Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Corrected entry: In Transfiguration class when professor McGonagall is explaining the lesson you can see that the instructions are mirrored on the blackboard. (00:54:18)

Correction: There are two chalkboards in Professor McGonagall's classroom, both with the same chalk drawings and instructional writing, though the chalkboard on the right has everything backwards on the board. However, none of the actual shots during this scene are flipped, not the closeups, medium shots, or the long shots. Note the part in McGonagall's hair, etc., stays consistent throughout. For whatever their reasons, the filmmakers decided to have identical chalkboards at both sides of the desk, and one with the reverse writing and images as its twin.

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And since it's a class about casting spells it's not unlikely McGonagall wrote it in mirror on purpose. Perhaps they need to learn to read mirror since a lot of spells and spellbooks are written like that, a common myth surrounding spells.


Corrected entry: If Voldemort can possess a person who is writing or having his old diary, as he did it with Ginny, I'm asking myself why didn't he just possess Harry the same way, as Harry is also writing in it. I mean, if he could control actions of Harry Potter, his biggest enemy, it would be a perfect goal for Voldemort. Voldemort is very smart and he wouldn't miss that, so it's unexplainable how Harry didn't fall into the possession of Tom Riddle.


Correction: It took Voldemort months to possess Ginny, she had been writing in that diary for months and over the time Voldemort got more and more control over her. Secondly, this is a very young version of Voldemort, one who doesn't know about Harry and his connection with him so there is no reason for him to forget about Ginny and possess Harry instead (or as well). Ginny was all he needed.


Corrected entry: In the scene when Harry first comes to the burrow, there is a shot where Harry is examining the clock. It has Mr. Weasley at quittich, but later on he comes home from work. Also, it says Mrs. Weasley and Ginny are in the garden, but later on Ginny comes down from upstairs. Persy is said to be in the garden. (00:11:15)

Correction: In the close-up of the Burrow's clock, the hands show Ginny, Percy and Molly in the garden, and Arthur's hand points to Quidditch. BUT, it isn't until "later on", when the boys have been seated for breakfast, that we see Ginny come downstairs and Arthur come home. We don't have to see every action on screen, to draw logical conclusions. Just as Harry walks away towards the knitting needles, the clock hands would simply change showing Molly AND Ginny 'home' - but we just don't see it, but we see Molly soon appear, so we know it happened. Coming in from the garden, Ginny would have used the back steps to go straight upstairs (therefore not know Harry is in their house), before her mother confronts the boys about their overnight excursion, so later on, when the boys are seated at the kitchen table, Ginny comes down to ask about her jumper. Now regarding Arthur, when he walks in he states that there were nine raids at work that day, so obviously yes, he was at work. But, the hand pointed to Quidditch EARLIER because he could have been at/near a Quidditch practice/match for the last of those raids for "misuse of Muggle artifacts" and stayed a bit to watch a game, or after work he simply apparated to some Quidditch practice/match going on, just before heading home. There is no mistake.

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Corrected entry: In the girls bathroom, Mourning Myrtle tells Harry how she died by seeing the snake's eyes by the sink. How would she have died if she was wearing glasses? She would've only been "petrified".

Correction: Not true. All people who only were "petrified" saw the basilisk in a reflection, not only through glass (Hermione in the mirror, the cat in the water on the floor, Colin through his reflex camera). Glasses alone don't seem to be enough as a protection.] [Actually, Justin didn't see a reflection, he saw the basalisk through Nearly Headless Nick. The difference is that looking through a ghost will distort the image, but glasses are specifically designed to make the image more clearly.


I'd say it's simply she didn't have her glasses on, just with her. She went into the stall to cry after being bullied. They could have very well been off when she walked out of the stall.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Harry arrives at the Weasley house, the Weasley boys (particularly Fred and George) are seen looking around the kitchen as though it's the first time they have ever been there. Um, boys - it's your HOME, remember?

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Correction: One twin looks toward the stairs, the other looks around nervously, both are anxious about their mother finding out what they've been up to and rightly so. Ron's reason for looking around is obvious in the comment, "It's not much, but it's home.", his best friend is in his home for the first time and Ron who's a bit embarrassed by his home, smiles and looks at his brother when he hears Harry's nice reaction.

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Corrected entry: In the beginning of the movie, Harry and Dobby are fighting over the lamp when Harry hears Vernon knock at his door. Do you really think that Vernon, really mad and annoyed at Harry, would patiently wait at the door while Harry got the lamp from Dobby and pushed him into the closet, to come in and threaten Harry?

Correction: Vernon is storming up the stairs, not knocking.

Corrected entry: Harry and Ron are in the corridor reading the wad of paper they found on Hermione, but instead of reading a huge advantage point, 'The crow of the rooster can kill the basilisk' they only focus on the part about spiders running away from it, which they already knew, and enter the chamber rooster-less.

Correction: It is explained in the book that all the school roosters are killed by someone (Ginny) in an attempt to prevent the Basilisk from dying.


Corrected entry: In the shot where uncle Vernon falls out of Harry's window one outside shot shows his legs are almost out of the window while in the next shot they are completely in the window.


Correction: He was still trying to grab Harry when Fred stepped on the gas and he got pulled a bit more out the window. By the time he let go, it was too late. Just re-watched the scene, nothing inconsistent.

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Corrected entry: Ginny found Riddle's diary and she started writing in it, and slowly became possessed by him as the memory in the diary, and started writing messages on the wall, opened the chamber, etc. But at some point, she realized that she was doing wrong things and threw the diary in the bathroom, and Harry found it a few days later. But if she didn't possess the diary anymore, she wouldn't be possessed by Voldemort anymore, so it's a big mistake that she smashed the Gryffindor dorm room to find the diary. Why would she try to find something that she was trying to get rid of? Riddle couldn't order her to do it because he possessed her through the diary, and she didn't write in it or even have it any more.


Correction: As described in more detail in the book, Ginny smashed up Harry's dormitory searching for the diary because after learning Harry had it, she was afraid Riddle would repeat the secrets she had confided in him to Harry, and expose her as the one who opened the Chamber.

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Corrected entry: During the Herbology lesson with the mandrakes, Professor Sprout issues the class earmuffs, obviously to block out the screams that would follow. In order to do so, the earmuffs must block out all sound entirely, lest they all pass out, assuming the slightest sound from the mandrake causes ill effects. The plot hole is with the earmuffs. When the first mandrake is pulled, the rest of the class quickly press their earmuffs tightly over their ears. This action (and their faces) show they can hear the screams to an uncomfortable level. A moment later, Neville faints but more or less out of fright. Sprout states afterward that he's neglected his earmuffs, Seamus then replies that he's just fainted. Seamus heard what Sprout had said, given he had the earmuffs on and the distance between he and the teacher. They all should have fainted after Sprout pulled the first mandrake (this can also be said for after they all pulled up some 10 or so afterwards) as they could all hear the cry through their earmuffs.

Correction: These are only juvenile mandrakes (in the book they suffer from acne and misbehave), and their screams are much less powerful than fully-grown plants, which the students probably would not be allowed to get near. (It is mentioned that these plants have to be mature before they can be used for the petrified antidote, and it's never stated that their screams must be completely blocked out, only that ear protection is needed.) Therefore, the students only need to wear the ear muffs to deaden the sound, not entirely eliminate it, allowing them to hear Professor Sprout speak. As you pointed out, Neville did not faint from the sound.

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Corrected entry: When Harry and Ron finish talking with Aragog, you see all the spiders coming down. You can plainly tell that they're just puppets being lowered by strings, especially the one near Ron's left shoulder.

Correction: The spiders' legs move and the walk after making it to the ground. Seems more CGI to me, but they move in a way that a string cannot do.


Corrected entry: When Harry arrives at the Weasley's we see the clock that shows where everyone is. We see the twins' and Ron's picture moving to show they're home, but no-one else's picture is in the same place. Shortly afterwards we see that everyone else is already home, except Mr. Weasley. (00:11:15)

Correction: In the close-up, Molly, Ginny and Percy's picture hands are pointing toward the Burrow's garden, so I don't understand why you say "no-one else's picture is in the same place". Then, "shortly afterward" of course they are at home, they were only right outside. And then Mr. Weasley arrives home. Where's the mistake?

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Corrected entry: When Ron and Harry are flying into the Whomping Willow Tree, Ron tries to stop the car by banging the steering wheel and yelling stop. His wand breaks, but from the way he was hitting the wheel, it should have snapped the other way. (00:26:40)

Correction: Ron's wand snaps into two separate pieces, which are still held together by its center core. It did not partially snap in any specific direction from the impact of the steering wheel, it simply snapped completely apart. There is no error here.

Corrected entry: When Harry is entering the book shop where Lockheart is, his hair is messily across his forehead. When it comes time for Lockheart to recognize him, his hair is now neatly swept to either side to show his scar. (00:18:40)

Correction: When Harry walks into Flourish and Blotts with Hermione, and when he stands in line with the Weasleys, his hair is parted directly over the scar, not just when Lockheart spots him.

Corrected entry: In the shot where Dobby tells Harry he must punish himself, you can see a sweater on the end of the bed, next to where Harry sits. In earlier shots, the end of the bed had no sweater on it. (00:04:45)

Correction: From the moment Harry walks into his bedroom and Dobby bows to him, to the moment Harry tries to catch Dobby, who holds Harry's letters, there is a striped sweater/shirt lying near the edge of Harry's bed, near the wardrobe. Seen on fullscreen and widescreen DVDs.

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Corrected entry: In the shot when Dobby is punishing himself after agreeing with Harry about not meeting many decent wizards, Dobby begins hitting his head against Harry's drawers. You can see in the upper left corner a piece of clothing hanging out, and in the lower right corner a green piece of clothing. In the next shot, the green clothing is gone, but reappears again in the following shot. (00:04:15)

Correction: The green piece of clothing that hangs out the right corner, of the bottom drawer (there are five drawers), is in every single shot where that corner is visible, during the entire scene in Harry's bedroom, in both the widescreen and fullscreen DVDs.

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Corrected entry: When Dobby is in Harry's room in the beginning of the movie he punishes himself by hitting his head into something. First it is a wardrobe and in the next shot it is a chest of drawers.

Correction: Dobby only bangs his head into the chest of five drawers and later, the lamp. Dobby never bangs his head into the wardrobe, Harry simply tosses Dobby in there when he hears Vernon coming.

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Corrected entry: When Ron and the Weasley twins go to pick up Harry, it is in the middle of the night, and Harry is in his night clothes. When they get to the burrow, Harry is fully dressed. (00:11:50)

Correction: Harry is fully dressed when he gets into the flying Ford Anglia.

Corrected entry: In the shot where Dobby is coming out of Harry's wardrobe, he has a sock on his ear. At Dobby's height, he was standing with Harry's shirt. His ear would not have come in contact with a sock. (00:06:15)

Correction: First it's pretty well demonstrated that Harry is messy. There's no telling where that sock was. Second, Dobby is enamored with Harry and was shut in his wardrobe. It's exceedingly likely Dobby was rummaging through it just to see the things that belong to the great Harry Potter.

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Corrected entry: The actress who played Gryffindor chaser Alicia Spinnet in the first Harry Potter movie (Leilah Sutherland) isn't the same actress in the second movie. She was played by Rochelle Douglas as indicated in the ending credits. If you pay attention and look closely, you'll be able to spot some differences in appearance.

Correction: Actors not sticking around for a sequel is not trivia.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the dueling scene, when Snape pulls Malfoy back onto his feet, a cameraman is visible kneeling down on the far left of the screen. (01:07:46 - 01:20:00)

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Trivia: When Harry, Ron and Fang begin to walk through the Dark Forest there is a close-up of Fang walking towards the camera. At the start of the next shot, at the bottom right of the screen the Ford Anglia is visible. Although the scene of them seeing the car before it rescues them is deleted, this one shot remains of the car 'watching' them. (01:43:40)

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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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