Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Other mistake: In the ending credits, the character of Hannah Abbott is listed as "Hannah Hufflepuff."

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Suggested correction: That is because the viewing audience (well in a deleted scene anyway) only heard her first name of Hannah and knew she was a Hufflepuff by her robes. This was done intentionally, not to say her last name is Hufflepuff, but so the audience would know who this is in reference to. Not everyone in the viewing audience is a die hard Harry Potter fan who would know that's Hannah Abbott with her last name not being said.

Plot hole: When Harry and Ron transform into Crabb and Goyle, he doesn't take off his glasses so then Malfoy can comment on them. Goyle doesn't need glasses - Harry's eyesight should've been immediately blurry, and he would have taken them off.

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Suggested correction: For all we know Goyle does need glasses and either doesn't realise it or doesn't want to say it. When I was in high school for example, I used to give my glasses to students who couldn't read the board. They didn't wear glasses, but obviously should have had them if they could see better with mine. Plus it is shown from the film the potion Hermione made doesn't change things like internal voice boxes. It's reasonable to conclude it didn't work for eyesight either.

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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Stupidity: Harry learns the owner of the diary from the writing on the back and it 'introducing itself'. It's plausible that the name doesn't alarm him; he grew up in the Muggle world. It does imply however, that since learning of Voldemort in his first year, he has not attempted to find out Voldemort's real name/identity. Similarly, Ginny engaged with it, even though she grew up in the Wizarding world and presumably would know the name. Or she never looked at the back or 'introduced herself' to the book.

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Suggested correction: Voldemort's real name is not common knowledge in the wizarding world. Even saying the name "Voldemort" is taboo among wizardkind so it is hardly surprising that they didn't spend much time looking for his identity. As Dumbledore explains in chapter eighteen of the novel: "Very few people know that Lord Voldemort was once called Tom Riddle. I taught him myself, fifty years ago, at Hogwarts. He disappeared after leaving the school... traveled far and wide... sank so deeply into the Dark Arts, consorted with the very worst of our kind, underwent so many dangerous, magical transformations, that when he resurfaced as Lord Voldemort, he was barely recognizable. Hardly anyone connected Lord Voldemort with the clever, handsome boy who was once Head Boy here."


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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.

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