---> '''Tom Riddle, informing Ginny Weasley that she's naive, defined as having not experienced true pain.'''
---> '''Tom''': ''I tell you this to help you. To spare you pain. It is possible that Beth is kind to you in order to distract you so that you will not see her true intention.''
---> '''Ginny''': ''To read my diary. ''
---> '''Tom''':'' It is not for me to make accusations. I mean only to make you aware. I know the ways of the world and I could not bear to see you taken advantage of.''
---> '''Ginny''':'' ... What happened to make you not naïve, then? ''
---> '''Tom''':'' What… ''
---> '''Ginny''': ''Did someone hurt you? ''
---> '''Tom''': ''It … You …''

''The Very Secret Diary'' is a fanfiction set during ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', made up solely of Ginny's written conversations with Tom Riddle's Diary.

Starting from her first entry, the story shows Ginny's increasing terror as she starts blacking out and waking up to hear about students being petrified. She turns increasingly to Tom for support, but his underestimation of Ginny, along with his frustration at being a child's diary, causes him to gradually reveal his true nature. Ginny catches on to him, and they soon find themselves in a fight as Tom tries to completely control her and Ginny casts about for a way to fight him without going to a teacher and getting expelled.

Despite its ForegoneConclusion, The Very Secret Diary is able to draw out a lot of characterization, FridgeHorror, and suspense out of its subject. The story can be found [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/2345300/chapters/5171522 here]] and there is also a German translation that can be read [[http://www.fanfiktion.de/s/46b394cf00002d99067007d0/2/The-Very-Secret-Diary-by-Arabella here]].

Not to be confused with [[FanFic/TheVerySecretDiaries The Very Secret Diaries]].

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!!This novel contains examples of:
* AdultFear: [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Your eleven year old daughter makes a new friend she doesn't tell you about. They write back and forth for months, not meeting in person. She pours her heart out to this new friend. He is older than her, very possessive and controlling, and makes her feel isolated and alone without him. He presents himself as a benevolent ally, someone who wants to "teach" her things about the world, but slowly reveals himself to be a sadistic monster. When they finally properly meet, he shows his true colors, but by then, it's too late.]]
* AintTooProudToBeg: Ginny, at the end.
* AllTakeAndNoGive: Tom and Ginny's relationship, with Tom as the Taker. Tom needs her to pour her heart out to him and she just gives and gives and ''gives''. However, he makes ''her'' feel like the Taker, painting himself as the generous Giver who listens to her problems, manipulating her further.
* BreakTheCutie: It's a long, slow process for Ginny.
* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: Ginny keeps Tom from just killing her in this way in the final chapters, by reminding him that if he kills her, he's back to square one and will have to start again with someone new.
* TheCharmer: Tom Riddle, of course.
* ClingyJealousGirl:
** Ginny, towards Harry, a little bit, though it's relatively harmless -- just perfectly ordinary frustration any eleven year old would feel if her crush seemed way more interested in his female friend than her.
** Tom acts like a male version towards Ginny, accusing her of abandoning him every time she goes for too long without writing.
* ConsummateLiar: Guess. Tom frequently feeds lies and half-truths to Ginny, both to further his plan and just for kicks.
* CreepyMonotone: Ginny's writing voice is this while possessed by Tom, and near the end it starts to bleed into Ginny's conscious voice.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''The Very Secret Diary'' can be this to Arabella's ''Hermione, Queen of the Witches'', which is Hermione's take on the series up to Book Five, written in her (not-evil) enchanted diary.
* DeadpanSnarker: It's how Tom lets out his aggravation, and Ginny's often too naive to get that she's being laughed at.
** Tom Riddle especially likes using double meanings: for instance, when he's trying to persuade Ginny to tell him a secret:
-->'''Ginny:''' You wouldn't care if it was a bad one?
-->'''Tom:''' You could not tell me anything that would make me like you less.
** Sometimes straight-up sarcasm does the trick.
-->'''Ginny:''' Oh, Tom, guess what!\\
'''Tom:''' Harry looked at you.
* DefiantToTheEnd: Even when she's powerless against him, Ginny refuses to go quietly.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: [[spoiler:The last few entries. Did she just flip off Voldemort? Why yes, yes she did.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: It's been pointed out that Tom's manipulation is disturbingly similar to that of real life predators.
* DoomedByCanon: Ginny gets possessed. That much is inevitable. Also inverted -- knowing how the actual book ends takes the edge off the fic's rather bleak ending.
* DownerEnding: But, a happy epilogue, if you've read the book.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Tom, questioning Ginny on why she loves her family. He's also repeatedly baffled by her genuine innocence and kindness, though never for long.
* FalseFriend: Tom to Ginny, shown here in complete, ''horrible'' detail.
* ForegoneConclusion: Tom fully possesses Ginny in the end. Knowing this makes the fic ''so much harder'' to read -- it's like watching a trainwreck in slow-motion.
* FreudianExcuse: Defied. Ginny acknowledges that Tom had a rough life, but as she points out, so did Harry. Tom's terrible upbringing didn't make him evil -- and she's not sure what did.
* {{Gaslighting}}: One of Tom's preferred methods against Ginny.
* GoodCannotComprehendEvil: Ginny gives a remarkable TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Tom, saying she simply can't work out what's wrong with him.
* GetOut: Tom's only response to the above.
* HufflepuffHouse: Although she doesn't know why, Ginny doesn't want to be sorted here. Tom tells her that there's no need to explain.
* InsultBackfire: Some of Tom's snide remarks towards Ginny fail to actually hurt her because they fly right over her head, especially in earlier chapters.
* KickTheDog: Tom bullies Ginny well past the point where he's won. 'Cause he ''evil''.
* LackOfEmpathy: Guess who? He wouldn't be Tom Riddle if he had an ounce of empathy in him.
* MadnessMantra: "I do not know. I do not know. I do not know."
* ManchurianAgent: Ginny has no memory of Tom's possessions.
* ManipulativeBastard: Tom. For a while, he manages to convince Ginny against herself.
* MindRape: Guess who, on who. What makes it so terrifying to read is that ''we'' know Tom's an evil bastard who's only manipulating and using Ginny, but Ginny doesn't have a ''clue''.
* MinimalistCast: Other characters are mentioned frequently, but only Ginny and Tom appear in person. (Or, on page.)
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: This fic gives Ginny one for the original book. [[spoiler:Ginny spent almost a full two months fighting Tom off before she was finally fully possessed. Talking back to him and snarking at him along the way. DownerEnding or not, that's impressive.]]
* OhCrap: A deadly serious one when Ginny realizes what "Tom Marvolo Riddle" is an anagram for.
* PrecociousCrush: Ginny's crush on Harry doesn't count, since he's only a year older, but her heavily implied crush on Tom does, since he's sixteen. On the surface, an eleven year old having an unrequited crush on an older boy seems harmless, even normal, but the full truth of the matter is ''way'' creepier than that. It doesn't help that Tom appears to be ''encouraging'' it.
* PsychologicalThriller: Despite the presence of magic and all it entails, what makes the story so gripping is the mind games Tom plays on Ginny, and seeing her fight back.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: While Riddle waits for Harry in the Chamber of Secrets, he passes the time by giving Ginny a Reason-You-Suck Lecture. Earlier, Ginny gave him one of her own, which actually managed to stun him. Not for long, but still.
* SanitySlippage: Ginny, from the very start, but especially after the attack on Halloween. By the end, she's barely keeping herself together, and one gets the sense that telling herself she has to stop Tom is the only way she's kept a firm enough grip on her sanity to be functioning. [[spoiler:When she realizes he's Voldemort, her sanity nearly shatters entirely.]]
* ShrinkingViolet: Ginny, although she gains some CharacterDevelopment halfway in.
* SignificantAnagram: Tom is fond of them, as in {{Canon}}.
** Let's get the obvious out of the way. "Tom Marvolo Riddle" = "I am Lord Voldemort."
** "Viane Folo" (the name Tom gives for his alleged girlfriend) = "[[spoiler:naive fool]]."
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Or, rather, Lonely Girl Seeks Nice Boy. The main reason Ginny has a crush on Harry is because of how nice and brave and heroic he is. She's implied to develop a crush on Tom because he's nice to her and listens to her. [[FalseFriend Yeah...]]
* SmittenTeenageGirl: Ginny, to Harry. It's also implied that she starts to develop feelings for Tom before things go pear-shaped.
* TheSociopath: Tom, as in canon, is incapable of feeling love, compassion, guilt, or empathy, though he's pretty good at faking it.
* SoulJar: The diary contains the soul of sixteen year old Tom Riddle.
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:In the end, Ginny herself. While she couldn't fight him forever, she did manage to hold Tom off long enough to ensure that his full possession of her doesn't happen until the night the Mandrakes will be ready to cure everyone. Ginny's resistance is the only reason Tom wasn't able to carry out his plan in full, much earlier.]]
* StealthInsult: Tom, to Ginny, a ''lot''.
* SureLetsGoWithThat: Ginny sometimes comes up with her own ideas about Tom's past. He tends to just roll with it.
* TermsOfEndangerment: Tom frequently addresses Ginny as "dear" or "sweet girl" or other pet names. It's enough to make you sick.
* VisionaryVillain: Tom, as always.
* WasItAllALie: Yep. From start to finish, and Ginny fell for it, hook, line, and sinker.
* WhamLine: "You have mentioned this You-Know-Who several times, Virginia. But I do not know who. Won't you tell me?"
** Once Tom has Ginny fully under his control, he gets off an epic one:
--> [[spoiler: '''Tom:''' Idiot girl, it took you five months even to suspect me. And in another five months you have been completely unable to extract yourself from me for long enough to say a single word in your own defense. Of course you do not know who I am. You do not know to whom you have been giving your soul. Ask me now who I am. I want to tell you.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Ginny:''' [[CreepyMonotone You are Tom Riddle. You are the Heir of Slytherin.]]]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Tom:''' And who else am I…? ]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Ginny:''' I do not know who else. ]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Tom:''' Ah but you do. You do know who, Virginia. You know who. ]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Ginny:''' No, I do not.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Tom:''' Yes you do. You know who. You know who... ''You-Know-Who''.]]
* {{Yandere}}: Tom acts like one towards Ginny, though he doesn't so much "love" her as "need" her...
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