Things You Didn't Know About 'The Chamber of Secrets' If You've Only Seen The Movie

List Rules
Vote up the most magical details.

The Wizarding World of the Harry Potter books will feel unfamiliar to those who are aware of the series exclusively through the movies. Chamber of Secrets has a few things that are faithful to the source material, but there are also many details that were either changed or weren't adapted at all. It's very interesting how certain aspects that seem unexplained or unclear in the movie become very easy to understand when their true nature is revealed through the book.

It's always worth knowing the details behind the stories, and Chamber of Secrets is infinitely more enjoyable this way. For this reason, moviegoers absolutely need to be aware of these points of interest.


  • 1
    356 VOTES

    Arthur Weasley Attacks Lucius Malfoy In Diagon Alley

    Arthur Weasley Attacks Lucius Malfoy In Diagon Alley
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / Warner Bros. Pictures

    The interaction between Arthur and Lucius Malfoy at Flourish and Blotts is much more hostile in the book. Lucius is angered when he sees Hermione's Muggle parents in Diagon Alley and takes it out on Arthur because he sees him in conversation with the Grangers. While the movie version of Arthur doesn't respond, the book version doesn't take Lucius's insults kindly.

    Arthur loses his composure when Lucius says the Weasleys are a disgrace to wizards, and he physically assaults him. It's one of very few times in the series when wizards resort to fisticuffs over dueling, and Arthur wins the exchange when Lucius is injured. The fight causes a scene in Diagon Alley, and the Weasley family ultimately chooses to leave.

     

  • 2
    283 VOTES

    Ginny Slays Hagrid's Roosters To Prevent The Basilisk's Demise

    Ginny Slays Hagrid's Roosters To Prevent The Basilisk's Demise
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Film fans tend to find it odd that Hagrid carries dead roosters in his hands in a couple of scenes that don't have any connection to the story. However, in the novel, it's explained that the roosters' relevance is tied into the Basilisk's presence at Hogwarts. Basilisks will perish if they hear the crowing of a rooster, which makes the latter a direct threat.

    Ginny is possessed by Voldemort through the diary a number of times over the years, and Voldemort slays Hagrid's roosters to ensure the Basilisk can continue haunting Hogwarts. Ginny's notes in the diary specifically mention that she starts to realize she's been possessed after she finds rooster feathers on her person.

  • 3
    279 VOTES

    Peeves Damages The Vanishing Cabinet That Draco Malfoy Uses Four Years Later

    Peeves Damages The Vanishing Cabinet That Draco Malfoy Uses Four Years Later
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / Warner Bros. Pictures

    The book version of Chamber of Secrets ties in heavily with Half-Blood Prince, and one of the most crucial connections is the Vanishing Cabinet. There are two cabinets - the first one is seen by Harry in Borgin and Burkes after he accidentally lands in Knockturn Alley through the Floo Network.

    Harry sees the second Vanishing Cabinet when Peeves drops it from a staircase near Filch's office - Nearly Headless Nick convinces him to drop it so that Harry can escape Filch's grasp through the distraction. Filch then places the broken Vanishing Cabinet in the Room of Requirement. Malfoy repairs it in Half-Blood Prince so that the Death Eaters can enter Hogwarts through Borgin and Burkes. 

  • 4
    236 VOTES

    Hermione Uses Lockhart's Signature To Get Into The Library's Restricted Section

    Hermione Uses Lockhart's Signature To Get Into The Library's Restricted Section
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Hermione's knowledge of the Polyjuice potion is a mystery to those who watched the movie, but the book depicts the process in detail. Hermione requires the book titled Most Potente Potions to learn of the ingredients needed, and it turns out to be in the Restricted Section of the library. 

    The book also reveals that the only way students lower than N.E.W.T. level can enter the Restricted Section is if they acquire the signature of a teacher that authorizes them to gain access. Harry and Ron target Gilderoy Lockhart because of his lack of smarts; he acquiesces without inquiring the reason. Most Potente Potions ultimately allows Harry and Ron to take on the identities of Crabbe and Goyle after Hermione successfully brews the Polyjuice potion.

  • 5
    238 VOTES

    The Weasleys Have A Ghoul In The Attic, And Harry De-Gnomes The House With The Weasley Children

    The Weasleys Have A Ghoul In The Attic, And Harry De-Gnomes The House With The Weasley Children
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / Warner Bros. Pictures

    The Burrow is far more interesting than the movies make it appear. In the novel, Harry and the Weasley boys are given a task by Molly to de-gnome the garden. Harry finds out that gnomes are magical creatures who sneak into gardens and have to be flung outside. The boys make a game out of it and throw the gnomes as far as they can. Harry ends up as the winner when he tosses a gnome that bit him the farthest.

    Harry is slightly alarmed to hear clanging from the attic when he first arrives, but the Weasleys tell him they are aware of a ghoul that lives in their attic. The ghoul seems to be attached to the family because it starts to get agitated when it thinks there isn't enough noise from the rest of the house. 

  • 6
    255 VOTES

    Arthur Weasley's Muggle Protection Act Influences Lucius To Get The Chamber Of Secrets Opened

    Arthur Weasley's Muggle Protection Act Influences Lucius To Get The Chamber Of Secrets Opened
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Lucius Malfoy specifically plants Voldemort's diary in Ginny's belongings because he wants to discredit Arthur. His bitterness toward his rival increases after Arthur's Muggle Protection Act is passed as a law - it labels certain items as dark objects whose possession will result in charges against the wizards who own them.

    Lucius is in Diagon Alley that day to dispose of the items he has, and picks a fight with Arthur out of resentment. Lucius's scuffle with Arthur further motivates him to get back at his rival; he dumps the diary on Ginny in hopes that her role in opening the Chamber of Secrets would damage Arthur's image so much that his Muggle Protection Act would be abolished.