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A Conversation With Aragog

CS: chapter 15, pp. 275-280      

Harry, Ron, and Fang are picked up by [acromantulas] and carried to Aragog. Aragog explains that he was not the monster from the Chamber of Secrets, the monster that killed a girl in the bathroom. He then tells his family to devour Ron and Harry, who escape only with the help of Mr. Weasley's car.

CS: chapter 15, pp. 280-282      

Back in Hagrid's hut, Harry and Ron discuss the [acromantulas] and catch their breath before heading up to their [dormitory]. Just before falling asleep though, Harry realizes that the girl killed by the monster 50 years before was probably Moaning Myrtle.

16. The Chamber of Secrets

Chapter 16 summary      

Chapter 16 - "The Chamber of Secrets" - In which the students learn that exams will be held as usual, Ginny acts strangely, Harry and Ron visit Hermione in hospital, find she has the answer to the Chamber's secret (a basilisk), eavesdrop on the teachers, and learn Ginny has been taken by the monster. Lockhart attempts to flee, but Harry and Ron force him to accompany them to the Chamber via Moaning Myrtle's bathroom to rescue Ginny. They unlock the secret of the entrance. Lockhart attempts to escape by using Ron's broken wand, but it backfires and blocks the tunnel. Harry goes on alone.

CS: chapter 16, p. 283      

Ron and Harry discuss the difficulty of getting to Moaning Myrtle's bathrooom, worried about overcoming the stringent security measures in place.

CS: chapter 16, pp. 283-284      

Professor McGonagall announces during Transfiguration that exams will still be held, outraging the second years, and making Ron (and his broken wand) particularly nervous.

The Mystery of the Monster Unfolds

CS: chapter 16, pp. 284-287      

At breakfast Professor McGonagall announces that the [Mandrake Restorative Draught] is almost ready, to an excited student body. Ginny comes over, scared, and tries to tell them something but is scared away by Percy.

CS: chapter 16, pp. 287-288      

While they are led to class by Professor Lockhart, Harry and Ron convince him to let the class go on themselves - and leave the class straight for Moaning Myrtle's bathroom.

CS: chapter 16, pp. 288-289      

McGonagall catches Ron and Harry in the hall, and they tell her they were trying to see Hermione. She is moved, and lets them go.

CS: chapter 16, pp. 289-292      

Harry and Ron run up to the hospital wing to see Hermione, to Madam Pomfrey's displeasure. Once there, Harry finds a page of a library book in Hermione's hand, explaining the [basilisk], and figures out that it's [Slytherin's monster], and how all of the pieces fit together - including the fact that the entrance to the chamber is in [Moaning Myrtle's bathroom] - and run off to find McGonagall.


CS: chapter 16, pp. 292-295      

As they run to the [staffroom], Harry and Ron overhear McGonagall announcing that classes have been canceled, and hide in the staffroom wardrobe. There they listen to the staff, and learn that Ginny has been taken by [Slytherin's monster]. The teachers send Lockhart to go save her, and then leave to announce the school's closing to the students.



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