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

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Vote 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.

Photo: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets/Warner Bros.

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    48 VOTES

    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.

    48 votes
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    38 VOTES

    Slytherin Told People About The Chamber

    From Redditor u/ibid-11962:

    [Rowling said] The subterranean Chamber of Secrets was created by Salazar Slytherin without the knowledge of his three fellow founders of Hogwarts. The Chamber was, for many centuries, believed to be a myth; however, the fact that rumors of its existence persisted for so long reveals that Slytherin spoke of its creation and that others believed him, or else had been permitted, by him, to enter.

    38 votes
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    43 VOTES

    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.

    43 votes
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    37 VOTES

    Slytherin Secretly Taught Students Dark Magic In The Chamber

    From Redditor u/Knightridergirl80:

    One of the other things he didn’t agree on with the other founders was whether or not they should teach dark magic. Salazar wanted to teach dark magic, but the other three refused. So he used the chamber to teach students dark magic in secret.

    37 votes
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    37 VOTES

    The Chamber Didn't Become A Home For The Basilisk Until Slytherin Was Forced Out Of The School

    From Redditor u/ibid-11962:

    [Rowling said] What is certain is that by the time Slytherin was forced out of the school by the other three founders, he had decided that henceforth, the Chamber he had built would be the lair of a monster that he alone – or his descendants – would be able to control: a Basilisk. Moreover, only a Parselmouth would be able to enter the Chamber. This, he knew, would keep out all three founders and every other member of staff.

    37 votes
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    42 VOTES

    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.

    42 votes