Point of View: In Harry Potter and the chamber of Secrets the point of view is most often third person limited. The point of view is limited to Harry, but still shows his own thoughts and take on his own action along with others. For example: “Professor was still staring at him” (Page 288) In this snippet it uses the pronoun him in referring to Harry. If Harry was the first person he wouldn’t refer to himself as “Him”.
Mood: In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets a recurring mood is a sinister, or pessimistic view on Hogwarts history.. The chamber is widely associated with death and bigotry, after all it was made with only the motive to kill. The history is mysterious and cryptic leaving few to decipher between the real and the rumor. Anything about the chamber is dark and clouded, even the exact time and place is unknown, until our protagonists discover one entrance is located in the restricted girls bathroom. Even the fact that Minerva Mcgonagall herself said that Hogwarts wasn’t safe anymore shows that there's something wrong; Minerva is the strongest and most constant thing in many magical children’s lives especially at school. There is very few times in the entire series when Professor Mcgonagall outwardly shows worry, it’s never for something that is a minor inconvenience. Even the generally cinematography of the movies shows the obvious unfavorable atmosphere. Joanne Rowling presented the change in tone through the book incredibly with the beginning be curious and conscious to what dangers wait for Harry. The middle where you are weary and confused to what exactly is going one, and lastly the end where there's a slight undertone of confidence when you realise what you've been looking for masked under a veil of adrenalin as Harry dukes it out with a phantom and a serpent.
Style: In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets there are many examples of literary style, for example; Page 1, Chapter 1, “ Harry tried to argue back, but his words were drowned by a long, loud belch from the Dursley’s son, Dudley.” Metaphor Page 2, Chapter 1, “ Dudley gasped and fell of his chair with a clash that shook the whole kitchen.” Hyperbole Page 3, Chapter 1, “ Uncle Vernon sat back down, breathing like a winded rhinoceros.” Simile Page 269, Chapter 15, “If they pursued their fixed course there could be no doubt where they'll end up.” Harry gives personification to the spiders traveling through the Herbology Greenhouse window, heading straight toward the Forbidden Forest. There are many instances where literary style comes in handy to provide extra understanding of Harry’s mind or the situation, for instance: chapter 15, page 267 “” Let me at him,” Ron growled as Harry and Dean hung onto his arms.” this shows how utterly angered Ron is at Draco for wishing hermione was killed. Page 289, Chapter 16, “ It was Professor Mccgonagall, and her mouth was thethinest of thin lines”. Exaggeration.
Tone: Joanne Rowling (J.K. Rowling) often challenges the usual speculations about fiction and “children's” books. In many books the hero is a dead set, selfless person with a heart of gold. Rowling decided was that this wasn’t going to follow the regular. Rowling used Goldory zLochart as example, Lockhart is a fake hero. Lockhart uses other wizards stories of great deeds as his own. Gilderoy Lockhart does so by foul play, he finds the wizard before others can hear that the other wizard is the original . Gilderoy later uses a memory charm to erase all evidence of his foul play. Gilderoy Lockhart appears to be a hero even to the genius young girl, Hermione Granger. Gilderoy Lockhart appears to be a bumbling fool from the point of view of Harry and Ron, but his whole scheme is incredibly smart. Letting no one known the real good-doer, erasing all evidence unless it’s his own point of view, publishing copious amounts of books but making it seem like there’s limited supply, including his own books on school supply list; his plan was foolproof as long as he didn't monologue and reveal his plans… but he did. Gilderoy Lockhart was an example of a false hero and a challenge to the common favoring of heros in authors.
PLOT: In the summer of 1992 before the Hogwarts school year started (September 1st) Harry Potter was visited by a house elf by the name of Dobbie. Dobbie attempted to warn Harry to not go to Hogwarts, he told Harry that Hogwarts is not safe anymore. Dobbie decided that if his Muggle family wouldn’t let him go he’d be safe. Dobbie ruined an important meeting for Vernon Dursley. Vernon barred Harry’s window and wouldn’t let him out of room due to Dobbies action which he believed to be Harry’s. Ron, Fred, and George took their dads Muggle car (charmed to fly) to rescue him. Harry later spends the last few weeks with the Weasleys until his second year of school starts. While shopping for school supplies in Flourish and Blotts Bookseller Gilderoy Lockhart, a famous book writer later exposed as a filthy liar that uses a memory charm on other wizards then says he did their heroic deed. Lockhart is later announced as the Defence Against The Dark Arts teacher. Harry and Ron miss the window of time to pass through the barrier to Platform 9 3/4 , the two make the totally rational decision to steal Arthur’s flying car without contacting the parents about not being able cross. The two are late to school and are punished by not being able to attend the Great Hall for the feast and sorting. Instead the two stay in Professor Mcgonagall's office eating sandwiches. Within a few weeks into the school year dark magic is already going down with the petrification of Mr. Filch’s cat Dorris and ehr blood used to write threats against Muggle-borns in the school. In duling class with Snape and Lockhart, Harry accidentally speaks in parseltongue unknowingly. Now everyone thinks he’s the heir of Slytherin and is threatening others, great. Rumors spread as students are petrified. The idea that Harry is doing it is slowly diminishing when others realise that Harry is only a second year, no way capable of doing a successful pretricacation. Also when one of his best friends, Hermione, is petrified whist leaving the library researching a hunch she has for the creature doing the petrifaction. Harry mentioning that he hears slithering in the pipes, and multiple people being petrified near a reflective surface, leads Hermione to the library with a hunch and a mirror. She discovers that the creature is a basilisk, an ancient serpent that kills when looked at or (shown in this case) petrifies when seen in a reflection. Harry and Ron find the Chamber of Secrets in the girls lavatory after hearing that Ginny, the youngest Weasley has been taken into the chamber. Lockhart and the boys go into the chamber. The young two later are told that Lockheart decides to use a memory charm to take the boys memory and act like he saved the school from the chamber. His plan backfires once he uses Ron’s broken wand to do his dirty work, after all there is as way to track what spells have been used recently on a wand. Harry and Ron are separated via rubble after a portion of the tunnel collapse. The two leave Lockhart blacked out on the ground after Ron hit’s him over the head with a piece of rubble. Harry finds Ginny splayed out on the chamber floor bleeding and cold, with a diary Harry earlier discovered. Tom Riddle is standing with his back to Harry and Ginny being the dramatic 16 year old wizard he was in 1942 when he opened the chamber in the first place. 51 years of being trapped in his own enchanted dairy has changed nothing. Tommy boy releases the Basilisk to kill our 12 year old Harry. Harry is nearly about to be mauled by the Basilisk when Faux, Dumbledore's phoenix comes to save the day and blind our snakey fiend. Harry makes the great decision to climb Salazar’s face that's carved into the chamber wall with the sword of Gryffindor that Foux brought. Harry stabs the roof of the basalisk mouth, not killing it but harming it. Harry is impaled by a took and uses that to finish off the controlled beast. ( :( ) Harry, Ron, Ginny, and Lockhart are all flown out of the chamber via Foux. In the end Hermione is un-petrified along with the other students, and our school as safe as it was before Tom Riddle decided to wake from his diary.
A recurring theme in Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets is acceptance or tolerance of others. Multiple times in the book Draco Malfoy and his father Lucius Malfoy discriminate against “muggle-borns” (or a slur “Mud-blood” meaning dirty blood). A muggle-born is a witch or wizard that has been born into a non-magical family, i.e. Hermione Granger. This is also a belief shared with many Slytherins, as Salazar Slytherin believe Purebloods were of a higher status and were to terminate or separate themselves from the muggle-borns. In this time when Hogwarts was being created, half bloods or part magic part muggle wizards were not a common thing in the semi-modern day of Chamber of Secrets (1992-1993). Many wizards believe this, most often Purebloods, but not all pure blood families belife this. The Weasleyes ( Arthur, molly, Bill, Charle, Percy, Fred, Geroge, Ron, and Ginny to exact)
Setting: Hogwarts, also known as Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry. Hogwart's Is a castle located in the highlands of scotland. Hogwarts was created in 990 AD by Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, Salazar Slytherin, and Godric Gryffindor. To muggles, Hogwarts is a ruinous, ancient castle that is crumbling into the Earth with a sign that states dangerous do not enter. Many magical schools are protected in similar ways, most have charms on them to appear differently than they truly are. This is to protect the students, staff and also the school. Hogwarts on the inside that is, is a furnished Castle complete with nearly everything you’d need except electricity and Wi-Fi. In the Great Hall the ceiling is enchanted to show the outside night sky. Among the night sky there is many a dozen candles floating in mid-air to provide light. Also on the walls there is mounts resembling semi-circle pans which contain fires to help with lighting the area. Four long tables are set in the room, each designed for the respective house. Among the countless twisting corridors and shifting staircases there is not-so-secret-secret-passages many of which were discovered and tracked via the Marauders and their geniously named “Marauders Map”. The four houses, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Gryffindor, each have their own dormitory. Slytherin in the dungeons with windows leading straight into the lake, each dorm has four to five beds and a different window in each. Hufflepuff is absent of any windows, but makes up for it by having a sun-like lamp in each room. Also the room are decorated to be earth-like, either being a forest nature scape or a hollowed out cave area with copious amounts of blankets to keep comfortable. Ravenclaw has multiple areas in the tower designated for certain work for instance: general reading in a room with wall to ceiling windows on one half and bookshelves just as tall n the other side. It’s rumored that Raven Claws don’t even have to go to the library they live in one afterall. In Gryffindor it’s a place where you can sit down with your buds to chat over butterbeer and chess. The common room is donned with numerous couches, pillows, rugs, and bing-bang esque seats.
Conflict: In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry, Ron, and Hermione are the first to discover Mrs. Norris, Filch’s cat, petrified and her blood used to write threats. The message read “enemies of the heir beware” this is referring to the heir of Slytherin and Slytherins hate for non-pure wizards. Our three protagonists are the only students that go beyond the warnings and take matters into their own hands…. again. The students discover that the Chamber of Secrets holds a basilisk, an ancient serpent that the breading of has been outlawed for many millenia. Many students are petrified by the serpent, including Hermione Granger. Professor Sprout the herbology (study of plants and medicinal growing of plants) is racing against the rumor that Hogwarts isn't safe anymore, Sprout has to use Mandrake seedlings to unpetrify the dozen students that are stone cold, frozen. The statement that Hogwarts is unfit to be a safe place is a recurring topic in the Harry Potter universe, for example: in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince many students worry about going back after Death Eater threats. Also parents often have to choose between believing that Hogwarts will protect them for the dangers of both worlds or if Hogwarts isn’t any better than the Ministry Of Magic that often fails to save as many wizards that they don’t protect.
Characterization: In chapter seventeen: The Heir of Slytherin Dumbledore sent a Phoenix to help Harry and Ron save Ginny in the Chamber of Secrets where Tom Riddle (young Voldemort) attempted to murder Ginny through a diary to regain his human form.Tom had awoken the Basilisk, a giant serpent that Salazar Slytherin put in the chamber hundreds of years ago. The chamber could only be opened by a Parsel-tongue, which is believed to be his heir. Instead of himself going to help he sent a bird. Dumbledore has had over a hundred years of magical practice and is in the Order of Merlin, he easily could have helped the young children more than a Phoenix could even with Faux being a mythical/ magical firebird. By giving the minimum amount of help to three children of age 12, he endangered the lives even more than just letting them go down into the chamber with a teacher that is incapable of doing anything over a third years magical abilities. Dumbledore is often characterized as a mystical all knowing headmaster that is reckless for the right reasons, but this shows that he is instead unreasonably reckless and relies on over speculations of children’s abilities.