In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, young Harry Potter must fight an evil presence that's roaming the halls of Hogwarts and attacking residents of the school. In this novel, Harry begins to question his reality, as he hears whispering in the walls of the school—a whisper that no one else seems to hear.
Meanwhile, some students become suspicious of Harry when it is discovered that he can understand and speak the language of snakes (also known as parseltongue). This ability is generally attributed to those within the Slytherin House and more specifically to the founder of the House of Slytherin, the infamous Salazar Slytherin. The evil presence can speak parseltongue and claims to be the heir of Slytherin, and it is attacking those who are not "pure-blood" witches and wizards. As such, rumors circulate that Harry is the heir of Slytherin and is attacking the students.
Harry must deal with being ostracized by his peers while he, Ron, and Hermione desperately try to stop the evil...
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