Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Analyse

“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be”. “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” is a roman written by J.K. Rowling.

Rowling was born in July 1965 at Yate General Hospital in England and grew up in Chepstow, Gwent. She got inspiration for Harry Potter waiting for the train at London King`s Cross station.

The roman is mostly characterized by Harry´s struggle to find his true identity. After he heard that nearly all Parselmouths are descendants of Salazar Slytherin, Harry begins to question his place at Hogwarts in Gryffindor.

He starts to think that he´s maybe not so “honorable” as everyone thinks he is. Is Harry Potter a real hero, who is destined to defeat the forces of evil and Voldemort?

Or is he just a normal boy who was only thrust into an abnormal situation?

Harry Potter and Tom Riddle (a younger version of Voldemort) share many qualities, and it looks like they could share similar fates.

Riddle even points out the similarities between them that Harry has been afraid to think about: they both are half-blood (one parent from a Muggle family and one parent from a wizarding family), raised by Muggles in places they hate and Parseltongue.

If we compare Harry and Tom, we can see Harry accept Muggle-born students. He is even a friend of Hermione (Muggle-born).

Harry also chooses to be humble rather than “power-hungry”. In contrast, Tom doesn’t like Muggle-born and decided to pursue Muggle-born students.

Voldemort also kills anyone who stands in the way of his way to power. It is not until Dumbledore says to Harry at the end of the book “It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities”, that he understands the difference between him and Tom.

Rowling illustrates that while identity is shaped by many factors, is it the individual’s choices who truly define them.

Another theme in The Chamber of Secrets is friendship and loyalty. Harry is the “hero”, but he rarely accomplishes anything alone.

He always gets help from his best friends Ron and Hermione and his teachers, as Dumbledore and Hagrid. Whenever Harry is in trouble, Hermione and Ron are always there to help him.