What are the main settings of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets? What are the main settings of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets?

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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