Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Corrected entry: When Harry goes to the hospital, Madam Pomfry says "I can mend bones in a heartbeat..." However, at the end of the film, Ron's wearing a cast on his arm. If it could be mended in "a heartbeat," would it need a cast?

Correction: She was exaggerating, as Harry had a far worse injury than a broken bone.

Corrected entry: While transformed into Crabbe and Goyle, Harry and Ron meet up with Malfoy. If you look at their ties and badges, they're blue and silver. But Slytherin's colors are green and silver as seen at the Quidditch match.


Correction: The ties and crests actually are green and silver. The darker lighting makes them appear to be blue but they are green.

Corrected entry: The chamber of secrets was created by Salazar Slytherin, some 1000 years before Riddle came to find it. Would the plumbing inside the bathroom never have been changed in 1000 years? Or were the toilets and sinks the same for 1000 years?

Correction: Yes, the plumbing would have changed, and obviously has - you can see it. However, Hogwarts is magical so the entrance could probably 'make sure' it wasn't found. The original entrance would have been slightly different to the current one. Bear in mind, Riddle could have altered the entrance so he could find it more easily.


Corrected entry: When Professor McGonagall transfigures a bird into a goblet, you can see Harry, Ron, Hermione and others from the Gryffindor house, and Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle from Slytherin. However, after Hermione asks McGonagall about the Chamber of Secrets, she looks around the room, and we see Justin Finch-Fletchley, who is in Hufflepuff. The decision to place him there must have to do with the fact that later on in the film, he is subject to an attack from the monster within the Chamber.

Correction: Only the books specify that the schedule is broken into houses, the movies never state this.

Corrected entry: Before Tom Riddle came to Hogwarts the toilet was not haunted, but a normal toilet for girls. Wasn't it strange that Slytherin (the man himself) had to go to the girl's bathroom when he wanted to visit his secret chamber?

Correction: Yes, which makes it even less likely for people to think the entrance is there. The chamber is meant to be hidden so no one apart from the heir can find it so the girls' toilets would be a good place.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Harry is on the floor with a broken arm after the Quidditch match, you can plainly hear Harry say something quite rude. It is just when Professor Lockhart comes over, and you may need to turn up to volume.

Correction: Actually Harry says 'thank you'. He says it to Hermione because she blasted the bludger before it could hit Harry again.

Corrected entry: In the forest scene, the flame lamp is always glowing with a different brightness. First it's very intense, and then so dim you can hardly see it.

Correction: This is simply what flames are like. When they move, they can get darker and lighter or the flame can start to go out and then pick up force again.

Corrected entry: When Harry and Ron are ejected from the flying car, it also ejects their trunks, the cages with the animals, and a few small parcels. When Harry and Ron enter the castle and leave their belongings with the other collected luggage, they leave fewer items than the car ejected.

Correction: It's possible they put the smaller packages in their trunks so they wouldn't drop them.

Correction: The only thing different about the Nimbus 2000 is the metal stand that Harry can put his feet on. It's possible that he bought that in Diagon Alley.

Corrected entry: In the final scene, when Harry hugs Hagrid, the shot shows the back of Harry, and some hanging pans with flames can be seen on the wall. Look carefully at the one second from the left. It seems to burn backwards, as if it's animation has been reversed. (02:23:45)

Correction: How can a flame burn backwards?

Corrected entry: Deleted Scene UK DVD: When Ron, Harry and Hermione are discussing the diary in the hospital wing, Hermione looks at a random page in the book and says Tom's name, Ron then takes it and points at the page while trying to remember where he read the name. Trouble is, the name is not printed in the pages, but on the back cover.

Correction: It's not a random page. She is looking inside the front cover of the diary and that does have Riddle's name printed on it. It's also printed on the outside of the back cover.

Corrected entry: When Harry Potter and Tom Riddle are talking inside the Chamber of Secrets, notice the bridge of Harry's nose. There is a small piece of duct tape under the bridge of the glasses to hold them in place. (02:07:05)

Correction: No there isn't.That's just the bridge of his glasses.

Corrected entry: In the polyjuice potion scene (movie scene index 20), Hermione sits down and and we see nothing is on the bench. Then when Ron asks her "how", she picks up two muffins from the bench seat. (01:17:40)

Correction: She doesn't, she takes them from her cloak pocket.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Ron, Harry, and Hermione are at the carnival, Hagrid is on Harry's right. A few seconds later, he is gone.

Correction: The comment is vague, and there is no carnival in CoS.

Corrected entry: During the filming of The Chamber of Secrets, Emma Watson broke her wrist. You can see the cast on Emma's left arm in the scene when she, Harry, and Ron finally drink the potion. She is able to move her arm and fingers, but you can tell her mobility is stiff and limited, and the sleeve of her gown is pulled down over her hand. Earlier in the film, when she is first mixing the potion, she is not wearing the cast. (01:19:35)

Correction: I'm sorry, but that is incorrect. If you watch, she moves BOTH of her wrists during that scene. All you are seeing is that she is wearing a long shirt that goes down to her fingers. But she does move and bend both wrists. And if you watch, you can see into the sleeve enough to tell there is no cast there.

Corrected entry: During the scene when they are playing Quidditch the shadows of the goal posts keep changing direction. (00:53:05)

Correction: Not really. I think you are just seeing the two different sets of goal posts. One at each end. Naturally they do have different shadows, which are consistent with each other from what I can see.

Corrected entry: In the shot when Harry grabs the diary from Ginny, right before he grabs it you can see that her eyes are half open, and when he motions toward her, she shuts them tight.

Correction: On the DVD, I zoomed in on her face and went frame by frame, and her eyes were shut the entire time.

Corrected entry: In the first movie, the Dursley's house is on the end of a row of houses. You can see right before they head out to the zoo that there is a house attached on the right but none attached on the left. But in the Chamber of Secrets, when the Dursley's house is shown from outside, it's in the middle of a row, with other houses attached to both sides.

Correction: There are 3 more houses to the right of the Dursley's (as you are facing the house) as you see at the beginning of the first movie. And then a row of thick trees. When Harry is about to turn 11, there is a thin line of short trees and then more houses beyond that, so the subdivision has been built up since Harry was a baby. And you also do see down the street when Dumbledore first arrives and uses the Put-Outer. There are many houses on the left (as you face the house) of the Dursley's. And in the scene you mentioned when they leave for the zoo, the only time you can see what's on the left side of the house is a shot looking down at Harry and you can see the tire of a car in the driveway of the house next door. You can also see the houses on either side of the Dursley's when the owls are delivering letters from Hogwarts for Harry. So, I am sorry, but you are wrong. The Dursleys have always had several houses on BOTH sides of their house.

Corrected entry: In the book store in Diagon Ally, when Draco comes down the stairs his neck is showing, in a later shot his neck is being coved up by a turtle neck or something.

Correction: No, his neck is showing throughout the entire scene in the bookstore. The only thing that changes is the alignment of the edge of his cloak and the edge of his t-shirt. Sometimes they are completely even/level with each other, but most of the time the t-shirt is maybe a half inch above the edge of the cloak.

Corrected entry: At the end of the film, in the Great Hall, the doors leading into the Hall are on the left, and the teacher's table is on the right. The camera leaves the Hall through the window, not changing angles, and where there should be more building for the doors to lead onto, there are three big windows and a drop down to the next floor. (02:31:10)

Correction: The camera leaves through the windows behind the teachers and pans around, and you can see that there are more buildings sticking out of the other side of the Great Hall, just high enough for there to be a doorway leading out into the entry way to the Great Hall.

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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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Dobby: Harry Potter! Such an honour it is!
Harry Potter: What... Who are you?
Dobby: Dobby, sir. Dobby the house elf.
Harry Potter: I see. Not to be rude or anything, but this isn't a great time to have a house elf in my bedroom.

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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: At the end of the Chamber of Secrets, Harry gives Lucius Malfoy the diary, showing him that he knows it was him. In the Half Blood Prince we see Dumbledore at his desk mulling over Tom Riddle's destroyed diary - is this an error, or have I missed something? Was it not given back to Malfoy at the end of Chamber of Secrets?


Chosen answer: After Harry hands it to Lucius, Lucius hands it to Dobby to carry. After Dobby is freed by the hidden sock and protects Harry from Lucius, Lucius leaves it behind.

Greg Dwyer

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