Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Literary Elements

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Literary Elements

Genre

Fantasy literature

Setting and Context

England and Hogwarts, 1992

Narrator and Point of View

Written in third person, but we see Harry’s point of view.

Tone and Mood

Dark, adventurous and heroic.

Protagonist and Antagonist

Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger. Ginny Weasley and Tom Marvolo Riddle are the antagonists.

Major Conflict

Harry Potter and his friend Ron and Hermione must discover what is the Chamber of Secrets and destroy whatever creature is attacking the students.

Climax

Harry discovers that Tom Riddle; whose diary he had discovered is another form of Voldemort.

Foreshadowing

Harry learning Expelliarmus, he originally thought it was a simple dueling spell, but it’s the spell that saved Harry and Ron’s life.

Understatement

"We teachers are rather good at magic, you know." A quote by McGonagall, which is an understatement since Lockhart is not very skilled.

Allusions

Hermes, Percy Weasley’s owl is allusion to Hermes from Greek Mythology. Hermes was the messenger of the Gods and Percy’s owl is the messenger for the Weasley’s.

Imagery

Sword of Gryffindor and the Diary of Tom Riddle.

Paradox

Moaning Myrtle sobbing about her demise, but she gets excited when they ask her backstory on how she was killed.

Parallelism

The Chamber of Secrets and the Forbidden Forest are parallel. Both of these places are forbidden, filled with monsters and they hold secrets.

Metonymy and Synecdoche

N/A

Personification

The Ford Angla, Weasley car, has a personality of its own.

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