10 PM fruitstripegum
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* UnwantedAssistance: ''Dobby.'' Harry actually asks him never to try to save his life again at the end. [[spoiler:[[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Good thing]] Dobby [[HeroicSacrifice didn't listen]].]]

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* UnwantedAssistance: ''Dobby.'' Harry actually asks him never to try to save his life again at the end. [[spoiler:[[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows [[spoiler:[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Good thing]] Dobby [[HeroicSacrifice didn't listen]].]]
23rd Oct '17 12:18:29 PM fruitstripegum
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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Harry's (and [[spoiler:Ginny]]'s) interaction with [[spoiler: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: a shady character takes advantage of an unsuspecting kid who met them online. [[spoiler:Naïve 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.]]



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Harry's (and [[spoiler:Ginny]]'s) interaction with [[spoiler: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: a shady character takes advantage of an unsuspecting kid who met them online. [[spoiler:Naïve 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.]]
23rd Oct '17 12:18:01 PM fruitstripegum
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* DeaderThanDead: Discussed and ultimately defied when the Basilisk Petrifies Sir Nicholas. It turns out the monster's gaze Petrifies ghosts ''by default'' because they simply cannot die twice.



* DeaderThanDead: Discussed and ultimately defied when the Basilisk Petrifies Sir Nicholas. It turns out the monster's gaze Petrifies ghosts ''by default'' because they simply cannot die twice.
19th Oct '17 12:36:54 PM kquinn0830
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* LoopholeAbuse: Invoked by Arthur Weasley. There's a law to stop wizards from misusing Muggle artifacts, but Arthur uses a loophole in a law that ''he wrote'' to let him misuse them on his own time.

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* LoopholeAbuse: LoopholeAbuse:
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Invoked by Arthur Weasley. There's a law to stop wizards from misusing Muggle artifacts, but Arthur uses a loophole in a law that ''he wrote'' to let him misuse them on his own time.time.
** Ron and the Twins don't get in trouble for doing underage magic outside of Hogwarts because their dad was the one who enchanted the car. They're just driving it.
19th Oct '17 7:24:58 AM kquinn0830
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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: For a good portion of the book, Harry wishes that the other Hogwarts students would stop believing the rumors that he's the Heir of Slytherin. Eventually they do, but it's only because [[spoiler:Hermione becomes one of the petrified students and everyone realizes there's no way Harry would attack one of his best friends.]]
29th Sep '17 11:41:35 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** As it turns out, [[spoiler:Tom Riddle]] [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy anticipated this]] [[spoiler:and made Ginny kill all the roosters on the grounds to prevent any from stopping the Basilisk.]]

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** As it turns out, [[spoiler:Tom Riddle]] [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy anticipated this]] this [[spoiler:and made Ginny kill all the roosters on the grounds to prevent any from stopping the Basilisk.]]
28th Sep '17 10:46:33 PM BananaPancakes
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You may have noticed this storyline has rather little to do with the overall StoryArc. While the books were still being written, ''Chamber'' was accused of essentially being devoted to a WackyWaysideTribe for this reason. In reality, the book is actually an InnocuouslyImportantEpisode, and introduces a major ChekhovsGun among other bits of {{Foreshadowing}} for several later books, particularly ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince''. Indeed, still being a freshly-starting-out author, Creator/JKRowling's editors [[ExecutiveMeddling told her to remove some parts she wanted to leave in]] and later had to cram them into book six.

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You may have noticed this storyline has rather little to do with the overall StoryArc. While the books were still being written, ''Chamber'' was accused of essentially being devoted to a WackyWaysideTribe for this reason. In reality, the book is actually an InnocuouslyImportantEpisode, and introduces a major ChekhovsGun among other bits of {{Foreshadowing}} for several later books, particularly ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince''. Indeed, still being a freshly-starting-out author, Creator/JKRowling's editors [[ExecutiveMeddling told made her to remove some parts she wanted to leave in]] in]], and later so she had to cram them into book six.



* BreakTheHaughty: [[spoiler:Lucius avoids prison time but suffers several blows to his ego. A twelve-year-old both stops his plan and tricks him into freeing Dobby, who takes the first opportunity to pay Lucius back for years of abuse by ''effortlessly'' blasting him down a flight of stairs.]] And Lucius also lost his job as one of the governors of Hogwarts, something he could have avoided had he not [[WhatAnIdiot threatened the other governors' families]].

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* BreakTheHaughty: [[spoiler:Lucius avoids prison time but suffers several blows to his ego. A twelve-year-old both stops his plan and tricks him into freeing Dobby, who takes the first opportunity to pay Lucius back for years of abuse by ''effortlessly'' blasting him down a flight of stairs.]] And Lucius also lost loses his job as one position on Hogwarts' board of the governors of Hogwarts, governors, something he could have avoided had he not [[WhatAnIdiot threatened the other governors' families]].



* JokeAndReceive: Used as a BrickJoke. When Harry and Ron discover a trophy awarded to a Tom Riddle for undisclosed services to the school, Ron jokes that maybe Tom killed Moaning Myrtle (who is currently a ghost) because she's so annoying. Much later in the book it turns out that Tom Riddle actually did murder Myrtle, although that's not why he received the trophy.
* JustPlaneWrong: Well, car. When Ron and Harry [[spoiler:fly to Hogwarts in Arthur's flying car after Dobby seals the entrance to Platform 9¾]], they fly the car through cloud banks without succumbing to freezing temperatures or hypoxia usually associated with high altitude flight (against which Mmuggle aeroplanes are rigorously insulated). Then again, magic.

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* ItIsDehumanizing: Averted when Dobby introduces himself to Harry. Harry wants to ask Dobby, "What are you?". but instead says, "Who are you?", thinking the former interrogative would be extremely rude.
* JokeAndReceive: Used as a BrickJoke. When Harry and Ron discover a trophy awarded to a Tom Riddle for undisclosed services to the school, Ron jokes that maybe Tom killed Moaning Myrtle (who is currently a ghost) because she's so annoying. [[spoiler: Much later in the book it turns out book, Tom Riddle's own memory reveals that Tom Riddle actually he did murder Myrtle, although that's not why he received the trophy.
trophy.]]
* JustPlaneWrong: Well, car. When Ron and Harry [[spoiler:fly to Hogwarts in Arthur's flying car after Dobby seals the entrance to Platform 9¾]], they fly the car through cloud banks without succumbing to freezing temperatures or hypoxia usually associated with high altitude flight (against which Mmuggle Muggle aeroplanes are rigorously insulated). Then again, magic.



* SpiderSwarm: The giant spiders (also known as Acromantula) appear to be social, although instead of a queen, they are led by an elderly male spider named Aragog. It's explicitly stated that Aragog had a bride, so apparently, Acromantula females don't feed on their male.

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* SpiderSwarm: The giant spiders (also known as Acromantula) appear to be social, although instead of a queen, they are led by an elderly male spider named Aragog. It's explicitly stated that Aragog had a bride, bride called Mosag, so apparently, Acromantula females don't feed on their male.



* StalkerWithACrush: Colin Creevey is this to Harry in this book, albeit a HeroWorshipper with no romantic interest in him.

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* StalkerWithACrush: Colin Creevey is this to Harry in this book, albeit only a HeroWorshipper with no romantic interest in him.



* TemptingFate: Inverted. Ron says of Hermione's plan for the Power Trio to impersonate Slytherins, "Have you ever heard of a plan where so many things could go wrong?"

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* TemptingFate: Inverted. Ron says of Hermione's plan for the Power Trio PowerTrio to impersonate Slytherins, "Have you ever heard of a plan where so many things could go wrong?"wrong?"
* ThirdPersonPerson: Dobby talks this way, and not only when referring to himself. Later books reveal that this is not a uniform pattern among house-elves.



* ThoroughlyMistakenIdentity: Professor Binns is always calling students by the names of students of long ago.

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* ThoroughlyMistakenIdentity: Professor Binns is always calling present-day students by the names of students of long ago.ago. For example, he calls Hermione "Miss Grant," Parvati "Miss Pennyfeather," and Seamus "O'Flaherty."



* TrickedIntoSigning: A signed permission slip from a teacher in order to check out a book from the restricted section of the library. Our heroes pick the dumbest teacher, Gilderoy Lockhart, to get the signature from. While they do tell him the truth that it's for checking out a book, Lockhart clearly doesn't care and happily signs it as though it were yet another autograph.
* UnwantedAssistance: ''Dobby''. Harry actually asks him to never try to save his life again at the end. [[spoiler:Good thing Dobby [[HeroicSacrifice didn't listen]].]]

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* TrickedIntoSigning: A signed permission slip from a teacher in order to check out a book from the restricted section of the library. Our heroes pick decide to get the signature from their dumbest teacher, Gilderoy Lockhart, to get the signature from. Lockhart. While they do tell him [[ExactWords the truth that it's for checking out a book, book]], Lockhart clearly doesn't care and happily signs it as though it were yet another autograph.
* UnwantedAssistance: ''Dobby''. ''Dobby.'' Harry actually asks him to never to try to save his life again at the end. [[spoiler:Good thing [[spoiler:[[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Good thing]] Dobby [[HeroicSacrifice didn't listen]].]]



** As it turns out, [[spoiler:Tom Riddle]] anticipated this [[spoiler:and made Ginny kill all the roosters on the grounds to prevent any from stopping the Basilisk.]]

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** As it turns out, [[spoiler:Tom Riddle]] [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy anticipated this this]] [[spoiler:and made Ginny kill all the roosters on the grounds to prevent any from stopping the Basilisk.]]
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