Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets summary is the second installment of the very well-known and famous fantasy novel series, Harry Potter, written by J.K. Rowling.
Exposition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets summary
After the wonderful first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and wizardry, Harry returns to number four Privet Drive.But, the Dursleys treat Harry badly. One evening a few guests were visiting the Dursleys for a business proposal. So, Vernon Dursley asked Harry to stay in his room making absolutely no noise. Harry respectfully agrees.
Dobby, the house-elf
However, once Harry goes back to his room and finds a creature. That creature was a house-elf by the name of Dobby. He had come to warn Harry to not go to Hogwarts that year as terrible things are being planned. When harry refuses Dobby replies by saying why would harry want to go to a place when his friends didn’t even write to him. Harry gets suspicious and asks dobby how he knows this. Dobby then shows Harry all the letters he had stolen written by his friends thinking if harry doesn’t receive any letters he would not go back.
Harry still refuses to not going back to Hogwarts. Dobby then runs out of the room and into the kitchen. To land harry in trouble dobby drops a cake on the guest that had come for a business deal at the Dursleys. Uncle Vernon is furious with the use of magic that spoiled his deal. Also, He imprisons harry in his room by having bars on his window and locking him.
The narrow escape – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets summary
But one night harry sees a light approaching his window. As the thing comes nearer Harry learns that it is his friend Ron and his twin brothers Fred and George in a flying car. They have come to rescue him. Harry escapes very closely from the Dursleys. Ron, Fred, and George take Harry to ‘the burrow’, Weasley’s home and spends the rest of the summer there.
Harry and the Weasleys decide to go to Diagon Alley through a floo network to buy school supplies. Harry lands in Knockturn Alley. Hagrid saves him. He reunites with the Weasleys and also meets Hermione in the Diagon Alley. They meet Gilderoy Lockhart, the new defense against dark arts teacher. Lockhart calls Harry for a photograph. While leaving Harry meets Lucius Malfoy and Draco Malfoy. Lucius Malfoy and Mr. Weasley have a heated argument in the shop. Harry feels suspicious.
The flying car adventure
Harry along with the Weasleys leave for the station. Somehow Harry and Ron aren’t able to get through the magical wall onto the platform. They decide to take Mr. Weasley’s flying car. Both of them go in the car and reach Hogwarts. But they land on the Whomping willow which nearly destroyed the car. Professor Snape calls both of them as he is the one who wants to expel them. But Professor McGonagal forgives them and only gives detentions as punishment. Ron’s wand breaks in the flying car adventure. Ginny, Ron’s sister, gets into Gryffindor.
The chamber has been opened – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets summary
Quidditch practices start and the new seeker for the Slytherin team is Draco Malfoy. During an argument Draco called Hermione a mudblood, witch or wizard with non-magic ancestry, to insult and degrade her. While serving detention Harry hears strange and eerie voices about killing and blood. He ignores them. On Halloween, while returning from the ghost party harry hears the same strange and eerie voice again which leads him to a spot with a pool of water on the floor where he finds Mrs. Norris, caretaker Filch’s cat, petrified. Ron and Hermione also find harry and see the petrified cat. There is also a message written on the wall with blood and it reads, ‘THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS HAS BEEN OPENED. ENEMIES OF THE HEIR, BEWARE.’ The entire school is alarmed. Everyone thinks the culprit is Harry as he was the first person to be near Mrs. Norris.
Things get worse
Harry tells Ron and Hermione about hearing voices inside the wall. They warn him not to tell anyone. Gilderoy Lockhart embarrasses himself during classes. To add to this, he arranges for a duel cub. On the first night of the dueling club, snape disarms Gilderoy. On the same night, everyone witnesses harry talk in parseltongue to a snake while dueling. All of them assume that Harry is the Heir of Slytherin who has opened the chamber as only a true heir to the Slytherin can talk to snakes.
It was not a surprise for anyone when Justin Finch-Fletchley was petrified. This is because they saw harry talking to a snake that came near to Justin on the night of the duel and also Justin is a muggle-born. Along with Justin, the ghost of nearly-headless-nick is also found petrified.
On the day of the Quidditch match between Gryffindor and Slytherin, a tampered bludger injures Harry badly. He lands up in the hospital where he also sees professors bringing in another petrified student. This time it’s a first-year student by the name Colin Creevey.
On our own
Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide to find about the chamber and the heir by themselves. They suspect Malfoy and to find out they brew poly juice potion. They use the girl’s bathroom haunted by the ghost of moaning myrtle to brew the potion since nobody ever comes there. As the potion is ready to harry and Ron take the shape of Crabbe and Goyle and interrogate Draco. They are now sure Draco is not the heir who opened the chamber.
The time before (50 years ago) – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets summary
Moaning myrtle’s bathroom is flooded because someone threw a diary at her. Harry finds the diary and learns that the diary replies to him. The diary is a preserved memory of an ex-student named Tom Riddle. On asking about the opening of the chamber 50 years ago the diary takes harry to that time. Harry sees a girl who died in the bathroom and Hagrid was suspected for opening the chamber and hence, expelled. Tom Riddle was the one to catch Hagrid.
Hermione is found petrified in the library with a mirror in one hand. Harry and Ron go to hagrid’s to confront. But before anything is cleared out Cornelius fudge, minister of magic long with Lucius Malfoy come to arrest hagrid and ask Dumbledore to step down as headmaster. Before leaving Hagrid gives clue saying if they seek the truth, they must follow the spiders.
Solving the mystery of the chamber
Harry and Ron follow the spiders and reach the forbidden forest. Inside the hollow ground, they find a huge acromantula named Aragog. But, he said he isn’t the monster of the chamber and he never killed anyone. The other spider children come to feast on Ron and harry but they escape with the help of the enchanted car.
So, Harry realizes that 50 years ago a girl died in the bathroom and that might be moaning myrtle. As they proceed towards the bathroom professor McGonagal finds them and they say they are going to the hospital wing to visit Hermione. She lets them go. They go to visit Hermione.
The resolution of things in harry potter and the chamber of secrets summary
When Harry finds a note clenched in the stone fist of Hermione. It was a page from a book describing a creature called basilisk. A venomous snake with the ability to kill by gaze and can live up to hundreds of years. And inscribed on the paper was the word pipes.
Harry understands everything. He can hear voices inside the wall because the monster is a snake and is moving inside the plumbing. Also, none of the people died because no one directly looked into the eyes of the monster. Mrs. Norris saw a reflection, Justin saw it through the ghost, the ghost is already dead, colin saw it in his camera and Hermione in the mirror.
Once harry learns that ginny has been taken inside the chamber he decides to go into the chamber. Ron would go along but they also take Gilderoy with them. They go to moaning myrtle’s bathroom and ask her where did she see the creature and she pointed at the washbasin.
Inside the chamber
Harry talks in parseltongue and it opens to give way into the chamber. They go inside and Gilderoy uses Ron’s wand to erase their memories but it backfires and he loses his memory instead. Ron stays back with Lockhart and Harry goes inside. He finds ginny still and stone cold. He also sees tom riddle and learns that tom riddle is the younger version of Lord Voldemort. Tom releases the basilisk. But Fawkes, dumbledore’s phoenix comes and blinds the monster. The basilisk still chases harry. Fawkes also brings in the sorting hat. And in the moment of need, a sword appears using which harry kills the basilisk and is injured by its fang. Harry uses the same fang to stab the diary killing the memory and a part of Lord Voldemort’s soul Fawkes’s tears heal harry and it also carries Harry, Ron, Ginny, and Lockhart out of the chamber. Youtube Channel
End events in the harry potter and the chamber of secrets summary
Harry doubts if he is supposed to be a Gryffindor. On this, Dumbledore shows him the sword which harry pulled out of the hat and used to kill the snake. It said Godric Gryffindor. So, Harry realizes that he is a true Gryffindor. Lucius Malfoy walks in and is infuriated with dumbledore’s return. Harry learns that Dobby serves the Malfoys and wanted to protect him from Lucius’s evil plan. Dumbledore said that the other governors of the school were under threat by him but now they want Dumbledore to return. Also,Harry realizes that Lucius slipped that diary in ginny’s cauldron in the book shop. He gives him the diary wrapped in his dirty sock which he takes out and throes. In fact, Dobby the house-elf accidentally catches the thrown sock freeing him from his enslavement.
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