Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Symbols, Allegory and Motifs

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Symbols, Allegory and Motifs

Phoenix (Symbol)

Fawkes is a colorful and very beautiful bird, which can be noticed in Dumbledore's room. When it is time for Phoenixes to die, they burst into flame and are reborn from the ashes. This wonderful bird plays a significant role in this novel, helping Harry Potter. During the struggle Harry with the basilisk, the phoenix helps Harry to peck up monster's eyes. Then the bird brings the Sorting Hat, from which the sword of Godric Gryffindor appears and Harry kills the monster with this sword. Also, bird's tears heal Harry's wound and neutralize the basilisk's poison. The phoenix is a symbol of life and loyalty in this story.

Snake (Symbol)

Harry, Ron and Hermione cannot get to know about the monster from the chamber of secrets. But Hermione is able to find out that basilisk is a snake, which lives in this room. The snake's yellow eyes are very dangerous, because basilisk's gaze carries death. And ghost of Moaning Myrtle claims that she died because of the yellow eyes. This snake symbolizes evil, which Harry tries to win a victory over it. And at the end Harry is able to manage with evil and kills the snake.

Wizardry (Motif)

Wizardry is the major motif of this novel without doubt. For the main character Harry Potter it is a part of his life. Earlier, he could live without magic and even did not know about its existence. But now he cannot imagine his life without spellbooks, wand, cauldron, and top-of the-line Nimbus Two Thousand broomstick. Moreover, readers can find wizardry in all chapters of this book. Due to wizardry Harry can fight with evil, protect his friends and just make fun of his enemies. This motif is the most successful for the story about the little wizard Harry Potter, because it attracts both children and adults.

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