Harry Potter- and the chamber of secrets

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“Ron! Breathed Harry, creeping to the window and pushing it up so they could talk through the bars ´Ron, how did you-what the-? ´” (p. 25)

Harry Potter, the small, green eyed, jet-black haired, 12 year old boy, with the famous lightning-shaped scar on his forehead had almost given up when finally Ron, Harry’s freckled-faced, red-haired, long-nosed friend showed up, together with two of his brothers (Fred and George) to rescue Harry from the “prison” in which he was captured.

This “prison” was Harry’s “home”, Privet Drive number four, where he lived together with his relatives, Mr (Vernon) and Mrs (Petunia) Dursley, and their spoiled, fat son Dudley. Harry hated them, but they hated Harry even more. They treated him as a pet, and they didn’t want anything to do with his magical capabilities and the fact that he studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Harry loved everything concerning wizardry and he thought that he would have died together with his owl Hedwig in his room at Privet Drive number four if Ron and his brothers hadn’t showed up. How they saved him from his “prison” is for me to know, and for you, who hopefully will read the book, to find out.

After being rescued Harry stayed at the Wesley’s until the summer ended. In spite of the Wesley’s were poor (they had 6 children, all freckled-faced and red-haired) they had a big house, magical of course. Harry loved it, it was much better than at the Dursley’s. Here, Harry felt welcome and he could talk about wizardry without being punished, people talked to him, and even loved him!

“The chamber of secrets has been opened. Enemies of the heir, beware.
‘What’s that thing hanging underneath?’ said Ron” (p. 106)

One evening, after being at nearly headless Nick’s death-day-party Harry heard a strange voice and he, Ron and Hermonie, who was a very hard-studying girl, never broke any school rules, where born in a mugglefamily (persons who don’t have any magical capabilities) and who was a big fan, in fact very big fan of Gilderoy Lockhart. (I’ll tell more about him later) ended their searching for the voice at a place where they found this text written on the wall.

The thing hanging underneath was Argus Filch’s faithfully, snooping, paralysed cat. Of course Argus was upset and so was the whole school. What was the chamber of secrets? Who had opened it? Who or what had been trying to kill Mrs Norris? Harry, Ron and Hermonie, who were as frightened as anybody started to search for the answers.

For a very long time they suspected Draco Malfoy, a rich, evil, spoiled boy who hated Harry because he was so famous and who did everything he could to make things complicated for Harry and his two friends. By using a polyjuice potion (which was quite difficult to make) they later found out an answer.

“Hello, Harry Potter. My name is Tom Riddle. How did you come by my diary?”(p.179)

During their search for answers Harry found a mysterious diary, which had belonged to T.M. Riddle, who lived 50 years ago, when the chamber of secret had been opened for the very first time. There was nothing written in it and Harry was disappointed until he one day found out that if he wrote something in the diary it disappeared, and when he wrote “My name is Harry Potter.” he got the answer quoted above.

After this discovery Harry got answers to a lot of his questions, but what should he do know, and was the diary telling the truth?

I’ve already characterized some of the main characters, but I’d like to write something about Gilderoy Lockhart too, because it´s told much about him.

“We’ll get you another autograph. Lockhart’ll sign anything if it stands still long enough”

Gilderoy Lockhart, a quite handsome man with blonde hair and blue eyes, who loved being famous and the second thing he loved, was to write autographs. He really thought that everybody thought of him as a God, and that everyone was interested in his life. For example he gave his students a test in which they should answer which colour he loved most and so on. Gilderoy always wanted to help, just to show how good he was, but failed every time. One time he removed all the bones in Harry’s arm instead of mending them.

Another person who was important to the story is Ginny Weasley, Ron’s little sister who was red-haired, face-freckled (as the other members of the Weasley’s) shy, and in love with Harry. Why she is important to the story I won’t tell, because it’ll be much more exciting to read the book when you don’t know.

There were lots of events which could have been mentioned as a main event, Harry’s and Ron’s flight in the car (which didn’t turn out the way Harry and Ron expected) Dobby’s warning (a house-elf, belonging to Malfoys, (that’s why he wears a pillowcase) who has bat-like ears and bulging green eyes the size of tennis ball, and who constantly tried to stop Harry from returning to Hogwarts) ,the meeting with the spiders in the forbidden forest, the duelling between Harry and Draco, the polyjuice potion, but they all refer to one and the same thing, which is told in the title “The Chamber of Secrets”.

This title is also a fitting one, because it tells what’ll happen in the book without disclosing too much. You get curious about the book when you read the title, at least I got…

The settings, Dursley’s House, Weasley’s house, Hagrid’s “house”, the forbidden forest are all important settings because they affect Harry and his way to feel and behave, but most important of all is of course the castle with its secret passageways, ghosts, muttering portraits, creaking suits of armour and the many stone stairs.

The castle is magnificent, not to mention the Great Hall, where they (the pupils and the teachers) always had their dinners, its ceiling looked just like the sky, differing in colour every day. The Great Hall had four long (one for each House) tables on which you’ll never run out of food. Mention the houses it was in Gryffindor Harry, Ron, Hermonie and Ginny belonged. The Gryffindor House was situated in a tower, the rooms were circular and had five four-posters, all in red and gold, Gryffindor’s colour, of course.

The castle is important because it´s here the whole story takes place, it´s here they find the clues and it´s here they finally solve all the problems. A room in the castle which is very important in this book is Moaning Myrtle’s bathroom, a girl bathroom, in which Harry, Ron and Hermonie made their polyjuice potion (Nobody ever entered the room without a very special reason, due to moaning Myrtle’s eternal moan and groan) But her moaning would later h...

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