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Fans Are Sharing Obscure 'Harry Potter' Lore About The Chamber Of Secrets

September 3, 2021 124 votes 23 voters8 items

List RulesVote up the most interesting lore about the hidden lair for the heir of Slytherin.

The Chamber of Secrets may be the focus of an entire book in the Harry Potter series, but there is plenty about the hidden lair that readers and TV viewers may not know. Fans and the author herself have pointed out a number of details that make the Chamber even more terrifying than before.

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    The Gaunt Family Managed The Plumbing Installation In Hogwarts To Keep The Chamber Hidden

    From a former Redditor:

    One of the Gaunt relatives was at Hogwarts when they started building the plumbing system around the castle. After sh*tting himself because someone might find the Chamber of Secrets (which was placed where the girls bathroom was planned to be) he took over the planning and managed to build the toilets over the entrance and refurbish it.

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    The Chamber Has Been Opened A Number Of Times

    From Redditor u/ibid-11962:

    [Rowling said] There is clear evidence that the Chamber was opened more than once between the death of Slytherin and the entrance of Tom Riddle in the twentieth century. When first created, the Chamber was accessed through a concealed trapdoor and a series of magical tunnels. However, when Hogwarts’ plumbing became more elaborate in the eighteenth century (this was a rare instance of wizards copying Muggles, because hitherto they simply relieved themselves wherever they stood, and vanished the evidence), the entrance to the Chamber was threatened, being located on the site of a proposed bathroom.

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    The Chamber Was Originally Used To Secretly Tutor Students

    From Redditor u/RownaRawnclaw:

    So, at first the chamber was a place where Salazar tutored his students. It's entrance was a simple trap door. However, Salazar decided that no muggleborns or half-bloods should even exist. Therefore he hid a basilisk in the school and left.

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    Every Hogwarts Founder Had Control Over Designing Parts Of The School – Only Slytherin Went As Far As Building A Secret Like The Chamber

    From Redditor u/ibid-11962:

    [Rowling said] There is no doubt that each of the four founders sought to stamp their own mark upon the school that they intended would be the finest in the world. It was agreed that each would construct their own houses, for example, choosing the location of common rooms and dormitories. However, only Slytherin went further, and built what was in effect a personal, secret headquarters within the school, accessible only by himself or by those he allowed to enter.

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