History Literature / HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets

19th Apr '18 1:18:18 PM BananaPancakes
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* BuffySpeak: While debating whether or not to fly the car, Ron points out that underage wizards are allowed to use magic in special circumstances according to "section seventeen, or something, of the restriction of thingy"

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* BuffySpeak: While debating he and Harry debate whether or not to fly the car, car to Hogwarts, Ron points out that underage wizards are allowed to use magic in special circumstances according to "section seventeen, or something, of the restriction Restriction of thingy"Thingy."



* CallingOutForNotCalling: Fred, George, and Ron fly the car from their home to Harry's, pick him up, and bring him back. Molly is very upset with her own boys for not having written a note (to be fair, she was also upset that they went), but she doesn't blame Harry, because he wasn't involved in planning it.

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* CallingOutForNotCalling: Fred, George, and Ron fly the car from their home to Harry's, pick him up, and bring him back. Molly is very upset with her own boys for not having written a note (to be fair, she was also upset that they went), went at all), but she doesn't blame Harry, because he since Harry wasn't involved in planning it.it, she doesn't blame him.



* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: Implied with Percy when Ginny mentions catching Percy doing something, but subverted when we find out what he was actually doing: making out with his girlfriend, Penelope Clearwater, about whom he hadn't told anyone.

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* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: Implied with when Percy when Ginny mentions catching Percy that Ginny caught him doing something, something and it embarrassed him, but subverted when we find out what he was actually doing: making out with his girlfriend, Penelope Clearwater, about whom he hadn't told anyone.



* DidntThinkThisThrough: Harry and Ron when they steal Mr. Weasley's FlyingCar. [[JustifiedTrope Granted]], they're twelve years old at the time. {{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.

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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. {{Lampshaded}} {{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.



** [[spoiler:From Tom Riddle's memory; Dippet to Tom Riddle, when he says something which implies he knows who might be behind the attacks and hadn't spoken up.]]

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** [[spoiler:From Tom Riddle's memory; memory: Dippet to Tom Riddle, when he says something which implies he knows who might be behind the attacks and hadn't spoken up.]]



* DisproportionateRetribution: Tom Riddle complains that [[DisappearedDad his Muggle father abandoned his magical mother before he was born]] because of her magic. [[spoiler:He asserts this as fact to Harry again two books later.]] Of course, he is a ''very'' UnreliableNarrator[[spoiler: and the villain of both this book and the whole series]].



* RealityEnsues: Harry and Ron fly Arthur's car to school when they can't get on the train, foreseeing a triumphant arrival ... and end up pulling a CaptainCrash and are very lucky to get away with a detention each for having violated the International Statute of Secrecy.



* RedHerring: Malfoy, Percy, Hagrid, and even Harry are set up as possible Heirs of Slytherin, with Malfoy being the choice that's so obvious it's stupid, and Percy and Hagrid both having Really Big Secrets that make them act suspicious. Naturally, Malfoy is the one our heroes suspect and they spend half the book finding out that it isn't him.
** At times, Lockhart seems to be set up as another possible Heir of Slytherin with possible ObfuscatingStupidity, though that also turns out to not be the case.

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* RedHerring: Malfoy, Percy, Hagrid, and even Harry are set up as possible Heirs of Slytherin, with Malfoy being the choice that's so obvious it's stupid, and Percy and Hagrid both having Really Big Secrets that make them act suspicious. Naturally, Malfoy is the one our heroes suspect Malfoy immediately and they spend half the book finding out that it isn't him.
several chapters investigating him to no avail.
** At times, Lockhart seems to be set up as another possible Heir of Slytherin with possible ObfuscatingStupidity, though that also turns out to not to be the case.



* 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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* SeriesContinuityError: Two mentions of werewolves in this book make absolutely no sense come [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban the very next installment]]: 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.
17th Apr '18 11:39:31 AM CritterKeeper
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* StalkerWithACrush: Colin Creevey is this to Harry in this book, albeit only a HeroWorshipper with no romantic interest in him.

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* StalkerWithACrush: Colin Creevey is this to Harry in this book, albeit only in a HeroWorshipper way with no overt romantic interest in him.being shown.
17th Apr '18 11:36:03 AM CritterKeeper
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** Another subtle one comes from when Harry and Ron find Riddle's diary. Rose stops Harry from touching it saying it could be dangerous. When Harry asks [[Franchise/EvilDead "How can a book be dangerous?"]] Ron replies, "You'd be surprised."

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** Another subtle one comes from when Harry and Ron find Riddle's diary. Rose Ron stops Harry from touching it saying it could be dangerous. When Harry asks [[Franchise/EvilDead "How can a book be dangerous?"]] Ron replies, "You'd be surprised."
17th Apr '18 11:31:53 AM CritterKeeper
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* RightForTheWrongReasons: Ron's sarcastic suggestion that Tom Riddle might have [[spoiler:killed Moaning Myrtle]].
** Ron also suggests that Dobby might belong to the Malfoys, and that his whole spiel about "protecting" Harry is just Draco's trick to get him sent home. Dobby ''does'' belong to the Malfoys, but his motive is legitimately good.

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* RightForTheWrongReasons: RightForTheWrongReasons
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Ron's sarcastic suggestion that Tom Riddle might have [[spoiler:killed Moaning Myrtle]].
** Ron also suggests that Dobby might belong to the Malfoys, and that his whole spiel about "protecting" Harry is just Draco's trick to get him sent home. Dobby ''does'' belong to the Malfoys, but his motive is legitimately good.
17th Apr '18 11:21:50 AM CritterKeeper
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* MindRape: What Riddle's diary did to [[spoiler:Ginny]].

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* MindRape: MindRape
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What Riddle's diary did to [[spoiler:Ginny]].



* MissedTheBus: [[spoiler:Dobby]] blocks Harry's access to Platform 9¾, causing him and Ron to miss the Hogwarts Express and take alternative transport. HilarityEnsues.

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* MissedTheBus: MissedTheBus
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[[spoiler:Dobby]] blocks Harry's access to Platform 9¾, causing him and Ron to miss the Hogwarts Express and take alternative transport. HilarityEnsues.
17th Apr '18 11:09:19 AM CritterKeeper
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* EpicFail: Lockhart, trying to mend the broken bones in Harry's right arm, ends up removing them.

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* EpicFail: EpicFail
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Lockhart, trying to mend the broken bones in Harry's right arm, ends up removing them.
17th Apr '18 10:48:51 AM CritterKeeper
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny
** He also actually enjoys Fred and George's mockery about the whole "Heir of Slytherin" business because it assures him that they don't actually believe any of it.

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny
** He also
ActuallyPrettyFunny: Harry actually enjoys Fred and George's mockery about the whole "Heir of Slytherin" business because it assures him that they don't actually believe any of it.it, feeling it's ridiculous and ''should'' be mocked.
14th Apr '18 8:19:11 AM MalcolmMiddleReboot
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Malfoy mocks Harry's fanboy Colin Creevey. Harry, who's by that time very tired of Colin's constant squealing, finds the imitation both cruel and rather accurate.

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Malfoy mocks Harry's fanboy Colin Creevey. Harry, who's by that time very tired of Colin's constant squealing, finds the imitation both cruel and rather accurate.ActuallyPrettyFunny
23rd Mar '18 4:29:52 AM Aurelian
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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler:Lucius Malfoy planting the diary on Ginny Weasley. As we learn in the sixth book, this set off a chain of events that destroys one of Voldemort's Horcruxes and provides Dumbledore with the first real proof that Voldemort split his soul. Good going, Lucius.]]

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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: NiceJobFixingItVillain:
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[[spoiler:Lucius Malfoy planting the diary on Ginny Weasley. As we learn in the sixth book, this set off a chain of events that destroys one of Voldemort's Horcruxes and provides Dumbledore with the first real proof that Voldemort split his soul. Good going, Lucius.]]
** Moreover, luring Harry into the Chamber of Secrets leads to him [[spoiler:discovering one of the few ways to destroy the Horcruxes: basilisk venom. In killing the basilisk with the Sword of Gryffindor, the sword itself absorbs some of the venom, making it another weapon which can be used on Voldemort's Horcruxes.
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5th Feb '18 9:33:13 PM Hommeng
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* HarmfulHealing: Gilderoy Lockhart fixes Harry's broken wrist... by [[WorstAid making the bones vanish entirely]]. Of course, this being the wizarding world, there's a cure for that too. ([[FridgeHorror Maybe this is a common side-effect of botching a bone-mending spell?]]) It's called "Skele-Gro". Unfortunately, Skele-Gro regrows bones gradually, so the patient will have to endure a night or two of bone splinters forcing their way through muscle, blood and nerves, since, for reasons unknown, even competent doctors don't use anesthesia for that process.
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