December 5, 2022


The Dangerous Diary: Harry Potter and The Chambers of Secrets

Recently, I read  Harry Potter And The Chambers of Secrets, by J.K. Rowling.  I loved this book. After having read the first book the readers are given more action because the first book was introducing us to the story and the characters. The readers see more action and the readers learn more about the characters. More danger to Harry Potter and his friends keep increasing.

The protagonist is Harry Potter. His story is set at Hogwarts in 2002 to 2003, specifically four privet drive and Hogwarts. The significance of the Hogwarts setting is that this is the only place where Harry can be himself and be loved while doing magic which he is forbidden to do at his aunt and uncle’s place. The significance of the setting shifting from privet drive to Hogwarts is that Harry Potter can do magic. Harry can confront Voldemort and save his friends and the wizarding world. He can be himself and make his magical parents proud. 

Harry Potter faces certain forces and pressures. Harry Potter and everyone at Hogwarts is terrified because there is a rumour that the chambers of secret was opened and all muggle-borns are scared because they are scared to be petrified. Last time the chambers of secrets were opened some girl died. Harry Potter on top of that is hearing voices and has to deal with Draco’s bullying and people believing that he is the one who opened the chambers of secrets. He meets these forces and pressures by deciding to follow the voice that he continues to hear telling someone to kill. He decides to figure out more about the chambers of secret and who opened it last time. You can see this early in the book on page 138.

The tension rises when everyone in the school finds out that Harry Potter is a parsel tongue making everyone assume that he is the Heir of Slytherin. This might leave a reader feeling scared for Harry Potter. The readers are scared for him because the readers are aware that Harry was not even aware that he could speak Parseltongue and the readers also know that Harry would never open the chambers of secrets and purposefully hurt any of the muggle borns. 

The book climaxes when Ginny Weasly has been taken into the Chambers of secrets and she has to be saved by Harry but he has to be careful because if Harry looks into the eyes of the Basilisk he could die but he also confronts Tom Riddle to happen to be Lord Voldemort. “‘Why do you care how I escaped?’ said Harry slowly. ‘Voldemort,’ said Riddle softly, ‘is my past, present, and future Harry Potter …’ He pulled Harry’s wand from his pocket and began to trace it through the air, writing three shimmering words: TOM MARVOLO RIDDLE. Then he waved the wand once, and the letters of his name rearranged themselves: I AM LORD VOLDEMORT”

The falling action ultimately resolves the conflict. Fawkes comes to rescue Harry by giving him the sword of Gryffindor and blinding the Basilisk. When Harry killed the basilisk and retreated one of its teeth he was able to destroy the diary which destroyed Tom Riddle’s soul.   It’s a  person v. person type of conflict that’s driving this story. Voldemort had set out that he wanted to kill Harry’s parents and him and by having failed to kill Harry he made it his goal to kill Harry when the time came. Each year Voldemort tries and tries with the help of his supporters to kill Harry and Harry tries to fight him off/ back. 

Harry Potter: The Brave 11-Year-Old

Harry Potter is a dynamic character. His archetype changes over the course of the book. At the beginning of the book, he is the archetypal nobody. This can be seen on page 58, where the author writes: “‘Hagrid,’ he said quietly, ‘I think you must have made a mistake. I don’t think I can be a wizard.’ To his surprise, Hagird chuckled. ‘Not a wizard, eh? Never made things happen when you was scared or angry?’ … ‘Harry Potter, not a wizard — you wait, you’ll be right famous at Hogwarts.’”

But by page 175, Harry Potter has begun to transform into the archetypal lion. After having lived in the cupboard for years being tormented by his cousin Dudley and mistreated by his aunt and uncle he lost all confidence in himself but after being told he was a wizard and going to Hogwarts as famous Harry Potter he gained more confidence in himself. He is a true gryffindor because gryffindors are known to be brave and strong like a lion which is the mascot for gryffindors.  Evidence of this is on page 175: “‘Oh, no,’ said Ron, pale as the Bloody Baron. ‘It’s the girls’ bathroom!’ Harry gasped. ‘Hermione!’ they said together. It was the last thing they wanted to do, but what choice did they have?” 

Harry Potter is no longer the person who does not believe that he could be a wizard or someone as powerful as the boy who survived Voldemort.

A reader might predict that the turning point for Harry Potter comes when he is to face Voldemort and Professor. Quirrell was the last task to protect the philosopher’s stone and he had to do it alone and at the age of 11 . Page 295 encourages this prediction: “‘Then kill him, fool, and be done!’ screeched Voldemort. Quirrell raised his hands to perform a deadly curse, but Harry, by instinct reached up and grabbed Quirrell’s face — “AAAARGH!” Quirrell rolled off him, his face blistering, too, and then Harry knew: Quirrell couldn’t touch his bare skin, not without suffering terrible pain — his only chance was to keep hold of Quirrell, keep him in enough pain to stop him from doing a curse.” 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter, the protagonist in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, has a few traits that influence his relationships with others.

One, he is rude. Two, he thinks the world revolves around him. Three, he always thinks he is right, but he is kind and always cares for his friends.

These traits influence his relationships with others. “Maybe he killed Myrtle, that would’ve done everyone a favor.” being rude comes into play here when Harry was being rude to a ghost..

Later, on another chapter, Ron Weasly interacts with Harry Potter, basically saying he would die for Harry’ “If you want to kill Harry you’ll have to kill us too!” Harry Potter’s response here deepens a reader’s sense of his kindness, and sparks a feeling of happiness.

Harry Potter

Harry Potter is a dynamic character. His archetype changes over the course of the book. At the beginning of the book, he is the archetypal survivor. This can be seen when the author writes about Harry’s mom and dad dying defending their son. So, in the book the author makes Harry the archetypal survivor.   

“Your mother died to save you. If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. He didn’t realize that love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark. Not a scar, no visible sign… to have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.”

But by the middle of the story, Harry has begun to transform into the archetypal hero.  The reason why I think he is turning into a hero is that he now has the responsibility to protect his friends and stuff.  Evidence of this is when the book says, “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

Harry is no longer the person who shakes and quivers away from bullies and danger.

A reader will recognize that the turning point for Harry comes when he plays quidditch for the first time. The reason why I say this is because of the fact that he gets on a flying broom even though he was cared for, which means he faces his fears. Chapter 11 encourages this belief.