Chapter 2-16 The Chamber of Secrets
- Exams are still on, even with the attacks going on. Professor McGonagall
announces in the Great Hall that the Mandrakes are ready for cutting
and that the people who have been Petrified will be revived at night.
- Ginny Weasley joins them at the
table, looking nervous and wanting to tell Ron and Harry something but
she decides not to when Percy joins the table.
- Ron and Harry try to sneak out
to visit Moaning Myrtle to ask her
some questions but are stopped by Professor McGonagall. They lie that
they were about to visit Hermione and they are allowed to do
so. Having to go there now, they discover a paper clutched in her hand.
It's a page from an old library book. It's about the Basilisk, also known as the King of Serpents. This Snake
has a murderous stare; all who are directly fixed with the beam of its
eye shall suffer instant death. It is the mortal enemy of spiders. The
note goes on to say that the Basilisk only flees from the crowing of
the rooster, which is fatal to it. Written under the information Hermione
wrote "pipes". Now Harry understands that the monster from the Chamber of Secrets is
a Basilisk and because he can understand Parseltongue, he is the only one who can
hear it moving through the plumbing pipes. Nobody died yet because nobody
had looked directly into it's stare. The entrance to the Chamber of
secrets is probably in Moaning Myrtle's bathroom.
- They decide they should tell everything to the teachers, and head
toward the staff room. Just then, there is an announcement telling all
student to return to their House dormitories and teachers to return
to the staff room. Harry and Ron stay hidden in a wardrobe and overhear
there has been another attack, and that the victim is Ginny Weasley
who has been taken right into the chamber itself. The Heir
of Slytherin left another message, "Her skeleton will lie in the
Chamber forever". Lockhart joins the teachers, arriving
late. All teacher angrily tell Lockhart, who has been bragging all year
long about himself, that now it's time for him to be the hero; that
he should go and rescue Ginny.
- Unable to wait any longer, Harry and Ron go to Lockhart to tell him
what they know about the Chamber. Lockhart is packing his stuff, getting
ready to leave Hogwarts as soon as possible. He is a coward, confessing
that the stories in his books mostly didn't happen to him. He 'stole'
other peoples stories and put a Memory Charm
on them so they wouldn't remember. Lockhart is on the point of putting
a Memory Charm on Ron and Harry when Harry disarms him with an ¤ Expelliarmus. They take Lockhart
to Moaning Myrtle's bathroom and ask her how she died. Myrtle tells
them she was hiding because Olive Hornby was teasing her. She heard
a different language, a boy talking, she opened the door and died and
that the last thing she remembered seeing was a pair of great big yellow
- They find the entrance and Harry opens it, speaking in Parseltongue.
The three of them enter and go down, falling miles under the school;
probably under the lake. It's completely dark and Harry lights the place
with a ¤ Lumos. They find a snake skin.
Lockhart manages to get Ron's Spellotape
wand and tries to perform a Memory Charm ¤
Obliviate. Ron's wand explodes. The tunnel is blocked, Harry
continues alone and finds the Chamber.