Episode #598: Old Immortal Lover (Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 17)

In this week’s episode, Harry finally enters the Chamber of Secrets! But does he leave with more questions than he had coming in? And, knowing what the diary truly represents, the hosts dive deep into the world of Horcruxes! Join us as we discuss the penultimate chapter of Chamber of Secrets!

  • Welcome, Voldemort enthusiast and friend of the show, Tylor Starr! Be sure to follow him on social media and check out his Unofficial Harry Potter Vegan Cookbook!
  • Main Discussion: Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 17: The Heir of Slytherin
  • 7-Word Summary: Memories reveal answers about Tom’s legacy fulfillment
  • Are Horcruxes self-aware? Do they have a hivemind? Does the diary-version of Tom Riddle know he’s a Horcrux?
  • How does a Horcrux work when another form still exists? If Tom Riddle weren’t killed here, would there have been a current Voldemort and a Tom Riddle, or would they have merged together?
  • What if… Ginny had found fulfillment and happiness instead of being teased by her brothers, feeling like she didn’t fit in, and harboring unrequited feelings for Harry? Would Riddle have been able to manipulate her otherwise?
  • Should Harry have told Tom Riddle what he knew about Voldemort’s downfall? Did it inform Voldemort’s future actions?
  • We explore Signs that Tom Riddle is Voldemort: did we suspect this when we first read the book?
  • If he didn’t have the brains or the power, why was Hagrid a good person to frame?
  • Connecting The Threads to Half-Blood Prince: Fawkes, teenage Tom Riddle, the charming manipulation of others and the similarities between Harry and Tom
  • Connecting The Threads to Deathly Hallows: The Sword of Gryffindor and Basilisk Fangs
  • Ever wondered what other anagrams come from Tom Marvolo Riddle? Check out this great list from Katie Rose! And we have few international versions that will make you laugh out loud!
  • Quizzitch: What does Fred drop on George’s head after he learns Percy has a girlfriend?
  • Next week: We wrap up our chapter-by-chapter discussion of Chamber of Secrets with Chapter 18.
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