* AngstWhatAngst: Ginny [[spoiler:despite Tom Riddle's MindRape, is described as perfectly happy soon after being rescued from the Chamber of Secrets (or at least, in Harry's POV). This is either because Ginny is a Type A StepfordSmiler, or Harry really is oblivious to her suffering. Or the fact that being rescued by Harry is what she wants most.]] Also see AllIsWellThatEndsWell.
** On second thought, only true in the film. In the book, Ginny is crying from the climax to the middle of the next chapter. Harry doesn't appear to be oblivious, he leads her to adults who can comfort her better than he can.
*** Well, when Ginny's awoken in the film, she sounds like she could be in shock. She's not crying or stuttering like in the book, but it was probably best to drop that. On a simple practical level, there are very few child actresses who could pull off that level of emotional intensity, especially without it ending up as {{Narm}}. (Of course, there's still the fact that she looks all cheerful in the ending feast scene, which presumably occurs later the same day.)
** Also, Harry ''is'' rather oblivious to her - [[spoiler:by his fifth year, he'd forgotten (albeit briefly) about the fact that she was possessed at all, while she indicates quite clearly that she was far from unaffected]].
** Hermione is surprisingly calm about both her little Polyjuice Potion accident and being [[spoiler:petrified]].
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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Hermione's little accident with the Polyjuice Potion - it just feels more stupid than funny and literally adds nothing to the character, the story, or the Wizarding World.
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* FauxSymbolism: 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.
** In his relationship with [[spoiler:Ginny]], it's easy to see Tom Riddle as a kind of metaphorical Internet predator. Creator/JKRowling herself acknowledged in an interview on the [=DVD=] of [[Film/HarryPotter the movie]] that the diary is really a lot like an Internet chat room, but said she hadn't been in one at the time she wrote it so it's just a coincidence.
*** Rowling has also said her inspiration was the fact that she found diaries to be really scary, as a person's deepest darkest secrets are hidden in them. So rather than the focus of the danger being on talking to strangers, it's more on playing with something you don't understand.
* FridgeBrilliance: Of ''course'' Lockhart would happily seize Ron's wand to try to cast a Memory Charm on him and Harry, of all of Ron's teachers, he's the only one that wouldn't have a clue that Ron's wand has been broken all school year because he's the only one who hasn't been teaching any actual magic.
** When Harry first sees Ron's room at the Burrow, Scabbers is curled up asleep in a sunny spot. [[spoiler: ''Real'' rats warily avoid direct sunlight, as it's too bright for their dark-adapted eyes and makes it easy for predators to spot them. But Scabbers has a human's preference for light.]]
* GeniusBonus: The bronze statue of a boar that has a prominent place in the Hogwarts entrance hall is a copy of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porcellino Il Porcellino]], a famous statue in Florence, said to have magical powers.
** The original Il Porcellino figures in one of [[HansChristianAndersen Hans Christian Andersen's]] lesser known fairy tales, ''The Metal Hog'', in which it comes to life and tells a poor street urchin that he is destined to become an artist - not unlike what happens to Harry Potter.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** [[http://cdn.abclocal.go.com/images/otrc/2010/photos/radclifferehearsal1.jpg "Training for the ballet, Potter?"]]
** In the movie, after Ginny runs away after seeing Harry, Harry asks "What did I do?", to which Ron responds with "Ginny". [[spoiler:No, Ron, that comes later.]]
* ItsTheSameNowItSucks: Sadly film critics other than RogerEbert talk down to this film for taking a slow paced, AdaptationDistillation approach like the first film. After the third film came out and the tone of the film series changed profoundly, only purists mention this one. The book is also given very similar treatment.
* ItWasHisSled: [[spoiler: There's a Basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets. Tom Riddle is young Lord Voldemort.]]
* JerkassWoobie: Filch qualifies when [[spoiler:his cat, Mrs. Norris, gets petrified. Also when it turns out he's unable to perform magic despite being wizard-born. No wonder the guy hates Hogwarts students so much.]]
* MagnificentBastard: [[spoiler: Tom. Marvolo. Riddle.]]
** Lucius Malfoy's plot in the second book amounts to this. [[spoiler: Arthur Weasley is going to pass some law that makes it harder for him to be evil. So he puts in an old Dark Arts object cursed by Voldemort himself into Ginny Weasley's cauldron. He rids himself of evidence of his genuine loyalty to Voldemort and compromises Weasley's reputation when his own daughter gets possesses and attacks students. Oh and he uses that to get Dumbledore dismissed from Hogwarts. Even when Harry unearths the truth, Malfoy points out that he has no real evidence to pin the blame on him.]] Unfortunately for him, Voldemort returns and he finds out what happened to that diary he gave Lucius for safe keeping and as a sign of the latter's loyalty. [[spoiler: It also contained Voldemort's SoulJar but Malfoy didn't know that.]]
* MoralEventHorizon: Lucius Malfoy crosses it when he [[spoiler:plants Tom Riddle's diary on Ginny]].
** Then there's [[spoiler:Lockhart's]] attempt to destroy Harry's mind--and Harry's obviously the only person who can stop the monster and save [[spoiler:Ginny]]--simply because HeKnowsTooMuch.
* {{Narm}}: In-universe, Dudley's ass-kissing compliment to the Masons ("We had to write about our hero at school, Mr. Mason- I wrote about you"). Harry hides under the table to conceal his laughter from the Dursleys.
* NightmareFuel: Creator/JKRowling received several angry letters from readers who weren't able to finish the novel because they were too scared to go on reading.
** The serpent's voice is quite disturbing in the audiobooks.
** The more you think about it, the more disturbing [[spoiler:[[MindRape the things Riddle does to Ginny]]]] becomes.
*** Especially when he mocks her genuine and understandable fears to Harry.
** The spiders in the movie. Just the [[PrecisionFStrike fucking spiders]].
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: One ''[[BigNameFan Mugglenet]]'' book suggested the basilisk to be this. It's apparently intelligent, centuries old, and Harry can understand its speech, but it only shows up at the end and mostly acts like a generic monster, rather than giving the audience any signs of even ''being'' a character.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: As it happens, Ernie Macmillan is entirely wrong about Harry... but the possibility he raises is intriguing...
---> '''Ernie''' "They say the real reason You-Know-Who was after Potter was because he didn't want ''another'' Dark Lord ''competing'' with him.
* WhatAnIdiot: In the film, Lucius Malfoy attempts to [[spoiler:cast the killing curse on Harry ''right outside of Dumbledore's office.'']]
** Hermione mistaking a cat hair for a human hair leading to her unfortunate Polyjuice Potion accident - how the Hell can the smartest witch of her generation be dumb enough to mistake a cat hair for a human hair when considerably less intelligent people can tell the difference with ease?
* {{Woolseyism}}: [[spoiler: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.]]
** Other languages aren't quite so lucky. Just ask Tom Elvis Jedusor, of the French translation.
*** Or Romeo G. Detlev Jr. in Denmark (The G. stands for Gåde = Riddle)