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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Scene 14

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Scene 14

Scene 14

  • In Transfiguration class with Professor McGonagall, the second-years are changing animals into water goblets when Hermione asks Professor McGonagall if she'll tell the class all about the Chamber of Secrets.
  • Well, it all goes back to when Hogwarts was founded over a thousand years ago. There were four founders—Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, and Salazar Slytherin.
  • Three of these guys got along fine…but one them didn't. Guess who couldn't play nice with others?
  • Slytherin wanted to teach only students who came from pure-blood families. So he left the Hogwarts but, according to legend, he built a secret chamber before he booked out of the castle.
  • His plan was for his heir to come back later and open the chamber and unleash horrors within on unsuspecting students with non-magical blood. Creepy.
  • Professor McGonagall tells her students that the castle has been thoroughly searched and no one has ever found this hidden chamber. So of course it doesn't exist.
  • But, like, just hypothetically, what would be in the chamber, Hermione asks. If it did exist?
  • A hideous monster, of course. Something only the heir of Slytherin could control, Professor McGonagall explains. Lovely.
  • After class, Harry, Ron, and Hermione discuss. If the Chamber of Secrets is real and it's been opened, that means the heir of Slytherin must be at Hogwarts.
  • Ron suspects Malfoy. After all, he's a pure-blood and he hates Muggle-borns, right?
  • Hermione's doubtful. That's pretty grand for Draco Malfoy.
  • Maybe they could ask Malfoy's friends, Crabbe and Goyle? Ron suggests.
  • Hmm… Hermione's got a plan.

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