Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

1. Throughout the book, Dobby is conflicted with whether or not he should help Harry, how is his true nature revealed in the beginning of his relationship with Harry? Is he helpful?

2. In the Chamber of Secrets, Dobby says that he knows of Harry’s “greatness but not of his goodness,” what is the difference between greatness and goodness?

3. Hagrid encourages Harry and Ron to “follow the spiders.” Does Hagrid encourage the trio to break the rules on purpose or too often? What qualities make Hagrid a good or bad role model?

4. Gilderoy Lockhart has a very polarizing effect on the characters. How does he become Harry’s cautionary tale?

5. Ron and Hermione are key players in fight against dark magic, but both are always absent or preoccupied when Harry comes face to face with Voldemort. Why is Harry always facing Voldemort solo? How would it be different if the trio faced Voldemort together?

6. Harry gets a lot of help from Ron, Hermione, Dobby, Dumbledore and Hagrid throughout the book (and series, respectively). Would he be successful without their help? Why does Harry always get the most credit (apart from him being the “boy who lived”)?

7. Why do some characters not leave the world after death (ie: Moaning Myrtle, Nearly-Headless Nick)? Do they choose to remain alive and (somewhat) be guardians of the Hogwarts halls? If so, how is it that Harry cannot interact with his dead parents?

8. Why was Professor Dumbledore suspended from being Headmaster of Hogwarts if he is considered to be one of the greatest wizards of all-time? Why didn’t the professors at Hogwarts do more to protect Harry?

9. Hermione seems to be more out of character in this book by the simple fact she is more willing to break the rules and risk getting caught. Why is that? Is helping Harry solve the mystery the only thing pushing her past her comfort zone?

10. Harry is constantly doubted and mistrusted by his peers and even the adults around him, despite all his efforts to prove himself. How do you think this affects him as he develops? Does it sabotage his ability or desire to ask for help?

11. What does the fact that there is never (in general) a suitable and proficient Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher do for/to the students? How does this affect Harry in his fights? Why do you think J.k. Rowling chose to do this?

12. How does the game of Quidditch represent Harry’s life at Hogwarts? Consider the position he plays on the team, “seeker”. How is that role similar to the role he plays in the fight against evil?

13. Dumbledore tells Harry, “Only a true Gryffindor could have pulled the sword out of the Hat.”. What does it mean to be a true Gryffindor? Or even a true Slytherin/Ravenclaw/Hufflepuff?

14.In Chamber of Secrets, what would have happened if Ginny had died and Tom Riddle had escaped the diary? Would Voldemort be more powerful?

15. Do you think Slytherin had a bad reputation among the other houses during the pre-Voldemort era, or was it a prejudice that developed after his rise to power and association with Slytherin?

16. Both Tom Riddle and Harry had similar upbringings as pointed out by Tom in Chamber of Secrets. How did each of their circumstances they faced affect the way they turned out? Would Tom have turned out differently if raised in a different environment?