everything you need to know: harry potter and the chamber of secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
A house elf called Dobby (who is actually the Malfoy’s house elf) shows up in Harry’s bedroom warning him not to return to Hogwarts. After disturbing Uncle Vernon’s important work dinner, Harry is locked in his bedroom and Ron, along with twin brothers Fred and George bust him out and Harry spends the rest of the summer at the Weasley house – The Burrow. Then Harry and Ron can’t get through the barrier at Kings Cross Station to the Hogwarts Express and end up flying Ron’s dad’s enchanted car to Hogwarts, only to land into the Whomping Willow where Ron’s wand breaks. Harry and Ron get into a lot of trouble after Muggles saw them flying their car and are both given detention, which Harry serves with the new Defence Against The Dark Arts teacher, Professor Lockheart, who has many witches swooning over him. As well as meeting Moaning Myrtle, weird things start happening at Hogwarts; Harry finds out he can talk to snakes, a place called the Chamber of Secrets has been opened and Muggle-born’s across the school are being petrified, including Hermione. Harry and Ron find out the truth and go to save Ron’s sister Ginny as she has been taken into the Chamber after being possessed by Lord Voldemort, or Tom Riddle, through an old diary. Lucius Malfoy, Draco’s father, had placed the possessed diary into Ginny’s cauldron at Flourish and Blots (the book shop) before the school year started. With the help of Professor Dumbledore’s phoenix, Fawkes, and Godric Gryffindor’s sword, Harry kills the basilisk (giant snake that has been petrifying people) and destroys the diary and Riddle. Harry sets Dobby free from the Malfoys by giving him a sock.

What the movie doesn’t tell you:
Again, pretty in line with the events of the book. The main thing that this film doesn’t really address is how much Snape hates Harry and how much Harry hates Snape. They show it a bit, but not to the extent that it is in the book.


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