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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Courage

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HARRY POTTER: Why can't we get through?

RON WEASLEY: I don't know. The gateway has sealed itself for some reason.

HARRY POTTER: The train leaves at exactly 11:00. We've missed it.

RON WEASLEY: Harry, if we can't get through maybe Mum and Dad can't get back.

HARRY POTTER: Maybe we should just go and wait by the car.


We'd probably just wait by the car, but Harry and Ron are brave enough to fire up the Ford Anglia and fly to Hogwarts. They really want to get to class on time.

HARRY POTTER: So a house-elf shows up in my bedroom, we can't get through the barrier to Platform 9 ¾, we almost get killed by a tree. Clearly someone doesn't want me here this year.

A little danger never stopped Harry Potter from getting to Hogwarts, right? This kid has got the daring and determination to face any obstacle…even if it means almost dying a whole bunch of times on his way to school.

PROFESSOR SNAPE: Headmaster, these boys have flouted the Decree for the Restriction of Underage Wizardry. As such…

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE: I am well aware of our bylaws having written quite a few of them myself. However, as head of Gryffindor house, it is for Professor McGonagall to determine the appropriate action.

RON WEASLEY: We'll go and get our stuff, then.

PROFESSOR MCGONAGALL: What are you talking about, Mr. Weasley?

RON WEASLEY: You're going to expel us, aren't you?

PROFESSOR MCGONAGALL: Not today, Mr. Weasley, but I must impress on both of you the seriousness of what you have done. I will be writing to your families tonight, and you will both receive detention.

You've got to hand it to these boys, they're pretty brave. Ron and Harry aren't trying to talk their way out of their expulsion. They're just going to take their lumps, back their bags, and head home. That's some grit right there.

HARRY POTTER: That voice.


HARRY POTTER: Didn't you hear it?

GILDEROY LOCKHART: What are you talking about, Harry? I think you're getting a bit drowsy. And great Scott, no wonder. Look at the time. We've been here nearly four hours. Spooky how the time flies when one is having fun.

If you're looking for an example of true courage—you won't find it in Gilderoy Lockhart. Harry mentions he hears a voice and Lockhart finds a way to shut down their detention pretty fast. For a guy who supposedly fought off a whole bunch of monsters, he's not very gallant, is he?

PROFESSOR MCGONAGALL: What can this mean, Albus?

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE: It means that our students are in great danger.

PROFESSOR MCGONAGALL: What should I tell the staff?

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE: The truth. Tell them Hogwarts is no longer safe. It is as we feared, Minerva. The Chamber of Secrets has indeed been opened again.

Harry overhears this little piece of gossip while he's in the hospital wing and it's bad news. Hogwarts isn't safe anymore. Oh no! Of course, that doesn't mean the adults are going to shut down the school and send home all the children just yet. Looks like Harry and friends are just going to have to be brave while they're roaming through the halls trying not to be killed or petrified.

DRACO MALFOY: Scared, Potter?


This is a pretty good come back. Lots of things scare Harry Potter, but when it comes to facing Draco Malfoy in dueling club, he's got grit to spare. This Slytherin is going down.

HARRY POTTER: You heard what Hagrid said. "Follow the spiders." They're heading to the Dark Forest.

RON WEASLEY: Why spiders? Why couldn't it be "follow the butterflies"? Harry, I don't like this.

Poor Ron. We feel you on the arachnophobia vibes. To Ron's credit though, he still goes into the Forbidden Forest to check out what's up with the spiders even though he's totally terrified. We'd be running the other way.

HARRY POTTER: Well, thank you. We'll just go.

ARAGOG: Go? I think not. My sons and daughters do not harm Hagrid on my command. But I cannot deny them fresh meat when it wanders so willingly into our midst. Goodbye, friend of Hagrid.

RON WEASLEY: Can we panic now?

Yes. With hundreds of huge spiders coming towards them this might be a great time for both Harry and Ron to panic. Luckily, the boys are able to keep their courage up for a few minutes to make a narrow escape from the jaws of certain spider death. Special thanks to the flying Ford Anglia.

HARRY POTTER: Professor, we have some information for you. Are you going somewhere?

GILDEROY LOCKHART: Well, yes. Urgent call. Unavoidable. Got to go.

RON WEASLEY: What about my sister?

GILDEROY LOCKHART: Well... as to that, most unfortunate. No one regrets more than I.

RON WEASLEY: You're the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. You can't go now.

GILDEROY LOCKHART: I must say, when I took the job, there was nothing in the description—

HARRY POTTER: You're running away? After all you did in your books?

GILDEROY LOCKHART: Books can be misleading.

Gilderoy Lockhart has been bragging the entire movie about his exploits and now he's bailing on everyone right when he's needed. Lockhart has finally been exposed for the fraud and coward that he is.

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE: You both realize, of course that in the past few hours, you have broken perhaps a dozen school rules.

HARRY & RON: Yes, sir.

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE: There is sufficient evidence to have you both expelled.

HARRY & RON: Yes, sir.

ALBUS DUMBLEDORE: Therefore, it is only fitting that you both receive Special Awards for Services to the School.

Well, to be fair, they did single-handedly find the Chamber of Secrets, slay a basilisk, rescue a kidnapped student, and destroy the memory of Voldemort. That took guts, so we'd say that deserves some kudos, too.

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