Episode #596: Horcrux Meet Cute (Chamber of Secrets, Chapters 13 and 14)

Another episode, another attack at Hogwarts! Join us as we enter the pages of a secret diary, get treated to a special Valentine’s Day by Professor Lockhart and witness an epic showdown in Hagrid’s Hut between Dumbledore, Lucius Malfoy and Cornelius Fudge! All as the threads between Chamber of Secrets and Half-Blood Prince continue to grow stronger!

  • Main Discussion #1: Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 13: The Very Secret Diary
  • 7-Word Summary: Memories are misleading within Riddle’s secret diary
  • Don’t touch that book! Ron provides some important wizarding world advice to his best friend.
  • Harry, Ron and Hermione begin to connect the dots between The Chamber of Secrets opening 50 years ago and Tom Riddle being at Hogwarts 50 years ago… they just draw the wrong conclusion!
  • Harry notes it was “almost as though Riddle was a friend he’d had when he was very small, and had half-forgotten.” Is this our first introduction to the Horcrux connection?
  • Could Tom Riddle have killed Harry by trapping him inside the diary?
  • Connecting The Threads: memory alteration and manipulation are integral plot points in Half-Blood Prince!
  • Main Discussion #2: Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 14: Cornelis Fudge
  • 7-Word Summary: Hagrid receives terrible news about leaving Hogwarts
  • Harry, Ron and Hermione are surprised to learn it was Hagrid who opened the Chamber of Secrets, but they’re not really surprised, are they?
  • As Hermione begins to piece things together, why doesn’t she seek out a professor?
  • Hermione is petrified and Tom Riddle’s Diary is stolen! But whose the culprit?
  • Checkout “A Very Secret Diary” by Arabella, which details Ginny Weasley’s interactions with the diary for her entire first year! Note: this is intended for a mature audience.
  • Would the Invisibility Cloak prevented Harry & Ron from being killed by the basilisk?
  • So many questions surround Hagrid’s arrest, first and foremost… WHERE’S THE ACTUAL EVIDENCE? Do any alternatives exist for Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge?
  • Much like Half-Blood Prince, Dumbledore leaves the school (in absolute chaos), with Harry shouldering the burden of solving the mystery!
  • Next week: We dive into Chamber of Secrets, Chapters 15 & 16!
  • Quizzitch: Who escorts the Gryffindors to their Herbology lesson?
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