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22 Best Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Quotes from the Book

Get the best Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets quotes (from the novel) to transport you back to the wizarding world and teach you something meaningful about friendship and more.

But first, below is a quick summary of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (WITH SPOILERS):

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second novel in the Harry Potter set of books by J.K. Rowling. During a miserable Summer at home with his extended family, Dobby the elf visits Harry and warns him not to return to Hogwarts. However, Ron Weasley carries Harry away in a flying car to finish out the Summer together.

As Ron's sister, Ginny, becomes a Gryffindor, strange things start happening at Hogwarts, and rumors circle that the heir of Slytherin has returned to Hogwarts to cleanse it of those who are not pureblood by opening the Chamber of Secrets to release a deadly monster.

An old journal shows Harry that Hagrid was suspected of opening the Chamber of Secrets fifty years ago and was expelled. When Harry and Ron ask Hagrid about it, he is arrested, and Dumbledore must step down as headmaster.

However, Hagrid leads Ron and Harry to the Forbidden Forest, where they meet Hagrid's spider, Aragog, who was wrongly accused of being the monster from the chamber. Aragog tells them that, while a student died, it was not his or Hagrid’s fault.

Hermione becomes petrified, along with several other petrified students (and a cat), and Harry and Ron see that she is holding a page on which she has written the words "pipes." Harry figures out that the monster must be using the plumbing to move around, and that the student who died must be Moaning Myrtle, a ghost that lives in one of the girls’ bathrooms.

As Harry and Ron eavesdrop on the teachers, they learn that Ginny has been taken into the Chamber of Secrets. They enlist the help of their new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Gilderoy Lockhart, but he turns out to be a coward and a fraud. Part of the cave collapses, separating Harry from Ron and Lockhart.

Harry enters the Chamber of Secrets, where he learns that Ginny mistakenly brought to life a part of Voldemort’s spirit. Voldemort, formerly known as Tom Riddle, sets the monster, a basilisk, on Harry. Luckily, Dumbledore’s phoenix, Fawkes, blinds the basilisk. Harry then destroys it with the sword of Gryffindor and uses one of its fangs to destroy the journal (and Voldemort). Thus, Ginny is saved.

Fawkes heals Harry with his tears and flies the group out of the Chamber of Secrets. Dumbledore and Hagrid return to Hogwarts, and the petrified students (and cat) are restored to life.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Quotes

Below are the top Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets quotes about friendship and more.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Quotes About Friendship

"More than anything else at Hogwarts, more even than playing Quidditch, Harry missed his best friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger."

“And together they walked back through the gateway to the Muggle world.”

More Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Quotes

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

“Harry Potter wasn’t a normal boy. As a matter of fact, he was as not normal as it is possible to be.”

“The Chamber Of Secrets had been opened. Enemies of the heir, beware.”

“See why I’ve got to go back? I don’t belong here. I belong in your world, at Hogwarts.”

“He missed Hogwarts so much it was like having a constant stomachache. He missed the castle, with its secret passageways and ghosts, his classes, … the mail arriving by owl, eating banquets in the Great Hall, sleeping in his four-poster bed in the tower dormitory, visiting the gamekeeper, Hagrid, in his cabin next to the Forbidden Forest in the grounds, and especially, Quidditch, the most popular sport in the wizarding world.”

“Ingenious, really, how many ways Muggles have found of getting along without magic.”

“Fame is a fickle friend, Harry. Celebrity is as celebrity does. Remember that.”

“Harry Potter survived, and the Dark Lord’s power was broken, and it was a new dawn, sir, and Harry Potter shone like a beacon of hope for those of us who thought the Dark days would never end.”

“He’ll never be gone. Not as long as those who remain are loyal to him.”

“So Dobby stopped us from getting on the train and broke your arm….You know what, Harry? If he doesn’t stop trying to save your life he’s going to kill you.”

“Hearing voices no one else can hear isn’t a good sign, even in the wizarding world.”

“You will find that I will only truly have left the school when none here are loyal to me. You will also find that help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it.”

“Books can be misleading.”

"When in doubt go to the library."

“The best of us sometimes eat our words.”

"The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure. Thoughts are not etched on the inside of skulls, to be perused by an invader. The mind is a complex and many-layered thing."

“My ideal birthday gift would be harmony between all magic and non-magic peoples — though I wouldn’t say no to a large bottle of Ogden’s Old Firewhisky!”

“Ginny! Haven’t I taught you anything? What have I always told you? Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain?” 

"Indeed, your failure to understand that there are things much worse than death has always been your greatest weakness."

“Dobby is free.”

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