Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Corrected entry: We see Ron break his wand when the car is soaring out of control into the whomping willow tree. When they've landed in the tree, Ron says "My wand, look at my wand". The tree then becomes even more violent, and Ron drops his wand, and says "what's happening". Eventually they fall out of the tree, get thrown out of the car, and it disappears into the forbidden forest. A few scenes later, Ron is trying to repair his wand with cellotape in the great hall. But at what point did he actually get his wand back? It wasn't in his hand when he was thrown out of the car, he was in too much of a panic to get it whilst in the car, and he certainly didn't venture into the forbidden forest to retrieve it afterwards.

Correction: The car expelled them and everything that was theirs before driving off.

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Corrected entry: In the Scene where Vernon tells everyone what to do when the Masons arrive. When he says "And Pertunia, you will be..." you can see Vernon mouth the words when Pertunia says "I'll be in the lounge, waiting to welcome them graciously into our home."

Correction: Vernon has carefully coached them on what to say to the clients and is making sure that Petunia gets it exactly right.

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Corrected entry: In the scene where Dobby talks to Harry in the infirmary, Dobby says he has ironed his hands and shows them bandaged. A few shots later the bandages are gone, and then in the next shot they are back.

Correction: The bandages are still there; it's just difficult to see in the dark.

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Corrected entry: If Mr. and Mrs. Weasley are so concerned that the kids will miss the train at 11:00 since they didn't arrive at King's Cross until 10:58, why wouldn't they allow Ron and Harry to go through the platform before they do? Wouldn't they have tried to get them through first so they could get on the train?

princesskelli

Correction: I think we're supposed to assume that they're so anxious about Ginny on her first day that they rush through with her and leave the boys to follow - which normally they could have done with no problems, except that Dobby was magically blocking the entrance.

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Corrected entry: Why would Gilderoy Lockhart use Ron's wand to cast a memory charm on Harry, the spell that backfires on him? Even if Ron's wand was intact, any wizard knows that the wand chooses the wizard not the other way around, and if you remember from the first movie, Harry caused quite a bit of destruction trying out wands that weren't made for him. Surely Lockhart shouldn't expect someone else's wand to work for him. (02:01:50)

princesskelli

Correction: Other people's wands don't actually cause destruction in the books - this was just amped up a bit in the initial 'choosing a wand' process for the films. Mr Ollivander, the wandmaker, explains to Harry simply that 'you will never get such good results with another wizard's wand'. The spell only backfires in Lockhart's case because Ron's wand was broken.

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Corrected entry: When Harry, Ron and Hermione made the Polyjuice potion so they could get into the Slytherin house, Harry and Ron made the sleeping draught potion in the cupcakes for Crabbe and Goyle so they could lock them away and not risk running into them in the house. Hermione was going to turn herself into a Slytherin named Millicent Bulstrode before the spell went wrong, but she hadn't taken any precautions like a spell to not see her in the house. What if she ran into Millicent in the Slytherin house looking like her?

princesskelli

Correction: In the book we are told that Millicent Bulstrode has gone home for the holidays at the last minute, so that's why Hermione doesn't need to be as careful. Of course, this raises new concerns - what would the Slytherins think if she suddenly turned up again? - but that's a book issue, not a movie mistake.

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Corrected entry: In the scene where Harry falls out of the car when they are trying to get away from the train you can see that Harry's hair is blowing in the wind. When Ron goes to grab Harry and pull him in Ron's hair does too, then when he goes back in the car his hair is still blowing even though he is in the car with the windows up.

Correction: The two front windows are in fact down. They are down even before Harry falls out of the car, which can easily be seen while they're flying over the tracks (notice their hair waving in the breeze).

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Corrected entry: When Harry and Ron go and visit Hermione in the hostpital wing, Harry is holding her hand and by the look of it, he had been for a few minutes. Then he discovers the piece of paper in her hand. Wouldn't he have felt that earlier?

Correction: At the very beginning of this particular scene, we see Harry exchanging some dead flowers with some fresh flowers, in a vase next to Hermione's bed. He then goes and sits down on the bed and says "wish you were here Hermione, we need you now, more than ever". At THIS point, he puts his hand on hers and finds the piece of paper. He had only just put his hand on hers when he found it.

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Corrected entry: When Harry drops the polyjuice potion, you see that it lands on a grate. When Myrtle floods the washroom, wouldn't the water go into these grates? (01:20:16)

Correction: No, there could have been too much water for the grates to have drained all the water on the floor causing the water to spread. Also, the floor might not have been even or had flooded too far away from the grates so that the water could have created a puddle and could not run back to the grates.

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Corrected entry: When Harry is writing to Tom Riddle through the diary there is a close up of Harry's face and in the reflection of his glasses you can clearly see the film crew. You are able to see the camera-man and a women standing next to him, and they are moving around.

Correction: You can't see anyone in his glasses because there wasn't any glass in the frames for the majority of the film.

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Corrected entry: While the rocks are falling between Harry and Ron, Harry falls on his stomach and you can see several boulders bounce off of his back.

Correction: The boulders do not hit Harry, they fly over his back.

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Corrected entry: When Harry is pulled out of the flash back (where he saw Riddle), a door closes on the way. But how did the door close when no-one was there to close it?

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Correction: This occurs only because Harry lives in the wizarding world. This door closing was obviously because of magic.

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Corrected entry: Fred and George Weasley are on the Quidditch team as Beaters - the players who keep bludgers from hitting their teammates. So where were they when the rogue bludger was attacking their star Seeker?

Correction: They were protecting Katie, Alicia, Angelina and Oliver from the other Bludger. This is explained in depth in the book, so presumably we just have to assume the same is happening in the film.

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Corrected entry: Near the end of the film when Lockhart is packing up and leaving because he doesn't want to go into the chamber. Look closely in the mirror next to the door just before Harry and Ron enter the room. You can see Lockhart watching the door waiting for the boys to come in.

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Correction: Lockhart was jumpy because it could have been one of the teachers coming. He would have heard Harry and Ron's footsteps. I think that would draw his attention to the door.

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Corrected entry: When Ron and Harry change into Crabbe and Goyle they go to the Slytherin common room. To get into Slytherin house they would need to know the password, but no one knows the other houses' passwords, so how did they get in?

Correction: After they change into Crabbe and Goyle, they meet up with Draco in the corridor, then go to the common room. Of course Draco knows the Slytherin password, allowing Harry and Ron to get in disguised as Crabbe and Goyle.

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Corrected entry: When Harry first meets Dobby, Dobby is bouncing on the bed. There is a bulletin board of some kind with a Gryffindor flag thing on it. A couple of minutes later, the flaggy thing is still there, but the board itself is gone.

Correction: The Gryffindor flag is pinned onto the wall, not the bulletin board. The bulletin board is in fact several inches to the right of the flag. When there is a wideshot of Dobby both the flag and the bulletin board can be seen. When there is a close-up of Dobby only the flag can be seen, naturally as the flag was never on the board in the first place.

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Corrected entry: This takes place when Harry is writing in Tom Riddle's diary. Each time Harry writes, Tom's reply waits until Harry's writing has completly soaked into the paper. However, when he asks Tom if he knows anything about the Chamber of Secrets, Harry's entry is still soaking into the paper when Tom begins responding. Tom's reply is too long for him to write in the little time that he had to read Harry's question and write back.

Correction: Tom Riddle's penmanship is also extremely tidy...which leads me to believe that the dark wizard wasn't physically 'writing' the words, merely willing them to exist instantly, thus defeating the need of lag time in which to write them, no matter how long the phrases actually are. Waiting for Harry's ink to completely soak in is probably only a courtesy.

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Corrected entry: When Harry and Malfoy are duelling, Harry casts a spell which launches Malfoy in the air. By the way he was flying through the air, he should have landed on his back, but when the shot changes, he has landed sitting and turned around.

Correction: In the wide shot, you can see that Malfoy's legs swing over just as the shot changes, so that his legs will be facing towards Snape.

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Corrected entry: When Harry and Dobby met in the hospital wing Dobby is on the ground standing, and when Harry gets out of his bed he puts his leg through Dobby.

Correction: When Harry gets off the bed, there was a good foot of distance between him and Dobby.

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Corrected entry: Aragog says that he came from a distant land. How then, in the Dark Forest, did he find another spider to breed with and make all the little spiders?

Correction: Aragog had said that Hagrid was a nice guy who also gave him someone to live with so he wasn't lonely. Then he said, "But i can't help giving my relatives fresh meat when it comes into the forest so willingly." At least he said that about Hagrid giving him another spider to live with in the book.

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Visible crew/equipment: Rushing to make Hogwarts Express at the train station, the shot opens as the camera pans Ginny's trunk and two marks come into view. While Ginny and Mr. Weasley push her trolley, Mr. Weasley is cued and begins to say, "10:58, come on, come on!" just as the actor hits his tape mark on the ground below, while Percy's trolley hits its tape mark, so Harry is visible behind him, and cues Mr. Weasley to continue speaking. In the shot when Mrs. Weasley says, "Okay" for Ginny to go and in the shot as Harry says, "Let's go," their marks are gone. (Visible on DVD fullscreen.) (00:22:15)

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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: In the scene where Harry and Malfoy are flying on their brooms, there's a shot where Colin takes a picture. Listen to the music right after that. The music is the same music used in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones during the chase scene on Coruscant (John Williams did the music for this film and all the Star Wars films).

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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?

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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.

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