Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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.


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.

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?


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)


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?


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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Corrected entry: When the basilisk bites Harry, he pulls out a straight fang. But when he carries it across the room, it is a curved tooth. But there were no curved teeth in the mouth of the basilisk, let alone Harry's arm.

Correction: The tooth is curved. The camera angle when Harry first pulls the tooth out of his arm is straight on so the tooth looks straight but almost immediately Harry changes the angle that the tooth is shown and it is clearly curved.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Harry and Ron shuffle out of the crowd in Flourish and Blotts, Draco was reading a book by the stairs. It seems as though a crew member called him for his cue because he looked at the side and nodded. Then he tore one page and resumed his line.

Correction: Draco is taking a cue from his father. Draco stops Harry and friends so that his father can add the diary to Ginny's cauldron.

Corrected entry: When Mr. Malfoy is coming from Dumbledore's office near the end, Mr. Malfoy is already down the stairs and Harry is just at the bottom, but if you look back at Harry it's quite obvious that there are no stairs - he is just walking out from behind the stone statue.

Correction: When you see Harry coming out of that "hole" where the stairs are. You can see that the stairs are just finishing going down so Harry went down on the stairs.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the Weasleys are rescuing Harry from the bedroom, when Harry is still in the room he is wearing pyjamas, and also when the Weasleys are pulling him in to the car, but in the next shot, when Harry is already sitting safely inside the car, he is wearing different clothes.

Correction: There has been a time lapse. In the time it took Harry to pack his trunk and gather up all of his possetions, he could probably have gotten changed out of his PJ's and into other clothes.

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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: When Hagrid is welcomed back to Hogwarts and everyone stands up and applauds, Vincent Crabbe also stands up and starts to applaud as well. This wasn't in the script and Tom Felton, staying in character, quickly grabbed Jamie and pulled him back down.

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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.

Yes like the Occamy in fantastic beasts and where to find them.

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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