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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Book Cover

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2 July 1998 (UK)
2 June 1999 (US)
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341 (US)
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second novel of the Harry Potter series. The book was published on July 2nd, 1998 in the United Kingdom and June 2nd, 1999 in the United States. A film based on this book was released on November 14th, 2002 and starred Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson.</p>

Dedication Edit

"For Séan P. F. Harris, getaway driver and foul-weather friend"

Her mother being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a depression settled over Church Cottage, leaving Rowling feeling trapped and miserable.

Escape came in the form of a new pupil at Wydean Comprehensive, Sean Harris, who quickly became a firm friend. In 1982, he drew up outside the family home in his blue Ford Anglia and whisked Jo Rowling away from the grim stillness of Tutshill to the concerts and bars of Bristol. He would park under the Severn Bridge and together the pair dreamt up better futures for each other. Harris’s blue Ford Anglia would become immortalised in Rowling’s fiction as Ron Weasley’s family car and he would be described in the dedication in her second book as "getaway driver and foul weather friend"

Book description Edit

Ever since Harry Potter had come home for the summer, the Dursleys had been so mean and hideous that all Harry wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature who says that if Harry returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor and a spirit who haunts the girl's bathroom. But then the real trouble begins - something is attacking Hogwarts students, turning them into stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past reveals dark secrets? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects ... Harry Potter himself.

Plot Edit

List of Deaths Edit

Character Killed By Cause of Death Circumstances
Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk Harry Potter Stabbed at the roof of the mouth by Godric Gryffindor's Sword. Attacked Harry at the Chamber of Secrets

Moaning Myrtle

Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk Looking in the Basilisk's eyes. (Mentioned only) Voldemort's attempt to rid the school of muggle-born students.
Voldemort's Horcrux Harry Potter Stabbed Tom Riddle's Diary Sent the Basilisk after Harry. Tried to take Ginny's life force.

Errors Edit

  • The Hogwarts' equipment list mentions the Lockhart book "Wanderings With Werewolves," but later, Lockhart refers to the book as "Weekend With a Werewolf". This error is found in early British editions of the book, but the American edition and later British editions use Wanderings With Werewolves consistently.
  • After Harry, Ron, Fred, and George arrive at the Burrow after getting Harry, Mrs. Weasley shouts at Fred first. Then she says "And you two," glaring at Ron and Fred. It should've said George, for she has already yelled at Fred. (This is corrected in later printings.)
  • Dumbledore tells Harry at the end that Lord Voldemort is the last remaining ancestor of Salazar Slytherin. But ancestors are in the past — he means Voldemort is the last descendant of Salazar Slytherin. Not a mistake Dumbledore would have made. (This is corrected in later printings.)
  • Hermione says Moaning Myrtle haunts the bathroom on the first floor. However, when Harry sees the writing on the wall outside her bathroom, he is on the second floor. (This confusion may be due to the English way of numbering floors.)
  • Harry, Ron and Hermione go to Nearly Headless Nick's 500th death-day party. However, in the first book at the start of term feast he says he has not eaten for nearly 400 years, which would imply that this is how long he has been dead. (In later printings of the first book, Nick's comment is changed from "nearly 400 years" to "nearly 500 years".)
  • When Harry is viewing the memory from Tom Riddle's diary, Tom Riddle says to Hagrid at one point, "The dead girl's parents will be here tomorrow." It is stated elsewhere in the book that Myrtle is Muggle-born. Muggles cannot enter Hogwarts. However, it is possible that an exception was made for them (the Muggle-Repelling Charm could be lifted a day or two, for this reason).
  • Valentine's Day in the book is depicted as a typical school day, albeit one where the cupid dressed dwarves are interrupting classes. February 14, 1993 was a Sunday, meaning there should have been no classes to interrupt.
  • On the final page of the American version of the book the blurb for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban incorrectly says Harry inflates Aunt Petunia instead of Aunt Marge.
  • On the front cover of the spanish edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry is holding the sword and looking at the Basilisk, but looking into a Basilisk's eye's is fatal, so, technically, Harry should be dead on the spanish front cover.

Behind the scenes Edit

  • When Harry watches Draco Malfoy and his father in Borgin and Burke's, a cursed opal necklace is described. This is the necklace used in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
  • When the Weasleys and Harry go to leave for King's Cross station the book says that Ginny forgets her diary. This is indeed referring to Tom Riddle's diary (as if there was any doubt).
  • Nearly Headless Nick was petrified, but as a ghost, he would be unable to drink the Mandrake Potion. It is unknown how Nick was revived. It's possible that, as the same way ghosts taste, they poured the potion through him.
  • The Spanish version, the name is Harry Potter y la Cámara Secreta, which means Harry Potter and the Secret Chamber. In the book, however, its called Cámara de los Secretos, the correct translation. Something similar happens in the sixth book.
  • An interesting note is that in some translated versions of the book, the true name of Lord Voldemort is changed to form an anagram that made sense for the scene he makes his name into "I am Lord Voldemort". In Spanish, it would be "SOY LORD VOLDEMORT", so he is called Tom Sorvolo Ryddle. The other names are:
  • This novel establishes the date in which Harry Potter takes place. During Nearly-Headless Nick's party, his cake says that it's his 500th Deathday, and his death took place in 1492. This means that the Chamber of Secrets takes place during the year 1992, meaning that Harry Potter's school years take place during the 1990s. 
Language Name Anagram Translation
English Tom Marvolo Riddle I am Lord Voldemort I am Lord Voldemort
Spanish Tom Sorvolo Ryddle Soy Lord Voldemort I am Lord Voldemort
Portuguese(Brazil) Tom Servolo Riddle Eis Lord Voldemort Here is Lord Voldemort
French Tom Elvis Jedusor Je suis Voldemort I am Voldemort
Galician Tom Morlov Riddle Milord Voldemort Milord Voldemort
Basque Tom Narivoloz Riddle Lord Voldemort naiz I am Lord Voldemort
Italian Tom Orvoloson Riddle Son io Lord Voldemort I am Lord Voldemort
German Tom Vorlost Riddle Ist Lord Voldemort Is Lord Voldemort
Norwegian Tom Dredolo Venster Voldemort den Store Voldemort the Great
Swedish Tom Gus Mervolo Dolder Ego sum Lord Voldemort (Latin) I am Lord Voldemort
Finnish Tom Lomen Valedro Ma olen Voldemort I am Voldemort
Danish Romeo G. (Gåde) Detlev Jr. Jeg er Voldemort I am Voldemort
Greek Adon Morvol Hert 'AΡΧΩΝ ΒΟΛΝΤΕΡΜΟΡΤ' Lord Voldemort
Russian Том Нарволо Реддл Лорд Волан-де-Морт Lord Voldemort
Romanian Tomas Dorlent Cruplud Sunt Lordul Cap-de-Mort I am Lord Voldemort
Turkish Tom Marvoldo Riddle Adim Lord Voldemort My name is Lord Voldemort
Dutch Marten Asmodom Vilijn Mijn Naam is Voldemort My name is Voldemort
Icelandic Trevor Delgome Eg er Voldemort I am Voldemort
Hungarian Tom Rowle Denem Nevem Voldemort My name is Voldemort
Czech Tom Rojvol Raddle Já Lord Voldemort Me Lord Voldemort
Slovene Mark Neelstin Mrlakenstein Voldemort
Hebrew טום ואנדרולו רידל - Tom Vandrolo Riddle אני לורד וולדמורט I am Lord Voldemort
Slovak Tom Marvoloso Riddle A som i Lord Voldemort And Iam Lord Voldemort too

Rumours Edit

  • Many fans noted that Dumbledore said that Voldemort was the last remaining ancestor of Salazar Slytherin, instead of descendant. J. K. Rowling said this was a "deliberate mistake". This could support the theory that time travel will recur in the series (see "Rumour" note for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban). This mistake was fixed on further printings, though, so it's more likely to be a mistake that slipped past the editors than an actual hint. Some versions have put it back after Rowling's comment, perhaps overlooking the tongue-in-cheek nature of the term "deliberate mistake". This line was left out of the film.
  • It was implied in the book that Ginny had sent Harry his singing valentine. Some members of the on-line fandom have questioned this conclusion, suggesting it being a prank by the Weasley Twins or a genuine overture from Moaning Myrtle as other possibilities; however, since further information about the incident is unlikely to come about and the event seems hardly important in terms of the overall plot, the supposed "true" identity of the singing valentine's sender is currently pretty much a moot point. However, circumstances favour Ginny; if Fred and George wanted to send someone a singing valentine purely for the purpose of annoying and embarrassing them, they would have most likely sent it to Percy, or anyone else they disliked. Also, as Myrtle is a ghost, it would be impossible for her to write a valentine, and few students would want to write it for her. Draco Malfoy also indicated that he knew Ginny was the one who sent the Valentine, for he angrily said to her "Maybe Potter didn't like your Valentine too much" after Harry disarmed him to get the diary back.

Film Edit

The book was also adapted into a film, the second Harry Potter film of the series. The movie Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was released on November 14th, 2002. It was directed by Chris Columbus and the trio was starred by Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson.