Through the next part of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, we are introduced to a certain legend about Hogwarts. We see Draco Malfoy calling Hermione a “mudblood,” meaning a person who is Muggle-born. They apparently don’t have “pure blood” or the blood of a completely wizarding family.
While doing detention with Lockhart, Harry hears something very unusual. He hears an ice-cold voice saying, “Come…come to me…Let me rip you…” It sounds as if someone or something is going to die. And Lockhart can’t hear it. Is something going on with Harry? Is he hearing voices?
Harry, Ron, and Hermione then have to go to a Deathday Party because Nearly Headless Nick had gotten Harry out of a hairy situation with Filch. Harry was tracking mud around the castle, and Filch was going to give him a nasty punishment for it. Nick persuaded Peeves to drop a cabinet on top of Filch’s office. Harry discovered that Filch is a squib, and Filch let him go. Harry agreed to go to the Deathday Party in return to tell Sir Patrick Delaney-Podmore that Nick is apparently very intimidating and scary. Sir Property-Decapitated Podmore wouldn’t let Nick attend the Headless Hunt because his head is not properly separated from his head (even though Nick was hit forty-five times in the neck with an axe.
Anyways, the three go to the Deathday Party, which is downright depressing. Afterwards, they decide to go back up to the feast, but Harry starts hearing voices again. Harry goes to chase it down and finds a message written on the wall:
THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS HAS BEEN OPENED. ENEMIES OF THE HEIR, BEWARE.
Filch’s cat, Mrs. Norris, is hanging by her tail by a torch bracket. She is stiff as a board and staring. There’s a puddle of water on the floor.
A crowd of students comes and sees Harry, Ron, and Hermione standing there. Draco Malfoy calls out, “You’ll be next, Mudbloods!”
Needless to say, this excites the entire student population at Hogwarts. They all want to find out what the Chamber of Secrets is. Hermione, regrettably, left Hogwarts, A History at home. She asks Professor Binns about it. Reluctantly, he tells the class the legend of the Chamber of Secrets.
One of the founders of Hogwarts, Salazar Slytherin, wanted to be more choosy about the students admitted to Hogwarts. He only wanted those of wizarding blood to be at Hogwarts. He created the Chamber of Secrets, and only the heir of Slytherin would be able to open it. Upon opening it, the horror within the Chamber would come forth and kill all Muggle borns.
This makes Harry’s stomach turn later because the Sorting Hat had debating putting him in Slytherin. He protested against it, and the Sorting Hat reluctantly put him in Gryffindor.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione went back to scene of the message. They found spiders running away and scotch marks on the floor.
Of course, they want to find out who could have opened the Chamber. Who was the Heir of Slytherin? Ron and Harry instantly thinks its Malfoy. Hermione’s not so sure, but she brings up the idea of using Polyjuice Potion to sneak into the Slytherin Common Room and ask Malfoy about it. Unfortunately, the book that contains the recipe for making the potion, Moste Potente Potions, is in the Restricted Section of the library. You need a note from a teacher to get a book in there.
It’s obvious that they need to figure out who the Heir of Slytherin is. They don’t want anyone to die over this legend. So, can you guess what teacher might be thick enough to give them such a note?
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