Chapter 2-13 The Very Secret Diary
- Hermione had to stay in the hospital wing for several weeks. Harry
and Ron visited her daily. She got
a card from Professor Lockhart. While he and Ron are leaving, Harry
pokes fun of Lockhart. Ron is wishing he had asked Hermione how many
rat tails one is supposed to add to a Hair Raising Potion when they hear
Filch screaming from the floor above.
- They run in the direction of the screams and they see a great flood
of water stretched over half the corridor, coming from Moaning Myrtle's bathroom. They go into
the bathroom and find out someone threw a book at her. They search for
it and find it. Ron warns Harry it could be dangerous. He heard from
his father about Sonnet of a Sorcerer which
made people speak in limericks for the rest of their lives. It turns
out to be the diary of T.M.Riddle.
Ron remembers this name. Riddle got a Special Award
for Services to the School, which Ron remembers because he had to
polish it in detention in the beginning of the year. The diary is completely
blank. It only shows the store which sold it; Vauxhall
- Hermione is excused from the hospital wing. Harry tells her about
the diary they found that had belonged to T.M. Riddle. Considering Riddle
got a special award, and the Chamber was opened fifty years ago; the
diary is fifty years old. Hermione thinks Riddle might have caught the
Heir of Slytherin. The only problem is that the diary has nothing written
in it. Wondering if it might be invisible ink, she tries to spell it
to show by an ¤ Aparecium. She also tries a Revealer to reveal the text but it doesn't
- Harry, convinced he somehow heard the name Riddle before, starts looking
but only finds his name on an old Medal for Magical Merits on
an old list of Head Boys.
- There's no more attacks for some time. To boost up morale, Lockhart
has arranged a feast for Valentine's Day. The Great Hall decorated and
he arranged dwarfs. Proudly he tells them the
dwarfs will deliver Valentine's Day Cards and he suggests that students
ask Professor Snape to show them how to make a Love Potion or ask Professor Flitwick about
Entrancing Enchantments. Late
in the afternoon, a dwarf delivers a card to Harry. Harry embarrassingly
tries to get away but the dwarf trips him and reads him the card. Draco
Malfoy makes fun of him and picks up Riddle's Diary which Harry lost
when the dwarf tripped him. Harry shoots the diary out of his hand with
an ¤ Expelliarmus and Ron catches it.
Malfoy teases Ginny Weasly who has been
watching, saying that Harry did not like her card much, implying it
was her card. All Harry's books were covered with ink from the
fall, except the diary.
- At night he writes in the diary and it's 'owner', Tom Riddle, starts writing back. Riddle
tells Harry about what happened in his days at Hogwarts and about the Chamber of Secrets. He
caught the person who had opened it and that person was expelled by
the Headmaster at the time, Professor Dippet.
He received a special award but was told never to talk about it. Harry
asks who it was who opened the Secret Chamber and Riddle offers to 'show'
Harry. Harry accepts and he is "pulled into the story" of what happened
at that time. He is in Dumbledore's office but it's the office of Dippet.
Harry is present as a spectator of the conversation between Dippet and
Riddle. Riddle wants to stay over at Hogwarts for the holiday instead
of back to the Muggle orphanage he is raised
in. He is told he will not be allowed unless the attacks that have been
taking place stop. Riddle leaves and encounters a fifty-year-younger
Dumbledore in the corridors. Riddle
goes down to the dungeon. There Riddle sees Rubeus
Hagrid. He has kept a giant monster-spider as a pet hidden there. Riddle
tries to kill it but Rubeus prevents him. Harry is 'dragged' out of
the story. Ron comes in the room at that moment and Harry tells him
that it was Hagrid who opened the Chamber