History YMMV / HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets

11th Nov '17 8:37:58 PM FateStayWho
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* TheUntwist: Lockhart is a fraud. This is made so obvious that the book itself acknowledges it isn't much of a surprise.
26th Oct '17 3:56:21 PM AdelePotter
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* HeartwarmingInHindsight: ''All'' of Harry and Ginny's interactions, when you know they end up together in the end. It's hard not to smile when rereading the scenes where Ginny blushes over him, Harry saves her, or they stick up for each other. These two have ''no'' idea what's in store.
26th Oct '17 11:49:50 AM Silverblade2
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* BrokenBase: "There's no Hogwarts without you, Hagrid" - followed by the entire Great Hall clapping. Fans are completely split down the middle on this scene in the film. It's either a Heartwarming Moment, or else TastesLikeDiabetes.
9th Sep '17 3:23:04 PM fearlessnikki
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* AdaptationDisplacement: Lucius Malfoy's appearance is barely described in the book, beyond looking like an older version of Draco. The long hair, velvet cloak and walking stick to conceal the wand were all thought up by Jason Isaacs, and are generally accepted as canon.



* BrokenBase: "There's no Hogwarts without you, Hagrid" - followed by the entire Great Hall clapping. Fans are completely split down the middle on this scene in the film. It's either a Heartwarming Moment, or else TastesLikeDiabetes.



* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Although [[spoiler: Gilderoy Lockhart's memory being wiped]] is sort of PlayedForLaughs, it becomes horrifying when we see him again in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix book 5]] in the [[spoiler: Spell Damage Ward at St. Mungo's.]] Also interesting, considering that the memory charms that Gilderoy Lockhart put on the people who actually did the deeds he claims he did are decidedly ''not'' played for laughs.

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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: FunnyAneurysmMoment:
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Although [[spoiler: Gilderoy Lockhart's memory being wiped]] is sort of PlayedForLaughs, it becomes horrifying when we see him again in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix book 5]] in the [[spoiler: Spell Damage Ward at St. Mungo's.]] Also interesting, considering that the memory charms that Gilderoy Lockhart put on the people who actually did the deeds he claims he did are decidedly ''not'' played for laughs.laughs.
** There's a comedy sequence of the Weasleys constantly being held up on the way to King's Cross. One of the delays is Ginny stopping the car to get her diary. Had they not gone back for it, the whole thing wouldn't have happened.



** Shirley Henderson gets cast as Moaning Myrtle. She had just starred in the film version of ''Literature/BridgetJones'', where her first scene featured her crying in a bathroom.



* ItWasHisSled: There's a Basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets. Tom Riddle is young Lord Voldemort.

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* ItWasHisSled: ItWasHisSled:
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There's a Basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets. Secrets.
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Tom Riddle is young Lord Voldemort.



* MoralEventHorizon: Lucius Malfoy crosses it when he [[spoiler:plants Tom Riddle's diary on Ginny]].

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* MoralEventHorizon: MoralEventHorizon:
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Lucius Malfoy crosses it when he [[spoiler:plants Tom Riddle's diary on Ginny]].



* NeverLiveItDown:
** In the film, Hermione saying "fear of a name increases fear of a thing itself" and "even in the wizarding world, hearing voices isn't a good sign" prompted fans to erupt with fury that she was being given other characters' lines. In the books those are said by Dumbledore and Ron respectively.
** This film is usually the one attacked for the {{Wimpification}} that happens to Ron, notably playing his fear of spiders more for laughs than drama.



* UncannyValley: Hermione when she's briefly turned into a cat. The fact that the cat head is human-sized does not help the creepiness.



* WhatAnIdiot: In the film, Lucius Malfoy attempts to [[spoiler:cast the killing curse on Harry ''right outside of Dumbledore's office.'']]
** Blame Creator/JasonIsaacs for that one. When they filmed the scene, he said the first spell that came to his mind, as he'd only read the fourth book at the time. Oh, and it was [[ThrowItIn an adlib]].

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* WhatAnIdiot: WhatAnIdiot:
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In the film, Lucius Malfoy attempts to [[spoiler:cast the killing curse on Harry ''right outside of Dumbledore's office.'']]
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'']] Blame Creator/JasonIsaacs for that one. When they filmed the scene, he said the first spell that came to his mind, as he'd only read the fourth book at the time. Oh, and it was [[ThrowItIn an adlib]].



** Ron and Harry. When they can't get to the platform, instead of waiting for Mr. and Mrs. Weasley to return (or any wizard, really) and help them get to Hogwarts, they ''steal the car'' and try to get there on their own. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that they're 12 and slightly panicked.
*** [=McGonagall=] actually points this out later, asking them why they didn't just write to her or Dumbledore and explain the problem. Harry privately realizes that that was an obvious solution that he didn't even think of.
* {{Woolseyism}}: Voldemort's SignificantAnagram name, revealed in this book, in the original was Tom Marvolo Riddle, an anagram of "I am Lord Voldemort." Translations changed various parts of his name; for example, in the German version, his name was Tom ''Vorlost'' Riddle, which becomes "... ist Lord Voldemort" (is Lord Voldemort). Something is gained in the German version particular here, as his middle name sounds an awful lot like ''Verlust'', meaning "loss," which applies to Voldemort in a variety of ways.

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** Ron and Harry. When they can't get to the platform, instead of waiting for Mr. and Mrs. Weasley to return (or any wizard, really) and help them get to Hogwarts, they ''steal the car'' and try to get there on their own. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that they're 12 and slightly panicked. \n*** [=McGonagall=] actually points this out later, asking them why they didn't just write to her or Dumbledore and explain the problem. Harry privately realizes that that was an obvious solution that he didn't even think of.
* {{Woolseyism}}: TheWoobie: Poor Ginny, once everything that's happened to her is revealed. Part of the reason Riddle was able to prey on her was because she was so lonely, and prone to being overlooked by her family. He became her only companion, so the fact that he turned on her is even more horrifying. And she's only eleven too.
* {{Woolseyism}}:
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Voldemort's SignificantAnagram name, revealed in this book, in the original was Tom Marvolo Riddle, an anagram of "I am Lord Voldemort." Translations changed various parts of his name; for example, in the German version, his name was Tom ''Vorlost'' Riddle, which becomes "... ist Lord Voldemort" (is Lord Voldemort). Something is gained in the German version particular here, as his middle name sounds an awful lot like ''Verlust'', meaning "loss," which applies to Voldemort in a variety of ways.
22nd Aug '17 4:17:46 PM Uyyy
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* CaptainObviousReveal: It's not exactly a big shock that [[MilesGloriosus Lockhart]] [[FakeUltimateHero is a fraud]]. The ''real'' twist is in [[spoiler: ''[[LaserGuidedAmnesia how]]'' [[LaserGuidedAmnesia he did it]].]]
21st Aug '17 12:05:22 AM Werebazs
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** In Hungarian it became Tom Rowle Denem. "De nem" is negation in Hungarian, and the anagram became "Nevem Voldermort" meaning "(My) name is Voldemort", putting Voldemort disowning of his father's name into both said name and into the anagram.
3rd Aug '17 1:39:54 AM SunriseWarrior
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* AccidentalInnuendo: "''Too true'', muttered George Weasley. ''I haven't been properly dry since August.''"

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* AccidentalInnuendo: "''Too true'', ''"Too true,"'' muttered George Weasley. ''I ''"I haven't been properly dry since August.''""''



---> '''Ernie''' "They say the real reason You-Know-Who was after Potter was because he didn't want ''another'' Dark Lord ''competing'' with him."

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---> '''Ernie''' '''Ernie''': "They say the real reason You-Know-Who was after Potter was because he didn't want ''another'' Dark Lord ''competing'' with him."
15th Jul '17 7:15:57 PM SunriseWarrior
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* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Upon its release, the film adaptation was almost universally praised as an EvenBetterSequel for its darker tone, improved effects, and better performances by the child actors compared to the first film. As the later films got darker and improved on the other aspects, people began to see the film as more tame and repetitive of the first.

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* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Upon its release, the film adaptation was almost universally praised as an EvenBetterSequel for its darker tone, improved effects, and better performances by the child actors compared to the first film. As the later films got even darker and improved on the other aspects, people began to see the this film as more tame and repetitive of the first.
2nd Jul '17 4:26:16 PM ExSlacker
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* SignatureScene: Literary example, although the film version remains faithful to the scene in question: to this day, Dumbledore's exposition to Harry near the end of the book is considered one of the most iconic of Dumbledore's speeches in the series.
1st Jul '17 3:41:18 PM nombretomado
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** According to TheOtherWiki, several Christians -- those who don't think that these books teach Satanism -- compare the climax to John Bunyan's ''Literature/ThePilgrimsProgress'', a pinnacle of Christian literature.

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** According to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, several Christians -- those who don't think that these books teach Satanism -- compare the climax to John Bunyan's ''Literature/ThePilgrimsProgress'', a pinnacle of Christian literature.
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