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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Chapter 15

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Chapter 15


  • With Professor Dumbledore gone, the whole school falls into fear again.
  • Harry looks around for spiders as much as he can at school, but he's having trouble because none of the students are permitted to wander without a teacher present.
  • The only person who looks as though he's really enjoying himself is Draco Malfoy.
  • In Potions, Draco says openly, "I'm quite surprised the Mudbloods haven't all packed their bags by now […] Bet you five Galleons the next one dies. Pity it wasn't Granger —" (15.14).
  • Harry barely holds Ron back from attacking Draco.
  • One bright spot: during Herbology, Ernie Macmillan apologizes to Harry for suspecting him.
  • He knows that Harry would never hurt Hermione.
  • From the Herbology greenhouse, Harry also spots several large spiders "moving in an unnaturally straight line as though taking the shortest route to a prearranged meeting" (15.27).
  • They're heading to the Forbidden Forest.
  • Harry and (a reluctant) Ron agree to sneak into the forest under Harry's Invisibility Cloak, with Hagrid's large dog Fang for protection.
  • First, though, they have Defense Against the Dark Arts.
  • Professor Lockhart appears thrilled: he is sure that the Minister of Magic would not have arrested Hagrid without sure proof that he is guilty.
  • None of the kids are convinced by this logic.
  • That night, Harry and Ron creep out of the castle to Hagrid's cottage to get Fang.
  • They then follow the spiders through the forest for at least half an hour, until Harry hears "something moving over there […] sounds like something big" (15.174).
  • There's a sudden blaze of light in the darkness.
  • It's the headlights of Mr. Weasley's enchanted Ford Anglia.
  • It's been in the Forbidden Forest all this time.
  • Distracted by the car, Harry doesn't notice something coming up behind him until it grabs him.
  • It takes Ron and Fang, too.
  • The thing carries Harry, Ron, and Fang to a large hollow in the ground, which is absolutely crawling with spiders.
  • It is a giant spider.
  • It drops Harry, Ron, and Fang in the hollow and calls for Aragog.
  • Aragog is "a spider the size of a small elephant [….] There was gray in the black of his body and legs, and each of the eyes on his ugly, pincered head was milky white. He was blind" (15.104).
  • Aragog is confused: "Hagrid has never sent men into our hollow before" (15.113).
  • Aragog tells Ron and Harry that Hagrid raised Aragog from an egg.
  • When Aragog was found and blamed for the death of a student, Hagrid sneaked Aragog out of the castle.
  • Aragog describes the monster in the Chamber of Secrets as "an ancient creature we spiders fear above all others" (15.127).
  • The spiders will not even speak its name.
  • Harry and Ron try to leave, but Aragog won't let them: he won't eat them out of respect for Hagrid, but he can't deny his family their rights.
  • As the spiders approach, a horn sounds.
  • It's the honking of Mr. Weasley's Ford Anglia.
  • Ron, Harry, and Fang climb in and the car races to the edge of the Forbidden Forest.
  • They walk safely up to Hogwarts, leaving the car in the Forbidden Forest.
  • Now, Harry and Ron have learned for sure that Hagrid is innocent.
  • They don't know what to do next, though.
  • Suddenly, Harry has a revelation: that girl who died?
  • What if she's Moaning Myrtle?

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