Episode #594: Basilisk Photobomb (Chamber of Secrets, Chapters 9 and 10)

The Chamber of Secrets is officially opened! But as Dumbledore says, the question is not who, but how? Join us as we learn more about the Chamber’s legend, check books out from the Restricted Section, evade Rogue bludgers and handle (un)helpful House-Elves. Plus, we continue to connect some major threads to events of Half-Blood Prince!

  • Welcome Slug Club member, Alyssa!
  • Main Discussion #1: Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 9: The Writing on The Wall
  • 7-Word Summary: Filch scares Harry because he’s acting accusatory
  • Was the attack on Mrs. Norris a trial run? Was Filch the intended target? Or is Mrs. Norris too meddlesome for her own good?
  • What do we make of Ron’s reaction to Filch being a Squib? How is it possible that no other students were aware?
  • Why is Snape seemingly trying to implicate Harry? At this early stage, might Snape suspect Harry’s susceptibility to having his mind infiltrated by Voldemort?
  • Do we think students actually checked out all copies of Hogwarts: A History, or was it a strategic choice by Madam Pince to remove them from the library?
  • Harry struggles internally with almost having been sorted into Slytherin. Could he in fact be the heir?
  • Main Discussion #2: Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 10: The Rogue Bludger
  • 7-Word Summary: Broken bones consume Lockhart’s reputation at Quidditch
  • Lockhart continues to draw suspicion with his questionable actions
  • Do Muggle schools have restricted sections?
  • Rule-breaking Hermione: let’s brew some Polyjuice Potion!
  • Why didn’t Madam Hooch notice the tampered bludger? And… where are the adults? The decision to continue play is not Harry’s to make!
  • Why is there no medical personnel present at Quidditch matches?
  • Did Lockhart ever get in trouble for removing Harry’s bones?
  • Welcome back, Dobby! But… why are you trying to kill Harry?
  • Colin Creevey becomes the first human casualty of the basilisk!
  • Next week: We dive into Chamber of Secrets, Chapters 11 & 12!
  • Quizzitch: During the Dueling Club, who does Snape pair Hermione with?
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