Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Character List
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Harry is the protagonist of the story. His curious nature and brave soul lands him in the center of a complex mystery. Rowling describes him as a short, skinny boy with messy black hair and vivid green eyes. Since he inherited all his clothes from his plump cousin, he gives the impression of a baggy, wimpy, poor kid. He wears glasses and has a lightning scar on his forehead. His parents were killed when he was just a little baby. Voldemort, the evil enemy of the story, murdered them. Harry now lives with his cruel aunt, uncle, and cousin in a tiny room. He only has is snow white owl to keep him company. No friends, and all alone. But he befriends Hermione and Ron and reunites with them after the summer. His kind heart saves his friends’ lives and resolves a bigger problem no one would ever dare to solve.
Rowling describes Hermione as buck toothed, very knowledgeable, and quite a bit of a know-it-all. Even though she seems a little snotty at first, she really does have a heart of gold and she proves it throughout the book. Being one of his best friends, she is always by Harry’s side, helping, guiding, and supporting him along the way. Ron and Harry always turn to her for answers or guidance and she’s always ready to give it. Hermione is of muggle, or non-magical ancestry. She gets teased by Draco Malfoy in a rude and hurtful way, but it doesn’t stop her from being the best witch of her age, or from staying by her best friends’ sides. She is a faithful companion that won’t ever let anyone down. Her clever mind and beautiful heart keeps you rooting for her until the end.
Ron is Harry’s best friend. He has ginger hair, a lot of freckles, is tall and gangly, has seven siblings, and can be a bit awkward sometimes. He has a brilliant sense of humor, though Hermione doesn’t always approve. Ron’s upbringing is very different compared to Harry’s. He grew up in a house full of kids, and has parents that love him. His family isn’t the richest, but his heart is richer than most. He isn’t always too sure of himself, but when it comes to helping Harry and saving the people he loves, he is willing to fight. He Ron’s faithful, passionate soul makes him Harry’s closest friend. He plays an important role in the series and is a friend that will last to the end.
Draco is a blonde, slick, mischievous boy and the rival of Harry and his friends. He is always trying to tease, blame and ruin their plans. Draco is from the house of Slytherin. Slytherin has produced and graduated the most evil witches and wizards, including Voldemort. Draco’s father is not much better off; he puts Ginny Weasley's life in mortal danger. Draco teases Hermione, calling her a “Mudblood”, hurts Ron’s pride, lies to get them in trouble, and does everything in his power to make Harry’s life a thousand times harder than it already is.
Professor Dumbledore is the headmaster of Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry. He is described as very old, has a long white beard, a crooked nose, and a bright smile. He guides Harry throughout the story, and is always there to listen to his problems. His wise soul and almost all-knowing mind helps his students in times of need.
Hagrid is Harry’s giant friend. He is the gamekeeper of Hogwarts, protecting and watching the grounds. He lives in a hut with his huge dog Fang as his companion to keep him company. Though he appears rough and intimidating with his big, branchy beard, massive figure, and animal skin clothes, he has a sweet heart. Hagrid has a soft spot for animals - sometimes very strange ones - which always keeps him busy and he’s always trying to help Harry do his best. Hagrid is accused of opening the Chamber of Secrets, and Harry is suspicious, but soon he learns Hagrid is innocent. Hagrid’s caring, loving heart makes him a close friend of Harry’s.
Ginny Weasley is Ron’s younger sister. She has ginger hair like the rest of her brothers, being the only daughter of her family. She is very pretty and hints she likes Harry, though he doesn't exactly return her feelings. Ginny gets wrapped up in this mystery, getting possessed by Voldemort. She is innocent, but Tom Riddle (aka Voldemort) manages to take her over and make her run his evil plans. She is later saved by Harry and is very sorry for her uncontrollable actions.
Tom Riddle is the preserved teenager version of the evil Voldemort. Tom is preserved in an old diary in which he writes back and forth with whoever dares to write with him. He opened the chamber of secrets through Ginny Weasley. He almost kills her and Harry but Harry defeats him by puncturing the diary with a basilisk tooth. Though Tom Riddle is no longer existence, Voldemort still lives on.
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