What are the main settings of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets?
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There are several settings in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Broadly speaking, there are two: the Muggle world of ordinary humanity (where you and I live), and the world of magic. Within the magical world there are several settings. There is the Weasley house, the various magical shops, and, of course, Hogwarts itself. Within the magical academy there are several major settings: the dungeon, the hospital, the Quidditch field, the classrooms, and the common rooms of the various houses, as well, of course, as the Chamber of Secrets, and the bathroom through which the characters access it.
Although the previous answer is excellent, I wanted to focus on the main settings for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets because they play such a vital part in the plot and outcome of the book. The main settings are primarily Moaning Myrtle's bathroom, where Harry, Ron and Hermione brew the Polyjuice potion and eventually find the secret opening to the Chamber of Secrets, in which the main portion of the climactic action happens, in my opinion, perhaps the most important setting in the entire story. The Forbidden Forest, where Harry and Ron gain important information leading them to solve the mystery of the Chamber is of great importance as well. While all the other settings are important, Myrtle's bathroom and the Chamber are the most significant. Hope this helps. Brenda
The forbidden forest plays a big part in the book when Harry and Ron attempt to find out information. The chamber itself is the most important place as it is where the book climaxes.
I can't help but think of some comparisons between the Forbidden Forest in Harry Potter and the forest in Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown." In both, the forest represents an uncivilized and wild primordial place where morality is, at best, ambiguous, and at worst evil - often sinister things skulk about in the darkness. The Forbidden Forest and the Chamber of Secrets parallel each other in several ways: both are forbidden, populated with monster(s), and holds secrets, as well, if you will recall, encounters between Harry and Voldemort - Voldermort drinking the blood of a unicorn in the Forest and as Tom Riddle in the Chamber.
Otherwise, another setting mentioned in the eNotes for the novel (see link below) I think deserve mention: the "Corridors serve as passages not only to classrooms but also as transitions in story lines." The corridors and moving stair cases are instrumental in helping, if not at times guiding, the young wizards in their journeys.
The main settings of this book are the Muggle World, mainly Uncle Vernon's house on Privet Drive, and the World of Magic, mainly Hogwarts, the school that Harry and his friends attend. At the beginning of the book Harry is at his uncle's house for the holidays. Then, he joins his Hogwarts friends at Ron's home, called the Burrow. Before he returns to school he also travels to Diagon Alley and Knockturn Alley, both shopping areas for wizards and witches. Hogwarts castle contains many different settings, including the different dormitories, classrooms, and interestingly, the bathroom where Harry, Ron, and Hermione brew the Polyjuice Potion. The climax of the novel occurs at the Chamber of Secrets, a secret room beneath Hogwarts castle where Slytherin's Monster dwells. It is accessible only through the same bathroom where Harry and his friends would meet to make the Polyjuice Potion.
In each book in the series, Harry travels along the hero's journey. The journey begins in the real world, the hero's world. This is why Harry always has to return to the Muggle World setting in every book. The Magical World serves as the "other" world that the hero enters. When Hagrid first appears for Harry in the first book, he gives Harry a call to adventure. Harry first rejects, then accepts it. In each book after that, the call to adventure is a little different. In the second book it is Ron and his brother appearing in the car that offer the call. Other settings in the book also mirror the hero's journey, including the presence of water in a pivotal scene.
The main overarching setting is Hogwarts. But the climax of the novel really takes place within a specific of location within Hogwarts, namely the Chamber of Secrets. This is the chamber Salazar Slytherin created when the founding members built Hogwarts. He made it so that only his heirs can enter. However in actuality, anyone who speaks parseltongue can enter the chamber.
Obviously, the main setting for most of the book is Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. A good majority of the book is set there (I would say easily 80%), and even other, smaller settings are still on Hogwarts grounds (such as the actual Chamber of Secrets, the Quidditch pitch, the Forbidden Forest, etc). Other main settings include the Muggle world, such as Harry's aunt and uncle's house, and Diagon/Knockturn Alley.
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