Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Continuity mistake: When Harry is in the Weasley's car, Ron yells, "Drive!" and four shots later Uncle Vernon shouts, "No, no, no no no!" when he starts to fall out the window. As the car pulls away from the wall, Harry is not wearing his eyeglasses in this wide shot, though it's on in the previous and following shots. (Most viewers agree that in this shot it is Dan Radcliffe's double in the front seat of the car, who has a longer face than Radcliffe's smaller, rounder face, but that is not the issue of this specific mistake.) (00:09:50)

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Revealing mistake: When Lockhart says, "I must ask you not to scream. It might..," as he says, "Provoke them," the first shot is a close-up of Lockhart as he begins to remove the cloth. Next is a close-up of the cage as Lockhart reveals the pixies. Lockhart's face is clearly visible and it is not Kenneth Branagh who is mouthing the words, "Provoke them," that were already heard in the previous shot. (00:36:10)

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Continuity mistake: There are eleven vertical front bars on Harry's window, five on each side of the center bar. Ron attaches the hook to the bars on Harry's window and when he says "Let's go!" we see the hook between the third and fourth bar on the right. Yet in the next shot and also in the shot looking up as the bars fall, the hook is between the fifth and sixth from the right. (00:09:20)

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Continuity mistake: As Ron's owl flies through the hall to deliver the howler during lunchtime, we can see baskets of green apples and pears spaced evenly along the tables. However, after the owl crashes, and for the duration of the scene, the baskets of fruit are missing. (00:28:49)

Continuity mistake: When Harry first dips his quill into the ink bottle, the bottle is a good distance away from the diary. He drips ink on the page and it disappears. As he flips the page in the next wide shot, the ink bottle is much closer to the diary though he hasn't touched it. (01:27:40)

Continuity mistake: Ron and Harry drag their trunks and pets up the steps, to place with the other students' belongings. As Ron places his trunk near the others, the five strips of trim are clearly visible on his trunk, whereas when Ron's trunk is thrown out of the car it has only four strips of trim. Evidently NOT the same trunk. (00:28:10)

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Continuity mistake: When Dobby comes out of Harry's closet, he has a CG sock on his ear which he throws towards the dresser. The CG sock is not on the floor in the following two shots, although it should be, when the dresser and floor area around it is shown as Dobby says, "Harry Potter musn't be angry with Dobby," as well as when Dobby yells, "No!" and runs out. (00:06:10)

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Continuity mistake: When Gilderoy jumps into the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets you see his cape go flowing up above his head. In a short second shot, taken from above, it's not. (01:59:40)

Continuity mistake: During breakfast at the Weasleys, when Mr. Weasley asks, "What is the function of a rubber duck?" Ron turns his head toward Harry waiting for his response, but in the next shot Ron is looking down at his food, before they all turn their heads to look out the window at Errol.


Other mistake: Harry now has Dudley's toy room and Dudley's is next to his, however when there is a shot outside the house there is only the one window on the left side of the house and not much space between it and the left outside wall, where is the window for Dudley's very narrow room? (00:09:00)

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Suggested correction: The room is visible to the viewers right of Harry's window. As Harry's door is directly opposite the window and Dudley's room is to the left as Vernon is opening Harry's locks it can only be Dudley's room above the conservatory.

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Continuity mistake: Tom Riddle's uniform tie is different to the current ties in the first two Harry Potter films. Yet it matches the style of the students ties in the rest of the films. The mistake here is that Tom Riddle (at school) was before Harry's time at Hogwarts, but I guess when the costume department changed the ties, they didn't realise they should give Tom Riddle an older one as per the first two films.


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Continuity mistake: When Harry is grabbed by the Hand of Glory, it grabs by his knuckles. Camera cuts to a view from behind the hand and it has moved a fair way up Harry's hand instantly. (00:15:20)

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Continuity mistake: When Snape yells Expelliarmus and shoots it at Lockhart, he puts his left hand behind him. But, on the next overhead shot, his left hand is now stretched out to the side of him.

Continuity mistake: When Harry has Tom Riddle's diary and starts writing into it, he writes "My name is Harry Potter". You can see by the way he writes it he doesn't put a full stop (period) at the end of the sentence. But in the next shot of the diary, there suddenly is a full stop there.

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Continuity mistake: Hermione tells Harry and Ron to grab the robes after they pass out, but the next scene she has Slytherin robes from the laundry.

Other mistake: Just before Hermione gives Harry and Ron the two drugged cakes for Crabbe and Goyle in the food hall, snow is falling and to a fairly low level. In spite of this, and it being a continuous shot, as the camera lowers down, the snow ceases, but right at the end of the shot, the camera view raises up a significant amount where we should be able to see the falling snow again, but someone wanted to save pennies on the VFX budget, because the snow has gone.


Other mistake: When Hermione is running around the Quidditch field to blow up the bludger, she makes it around the massive Quidditch field in seven seconds flat.

Continuity mistake: When running from Aragog, there is one quick shot of the back of the Anglea and the hole that was punched into the back window by the Whomping Willow has vanished to return only a few seconds later.

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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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