Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
My Reading Notes
February 22, 2009
J.K. Rowling’s use of the number 7:
- 7 years of stay at Hogwarts
- 7 players in a Quidditch team
- 7 horcruxes
Dobby – the Malfoys’ house-elf. He’s a little creature with bat-like ears and bulging green eyes the size of tennis balls. He warned Harry not to go back to Hogwarts because he might be in mortal danger.
First mention of a ghoul in the attic of the Burrow.
Mr. Weasley worked at the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office of the Ministry of Magic.
Errol – the Weasleys’ owl.
The Burrows – the Weasleys’ house. It looked like it had once been a large stone pigsty, but extra rooms had been added here and there until it was several storeys high and so crooked it looked as though it was held up by magic. (page 29)
The Chudley Cannons – Ron’s favourite Quidditch team.
Shooting Star – Ron’s broomstick.
Ginny seemed very prone to knocking things over whenever Harry entered a room.
Floo powder – powder that you throw in the flames of a fireplace and it is a means to travel from one place to another.
Mr. Borgin – owner of Borgin & Burkes.
At Borgin & Burkes, Draco Malfoy was examining a magnificent necklace of opals. Caution: Do not Touch. Cursed – Has claimed the Lives of 19 Muggle Owners to Date. This must be the same necklace that got into Katie Bell’s (?) possession in Book 6.
Knockturn Alley – a dingy alleyway made up entirely of shops devoted to the dark arts.
Flourish and Blotts – bookstore in Diagon Alley.
Gilderoy Lockhart – author of most of the books they would need that year. He was the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher.
Professor Dumbledore – has long silver beard and wears half-moon glasses.
Harry’s roommates: Ron Weasley, Seamus Finnigan, Dean Thomas, Neville Longbottom.
Whomping Willow – a tree that hits back.
Neville Longbottom – accident-prone, has a bad memory.
The Howler – a red envelope that howls at the recipient when he opens it.
Mandrake – or Mandragora – is a powerful restorative. It is used to return people who have been transfigured or cursed to their original state. The cry of the Mandrake is fatal to anyone who hears it.
Gilderoy Lockhart – five-time winner of Witch Weekly’s Most-Charming-Smile Award.
Cornish pixies – electric blue and about 8 inches high, with pointed faces and voices so shrill.
Gryffindor didn’t win the Quidditch Cup in Harry’s first year at Hogwarts because he wasn’t able to play at the last match. He was at the hospital wing at that time.
Marcus Flint – Slytherin Quidditch captain.
Draco Malfoy – Slytherin Seeker.
Nimbus 2001 – new broomsticks given to all 7 players of Slytherin courtesy of Lucius Malfoy.
Clean Sweep 5 – the Weasley twins’ broomsticks.
Colin Creepy – a first year student who’s been following Harry around with his camera.
Mudblood – term Malfoy called Hermione. It’s a really foul name for someone who was Muggle-born. It means dirty blood, common blood, as opposed to pure-blood.
“Fame’s a fickle friend,” Lockhart said to Harry when the latter was in detention and helping Lockhart address the envelopes. (page 92)
Pepperup potion – Madam Pomfrey’s remedy for colds worked instantly but it left the drinker smoking at the ears for several hours.
Kwikspell – a correspondence course in beginner’s magic. Harry found an envelope on Filch’s desk.
First mention of the Vanishing cabinet, dropped by Peeves, black and gold cabinet.
Moaning Myrtle – haunts the girls’ toilet on the first floor.
Mandrake Restorative Draught – a cure for anybody who has been petrified.
Squib – someone who was born into a wizarding family but hasn’t got any magic powers. It is the opposite of Muggle-born wizards.
Filch was a squib.
Petrify – to make someone stiff and frozen.
(Page 110) Dumbledore was giving Harry a searching look. His twinkling light blue gaze made Harry feel as though he was being x-rayed. Does this mean that Dumbledore was also an Occlumens?
Founders of Hogwarts:
Reason why Ron didn’t like spiders: When he was 3, Fred turned his teddy bear into a dirty great spider because he broke Fred’s toy broomstick.
Polyjuice Potion – It transforms you into somebody else.
Homorphus Charm – turns a werewolf back into a man. (page 122)
Madam Pince – the librarian, a thin and irritable woman who looked like an underfed vulture.
Madam Hooch – Quidditch teacher.
Skele-Gro – helps regrow bones. Harry had to regrow 33 bones after Lockhart accidentally removed them from his arm when it got hit by the rogue Bludger.
Dobby was the one who sealed the barrier at King’s Cross Station that’s why Ron and Harry couldn’t get through. The Rogue Bludger was also Dobby’s doing.
Dobb’s wearing a pillowcase was a mark of the house-elf enslavement. House elves could only be freed if his master presented him with clothes.
Conjuring up portable, waterproof fires was a specialty of Hermione’s. (page 138)
Expelliarmus – the Disarming Charm.
Rictusempra – the Tickling Charm.
Tarantallegra – makes one’s legs to jerk around out of his control in a kind of quickstep.
Finite Incantatem – to stop a spell.
Serpensortia – spell that shoots a snake out of one’s wand.
Parselmouth – one who can talk to snakes.
Parseltongue – snake language.
Professor Sinistra – of the Astronomy Department (page 152)
Fawkes – Dumbledore’s phoenix, which bursts into flame when it is time for it to die and is reborn from the ashes; has red and gold plumage, can carry heavy loads, tears have healing powers, and makes a highly faithful pet.
Moste Potente Potions – the book where Hermione found the recipe for the Polyjuice Potion.
Azkaban – the wizard prison.
Ginny sent Harry a singing valentine. (page 178)
Hagrid had an unfortunate liking for large and monstrous creatures.
Lumos – spell that makes a tiny light appear at the end of one’s wand.
Aragog – a spider the size of a small elephant. There was grey in the black of his body and legs and each of the eyes on his ugly, pincered head was milky white. He was blind. A traveler gave Aragog when it was still an egg to Hagrid who was only a boy then. Hagrid cared for him in the castle and when the Chamber of Secrets was opened 50 years ago, they thought that it was Hagrid who opened the Chamber and set the monster that dwelled in it free. They thought that Aragog was the monster that dwelled in the Chamber of Secrets.
Mosag – Aragog’s wife.
Ford Anglia – the blue flying car that the Weasley brothers used to take Harry out of the Dursley’s home. They also flew this car to Hogwarts when Ron and Harry missed the train. It also helped Ron and Harry escape from Aragog and the spiders.
Moaning Myrtle – the girl that died 50 years ago and was found in the bathroom.
The Basilisk was the monster in the Chamber of Secrets, the entrance of which was at Moaning Myrtle’s bathroom.
The Basilisk, King of Serpents, was a snake which might have reached a gigantic size. It killed through its deadly and venomous fangs and also its murderous stare. (page 215)
Dumbledore was a Transfiguration teacher.
TOM MARVOLO RIDDLE
I AM LORD VOLDEMORT
Tom Riddle – the Heir of Slytherin.
Similarities between Tom and Harry:
Both were half-bloods, orphans, raised by Muggles, parselmouths, looked something alike – black hair.
A poisonous fang sank into Harry’s elbow but Fawkes, the phoenix, healed it with its pearly tears.
Harry plunged the fang into Tom’s diary. (Therefore one of the 7 horcruxes had already been destroyed.)
Tom was feeding off Ginny’s soul as she poured her heart out in his diary. And she made Ginny open the Chamber of Secrets.
Lockhart used Ron’s Spellotaped wand to do a Memory Charm on him and Harry but it backfired on him. So his memory was gone.
Ginny wrote about her feelings for Harry in the diary.
Mr. Weasley to Ginny, “Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.” (page 242)
The night Voldemort tried to kill Harry, he transferred some of his own powers to him, that’s why Harry could speak Parseltongue and that’s why everyone thought that he was Slytherin’s heir.
“Voldermort put a bit of himself in me?” Harry said, thunderstruck.
“It certainly seems so.”
“So I should be in Slytherin,” Harry said, looking desperately into Dumbledore’s face. “The Sorting Hat could see Slytherin’s power in me, and it –“
“Put you in Gryffindor,” said Dumbledore calmly. “Listen to me, Harry. You happen to have many qualities Salazar Slytherin prized in his hand-picked students. His own very rare gift, Parseltongue, resourcefulness, determination, a certain disregard for rules,” he added, his moustache quivering again. “Yet the Sorting Hat placed you in Gryffindor. You know why that was. Think.”
“It only put me in Gryffindor,” said Harry in a defeated voice, “because I asked not to go in Slytherin…”
“Exactly,” said Dumbledore, beaming once more. “Which makes you very different from Tom Riddle. It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” … “If you want proof, Harry, that you belong in Gryffindor, I suggest you look more closely at this.”
(Dumbledore showed Harry the blood-stained silver sword, on the other side it had rubies blazing in the firelight and the name engraved just below the hilt. Godric Gryffindor.)
“Only a true Gryffindor could have pulled that out of the hat, Harry,” said Dumbledore simply. (page 245)
Harry gave Lucius Malfoy his slimy sock which he threw and Dobby caught. Thereby freeing Dobby from his master.
Percy’s got a girlfriend – Penelope Clearwater.
Exploding Snap and Filibuster Fireworks – Fred and George’s invention.
Harry and Ron both earned 200 points for Gryffindor, so their house won the House Cup again, in two years.