Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Corrected entry: When the teachers gather to hear Professor McGonagall say Ginny has been taken into the Chamber, Harry and Ron are hiding behind them. The teachers are gaping at the message written on the wall. The way the teachers are positioned makes it possible for Ron and Harry to see the message. But when the teachers leave, they act as if it is the first time they've seen it; Ron even reads it aloud.

Correction: They may have seen the message, but they had no idea who it was that had been taken until Professor McGonagall said so. The part they were acting surprised at was Ginny, not the message. Ron read it in disbelief.

Corrected entry: When Harry, Ron, and Hermione are in the library, Hermione find the Polyjuice Potion 'recipe'. Hermione looks down at it and you see a shot of the page. If you pause the movie right then, you can see that it says "...Into the form of an another," when it should say "...Into the form of another." There is an extra 'an'. (00:52:40)

Correction: Seeing as it is a book, it not impossible for mistakes to accour. Even in the magical world.

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Corrected entry: In Dumbledore's office at the end of the movie. Harry says, "I couldn't help but notice certain similarities between Dumbledore and me." His mouth says "Voldemort" but on the VHS, it is dubbed over as "Dumbledore."

Correction: Harry actually says, "I couldn't help but notice certain things, certain similarities, between Tom Riddle and me." Harry says neither Voldemort nor Dumbledore.

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Corrected entry: Moaning Myrtle floods the bathroom in one scene by turning on the taps, but ghosts can't touch solid objects.

Correction: Ghosts are frequently portrayed in fiction as being able to affect the world around them to a greater or lesser extent, depending on mood, inclination and the whim of the author. Myrtle being able to do so is entirely reasonable.

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Corrected entry: When Harry and Ron go and see Lockhart, they get out their wands and point them at him to prevent him from doing anything to them. But seeing as they are in their 2nd year and Lockhart is a fully trained wizard, wouldn't Lockhart be able to cast a non-verbal spell on them - (non-verbal spells are taught in the 6th year).

Correction: Harry and Ron by now realise that Lockhart is not a very skilled wizard. He never uses non-verbal spells all throughout the movie, and it is possible that he may not be able to perform them.


Corrected entry: Tom Riddle's writing in the diary and Hermione's writing (pipes) are exactly the same, clearly done by the same crew member. (01:28:20 - 01:53:25)

Correction: No. Look at the 'P' in Potter and the 'p' or 'P' in pipes, extremely different. All of Riddles f's, y's etc are sloped and have a quite distinct tail below the line while Hermione's p's are very upright and plain.


Corrected entry: When the flying car is about to land in front of Ron's house, we can see its shadow to the car's side (which indicates that it's morning). In the next shot, the shadow is exactly under the car (which indicates that it's noon). (00:10:40)

Correction: The car arrives during the night and the only shadows visible are those cast by the car headlights or the streetlights. There is certainly no shadow of the car which supports the submission.


Corrected entry: In the scene in the Weasley's house there is a magically spinning plate in the sink washing itself. In the shot where the boys are shown in front of the sink look carefully and you can see the axle the plate is spinning on. (00:11:10)

Correction: I've looked closely at this one. We see two shots of what is actually a frying pan, not a plate. One is a wide shot when they enter and one is a closeup when Harry looks at it. No axle is visible in either shot.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Tom Riddle is writing his name in the air using his wand, play it in slow motion and you can see some letters (Particularly the "A" in "Marvolo") are written before Tom writes it with his wand.

Correction: If you have to use slow motion to see something, it's not a mistake.

Corrected entry: On the Extras DVD, in the Chamber of Secrets Challenge, once you actually get into the Chamber, there are lots of puddles on the floor. If you look closely at the puddles, you can see the reflection of the studio lights above the set.

Correction: DVD artwork, text and special features are not part of the movie itself, so mistakes made here are not valid as movie mistakes.


Correction: They use orange balls on sticks most of the time when doing CGI.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Wood is discussing how his team will practice harder, long, etc., he then says, "I don't believe it," as the Slytherin team comes into view. To his right while he was saying this is a huge wall and the Slytherins were coming from the right as well. How could he have seen them before he made this comment?

Correction: When Wood, Harry and the Gryffindors are walking up the exterior corridor, to their *left* there are open window-type archways, including the doorway through which they walk. It is to Wood's left that he would easily see Flint and the other Slytherins wearing their Quidditch uniforms, as they appear from their corridor (also with open archways) just as they step onto grass, across the courtyard. Once Wood walks through the doorway, he now faces towards his right to confront Flint.

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Corrected entry: In the scene where Harry, Lockhart and Ron are in Moaning Myrtle's bathroom, when Harry opens the chamber you can see a cord pulling the top part up.

Correction: Unfortunately, whether viewing the widescreen or fullscreen DVD, or VHS, there is no cord, or rope, or even wire, visible as the top vanity is rising in the first overhead shot and the second wideshot from behind Harry, Ron, and Lockhart. In the second wideshot, the vanity rises directly in front of the large window encased in the stone wall; the lines of the stone wall may deceivingly give the appearance as if there are cords at the top of the vanity.

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Corrected entry: When Harry runs into the sealed gateway, he crashes. Then Ron comes up a couple of seconds later and crashes too. He should have seen Harry's crash and at least slow down the trolley a bit. And when he hits the gateway himself, he does a sort of flip, which looks really fake.

Correction: Ron is a lot closer to Harry than a couple of seconds. There is nothing unrealistic about Ron's inability to stop because he was too close. As to the flip looking fake he could have thrown himself into it to avoid injury, instead of being forced into it by the crash.

Corrected entry: At the start, when Vernon is telling Harry about how much he has done for him, he says "out of the goodness of our hearts", yet he holds his hand over the wrong side of his chest (his right).


Correction: Where does it say he has to put his hand in a certain position? If you're inferring that his intention is to show where his heart muscle is, then that would simply be a character mistake. Needless to say, it is a deliberate irony for Vernon to claim that he actually has a heart where Harry is concerned.

Corrected entry: Why does Hogwarts have modern (muggle) toilets? I know that it is a main focal point for the plot, but if the school is really as old as they say, it surely wasn't built with them. They must have had some magical method of waste disposal (the 'scurgify' spell), and surely a way to create water, so why resort to installing plumbing and a (supposedly inefficient) muggle technology. They don't use electricity, Television, Internet, etc., so why plumbing?

Correction: Even if they don't use Muggle technology, not having indoor plumbing would be a hassle. They also use Muggle sinks. It's also a major plot point that the Basilisk travels through the school using the plumbing.

Not to mention wizards have been shown to use other muggle tech from triple decker buses to brooms to cameras to trains. Even the castle itself is an example (if you can have a massive room in a briefcase, why bother building a huge fortress unless it's because of the personal taste of the wizards involve). It's stated in the books that electricity doesn't work well around magic, hence no internet, but the wizarding community does use mechanical or chemical muggle tech that's often modified by magic.

Yep, I feel they are only a few steps behind on the muggle world in terms of technology, like early 20th century whilst it's the end of the 20th century. They obviously look at the muggle world and see what they can adapt to their world if it's useful. I'd say plumbing must have been introduced somewhere in the late 19th century for wizards. It's just that most aren't interested in the muggle world. It probably has to be a muggle-born wizard that tries to adapt muggle tech into the wizarding world. I mean Arthur is pretty interested in the muggle world so it's logical he owns a car.


Corrected entry: When we see Ginny lying in the chamber of secrets and again once she has awoken she has bare legs or flesh coloured tights on. However as they fly out of the chamber, Ginny is now wearing black tights.

Correction: Ginny does not wear flesh coloured tights while in the chamber, nor does she wear black tights on her way out. Ginny wears dark grey knee high socks both in the chamber and when she hangs onto Harry's waist as Fawkes carries them all out.

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Corrected entry: When Harry and Tom Riddle are talking right after Fawkes claws out the basilisks eyes Tom says "Your Phoenix may have blinded the basilisk but it can still hear you." But in reality snakes can't hear, and the basilisk is just a big snake.

Correction: The Basilisk is not "just a big snake" - far from it. This King of Serpents may live many hundreds of years, was born from a chicken's egg, and hatched beneath a toad. Anyone who looks into its eyes suffer instant death. I should think that if a Basilisk has the ability to hear, however it does, that should be the least of its believability factors.

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Corrected entry: The basilisk is supposed to be moving through the plumbing, but when it petrifies people it's in a room or hallway. How does it get out of the plumbing and into the room? It's too big to fit through a tap, drain or toilet. If it has to knock a hole in the pipes and walls to get out, surely someone would have noticed gaping holes everywhere?

Correction: It is a magical beast controlled by the 2nd most powerful wizard in the world. Maybe Voldemort shrunk it before he sent it out to hunt.


Corrected entry: Look at the blood writing on the wall. Tom Riddle says that it was written by Ginny, but you can see that it's too high for her to write - we see a flashback of Ginny writing the blood on the wall, not standing on a chair and clearly not standing on a ladder.

Correction: If a wizard or a witch can levitate a feather, it would be no problem to levitate him/herself. Besides, the shot of Ginny writing just shows her from the chest up writing on the wall.


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Revealing mistake: At the beginning of the scene near the end of the movie with Lucius Malfoy fuming at Dumbledore in his office, Malfoy's hair is fanned back behind his shoulders. The lighting in the room illuminates the back of his neck, where you can see his real, short brown hair. (02:22:05)

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Uncle Vernon: And Dudley, you will be?
Dudley Dursley: I'll be waiting to open the door.
Uncle Vernon: Excellent. And you?
Harry: I'll be in my bedroom, making no noise and pretending that I don't exist.

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Trivia: The first scenes in the movie are some of the last scenes filmed. Viewers kind of tell by the way the actors' voices and looks changed. For example, Matthew Lewis (who played Neville Longbottom) said that he had to stuff cotton balls in his cheeks in the "Mandrakes in the Greenhouse" scene, since he had lost so much weight since the beginning of filming.

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Question: Considering how big the Basilisk is, how is it able to travel through the pipes in Hogwarts since so many of them are small?

Answer: It was traveling through the pipes that it could fit into.

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So how was it able to get into the girls restroom and kill Moaning Myrtle many years ago? All of those pipes in the restroom aren't large enough.

The girls' bathroom is the entrance to the chamber of secrets. She was in there when Tom Riddle opened it and let the snake out.


Answer: Perhaps the basilisk is a magical creature and can change size at any given time to fit into those tiny pipes.

Answer: The tunnel that leads into the Chamber of Secrets is really big. The basilisk could have made its way up into it.

Yes but the general pipes in the castle are not that size. The entrance tunnel was that big for a reason.

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