HARRY POTTER AND
THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS
screenplay by STEVEN KLOVES
based on the novel by
1 EXT. PRIVET DRIVE - DAY 1
WIDE HELICOPTER SHOT. Privet Drive. CAMERA CRANES DOWN,
DOWN, OVER the rooftops, FINDS the SECOND FLOOR WINDOW of
NUMBER 4. HARRY POTTER sits in the window.
2 OMITTED 2
3 INT. HARRY'S BEDROOM - DAY 3
Harry pages through a SCRAPBOOK, stops on a MOVING PHOTO
of Ron and Hermione. SQUAWK! Harry jumps. HEDWIG pecks
at the LOCK slung through her cage door, then glowers at
I can't, Hedwig. I'm not allowed
to use magic outside of school.
Besides, if Uncle Vernon --
At the sound of the name, HEDWIG SQUAWKS again, LOUDER.
UNCLE VERNON (O.S.)
Now you've done it.
4 INT. KITCHEN - DAY 4
While AUNT PETUNIA puts the finishing touches to a
PUDDING of WHIPPED CREAM and SUGARED VIOLETS, UNCLE
VERNON struggles with DUDLEY'S BOW TIE, all the while
glowering at Harry.
I warned you. If you can't
control that bloody bird, it'll
have to go.
She's bored. If I could just let
her out for an hour or two --
And have you sending secret
messages to your freaky little
friends? No, sir.
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4 CONTINUED: 4
But I haven't gotten any messages.
From any of my friends. Not one.
Who'd want to be friends with you?
I should think you'd be more
grateful. We raise you since you
were a baby, give you food off our
table, even let you have Dudley's
second bedroom... purely out of
the goodness of our hearts.
I thought he got the second
bedroom because Mum was afraid
he'd turn us into dung beetles if
you put him back in the cupboard
under the stairs.
AUNT PETUNIA stops cold, exchanges a dark look with Uncle
Vernon, then sees Dudley extending a finger for the
Not yet, popkin. That's for when
the Masons arrive.
Which should be any moment. Now.
Let's run through our schedule one
more time. Petunia, when the
Masons get here, you will be --
In the lounge, waiting to welcome
them graciously to our home.
Good. And Dudley?
I'll be waiting to open the door.
(turning on Harry)
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4 CONTINUED: (2) 4
I'll be in my bedroom, making no
noise and pretending I don't
Too right you will. With any
luck, this could well be the day I
make the biggest deal of my
DOORBELL RINGS. Instantly, Uncle Vernon shoves Harry out
of the kitchen and into the hallway.
5 OMITTED 5
6 INT. HARRY'S BEDROOM - DAY 6
Harry enters, turns, and stops dead: a tiny CREATURE
with bat-like ears and bulging green eyes is jumping on
his bed as if it were a trampoline. This is DOBBY.
Harry Potter! Such an honor it
6 CONTINUED: 6
What... Who are you?
Dobby, sir. Dobby the house elf.
I see. Not to be rude or
anything, but this isn't a great
time for me to have a house-elf in
Oh, yes, sir, Dobby understands.
It's just that, Dobby has come to
tell you... it is difficult, sir...
Dobby wonders where to begin.
Why don't you sit down?
Suddenly Dobby BURSTS INTO TEARS. LOUD TEARS. Harry
Shhhh! I'm sorry. I didn't mean
to offend you or anything --
Offend Dobby! Dobby has heard of
your greatness, sir, but never has
he been asked to sit down by a
wizard, like an equal...
You can't have met many decent
Dobby shakes his head, then without warning, LEAPS off the
bed and starts to BANG HIS HEAD FURIOUSLY ON THE FLOOR.
Bad Dobby! Bad Dobby!
7 INT. LIVING ROOM - DAY 7
Uncle Vernon pours champagne for MR. and MRS. MASON. As
Dobby's HEAD BANGING sounds from above, all eyes shift to
the ceiling. Uncle Vernon chuckles nervously.
7 CONTINUED: 7
Don't mind that. It's just the...
Cat? What cat?
Our cat, tiger.
8 INT. HARRY'S BEDROOM - DAY 8
Dobby gets back to his feet, wobbling, eyes spinning
dizzily. Harry regards him with a mixture of concern...
Are you... all right?
Dobby had to punish himself, sir.
Dobby almost spoke ill of his
The wizard family Dobby serves,
sir. Dobby is bound to serve one
family forever. If they ever knew
Dobby was here...
Dobby shudders in fear, then looks up, WHISPERS urgently.
But Dobby had to come. Dobby has
to protect Harry Potter. To warn
(in a fierce whisper)
Harry Potter must not go back to
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and
Wizardry this year.
Not go back? But... I have to.
This is a plot. A plot to make
most terrible things happen. If
Harry Potter goes back to school
he will be in great danger.
8 CONTINUED: 8
What terrible things? Who's
Dobby makes a funny CHOKING and GAGGING noise.
Okay! I understand. You can't
Too late. Dobby grabs the bedside lamp and starts
beating himself about the head and YELPING LOUDLY.
9 INT. LIVING ROOM - DAY 9
Uncle Vernon is in the midst of telling a joke.
They arrive at the ninth hole
DOBBY'S YELPS INTERRUPT, ringing out from above.
Sounds as if that cat of yours has
dragged something in with it,
Not to worry. I'll sort it out.
10 INT. HARRY'S BEDROOM - DAY 10
Harry wrestles the lamp away from Dobby.
FOOTSTEPS THUNDER on the landing. Quickly, Harry grabs
Dobby by the pillowcase and pitches him into the
wardrobe... just as the door FLINGS OPEN.
What the devil are you doing up
here! You've just ruined the
punch line of my Japanese golfer
joke. One more sound and you'll
wish you'd never been born, boy!
He stomps flat-footed from the room and SLAMS THE DOOR.
Harry lets Dobby out of the wardrobe.
10 CONTINUED: 10
See why I've got to go back? I
don't belong here. I belong in
your world -- at Hogwarts. It's
the only place I've got...
Friends who don't even write to
Well, I expect they've been --
hang on, how do you know my
friends haven't been writing me?
Guiltily, Dobby takes out a STACK of LETTERS.
Harry Potter mustn't be angry with
Dobby -- Dobby hoped if Harry
Potter thought his friends had
forgotten him... Harry Potter
might not want to go back to
Give me those. Now.
Dobby frowns sadly, then DASHES out the door.
11 INT. HALLWAY/STAIRS/KITCHEN - DAY 11
... Harry flies desperately after, Dobby bouncing like a
ping-pong ball down the stairs and into the kitchen. As
Harry races in, he finds Dobby on the counter, waving his
arms. Aunt Petunia's masterpiece of a pudding RISES,
then floats into the living room, HOVERING over the
Mason's heads. The Masons don't see, but the Dursleys --
Dobby... Please... No...
Harry Potter must say he's not
going back to school.
I can't. Hogwarts is my home.
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11 CONTINUED: 11
Then Dobby must do it, sir. For
Harry Potter's own good.
Dobby SNAPS HIS FINGERS. The pudding PLUMMETS...
straight onto the Masons. They stand blinking, covered
head to foot with whipped cream and sugared violets. The
Masons exit. Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia race after
I'm sorry. It's our nephew. Very
disturbed. Meeting strangers
upsets him, so we kept him
11A EXT. DURSLEY HOUSE - DAY 11A
The Masons RACE out of the house, the Dursleys FOLLOWING.
We have ice cream...
The Masons get into their car and drive off, just as a
SHRIEKING SOUND splits the sky. An OWL SWOOPS down, and
DROPS a LETTER at Uncle Vernon's feet. He picks up the
letter, opens it. As he reads it, a mad gleam dances in
Uncle Vernon's eye. He turns and races back inside the
house. Aunt Petunia follows.
11B INT. DURSLEY HOUSE - NIGHT 11B
Uncle Vernon runs back into the living room, extends the
letter to Harry.
Go on. Read it.
'Dear Mr. Potter. We have
received intelligence that a Hover
Charm was used at your place of
residence at twelve minutes past
seven this evening. As you know,
'... are not permitted to perform
spells outside school.'
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11B CONTINUED: 11B
UNCLE VERNON (CONT'D)
(snatching the letter)
You didn't tell us you weren't
Allowed to use magic at home.
Slipped your mind, didn't it?
11B CONTINUED: (2) 11B
UNCLE VERNON (CONT'D)
Well, I've got news for you, boy.
I'm locking you up! And if you
try to magic yourself out, they'll
expel you! You're never going
back to that school! Never!
12 EXT./INT. HARRY'S BEDROOM - NEXT DAY 12
A SHORT MONTAGE BEGINS:
Uncle Vernon fits IRON BARS to the inside of Harry's
Drills a METAL FLAP to the base of the bedroom door.
Fits a FAT, GREY LOCK to the door itself. Soaking with
sweat, he casts Harry a nasty grin and pulls shut the
DOOR. It closes with the DULL CLANK of a cell.
13 INT. HARRY'S BEDROOM - NIGHT 13
Harry stares gloomily out the window. The METAL FLAP
RATTLES and Dudley's pudgy hand slides a BOWL of TINNED
SOUP onto the floor. He grins cruelly through the
I know what day it is.
Well done, Dudley. Finally
learned the days of the week, have
Today's your birthday. And nobody
Dudley SNAPS SHUT the flap. Harry sighs, takes the soup
and a bit of stale bread, and crosses to Hedwig.
It's no good turning your beak up.
It's all we've got.
Harry feeds a piece of bread to Hedwig... as we...
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13 CONTINUED: 13
SAME SCENE - LATER
Harry leans against the wall. Asleep. There is a gentle
TAPPING SOUND. Harry opens his eyes and is stunned to
see... RON WEASLEY staring through the bedroom window.
13A EXT. DURSLEY HOUSE - NIGHT 13A
An OLD, TURQUOISE-COLORED FORD ANGLIA floats in midair.
Ron leans out the back window. His brother FRED sits in
the driver's seat. Fred's twin George is in the
Fred? George? What're you doing
Rescuing you, of course. Where's
13B CLOSEUP - HARRY'S TRUNK 13B
Stuffed with clothes, spellbooks. The trunk CLOSES, SNAPS
SHUT. Harry drags the trunk to the windowsill, watches Ron
tie off a fierce knot on the bars of Harry's window.
Harry steps back. Ron turns, nods to Fred.
13C INSERT - FRED'S FOOT 13C
Fred STEPS ON the accelerator.
13D EXT. DURSLEY HOUSE - NIGHT 13D
The Ford Anglia FLIES UP into the air, the rope SNAPS
TIGHT, and -- CRUNCH! -- the bars are TORN from the
window. Bricks and bars RAIN DOWN onto the lawn below, a
13E INT. UNCLE VERNON'S BEDROOM - NIGHT 13E
Uncle Vernon WAKES...
14 OMITTED 14
17 INT./EXT. HARRY'S BEDROOM/THE CAR - MOMENTS LATER 17
Harry pushes the trunk over the sill into the Anglia's
boot, then scrambles through the window himself, when...
Harry clambers back, grabs Hedwig's cage, swings it onto
the ledge, when... BAM! The bedroom door CRASHES OPEN.
Petunia! He's getting away!
As Harry leaps for the windowsill, Uncle Vernon CHARGES
FORWARD and SNATCHES his ankle. Harry tumbles into the
darkness, one hand gripping Hedwig's cage, the other
reaching out and... CATCHING Ron's at the last possible
Uncle Vernon puts both hands to Harry's ankle, pulls
harder. Ron braces himself, pulls back. Harry hangs,
stretched high over the lawn, directly above the mangled
CLOSEUP: Harry's hand begins to slip from Ron's fingers.
INSIDE OF CAGE: Hedwig PECKS feverishly at the LOCK.
CLOSE-UP: Ron. PANICKED.
Hold on, Harry!
Oh no, boy! You and that bloody
pigeon aren't going anywhere!
CLOSE-UP: Harry's hand begins to slip away from Ron's.
INSIDE OF CAGE: Hedwig PECKS HARDER and... the CAGE
Hedwig SWOOPS into the sky, WHEELS BACK and hammers her
beak into Uncle Vernon's hand. He ROARS, stumbles back
and... Ron and George pull Harry into the air.
Put your foot down, Fred!
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17 CONTINUED: 17
Like a rocket, the Anglia sails into the stars. Harry
glances back, sees Aunt Petunia and Dudley join Uncle
Vernon at the window. As Hedwig races up, soaring just
beyond the car window, Ron turns to Harry.
By the way, Harry. Happy
18 EXT. THE BURROW - EARLY MORNING 18
As the Anglia drops through a pink sky, a haphazard mess
of a HOUSE, built around a towering central chimney,
appears below. By the road, a lopsided SIGN reads: THE
BURROW. FLUMPH! The car touches down in a WHIRLING CONE
of dust, scatters a group of chickens, and fishtails to a
halt. The boys spill quickly out of the car. FRED
Hurry! Let's nip inside before
Mum wakes up!
19 INT. FRONT ROOM - THE BURROW - MOMENTS LATER 19
The boys sneak inside, gently close the door. Harry
stops. Magical objects surround him: A CLOCK displays
different chores for each family member. A pair of
NEEDLES knit a sweater by themselves. And a stack of
PLAYING CARDS that. A stack of PLAYING CARDS SHUFFLE
themselves, providing a cooling breeze for Ron's aging
rat, SCABBERS. Ron shrugs, averts his eyes self-
It's not much.
I think it's... brilliant!
Ron looks up. Sees Harry's mesmerized face. Slowly...
MRS. WEASLEY (O.S.)
WHERE... HAVE... YOU... BEEN?!
The boys nearly jump out of their skin. MRS. WEASLEY
stands in the doorway. Furious. She smiles sweetly at
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19 CONTINUED: 19
Harry! How wonderful to see you.
(back to the boys)
Beds empty! No note! You
could've died! You could've been
(again, to Harry)
I don't blame you, of course,
They were starving him, Mum!
There were bars on his window!
You best hope I don't put bars on
your window, Ronald Weasley!
Care for a spot of tea, Harry?
Mummy. Have you seen my jumper --
A small, RED-HEADED GIRL appears. Sees Harry. And...
SQUEALS. Dashes back up the stairs. Ron frowns.
Ginny. Been talking about you all
summer. Dead annoying, really.
The front door OPENS and ARTHUR WEASLEY enters. A tall
man with red hair, his robes look dusty and travel-worn.
What a night! Nine raids! Nine!
Dad works at the Ministry of
Magic. In the Misuse of Muggle
The Misuse of Muggle Artefacts...?
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19 CONTINUED: (2) 19
That's when wizards bewitch
something to drive Muggles mad.
Shrinking door keys, that kind of
thing. Dad loves Muggles. Thinks
Mr. Weasley hangs up his cloak, turns. Blinks.
Well now. Who are you?
Harry, sir. Harry Potter.
Good Lord, are you really? Ron's
told us all about you, of course.
When did you get here?
This morning. Your sons flew that
enchanted car of yours to Surrey
house and back last night.
Did you now! How'd it go?!
I... I mean... That was very
wrong, boys. Very wrong indeed.
So, Harry. You must know all
about Muggles. Tell me, what
exactly is the function of a
Harry is about to answer, when he notices an OWL (ERROL)
soaring toward the kitchen window. To Harry's horror,
the owl doesn't pull up. It just flies... SMACK!... into
That must be Errol with the post.
Fetch him, will you, George?
George takes the unconscious Errol, absently lays him on
a draining board, and takes the LETTERS clutched in his
It's our Hogwarts letters! And
look. They've sent Harry's as well.
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19 CONTINUED: (3) 19
Dumbledore must know you're here,
Harry. Doesn't miss a trick, that
This lot won't come cheap, Mum.
The spellbooks alone...
We'll manage. Right then.
There's only one place to get all
19A OMITTED 19A
24 INT. LIVING ROOM - THE BURROW - DAY (LATER) 24
Everyone has gathered in front of the large fireplace.
You first, Harry dear.
Mrs. Weasley offers Harry a FLOWERPOT. At the bottom is
a layer of VERY SOFT DUST. Harry frowns in confusion.
Harry's never traveled by Floo
Powder before, Mum.
Just then, Ron's older brother PERCY enters.
Percy. Would you mind going
first, so Harry can see how it's
Certainly, Mother. Don't worry,
Harry. It's simple enough.
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24 CONTINUED: 24
Percy takes a pinch from the pot, pitches it into the
fireplace and BRIGHT GREEN FLAMES ROAR HIGH. To Harry's
amazement, he calmly walks... straight into them.
Percy VANISHES. Tentatively, Harry reaches into the pot.
Remember to speak clearly, dear!
And mind you get out at the right grate!
25 INT. SPIRALING TUNNEL 25
The SOUND is DEAFENING as Harry hurtles forward,
squinting against the sting of WHIRLING SOOT and the mad,
flickering lights of passing fireplaces. He falls face
26 INT. BORGIN AND BURKES - STONE FIREPLACE - DAY 26
... onto a stone hearth. Dizzy and dirty, Harry reclaims
his shattered glasses. He's tumbled into a wizard's
shop, but a decidedly creepy one. He starts to exit,
when a WITHERED HAND in a GLASS CASE catches his eye:
The Hand of Glory. Nearby, an OPAL NECKLACE gleams:
Caution: Do not touch. Cursed--Has Claimed the Lives of
Nineteen Muggle Owners to Date. Oddly transfixed by it
all, Harry drifts toward the exit, when...
26 CONTINUED: 26
DRACO MALFOY and his father, LUCIUS MALFOY, appear beyond
the front window, approaching the shop. Harry glances
about, spies a LARGE BLACK CABINET and slips inside. As
he pulls the doors closed, a TINY CARD swings INTO VIEW:
Malfoy and his father enter. A stooped man (MR. BORGIN)
emerges from the back room. IN THE CABINET, Harry
watches, unaware that the walls around him are... SLOWLY
Mr. Malfoy! What a pleasure to
see you again. If I may, just in
I'm not buying today, Mr. Borgin.
You have heard, of course, that
the Ministry of Magic is
conducting more raids. There are
even rumors of a new Muggle
Lucius unravels a roll of parchment, hands it to Borgin.
I have a few... ah... items at
home that might prove embarrassing
if the Ministry were to call.
Certain poisons and the like...
Hmmm... yes. I see...
INSIDE THE CABINET, Harry realizes the walls are CLOSING
IN. His eyes shift upward. The ceiling is DROPPING.
Draco drifts to the Hand of Glory, reaches out, when...
the HAND GRABS HIM. Draco shrieks, manages to slip free,
then calms. He eyes the hand with malicious glee.
Can I have this?
26 CONTINUED: (2) 26
Ah, the Hand of Glory. Insert a
candle and it gives light only to
the holder. Best friend of
thieves and plunderers. Your son
has fine taste, sir.
Hopefully my son will amount to
more than a thief, Mr. Borgin.
Though if his marks don't pick
It's not my fault the teachers
have favorites. That Hermione
I would have thought you'd be
ashamed that a girl of no
wizarding family beat you in every
It's the same all over. Wizard
blood is counting for less
Not with me.
INSIDE THE CABINET, Harry's knees are up under his chin...
Borgin checks off one last time, then returns the
parchment to Lucius. Satisfied, Malfoy nods.
Very good. I'll expect you at the
manor tomorrow. Come, Draco.
They exit. As Borgin slips into the back room, the
Crushing Cabinet's doors FLY OPEN and Harry leaps free.
Inside, the walls, floor, and ceiling SNAP SHUT! Borgin
reappears, blinks curiously at Harry, then watches him
RACE out the door.
27 EXT. KNOCKTURN ALLEY - DAY (MOMENTS LATER) 27
Once outside, Harry fits his broken glasses to his face,
eyes a STREET SIGN: "KNOCKTURN ALLEY."
27 CONTINUED: 27
The vendors here clearly cater to the Dark Arts:
SHRUNKEN HEADS, POISONOUS CANDLES. One window teems with
AGED WITCH (O.S.)
Not lost are you, my dear?
Harry wheels, looking into the mossy teeth of a decrepit
WITCH. She holds a tray of HUMAN FINGERNAILS.
I'm fine, thanks. I'm just --
HARRY! What d'yer think yer doin'
Hagrid knocks the tray from the cursing Witch's hands,
then seizes Harry by the scruff of the neck and steers
28 EXT. DIAGON ALLEY - CONTINUOUS ACTION - DAY 28
Hagrid swats at Harry's sooty clothes.
Yer a mess! Skulkin' 'round
Knockturn Alley. Dodgy place,
Harry. Don't want no one ter see
yeh down there. People'll be
thinkin' yer up ter no good.
I was lost, I -- Hang on. What
were you doing down there?
I was lookin' fer a Flesh Eatin'
Slug Repellent. They're ruinin'
the school cabbages.
Harry looks up, sees HERMIONE GRANGER standing at the top
of Gringotts' white steps. She runs down to meet them.
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Hello, Hagrid. Oh, it's wonderful
to see you two again.
She stops then, cocks her head curiously at Harry, then
takes out her wand and points it directly between his
Instantly, Harry's glasses are mended.
I need to remember that one.
C'mon. Everyone's been so worried.
Hermione leads them to Gringotts, where Hermione's rather
nervous-looking Muggle parents stand with the Weasleys.
So you're dentists! Fascinating!
I understand other Muggles quite
fear you? Why is that?
Oh, Harry. Thank goodness. We
hoped you'd only gone one grate
too far. Come now. We're off to
Flourish and Blotts.
Isn't it thrilling! Gilderoy
Lockhart's going to be there! We
can actually meet him! I mean,
he's written almost the whole
As Mrs. Weasley and Hermione dash off, Harry frowns.
29 OMITTED 29
29A EXT. FLOURISH AND BLOTTS - DAY 29A
CLOSE-UP: GILDEROY LOCKHART. A handsome, golden-haired
wizard with stunning pearl-white teeth. He miles, winks
at the camera.
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29A CONTINUED: 29A
DOLLY BACK to reveal that the image of Lockhart is
actually a MOVING PHOTOGRAPH propped in the window. A
PLACARD declares: HERE TODAY! SIGNING COPIES OF HIS
AUTOBIOGRAPHY, MAGICAL ME... GILDEROY LOCKHART!
30 INT. FLOURISH AND BLOTTS - DAY 30
Harry and the others thread their way through a
CHATTERING THRONG of MIDDLE-AGED LADIES, all craning
their necks for a view of Lockhart, who sits signing
books at the rear of the shop. At the sight of him, Mrs.
Weasley pats her hair.
There he is!
Mum fancies him.
For this, Mrs. Weasley gives Ron a jab in the shoulder.
A SHORT MAN WITH A CAMERA bumps past.
Out of the way! This is for The
Instantly, Lockhart looks up, flashes a smile, when...
It can't be Harry Potter?
The crowd WHISPERS excitedly as Lockhart dives forward,
seizes Harry's hand and turns him toward the
(under his breath)
Nice big smile, Harry. Together,
you and I rate the front page.
(as the CAMERA FLASHES)
Ladies and gentlemen! What an
extraordinary moment this is!
When young Harry here stepped into
Flourish and Blotts this morning
to purchase my autobiography,
Magical Me -- which, incidentally
is celebrating its twenty-seventh
week atop The Daily Prophet's
Bestseller List -- he had no idea
that he would, in fact, be leaving
with my entire collected works!
Free of charge!
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As the crowd CLAPS, Lockhart catches the eye of a FLUNKY
and, before Harry knows it, a towering stack of books is
shoved into his arms. Mortified, Harry mumbles quietly.
Slipping free, Harry drifts back into the crowd and, red
with embarrassment, drops the books into Ginny's
You have these. I'll buy my
Bet you loved that, didn't you,
Potter? Famous Harry Potter.
Can't even go into a bookshop
without making the front page.
Leave him alone! He didn't want
Look, Potter. You've got yourself
30 CONTINUED: (2) 30
Silence, Draco! Ah... Mr. Potter.
I don't believe we've met.
Lucius Malfoy extends his hand, as if offering to shake
Harry's, but instead gently plays his fingers over the
fringe of Harry's scalp, revealing Harry's LIGHTNING BOLT
SCAR. At his touch, Harry withdraws, ever so slightly.
Forgive me, Mr. Potter. But your
scar is legend. As, of course, is
the wizard who gave it to you.
He was a murderer.
Yes, a pity about your parents.
Curious that you yourself should
escape with a mere flesh wound.
Curious, too, that you speak of
him in the past. Surely, you
don't think He-Who-Must-Not-Be-
Named is gone forever.
His name is Voldemort.
Those within earshot gasp as Harry utters the word.
You must be very brave, Mr.
Potter, to dare speak his name.
Fear of a name only increases fear
of the thing itself.
Lucius Malfoy's eyes slide, find Hermione staring
You must be Miss Granger. Draco's
told me all about you... and your
parents. Muggles, aren't you?
Mr. and Mrs. Granger nod nervously. Lucius Malfoy can
barely disguise his distaste for them. Arthur Weasley
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30 CONTINUED: (3) 30
Ron! Harry! It's mad in here.
Let's go outside.
Well, well, well -- Arthur
Busy time at the Ministry. All
those raids. I hope they're
paying you overtime.
Malfoy reaches into Ginny's cauldron, removes a very old,
battered copy of A Beginner's Guide to Transfiguration.
Obviously not. Dear me. What's
the use of being a disgrace to the
name of wizard if they don't even
pay you well for it.
We have a very different idea
about what disgraces the name of
(glancing at the
Clearly. The company you keep,
Weasley. And I thought your
family could sink no lower.
Mr. Weasley moves to hit Lucius Malfoy. Hagrid steps
forward, puts a firm hand on Mr. Weasley's shoulder.
Ignore 'im, Arthur.
Mr. Weasley backs away. Lucius Malfoy tosses Ginny's
BATTERED TEXTBOOK back into her cauldron.
Here, girl. Take your book. It's
the best your father can give you.
Lucius and Draco exit. Hagrid looks at the Weasleys.
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30 CONTINUED: (4) 30
No Malfoy's worth listenin' ter.
Rotten ter the core, the whole
As Harry watches Draco and his father go, we --
30A OMITTED 30A
30B EXT. KING'S CROSS - MORNING 30B
Amid a neat line of cars, the Anglia sits at a decidedly
odd angle, as if its driver were not the most skilled
31 OMITTED 31
32 INT. KING'S CROSS - DAY 32
The Weasleys and Harry -- pushing large TROLLEYS -- dash
under the LARGE CLOCK which reads two minutes to eleven.
Oh dear! The train'll be leaving
any moment! All together now!
Hurrying, they race to PLATFORMS NINE AND TEN. Quickly,
Percy, Fred and George stride briskly toward the stone
barrier that divides the platforms -- and simply
Go on, Ginny. You know what to
Ginny, looking a bit nervous, rushes toward the barrier,
closes her eyes, and sleds...
32A INT. PLATFORM NINE AND THREE QUARTERS - DAY 32A
... out onto the other side. As she gazes at the
HOGWARTS EXPRESS, Mr. and Mrs. Weasley materialize at her
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MRS. WEASLEY (O.S.)
Come, Ginny. We'll get you a
32B INT. KING'S CROSS 32B
Ron glances at the clock.
We better hurry.
Harry nods, leans into his trolley and -- CRASH! -- hits
the barrier and bounces back into Ron. A GUARD glowers.
What in blazes d'you two think
Sorry. Lost control of the
Why can't we get through?
I dunno. The gateway's sealed
itself for some reason.
As Ron presses his ear to the barrier, the CLOCK CHIMES.
The train leaves at exactly eleven
o'clock. We've missed it.
Can't hear a thing.
(a sudden thought)
Harry. If we can't get through,
maybe Mum and Dad can't get back.
Maybe we should go wait by the
33 EXT. PARKING LOT (KING'S CROSS) - MOMENTS LATER 33
Pushing their trolleys madly before them, Harry and Ron
dash to the car, load their belongings into the Anglia's
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33 CONTINUED: 33
This is mad. We can't drive to
Who says we're driving?
You don't mean -- Ron, no.
Look, who knows when Mum and Dad
will get back. And we've got to
get to school, haven't we? And
even underage wizards are allowed
to use magic if it's an absolute
emergency. Least that's what Fred
and George always say...
Something tells me we're going to
33A INT. ANGLIA - DAY 33A
Ron TAPS his WAND on the dash and the Anglia burbles to
No offense, Ron, but are you sure
you know how to fly this.
Ron SHIFTS. With a GREAT JOLT, the car lifts from the
There. See. Now I reckon all we
have to do is find the Hogwarts
Express and follow it. Simple.
Harry nods, not entirely convinced. He peers out the
window. Down below, TWO PEDESTRIANS stare in disbelief.
Uh, Ron. I should tell you. Most
Muggles aren't accustomed to
seeing a flying car.
Ron presses a TINY SILVER BUTTON on the dashboard and
they... DISAPPEAR. Down below, the baffled pedestrians
34 EXT. FLYING CAR (SCOTLAND) - DAY (LATER) 34
CAMERA STARTS IN the clouds, passes through, finds
Scotland's stunning green. The Anglia's ENGINE PUTTERS
softly, when -- POP! - the car reappears. Ron jabs at
the silver button.
Uh oh. The Invisibility Booster
must be faulty.
CAMERA ZOOMS ALONG the ridge of a cliff. The
car reappears from above, gliding away FROM CAMERA.
Any sign of the train?
There! Up ahead! Look...
Along a STEEP BRIDGE, a single line of TRAIN TRACKS
Ron SHIFTS, GLIDES DOWN, until the Anglia is only a few
feet above the tracks. The boys peer ahead, looking for
It must be around here
Behind them, through the Anglia's rear window, the
Hogwarts Express APPEARS, closing fast. Harry and Ron
perk up. Smile.
Do you hear that?
Then, at precisely the same moment, Harry and Ron
register the DIRECTION of the sound. They glance at each
other, turn as one and see the train GROWING HUGE in the
Ron SPINS THE WHEEL, puts his foot to the gas and -- at
the last possible second -- whips the Anglia out of the
train's path. The car WAFFLES, TOPPLES upside down
34 CONTINUED: 34
... TILTING onto its side. As it jets under the bridge,
Harry goes SLIDING DOWN ACROSS HIS SEAT, into the door,
and... OUT. Dangling upside-down from the open door, he
watches the Hogwarts Express ZIP PAST and, in one window,
glimpses NEVILLE and SEAMUS, mouths open in astonishment.
Take my hand!
Harry's grips Ron's hand, eyes the train steaming far
below. It's quite a drop. Harry's fingers begin to LOSE
I'm trying! Your hand's all
Straining, Ron yanks him inside, levels off the car. As
Harry falls heavily into his seat, he BUCKLES his safety
I think we found the train.
35 EXT. HOGWARTS CASTLE - FLYING CAR - NIGHT 35
As HOGWARTS CASTLE comes INTO VIEW, the Anglia ENTERS
Welcome home, Harry.
Harry smiles at the sight of it, when... the Anglia
Just out of interest, Ron. Have
you ever landed a car before?
Well... no. but, until a few
hours ago, I'd never taken off in
With that, the car LURCHES, the nose DROPS, and...
35 CONTINUED: 35
... Harry, Ron and car go pitching through the night. As
Ron rakes the GEARS, they hurtle madly toward the CASTLE
IT'S NOT WORKING!
Ron SHIFTS desperately. The Anglia LURCHES up, barely
clears the castle wall. Harry and Ron exchange a look of
relief, when... the car GROANS again, LURCHES...
MIND THAT TREE!
Down below a GIANT WILLOW TREE looms. Ron SHIFTS.
Harry reaches over and, together, he and Ron SPIN THE
WHEEL. It's useless. The car is heading straight for the
tree. Desperately, Ron WHIPS OUT his wand and WHACKS THE
STOP! STOP! STOP!
The wand SNAPS IN TWO and -- CRUNCH! -- car meets tree.
Harry blinks. They hang dreamily, BALANCED on the
My wand! Look at my wand!
Be thankful it's not your neck.
THWUNMP! Something HEAVY HITS Harry's door, sends a
SHUDDER through the car.
Slowly, they look up and, in disbelief, watch one of the
tree's branches PULL BACK, CURL INTO ITSELF, and come
LASHING FORWARD like a MASSIVE FIST. THWUMP!
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The Anglia tilts crazily, slides backwards and FREE-FALLS
through the air and... LANDS on lower grid of branches.
What kind of tree is this?
Before Harry can respond, the tree begins to PUMMEL THE
CAR from all sides, tossing Henry and Ron about like
popcorn. WINDOWS SHATTER. Heavy DENTS appear on the
roof above Ron and Harry's heads. Then the car FALLS
... SLAMMING HEAVILY TO THE GROUND. Instantly, the
tree's lower branches shoot through the front and rear
windscreens and, gaining purchase, begin to SHAKE THE CAR
BACK AND FORTH.
The tree PITCHES the car into the air. As the Anglia
SLAMS DOWN again, bobbing on its SQUEALING SHOCKS, the
ENGINE BURBLES BACK TO LIFE. Harry LOOKS UP, peering
through the shattered windscreen. The willow's branches,
as one, rear back, ready for one last punishing blow.
Harry CRIES OUT.
Ron SHIFTS, the CAR SHOOTS BACKWARDS, and the willow
PUMMELS THE TREAD-MARKED GROUND they just vacated.
Safely clear, the doors fly open, the seats tip sideways,
and Ron and Harry are ejected. As they hit the ground,
their trunks fly from the boot, Hedwig's cage rockets out
the back window, and Hedwig herself flaps into the night.
Taillights blazing angrily, the BATTERED car speeds off,
fishtailing into the Dark Forest.
Dad's going to kill me.
They hear a TREMENDOUS GROAN, turn back, and see the
Whomping Willow assume its natural form, waiting for its
36 EXT. STONE STEPS/ENTRANCE HALL - NIGHT 36
Filthy and bruised, Harry and Ron drag themselves up the
steps. Behind them we see the mountain of student trunks
and caged pets already brought up from the train.
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36 CONTINUED: 36
A house elf shows up in my
bedroom, we can't get through the
barrier to Platform Nine and Three
Quarters, we almost get killed by
a tree... clearly someone doesn't
want me here this year.
Well, take a good look, lads...
They stop. ARGUS FILCH stands at the top of the landing,
his cat -- MRS. NORRIS -- twitching her tail at his feet.
This night might well be the last
you spend in this castle.
37 INT. SNAPE'S OFFICE - MOMENTS LATER 37
CLOSEUP: The Evening Prophet ENTERS FRAME. The HEADLINE
reads: FLYING FORD ANGLIA MYSTIFIES MUGGLES. Below the
fold a PHOTO shows Harry and Lockhart at Flourish and
Blotts. CAMERA PULLS BACK, PROFESSOR SEVERUS SNAPE
stands at his desk, newspaper in hand as Harry and Ron
stare with dread. Filch lurks in the doorway, eying them
37 CONTINUED: 37
You were seen! By no less then
seven Muggles. Do you have any
idea how serious this is? You
have risked the exposure of our
world. Not to mention the damage
you inflicted on a Whomping Willow
that has been on these grounds for
hundreds of years.
Honestly, Professor Snape, I think
it did more damage to us.
Silence! I assure you, were you
in Slytherin and your fate rested
with me, the both of you would be
on the train home tonight. As it
They are not.
Harry and Ron turn. ALBUS DUMBLEDORE stands in the
doorway. Alongside him is a distinctly annoyed PROFESSOR
Professor Dumbledore. Professor
Headmaster, these boys have
flouted the Decree for the
Restriction of Underage Wizardry.
I'm well aware of our bylaws,
Severus, having written more than
a few myself. However, as Head of
Gryffindor House, it is for
Professor McGonagall to determine
the appropriate action.
We'll go and get our stuff.
What are you talking about, Mr.
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37 CONTINUED: (2) 37
Well, you're going to expel us,
Not today, Mr. Weasley. But I
must impress upon both of you the
seriousness of what you have done.
I will be sending owls to both of
your families tonight. And you
will each get a detention.
Snape casts a look of pure venom at Harry and Ron.
Splendid. Now, I suggest we
return to the feast. There's a
delicious-looking custard tart I
want to sample.
Rising, Harry spies an ENVELOPE on the floor. Taking it,
he reads the back: "KWIKSPELL. A CORRESPONDENCE COURSE IN
BEGINNER'S MAGIC." It's addressed to "MR. ARGUS FILCH."
Mr. Filch. You dropped this...
Filch turns, eyes the envelope with embarrassment, then
snatches it from Harry's hand and stuffs it into his
38 OMITTED 38
39 EXT. HOGWARTS CASTLE - MORNING 39
The Whomping Willow sulks in the courtyard, SLINGS strung
about its injured branches. CAMERA CRANES OVER the
castle walls, REVEALING the exterior of GREENHOUSE THREE,
where students hurry inside for the beginning of class.
40 INT. GREENHOUSE THREE - MORNING 40
As Harry and Ron enter, SEAMUS, NEVILLE and some of the
other Gryffindors hover nearby.
Detention. On the first day?
That must be some kind of record.
40 CONTINUED: 40
I should think you'd count
yourself lucky that's all you got.
I should think you'd mind your own
They glare at each other. PROFESSOR SPROUT, a squat
little witch, TAPS her wand on a stack of POTS.
Welcome to Greenhouse Three,
Second Years. Today, we will be
re-potting Mandrakes. Now, who
here can tell me the properties of
the Mandrake? Yes, Miss Granger.
Mandrake, or Mandragora, is used
to return those who have been
transfigured to their original
state. It's also quite dangerous.
The Mandrake's cry is fatal to
anyone who hears it.
Excellent. Ten points to
Gryffindor. As our Mandrakes are
only seedlings, their cries won't
kill yet. However, they will
knock you out for several hours.
That is why I have provided each
of you with a pair of earmuffs.
If you would then...
Ron frowns. He's gotten a BRIGHT PINK FLUFFY pair. When
the class is ready, Professor Sprout leads them to the
GARDEN AREA. She grasps one of the TUFTY PLANTS before
her... and pulls. Harry gasps. Instead of roots, a
small, muddy, extremely ugly BABY pops out of the earth,
leaves growing right out of its head. Neville's eyes
ROLL BACK. He FAINTS.
Professor Sprout plunges the BAWLING CREATURE deep into a
POT, removes her earmuffs, and the others follow suit.
Everyone save Neville, who lies stretched on the ground.
Hm. Looks as though Mr.
Longbottom neglected his muffs.
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40 CONTINUED: (2) 40
No, ma'am. He's just fainted.
Very well. We'll just leave him
then. Come now. Four to a tray,
plenty of pots to go round...
41 INT. GREAT HALL - LUNCH - DAY 41
Percy enters in the company of PENELOPE CLEARWATER, just
as NEARLY HEADLESS NICK glides by.
There's Nearly Headless Nick.
Hello, Sir Nicolas.
NEARLY HEADLESS NICK
Hello, Percy. Miss Clearwater.
At the Gryffindor table, Hermione has her nose buried in
Gilderoy Lockhart's Travels with Trolls. Ron runs gobs
of Spellotape over his BROKEN WAND, shakes his head
Say it. I'm doomed.
FLASH! -- a LIGHT BLINDS Harry. He blinks, finds a small
boy (COLIN CREEVEY) standing before him with a CAMERA.
Hiya, Harry. I'm Colin Creevey.
I'm in Gryffindor too.
Hello, Colin. Nice to meet --
They're for my dad -- the
pictures. He's a milkman, you
know, a Muggle, like all our
family's been until me. No one
knew all the odd stuff I could do
was magic till we got my letter
from Hogwarts. Everyone just
thought I was mental.
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Say, Harry. D'you think your
friend could take a photo of me
and you standing together? Ya'
know, to prove I've met you?
Harry glances at Ron. He looks positively homicidal.
Mercifully, just then, OWLS STREAM into the Hall.
Post is here!
One after another, the birds swoop gracefully down,
clutching letters from home. All except one, who plops
beak-first into Ron's soup. Errol.
Bloody bird's a menace -- Oh...
Heads up, everyone. Weasley's
gotten himself a Howler.
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41 CONTINUED: (2) 41
Go on, Ron. I ignored one from
my Gran once... and it was
Ron looks pale. Clutched in Errol's beak is a DAMP RED
ENVELOPE. Hands shaking, he takes it, opens it, and...
MRS. WEASLEY'S VOICE THUNDERS, sending plates and spoons
MRS. WEASLEY (V.O.)
RONALD WEASLEY! HOW DARE YOU
STEAL THAT CAR! I AM
ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTED! YOUR
FATHER'S NOW FACING AN INQUIRY
AT WORK AND IT'S ENTIRELY YOUR
FAULT! IF YOU PUT ANOTHER TOE OUT
OF LINE WE'LL BRING YOU STRAIGHT
Oh, and Ginny dear.
Congratulations on making
Gryffindor. Your father and I are
Ginny, sitting a bit apart from the others, looks up
shyly, then returns to the SMALL BLACK BOOK she's
scribbling in. Ron watches the envelope RIP ITSELF TO
PIECES, then endures HOWLS of LAUGHTER from the other
House tables. Colin Creevey snaps a few photos. Harry
looks sympathetically at Ron.
Look at it this way. How much
worse can things get?
42 INT. GILDEROY LOCKHART'S CLASSROOM - DAY 42
Gilderoy Lockhart paces before the class. Hermione and
the girls hang on his every word, while Harry and Ron eye
the LARGE, COVERED CAGE RATTLING mysteriously on his desk.
Let me introduce you to your new
Defense Against the Dark Arts
Teacher. Me. Gilderoy Lockhart,
Order of Merlin, Third Class,
Honorary Member of the Dark Force
Defense League and five times
winner of Witch Weekly's Most-
Charming-Smile Award -- But I
don't talk about that. I didn't
get rid of the Bandon Banshee by
smiling at her!
Lockhart awaits laughter. A few students smile weakly.
I see you've all bought a complete
set of my books. Well done. I
thought we'd start today with a
little quiz. Nothing to worry
about. Just to check how well
you've read them, how much you've
Lockhart begins to circulate papers. Harry and Ron
examine the questions. Ron WHISPERS to Harry.
Look at these questions. They're
all about him.
'What is Gilderoy Lockhart's
'What is Gilderoy Lockhart's
greatest achievement to date?'
'When is Gilderoy Lockhart's
birthday and what would his ideal
You have thirty minutes. Start --
As quills begin to dart across pages, we --
SAME SCENE - LATER
Lockhart rifles through the completed exams.
Tut, tut. Hardly any of you
remembered my favorite color is
lilac. But Miss Hermione Granger
knew that my secret ambition is to
rid the world of evil and market
my own range of hair care potions.
Hermione beams. Lockhart's expression suddenly darkens.
Now... be warned! It is my job to
arm you against the foulest
creatures known to wizardkind!
You may find yourself facing your
own worst fears in this room.
Know only that no harm can befall
you whilst I am here...
With a showman's flair, Lockhart turns slowly to the cage.
I must ask you not to scream. It
might provoke them.
A pale Neville draws back. Harry and Ron lean forward.
Lockhart lets the tension build, then WHIPS off the
cover. Inside the cage are several electric blue
CREATURES. Eight inches tall, with pointed faces and
wings, they rattle the bars and pull bizarre faces at the
Freshly caught Cornish pixies.
Unable to control himself, Seamus SNORTS with laughter.
Laugh if you will, Mr. Finnegan,
but pixies can be devilishly
tricky little blighters. Let's
see what you make of them now!
Lockhart flings open the cage. Instantly, the pixies
rocket about, spraying the students with ink bottles,
BREAKING BEAKERS and shredding books. Two SEIZE Neville
by the ears, lift him into the air, and begin to circle
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Come on now, round them up, round
them up. They're only pixies.
(brandishing his wand)
The spell has absolutely no effect. A particularly
obnoxious pixie makes a face, seizes Lockhart's wand and
tosses it out the window. Lockhart joins the stampede to
I'll ask you three to just nip the
rest of them back into their cage.
SLAMMING the door, he's gone. Harry, Ron and Hermione
stand blinking. Ron swats a pixie gnawing his ear.
What do we do now?
(raising her wand)
The pixies FREEZE IN MIDAIR. Neville falls, PLOPS onto
Lockhart's desk, shaken but unhurt. He looks at
Why is it always me?
42A OMITTED 42A
42B INT. SEVENTH FLOOR - CORRIDOR - LATER 42B
Fresh from the pixies, Hermione, Ron, Harry and Neville
walk. Hair askew. Robes shredded.
Can you believe him?
I'm sure Professor Lockhart just
wanted to give us some hands-on
Hands on? Hermione, he didn't
have a clue what he was doing.
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42B CONTINUED: 42B
Rubbish. Read his books. You'll
see all the amazing things he's
He says he's done.
43 OMITTED 43
45 EXT. HOGWARTS - COURTYARD - DAY 45
The Gryffindor Quidditch team -- Harry, Fred, George,
ALICIA SPINNET, KATIE BELL, and ANGELINA JOHNSON -- trail
Oliver Wood through the courtyard, toward the distant
Quidditch pitch. Several students are outside, studying.
I spent the summer devising a
whole new Quidditch program.
We're going to train earlier,
harder, and longer!
What the... I don't believe it!
Crossing the courtyard from the other side are SEVEN BOYS
in GREEN ROBES, also carrying broomsticks. At their lead
is MARCUS FLINT, trollish Slytherin Captain. Ron,
sitting at a table with Hermione, looks up.
45 CONTINUED: 45
Uh-oh. I smell trouble.
Clear out, Flint! I booked the
pitch for Gryffindor today.
Easy, Wood. I've got a note.
As Wood snatches the PARCHMENT from Flint's hand, Ron and
Hermione come up to join the others.
'I, Professor Severus Snape, do
hereby give the Slytherin team
permission to practice today,
owing to the need to train their
You've got a new Seeker? Who?
A pasty-faced boy pushes to the front. It's... Malfoy.
That's right. And that's not all
that's new this year...
As one, the seven Slytherins hold out seven brand-new
GLEAMING BROOMSTICKS. The Gryffindors look stunned.
Those are Nimbus Two Thousand
A generous gift from Draco's
That's right, Weasley. You see,
unlike some, my father can afford
to buy the best.
At least no one on the Gryffindor
team had to buy their way in.
They got in on pure talent.
45 CONTINUED: (2) 45
No one asked your opinion, you
filthy little Mudblood.
Everyone reacts as if Malfoy has said something horrific
-- everyone save Harry, who looks puzzled. Instantly,
Fred and George fly for Draco's throat. Oliver Wood
holds them back.
Save it for the match.
You'll pay for that one, Malfoy!
(whips out his wand)
Ron points his cracked wand at Malfoy. PFFT! -- a BOLT
of GREEN LIGHT scissors out the wrong end, hitting Ron
himself in the stomach. As he drops to the grass,
Hermione runs to him
Ron! Say something!
Ron opens his mouth and... BELCHES. Hermione draws back,
and watches a TRIO of SLUGS dribble out his mouth. The
Slytherins CROW with LAUGHTER. Angrily, Ron rises, only
to BELCH again. Fascinated, Colin Creevey runs up with
Wow! Can you hold him still,
Get out of the way, Colin!
Let's take him to Hagrid. He'll
know what to do.
46 INT. HAGRID'S HUT - DAY 46
Hagrid rummages about, looking for something.
Got jus' the thing. Set 'im down
on that chair o'er there.
As Ron sits, Hagrid pitches a BUCKET between his knees.
Harry and Hermione glance up questioningly. Hagrid
46 CONTINUED: 46
Better out than in. Who was he
tryin' ter curse anyway?
Malfoy. He called Hermione, well,
I don't know exactly what it
He called me a Mudblood.
Harry looks confused. Hermione glances at him, then
away, obviously pained by this.
It means dirty blood. Mudblood's
a really foul name for someone who
was Muggle-born. Someone with
non-magic parents. Someone...
like me. It's not a term one
usually hears in civilized
Yeh see, Harry. There are some
wizards -- like Malfoy's family --
who think they're better than
everyone else 'cause they're what
people call pureblood.
(BELCHES forth a
An' it's codswallop ter boot.
Dirty blood. There's 'ardly a
wizard today that's not half-blood
or less. If we 'adn't married
Muggles we'd've died out long ago.
Besides, they haven't invented a
spell our Hermione can't do...
(taking her shoulder)
Don' you think on it, Hermione.
Don' you think on it fer a minute.
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47 OMITTED 47
49 INT. GILDEROY LOCKHART'S OFFICE - EVENING (HOURS LATER) 49
CAMERA PANS the walls of Lockhart's office, lined with
FRAMED PHOTOGRAPHS of... Gilderoy Lockhart. Harry and
Lockhart work by candlelight at an ornate desk. Bleary-
eyed, Harry addresses envelopes, while a cheery Lockhart
puts his signature to the stack of GLOSSY PHOTOS bearing
Harry, Harry, Harry... Can you
possibly imagine a better way to
serve detention than by helping me
answer my fan mail?
Harry forces a smile.
Fame's a fickle friend, Harry.
Celebrity is as celebrity does.
Harry nods, glancing gloomily at the towering stack of
envelopes that remain. Dipping his quill, he starts to
write, when... a CHILLY VOICE fills the room.
Come... come to me...
49 CONTINUED: 49
I was saying, six solid months at
the top of the bestseller list!
Broke all records!
No... not you, that... voice.
That... voice. Didn't you hear
What are you talking about, Harry?
I think we're getting a bit
drowsy. Great Scott -- and no
wonder -- look at the time! We've
been here nearly four hours!
Dinner's nearly done! If you
hurry you might make pudding.
Spooky how the time flies when
one's having fun!
49A INT. CORRIDOR - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 49A
Harry passes quickly through the lengthening shadows of
the empty corridor, when...
Blood... I smell blood...
Harry stops cold, looking around for the source of the
Let me rip you... let me kill
Harry steps to the wall, playing his fingers along the
stone, then begins walk, slowly at first, then more
quickly, as if following something, moving faster and
faster, rounding the corner and coming face to face
with... Hermione and Ron.
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Did you hear it?
Voice? What voice?
(eyes darting around)
I heard it first in Lockhart's
office and then again, just --
Kill... Time to kill...
As Harry stiffens, Hermione and Ron study him curiously.
It's moving. I think it's going
Harry runs off. Hermione and Ron exchange a glance,
50 OMITTED 50
58 INT. MARBLE STAIRCASE - MOMENTS LATER 58
Harry dashes madly, taking the steps three at a time. He
makes the landing, rushes through the archway, and...
59 INT. SECOND FLOOR CORRIDOR - SECOND FLOOR - NIGHT 59
... sleds to a stop, listening: Nothing. Slowly, he
peers down. WATER is oozing over the stone floor,
surrounding his shoes. His own REFLECTION appears and,
behind it, undulating like a dream... WORDS. Ron and
Hermione come huffing up.
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Harry, what are you doing?
He points. SHIMMERING on the wall are the words he saw
reflected in water.
THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS HAS BEEN OPENED
ENEMIES OF THE HEIR... BEWARE.
'The Chamber of Secrets has been
What's that? Hanging underneath?
That's Filch's cat. Mrs. Norris.
The cat hangs stiffly by her tail from a torch bracket,
eyes open and blank. Harry's eyes shift to the adjacent
WINDOW: near the topmost pane, SPIDERS scuttle up a
silvery thread, fight to get through a crack in the
Look at that. Have you ever seen
spiders act like that? Ron...?
I... don't... like... spiders.
Suddenly, the stairwell is alive with VOICES and, seconds
later, dozens of students stream forth, CHATTERING...
when they stop, seeing the wall and, standing before it,
Harry, Ron and Hermione. A thudding SILENCE falls. Then
Draco pushes forward, eyes the wall, and grins nastily.
Enemies of the heir, beware!
You'll be next, Mudbloods!
Draco's eyes find Hermione, just as Filch appears.
What's going on here? Go on now!
(rounding on Harry)
You! You've murdered my cat!
I'll kill you! I'll --
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59 CONTINUED: (2) 59
Dumbledore marches forward, trailed by a phalanx of
teachers. Seeing the wall, Dumbledore's face darkens.
Everyone will proceed to their
(to Harry, Ron,
Everyone except you three.
As the corridor empties, Dumbledore steps to the wall
and, with extreme gentleness, removes Mrs. Norris.
It was definitely a curse that
killed her -- probably the
Encountered it myself once, in
Ouagadougou. The full story's in
She's not dead, Argus. She's been
Precisely! So unlucky I wasn't
there. I know the very
countercurse that could have
But how she's been Petrified... I
(pointing at Harry)
Ask him! It's him that's done it.
You saw what he wrote on the wall!
Besides, he knows I'm -- I'm a
It's not true, sir! I swear! I
never touched Mrs. Norris -- And I
don't even know what a Squib is.
Rubbish! He saw my Kwikspell
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59 CONTINUED: (3) 59
If I might, Headmaster...
The others turn, watch Snape separate from the shadows.
Perhaps Potter and his friends
were simply in the wrong place at
the wrong time...
Could Snape be defending
Harry and the others blink.
However, the circumstances are
suspicious. I, for one, don't
recall seeing Potter at dinner.
I'm afraid that's my doing,
Severus. You see, Harry was
helping me answer my fan mail...
As Snape's lip curls in disgust, Hermione leaps in.
That's why Ron and I went looking
for him, Professor. We'd just
found him when Harry said...
(raising an eyebrow)
Yes, Miss Granger?
When I said I wasn't hungry. We
were heading back to the Common
Room and... found Mrs. Norris.
Snape eyes Harry coldly, knowing he's lying. Harry looks
away... and finds Dumbledore studying him as well.
Innocent until proven guilty.
My cat has been Petrified! I want
to see some punishment!
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59 CONTINUED: (4) 59
We will be able to cure her,
Argus. As I understand it, Madam
Sprout has a very healthy growth
of Mandrakes. When they have
matured, a potion will be made
which will revive Mrs. Norris. In
the meantime, I advise caution.
60 OMITTED 60
60A INT. CORRIDOR - NIGHT (A BIT LATER) 60A
Harry, Ron and Hermione walk down the corridor.
A Squib's someone who's born into
a wizarding family but hasn't got
any powers of their own. It's why
Filch is trying to learn magic
from a Kwikspell course. It's
also why he hates students so
much. He's bitter.
Hermione, who's only been half-listening -- as if trying
to unravel something in her mind -- speaks then.
Harry. This voice. You said you
heard it first in Lockhart's
And did he hear it?
He said he didn't.
Maybe he was lying.
I hardly think someone with
Gilderoy Lockhart's credentials
would lie to one of his students,
Ronald. Besides, if you recall,
we didn't hear anything either.
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60A CONTINUED: 60A
You do believe me, don't you?
'Course we do. It's just... it's
a bit weird, isn't it? You hear
this voice and then... Mrs. Norris
turns up Petrified.
I can't explain it -- it was...
D'you think I should've told them
-- Dumbledore and the others, I mean.
Are you mad!
No, Harry. Even in the wizarding
world, hearing voices isn't a good
61 OMITTED 61
62 INT. PROFESSOR McGONAGALL'S CLASSROOM - MORNING
McGonagall stands before the class. Resting on the desk
in front of each student, is a different animal.
Today, we will be turning animals
into water goblets.
She taps the bird in front of her, three times, with the tip
of her wand. It transfigures into a beautiful crystal water
Now, who would like to go first...
Ron nods. He TAPS his rat, Scabbers, who turns into a
goblet with a tail.
You must replace that wand, Mr.
Ron nods sheepishly, looks at his broken wand.
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62 CONTINUED: (A1) 62
McGonagall sees Hermione's raised hand. Her untouched
Yes, Miss Granger?
Professor, I was wondering if you
could tell us about the Chamber of
A HUSH falls over the class.
My subject is Transfiguration,
Yes, Professor. But there seems
to be very little written about
the Chamber of Secrets. For those
of us with a personal interest in
the subject, that is...
Malfoy regards Hermione with chilly amusement.
McGonagall considers Hermione's question for a long
moment, then nods.
Very well. You all know, of
course, that Hogwarts was founded
over a thousand years ago by the
four greatest witches and wizards
of the age:
62 CONTINUED: 62
PROFESSOR McGONAGALL (CONT'D)
Godric Gryffindor, Helga
Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, and
Salazar Slytherin. Three of the
founders co-existed quite
harmoniously. One did not.
Three glasses who?
Salazar Slytherin wished to be
more selective about the students
admitted to Hogwarts. He believed
that magical learning should be
kept within all-magic families.
In other words, purebloods.
Unable to sway the others, he
decided to leave the school.
According to legend, Slytherin had
built a hidden chamber in this
castle, known as the Chamber of
Secrets. Shortly before
departing, he sealed it until that
time when his own true heir
returned to the school. The heir
alone would be able to open the
Chamber of Secrets and unleash the
horror within, and by so doing,
purge the school of all those who,
in Slytherin's view, were unworthy
to study magic.
Yes. Naturally, the school has been
searched many times for such a
chamber. It has never been found.
Professor, what exactly does
legend tell us lies within the
The Chamber is said to be home to
something which the heir of Slytherin
alone can control. It is said to be
home... to a monster.
Ron's eyes shift. Malfoy sits calmly, smiling to
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63 INT. CORRIDOR - DAY 63
Harry, Hermione, and Ron thread their way through the
teeming corridor. Up ahead, Malfoy walks with Crabbe and
D'you think it's true? D'you
think there really is a Chamber of
Yes. Couldn't you tell:
McGonagall's worried. All the
But if there really is a Chamber
of Secrets, and it's really been
opened, that means...
The Heir of Slytherin has returned
to Hogwarts. The question is, who
(in mock puzzlement)
Let's think. Who do we know who
thinks Muggle-borns are scum.
(eyeing Malfoy ahead)
If you're talking about him --
Of course! You heard him:
'You'll be next, Mudbloods'!
I heard him. But Malfoy? The
Heir of Slytherin?
Maybe Ron's right, Hermione. I
mean, look at his family. The
whole lot of them have been in
Slytherin for centuries.
Crabbe and Goyle must know. Maybe
we could trick them into
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No. Even they aren't that thick.
But there might be another way.
Mind you, it would be difficult.
Not to mention we'd be breaking
about fifty school rules. And it
would be dangerous. Very
When do we start?
64 INT. LIBRARY - NIGHT 64
In a dark nook, Harry, Ron and Hermione huddle round a
book entitled Moste Potente Potions. The spotted pages
are littered with DISTURBING ILLUSTRATIONS.
Here it is: 'The Polyjuice
Potion. Properly brewed, the
Polyjuice Potion allows the
drinker to transform himself
temporarily into the physical form
You mean, Harry and I drink some
of this stuff and we turn into
Crabbe and Goyle?
Wicked! Malfoy'll tell us anything!
Exactly. But it's tricky. I've
never seen a more complicated
potion. Lacewing flies, leeches,
fluxweed. And, of course, we'll
need a bit of whoever we want to
change into too.
Hang on now. I'm drinking nothing
with Crabbe's toenails in it.
64 CONTINUED: 64
How long will it take to make?
A month? But if Malfoy is the
heir of Slytherin... he could
attack half the Muggle-borns in
the school by then.
You didn't have to tell me that.
65 EXT. QUIDDITCH STADIUM - DAY 65
We join the Quidditch match in mid-game. The CROWD
ROARS, watching as Slytherin Chasers, bent low over their
new brooms, jet past the overmatched Gryffindors.
Gallopin' Gorgons! Slytherin's
flyin' like they got dragon fire
in their brooms...
Ron fumes, looking as though he takes Slytherin's
dominance personally. Taking Hagrid's GIANT BINOCULARS,
he trains them on the FACULTY BOX -- where Lucius Malfoy
sits next to Snape.
Harry circles high above the pitch, searching for the
Golden Snitch. Suddenly, Malfoy streaks by overhead.
All right there, Scarhead?
Harry turns, eyes Malfoy malevolently. Behind him, a
BLUDGER drops INTO FRAME, begins to streak toward his
HARRY! WATCH OUT!
Harry wheels and at the last possible moment, slips the
WHISTLING Bludger. CRACK! George swoops down, BATS it
away. Harry turns, watches it soar away, then blinks:
the Bludger turns, streaks right back at him. Harry JETS
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(from the stands)
Blimey, Harry's got 'imself a
Look fer yerself! It's bin'
Harry executes a series of zigs, zags, loops and rolls,
trying to shake the Bludger, but the Bludger is
Ron instinctively draws his wand, begins to point it
toward Harry and the Bludger, when... Hermione's hand
intercedes. She glances knowingly at his fractured wand.
You're joking, right? Besides,
even with a proper wand, it's too
risky. You could hit Harry.
As Harry frantically dips and dives, Malfoy cruises by.
Training for the ballet, Potter?
Harry glances at Malfoy's sneering face. BUZZING inches
above Malfoy's left ear is... the GOLDEN SNITCH. Harry
CHARGES. Malfoy GULPS, swings clear, and watches Harry
As Harry chases the plummeting Snitch, Malfoy FOLLOWS IN
HOT PURSUIT. They RACE DOWNWARD, trailing the HISSING
SNITCH deep into the TRENCH circling the pitch. Shoulder
to shoulder, they RACE MADLY, driving and dodging the
wooden support beams that crisscross their path.
Directly behind them, the Bludger FOLLOWS, SHATTERING the
BEAMS as it dogs Harry.
Malfoy KICKS Harry, forcing him to the edge of the
trench. Harry BRUSHES the wall, battling for control.
Malfoy turns, SNICKERS, then looks back... and finds
himself heading smack into a wooden beam. Panicked, he
tries to pull up. Too late. Broom meets beam and Malfoy
spirals out of the trench and -- THWUMP! -- flat on his
back in the middle of the pitch.
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Harry continues on, CLOSING on the Snitch, fingertips
only inches from catching it... when... the Rogue Bludger
SMASHES INTO Harry's arm.
Harry cries out, steadies himself and with a brilliant,
acrobatic move, SNATCHES the Snitch out of the air with
his good hand. Unable to control his broom with his
shattered arm, he hits the pitch with a SICKENING THUD.
Wincing, Harry rolls onto his shoulders, SQUINTS UP: a
BLACK DOT -- growing rapidly LARGER -- is plummeting from
the sky, directly toward him. It's... the rogue Bludger.
Instantly, Harry spins away, grimacing in agony, as the
... hits the ground like a SLEDGE HAMMER, violently
TATTOOING the pitch again and again, only inches from
Harry. Calmly, Hermione strides forth, points her wand.
The Bludger hangs briefly in the air. Slowly ceases
spinning. Drops heavily to the pitch. Harry exhales,
relieved, only to recall the searing pain in his arm. As
CONCERNED FACES swim above him, one particular face
pushes through the others:
Not to worry, Harry. I'll fix
that arm of yours straight away.
No... no... not you.
65 CONTINUED: (3) 65
Poor boy doesn't know what he's
saying. This won't hurt a bit...
Lockhart TWIRLS his WAND, Harry braces himself, and...
nothing. He blinks, looks up: the faces -- which now
include Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid -- look horror-
Ah. Yes. Well, that can
sometimes happen. The point is,
the bones are no longer broken.
Brok'n? He doesn't 'ave any bones
Harry looks: his arm looks like an empty rubber glove.
66 INT. HOSPITAL WING - DAY 66
A dazed Malfoy slumps out with Crabbe and Goyle. Ron,
standing by Harry's bed with Hermione, grins, then
watches MADAM POMFREY pour out a STEAMING BEAKERFUL OF
LIQUID from a bottle of SKELE-GRO. A group of
Gryffindors, including some of his teammates, stand
He should have been brought
straight to me! I can mend bones
in a heartbeat -- but growing them
You will be able to, won't you?
I'll be able to, certainly, but it
will be painful. You're in for a
rough night, Potter. Regrowing
bones is nasty business.
Harry takes the steaming cup and drinks. Grimaces.
Well, what did you expect --
FLASH! Harry blinks, sees Colin Creevey standing there.
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That was brilliant today, Harry!
Out! All of you! This boy's got
thirty-three bones to regrow!
67 INT. HOSPITAL WING - NIGHT 67
Harry fidgets in the darkness, half-asleep, then... his
eyelids flutter slowly open...
HARRY'S MOVING POV
From the shadows that cling to the ceiling... to the
lattice-work of moonlight that burns softly on the walls
BACK TO SCENE
He SENSES something... a presence... when...
Five BANDAGED FINGERS ENTER FRAME, begin to SPONGE his
brow. Harry bolts upright, finds...
Harry Potter came back to school.
Dobby warned him. Harry Potter
should have listened to Dobby.
Harry Potter should have gone back
home when he missed the train.
(pushing the sponge
It was you! You stopped the
barrier from letting Ron and me
Indeed yes, sir. Dobby hid and
watched for Harry Potter and
sealed the gateway.
You nearly got Ron and me
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67 CONTINUED: (A1) 67
At least you would be away from
here. Harry Potter must go home!
Dobby thought his Bludger would be
enough to make Harry Potter see --
Your Bludger? You made that
Bludger chase after me?
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Dobby feels most aggrieved, sir.
(waggling his fingers)
Dobby had to iron his hands...
You'd better clear off before my
bones come back, Dobby, or I might
Dobby is used to death threats,
sir. Dobby gets them five times a
day at home.
I don't suppose you could tell me
why you're trying to kill me?
Not kill you, sir, never kill you!
Dobby remembers how it was before
Harry Potter triumphed over He Who
Must Not Be Named. We house elves
were treated like vermin, sir. Of
course, Dobby is still treated
Dobby HONKS his nose on the filthy pillowcase he wears.
Why do you wear that thing, Dobby?
This, sir? 'Tis a mark of the
house elf's enslavement. Dobby
can only be freed if his master
presents him with clothes. The
family is careful not to pass
Dobby so much as a sock, sir, for
then he would be free to leave
their house forever.
Dobby's ears QUIVER, detecting... FOOTSTEPS. He
Terrible things are about to
happen at Hogwarts! Harry Potter
must not stay here now that
history is to repeat itself!
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67 CONTINUED: (2) 67
Repeat itself? You mean, this has
Dobby seizes the Skele-Gro, BEATS himself about the head.
Tell me, Dobby? When did this
happen before? Who's doing it
Dobby cannot say, sir. Dobby only
wants Harry Potter to be safe.
Who is it?
No, Dobby! Tell me!
CRACK! Dobby is gone. SHADOWS flicker beyond the
CURTAIN encircling Harry's bed. Harry slumps down...
peers through a slit in the curtains. Dumbledore, in a
nightcap, and McGonagall, in a tartan robe, heave a SMALL
STATUE onto an empty bed. Seconds later, Madam Pomfrey
There's been another attack.
Madam Pomfrey GASPS. It is not a statue lying there. It
is Colin Creevey, CAMERA still clutched to his eye.
Perhaps he managed to get a
picture of his attacker...
Dumbledore opens the camera. A JET OF STEAM HISSES
What does this mean, Albus?
It means our students are in great
danger, Minerva. Mr. Creevey was
fortunate. If not for this...
(holding up the camera)
He would surely be dead.
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67 CONTINUED: (3) 67
What sould I tell the staff,
Tell them the truth. Tell them
Hogwarts is no longer safe. Tell
them it's as we feared. The
Chamber of Secrets is indeed open
68 OMITTED 68
68A EXT. GIRLS BATHROOM 68A
We PAN SLOWLY FROM the defiled wall to the bathroom door.
69 INT. GIRLS BATHROOM - DAY 69
A gloomy place. Cracked mirrors. Chipped sinks.
Guttering candles. Harry and Ron huddle over a SMALL,
BUBBLING CAULDRON, as Hermione adds STRANGE INGREDIENTS.
Again? You mean, the Chamber of
Secrets has been opened before?
Of course! Don't you see? Lucius
Malfoy must've opened it when he
was at school here, and now he's
told Draco how to do it.
Maybe. We'll have to wait for the
Polyjuice Potion to know for sure.
Enlighten me. Why are we
brewing this potion in broad
daylight, in the middle of a
girls' lavatory? Don't you think
we'll get caught?
Never. No one over comes in here.
Who's Moaning Myrtle?
There is a LOUD, PIERCING SCREECH, and the GHOST OF A
YOUNG GIRL COMES RACING OUT OF THE WALL. FACE TO FACE
I'm Moaning Myrtle. I wouldn't
expect you to know me. Who
would ever talk about fat, ugly,
miserable, moping, moaning
Myrtle SOBS LOUDLY, DIVES head first into the toilet.
She's a little sensitive.
70 INT. GREAT HALL - DAY 70
NOTICE-BOARD: DUELING CLUB! First Meeting Tonight. A
GOLDEN STAGE has been erected. Lockhart struts atop it.
Harry, Ron, Hermione and good number of other students
Gather round! Gather round! Can
everyone see me? Can you all hear
me? Excellent. In light of the
dark events of recent weeks,
Professor Dumbledore has granted
me permission to start this little
Dueling Club, to train you all up
in case you ever need to defend
yourselves as I myself have done
on countless occasions -- for full
details, see my published works.
The boy next to Harry, JUSTIN-FINCH FLETCHLEY, turns to
That Lockhart's something, isn't
he? Awfully brave chap.
(offering his hand)
Nice to meet you. I'm --
I know who you are. We all do.
Even us Muggle-borns.
Justin grins agreeably, looks back to the stage, where
Professor Snape has joined Lockhart.
Let me introduce my assistant
Professor Snape. He has
sportingly agreed to help me with
a short demonstration. Now I
don't want any of you youngsters
to worry. You'll still have your
Potions Master when I'm through
with him, never fear!
What's the fun in that?
Lockhart and Snape face each other and bow. They turn,
walk ten paces, then... SPIN... wands poised like swords.
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As you can see, we are holding our
wands in the accepted combative
position. On the count of three,
we will cast our first spells.
Neither of us will be aiming to
kill, of course.
I wouldn't bet on that.
A dazzling flash of SCARLET LIGHT bursts forth and BLASTS
Lockhart off his feet and into the wall behind.
Do you think he's all right?
Well, there you have it. That was
a Disarming Charm. As you see,
I've lost my wand.
(as Hermione returns it)
Ah, thank you, Miss Granger. Yes,
an excellent idea to show them
that, Professor Snape, but if you
don't mind my saying so, it was
very obvious what you were about
to do. If I had wanted to stop
you it would have been only too
Perhaps it would be prudent to
first teach the students to block
unfriendly spells, Professor.
70 CONTINUED: (2) 70
An excellent suggestion, Professor
Snape. Let's have a volunteer
pair. Potter, Weasley, how about
Weasley's wand causes devastation
with the simplest spells. We'll
be sending Potter to the hospital
wing in a matchbox. Might I
suggest someone from my own house.
Malfoy and Harry eye each other malevolently as they take
their places onstage. Grudgingly, they bow to each
They turn, walk ten paces, then WHIRL, wands poised.
Wands at the ready! When I count
to three, cast your charms to
disarm your opponent -- only to
disarm. We don't want any
accidents. One, two --
Malfoy FIRES early, knocking Harry off his feet with a
BLAST of WHITE LIGHT. He jumps up, points his wand.
A jet of SILVER LIGHT hits Malfoy dead in the stomach.
He doubles up, WHEEZING.
I said disarm only!
To Harry's horror, the tip of Malfoy's wand EXPLODES and
a LONG BLACK SNAKE SLITHERS forth. Snape smiles with
70 CONTINUED: (3) 70
Don't move, Potter. I'll get rid
of it for you.
Lockhart flicks his wand. BANG! The SNAKE flies into
the air, HISSES in rage, and slithers straight towards
Justin Finch-Fletchley. As students SCREAM, Harry --
oddly calm -- approaches the snake. It rises, fangs
exposed, poised to strike Justin.
The snake looks into Harry's eyes, then turns for Justin.
The snake hovers a moment more, then -- miraculously --
slumps to the floor. Harry blinks, as if coming out of a
trance, grins curiously at the snake, and offers his hand
What are you playing at?
Terrified, Justin backs away. Confused, Harry eyes the
faces around him. Malfoy looks shocked. Seamus and
Neville's eyes glitter with fear. Ginny bolts the room.
Snape waves his wand and the snake VANISHES in PUFF OF
BLACK SMOKE, then regards Harry with a look that is both
shrewd and calculating.
(taking Harry's arm)
Come on. Move. Now.
71 INT. GRYFFINDOR COMMON ROOM - DAY (LATER) 71
Ron and Hermione usher Harry inside. Harry glances up,
sees Ginny Weasley staring down at him from the top of
the stairs. As their eyes meet, she turns for the girls'
You're a Parselmouth! Why didn't
you tell us?
71 CONTINUED: 71
I'm a what?
You can talk to snakes.
I know. I mean, I accidentally
set a python on my cousin Dudley
at the zoo once. But so what? I
bet loads of people here can do
No. They can't. It's not a very
common gift, Harry. This is bad.
What's bad? If I hadn't told that
snake not to attack Justin --
Oh, that's what you said to it.
You were there! You heard me!
I heard you speaking Parseltongue.
I spoke a different language? But
I didn't realize -- how can I
speak a language without knowing I
I don't know, Harry. But it
sounded like you were egging the
snake on or something. It was...
As Gryffindors stream into the room, they eye Harry
warily. Even Seamus, Neville, and Dean Thomas walk by
without a word.
Harry, listen out me. There's a
reason the symbol of Slytherin
house is a serpent. Salazar
Slytherin was a Parselmouth. He
could talk to snakes too.
71 CONTINUED: (2) 71
Exactly. And now the whole
school's going to think you're his
great-great-great grandson or
But I'm not. I... can't be.
He lived a thousand years ago.
For all we know... you could be.
72 EXT. HOGWARTS' LANDSCAPE - DAY 72
A heavy snow falls. Harry sits atop one of the towering
hills facing Hogwarts. Hedwig sits beside him.
Who am I, Hedwig? What am I?
73 INT. LIBRARY - NIGHT 73
The trio study. Harry, burdened by dark thoughts, looks
up at Ron.
He smiles at Harry, then, seconds later, Hermione does
the same -- something forced about it all. Unable to
bear it, Harry gathers his books, gets up from the table.
As Harry walks, students glance up, meet his gaze, then
look away. Even MADAM PINCE eyes him from her desk.
Ginny Weasley, tired and pale, scribbles furiously in a
SMALL BLACK BOOK.
Harry exits, walks into the hallway and pauses. From
inside a room, the VOICES of a group of Hufflepuffs can
So, anyway, I told Justin to hide
up in our dormitory. I mean to
say, if Potter's marked him down
as his next victim, it's best he
keep a low profile for a while.
But why would he want to attack
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73 CONTINUED: 73
Justin let it slip to Potter that
he was Muggle-born.
And you definitely think Potter's
the Heir of Slytherin?
Hannah, he's a Parselmouth.
Everyone knows that's the mark of
a dark wizard. Have you ever
heard of a decent one who could
talk to snakes? They called
Slytherin himself Serpent-tongue.
Remember what was written on the
wall: Enemies of the Heir Beware.
Potter had some sort of run-in
with Filch. Next thing we know,
Filch's cat's attacked. That
first-year Creevey's been annoying
Potter. Then Creevey's attacked.
He always seems so nice, though.
And, after all, he is the one who
made You Know Who disappear.
That's probably why You Know Who
wanted to kill him in the first
place. Didn't want another Dark
Lord competing with him.
Harry doesn't need to hear anymore. He slips quietly
74 INT. CORRIDOR - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 74
MUTTERING, Harry storms straight into Hagrid, who
stands covered in snow, a DEAD ROOSTER dangling from
All righ', Harry?
Hagrid... what're you doing
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74 CONTINUED: 74
Second one killed this term.
Reckon it's either foxes or a
Blood-Suckin' Bugbear. Need
Dumbledore's permission ter put a
charm round the hen-coop. Yeh
sure yeh're all righ', Harry? Yeh
look all hot an' bothered.
It's nothing. I'd better get
going. I've got a lot of
75 INT. ANOTHER CORRIDOR - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 75
Harry enters, slows. Up ahead, in the light of a
FLICKERING TORCH, something DARK lies. A WINDOWPANE
RATTLES in the WIND and the torch... goes out. Harry
steps closer, finds...
Justin-Finch-Fletchley. Lying rigid on the floor, a look
of shock on his frozen face. Nearby, an inert Nearly
Headless Nick floats, body teeming with BLACK SMOKE.
Kneeling, Harry notices a TRAIL OF SPIDERS scuttling away
from Justin's body and out the loose windowpane... when
... Harry senses someone watching him, wheels:
Professor, I swear I didn't --
This is out of my hands, Potter.
Mr. Filch, will you take care of
Harry's eyes shift. Filch lurks in the shadows beyond
McGonagall. He steps forward, HISSES QUIETLY.
Caught in the act. I'll have you
out this time, Potter. Mark my
As McGonagall leads Harry away, he looks back. Filch
stares at Justin and Nick, then turns. CAMERA DOLLYS
AWAY FROM HIM.
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75 CONTINUED: 75
Dark magic. That's what you've
got, Potter. Even the air you
breathe comes out poison. You're
evil. Evil as they come...
76 INT. GARGOYLE CORRIDOR - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 76
McGonagall marches Harry down to an UGLY STONE GARGOYLE.
The Gargoyle SPRINGS TO LIFE, its wings opening.
Professor Dumbledore will be
waiting for you.
McGonagall ushers Harry inside. It's an elevator. The
Gargoyle's wings close. Harry rises to an upper floor.
77 INT. DUMBLEDORE'S OFFICE - NIGHT 77
Harry steps out of the Gargoyle's embrace and enters a
large, circular room. STRANGE SILVER INSTRUMENTS WHIR
quietly. On a nearby shelf, the SORTING HAT sits. Harry
casts a wary eye at the PAST HEADMASTERS snoozing in the
PORTRAITS around him. In the last portrait, the
Headmaster is awake, reading a book. He is PROFESSOR
DIPPET. Harry approaches the Sorting Hat, glances
around, then places it atop his head.
Bee in your bonnet, Potter?
Well, you see, I was wondering...
77 CONTINUED: 77
If I put you in the right house?
Yes... you were particularly
difficult to place. But I stand
by what I said last year... you
would have done well in Slytherin.
Harry strips the hat off, tosses it back onto the shelf.
The hat sits motionless. Silent. Hearing a GAGGING
SOUND, Harry wheels, finds an OLD, DECREPIT BIRD (FAWKES)
sitting on a GOLDEN PERCH. It wobbles, then... BURSTS
INTO FLAMES. As Dumbledore enters, Harry looks horror-
Professor, your bird... I couldn't
do anything... He just caught
About time too. He's been looking
dreadful for days. Pity you had
to see him on a Burning Day. He's
really very handsome most of the
(off Harry's look)
Fawkes is a phoenix, Harry.
Phoenixes burst into flame when it
is time for them to die and are
reborn from the ashes.
Harry looks to the floor. The ASHES swirl. A baby
Fawkes pokes out his wrinkled head, blinking through the
Fascinating creatures, phoenixes.
They can carry immensely heavy
loads, their tears have healing
powers, and they make highly
Just then, Hagrid -- still clutching the dead rooster --
BURSTS through the door.
It wasn't Harry, Professor
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77 CONTINUED: (2) 77
I was talkin' ter 'im jus' before
that kid was found. It can't've
I'll swear ter it in front o' the
Ministry o' Magic --
HAGRID! I do not think that Harry
has attacked anyone.
Oh. Right. I'll wait outside
As Hagrid exits, Harry looks hopefully at Dumbledore.
You don't think it was me,
No, Harry. But I must ask you...
is there anything you'd like to
tell me. Anything at all?
Dumbledore waits. Harry debates. Finally...
No, Professor. Nothing.
78 EXT. HOGWARTS CASTLE - DAY 78
Students drift into the snow with their trunks, heading
home for holiday. As Harry, Ron, and Hermione appear,
Ernie and few others cast wary glances.
Make way for the Heir of
Slytherin! Seriously evil wizard
Ron grins, amused, then sees Harry -- anything but.
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78 CONTINUED: 78
Oh, c'mon, Harry. Fred's just
having a laugh.
He's the only one.
Okay, so half the school thinks
you're nipping off to the Chamber
of Secrets every night. Who
Maybe they're right.
I didn't know I could speak
Parseltongue. What else don't I
know about myself? Maybe you can
do something... even something
horrible... and not know you did
You don't believe that, Harry, I
know you don't. And if it makes
you feel better, I just heard
Malfoy's staying over for holiday,
Why would that make anyone feel
Because, in a few days, the
Polyjuice Potion's will be ready.
In a few days... we may truly know
who is the Heir of Slytherin.
79 INT. GREAT HALL - NIGHT 79
The Christmas Feast. The Hall glimmers grandly as
snowflakes tumble from the ceiling. Harry and Ron sit
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79 CONTINUED: (A1) 79
Everything's set. We just need a
bit of who you're changing into.
Crabbe and Goyle.
And we also need to make sure that
the real Crabbe and Goyle can't
burst in on us while we're
Hermione holds up a pair of SMALL CAKES.
I've got it all worked out. I've
filled these with a simple
Sleeping Draught. Simple, but
Ron glances at Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle, who presently
are eating everything in front of them.
You know how greedy Crabbe and
Goyle are. They won't leave the
Christmas Feast until every last
drop of trifle is gone.
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79 CONTINUED: 79
Now, once they're asleep, hide
them in a broom cupboard and pull
out a few of their hairs.
And whose hair are you ripping out?
I've already got mine.
She removes a SMALL VIAL. Inside is a TINY HAIR.
Millicent Bulstrode. She's in
Slytherin. I got this off her
All right then... I'm going to
check on the Polyjuice Potion.
Hermione points to the cakes in front of her.
Remember. Just make sure Crabbe
and Goyle find these.
Hermione exits. Ron looks at Harry.
Have you ever heard of a plan
where so many things could go
80 INT. ENTRANCE HALL - NIGHT (A BIT LATER) 80
Harry and Ron, lurking behind a SUIT OF ARMOR, watch
Crabbe and Goyle exit the Great Hall.
Goyle spies the cakes instantly, perched on the end of
one of the banisters. Grabbing them, he reluctantly
surrenders one to Crabbe and, in unison, they stuff them
into their mouths. They pause. Look at each other. And
keel flat onto their backs.
Harry and Ron dash out, drag Crabbe and Goyle across the
floor and into a cupboard.
81 INT. GIRLS' BATHROOM - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 81
Hermione, wearing a Slytherin robe, hovers over a smoking
cauldron. Harry and Ron enter.
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81 CONTINUED: 81
Did you get it?
Harry and Ron hold up their hands. In each: a TUFT OF
HAIR. Hermione points to a pair of SLYTHERIN ROBES.
I sneaked those out of the
Harry and Ron nod, glance at the cauldron. The potion
resembles a thick, dark, bubbling mud.
81 CONTINUED: 81
I'm sure I've done everything
right. It looks like the book
said it should. Once we've drunk
it, we'll have exactly one hour
before we change back into
We separate it into three glasses
and add the hairs.
Harry and Ron grimace.
CLOSEUP - THE POTION
being poured into three glasses.
CAMERA PULLS BACK. Harry and Ron have changed into the
Slytherin robes. All three raise their glasses. Drop
the hairs. The potion turns shades of YELLOW, BROWN, and
Ugh. Essence of Crabbe...
They nod. DRINK. Ron swallows grimly, doubles over.
Think I'm gonna be sick...
He runs into a stall. Harry looks sick, steps to a
CRACKED MIRROR. Hermione pauses. Looks worried.
INSIDE THE STALL: Ron bends over the toilet, watches his
reflection morph into Crabbe.
IN THE CRACKED MIRROR: Harry watches his face contort
into the thick features of Goyle.
Hermione looks at her arm. Patches of fur begin to
spread across her wrist and hand. Terrified, she RUNS
into a stall.
Ron emerges from his stall, a dead ringer for Crabbe.
81 CONTINUED: (2) 81
We still sound like ourselves.
You need to sound more like
(dumbing it down)
Hey... Where's Hermione?
(from the stall)
I -- I don't think I'm going. You
go on without me.
Hermione, are you okay?
Just go! You're wasting time!
82 OMITTED 82
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83 EXT. MARBLE STAIRCASE - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 83
Harry and Ron hurry down the staircase.
Don't swing your arms like that.
Crabbe holds them sort of stiff.
Harry goes a bit more "Neanderthal."
Yeah. That's better.
84 GLOOMY CORRIDOR/DUNGEONS - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 84
Harry and Ron move quickly, when... FOOTSTEPS sound.
Seconds later, Percy appears at the end of the corridor.
What are you doing here?
Percy squints, confused by Ron's voice. Harry elbows
Ron, who clears his throat and speaks in a lower voice.
What are you doing here?
I happen to be a prefect. You, on
the other hand, have no business
wandering the corridors at night.
It's not safe these days.
Harry and Ron NOD, afraid to speak. Percy squints again.
What're your names again?
Crabbe. Goyle. Where have you
been? Pigging out in the Great
Hall all this time?
Draco is walking towards them, glances witheringly at Percy.
And what are you doing down here,
Mind your attitude, Malfoy. You
want to show a little bit more
respect to a school Prefect!
84 CONTINUED: 84
Come on, boys. Weasley thinks
he's going to catch Slytherin's
Percy steams. Draco sneers, walks off with Harry and
85 OMITTED 85
86 INT. SLYTHERIN COMMON ROOM - NIGHT (LATER) 86
Harry and Ron trail Draco inside, glance around warily.
Listen to this...
Draco grabs The Daily Prophet, reads the front page.
'Arthur Weasley, Head of the
Misuse of Muggle Artefacts Office,
was today fined fifty Galleons for
bewitching a Muggle car. "Weasley
has brought the Ministry into
disrepute," said Lucius Malfoy, a
governor of Hogwarts. "He is
clearly unfit to draw up our laws
and his ridiculous Muggle
Protection Act should be scrapped
Grinning, Malfoy glances over the paper at Harry and Ron.
Arthur Weasley loves Muggle so
much he should snap his wand in
half and go join them. You'd
never know the Weasleys were
purebloods, the way they behave.
Embarrassment to the wizarding
world. All of them.
Ron growls. Harry elbows him. Draco looks surprised.
What's up with you, Crabbe?
86 CONTINUED: 86
Well, go to the hospital wing
and give all those Mudbloods a kick
in the arse for me! You know, I'm
surprised The Daily Prophet hasn't
reported all these attacks yet. I
suppose Dumbledore's trying to hush
it all up. He'll be sacked if it
doesn't stop soon. Father always
said Dumbledore's the worst thing
that's ever happened to this place.
What? Did you say that I was
wrong? You think there's someone
here who's worse than Dumbledore?
Ron stiffens. Worried. Harry thinks, then:
Good one, Goyle. You're
absolutely right. Saint Potter.
He's another one with no proper
wizard feeling, or he wouldn't go
around with that Mudblood Granger.
And people actually think he's the
Heir of Slytherin.
Harry and Ron exchange a glance. Harry leans closer to
Then you must have some idea who's
behind it all?
You know I haven't, Goyle. How
many times do I have to tell you?
But my father did say this much:
It's been fifty years since the
Chamber was opened. He wouldn't
tell me who opened it -- only that
they were expelled -- but I know
this: the last time the Chamber
of Secrets was opened, a Mudblood
86 CONTINUED: (2) 86
So it's only a matter of time
before one of them's killed this
time. As for me... I hope it's
As Malfoy grins, Ron's fist rises... when Harry stops
What's the matter with you two?
You're acting very... odd.
Harry turns, sees Ron staring wide-eyed: Harry's SCAR is
beginning to surface beneath the skin of Goyle's thick
forehead. And Crabbe's hair is... turning RED. They
both JUMP to their feet, DASHING out of the room.
Hey! Where are you going?
87 INT. ENTRANCE HALL - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 87
As Harry and Ron race toward the stairs, the BROOM CLOSET
bursts open and a woozy Crabbe and Goyle stagger out.
They freeze -- watch themselves run up the staircase.
88 INT. SECOND FLOOR CORRIDOR - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 88
Harry and Ron sprint toward the desecrated wall, their
bodies metamorphosing, until, finally, as they hit the
89 INT. GIRLS BATHROOM - NIGHT 89
... They are fully themselves once more.
That was close!
Hermione, come out. We've got
loads to tell you!
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89 CONTINUED: 89
As Harry and Ron exchange a puzzled glance, Moaning
Myrtle spirals INTO VIEW, looking disturbingly...
Ooh, wait till you see. It's
The stall's lock slides back. The door opens slowly.
Do you remember me telling you the
Polyjuice Potion was only for
Even in shadow, they can see: Hermione's face is covered
in FUR, her eyes YELLOW, and POINTED EARS poke through
It was cat hair I plucked off
Millicent Bulstrode's robes! Look
at my face!
Look at your tail.
90 INT. HOSPITAL WING - DAY (TWO WEEKS LATER) 90
Staggering under the weight of the LIBRARY BOOKS in their
arms, Harry and Ron make their way to Hermione's bed,
which is covered in... BOOKS.
Oh, good. Put those anywhere.
They look. There is no anywhere. So they just... drop
Madam Pince asked that we relay a
message to you, Hermione: She'd
appreciate it if you'd leave a few
books for the rest of the school.
I've got to keep up, haven't I?
Just then, Hermione's tail twitches INTO VIEW.
Is that thing ever going away?
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90 CONTINUED: 90
Any day now, according to Madam
Pomfrey. I'm just thankful I've
stopped coughing up fur balls.
We all are, believe me.
Now. What about the Chamber of
Secrets? Any new leads?
And has it gotten any better? I
mean... is anyone speaking to you?
Neville asked to borrow a tubeworm
in Potions yesterday. I suppose
Ron takes a GET-WELL CARD from under Hermione's pillow.
'To Miss Granger. Wishing you a
speedy recovery, from your
concerned teacher Gilderoy
Lockhart.' You sleep with this
under your pillow?
Of course not. I don't know how
that got there. Now go. I still
have six hundred pages to read in
Transformation Through the Ages.
91 OMITTED 91
92 EXT. SECOND-FLOOR CORRIDOR - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 92
Harry and Ron mount the stairs, emerge.
I know Hermione's mental, but can
you believe she falls for that
smarmy nonsense of Lockhart's?
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92 CONTINUED: 92
They stop. Look down. A GREAT FLOOD OF WATER streams
from the Girls' Bathroom. From within, MYRTLE can be
Looks like Myrtle's flooded the
As Harry sploshes off toward the bathroom, Ron steps
93 INT. GIRLS BATHROOM - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 93
HUGE, WRACKING MOANS echo off the dreary tile. All the
taps are running, streaming like tiny waterfalls. As
Harry and Ron step to the last cubicle, Myrtle spins
93 CONTINUED: 93
Come to throw something else at
Why would I throw something at
Don't ask me. Here I am, minding
my own business, and someone
thinks it's funny to throw a book
But it can't hurt if someone
throws something at you. I mean,
it'd just go right through you,
Oh sure! Let's all throw books at
Myrtle, because she can't feel it!
Ten points if you can get it
through her stomach. Fifty points
if it goes through her head!
Who threw it at you anyway?
I don't know. I didn't see them.
I was just sitting in the U-bend,
thinking about death and it fell
through the top of my head.
Harry sees a SMALL BLACK BOOK on the floor. Picks it up.
Fifty points if you can get it
through her nose.
I HEARD THAT!
Harry and Ron dash out.
94 INT. CORRIDOR - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 94
Harry examines the book as he and Ron walk.
This is a diary. And it's old...
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94 CONTINUED: 94
It's a diary, it's old... and was
most recently in a toilet, Harry.
Harry starts to open it... when Ron grabs his hand.
Are you mad? That could be
cursed. Dad once told me about a
book the Ministry confiscated that
burned the eyes out of anyone who
tried to read it.
I'll take my chances...
Ahhh! MY EYES! MY EYES!
Ron freezes, terrified, when... Harry grins, ending the
ruse. At the end of corridor, Ginny stands, looking from
the diary to Harry -- utter terror on her face -- then
Ginny! I was only joking --
Brilliant. Even your sister
thinks I'm the monster now.
Ron frowns suddenly. On the first page on the diary,
EMBOSSED LETTERS spell out a name: TOM MARVOLO RIDDLE.
Tin Marvolo Riddle? Hang on. I
know that name...
Of course! The night I had
detention... My job was to polish
the silver in the trophy room. I
remember because I kept burping
slugs all over Tom Riddle's
trophy. I must have wiped slime
off his name for an hour.
Harry fans the pages. They're empty.
That's odd. He never wrote in it.
95 INT. HOSPITAL WING - LATER THAT NIGHT 95
CLOSEUP: DIARY. A GOLD EMBOSSED ADDRESS on the back
reads: WAXFLATTER'S BOOKSELLERS. 422 VAUXHALL ROAD.
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95 CONTINUED: 95
CAMERA PULLS BACK. Harry sits with Hermione in the
moonlit room. Hermione studies the diary curiously.
Tom Riddle... Hm. And Ron said he
won an award fifty years ago?
Special Services to the School or
Fifty years ago? You're sure?
Don't you remember what Malfoy
told you? The last time the
Chamber of Secrets was opened
Fifty years ago! That means --
Tom Riddle was here, at Hogwarts,
when it happened. What if he
wrote about what he saw? It's
possible he knew where the Chamber
was, how to open it, even what
sort of creature lives in it. If
so, whoever's behind the attacks
this time wouldn't want a diary
like this lying around, would
That's a brilliant theory,
Hermione. With just one tiny
little flaw. There's nothing
written in this diary.
It might be invisible ink.
(pulls out her wand)
She taps the diary three times. Nothing happens. The
pages remain BLANK. She frowns, passes the book back to
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95 CONTINUED: (2) 95
I don't know, Harry. But I think
you should be careful with this.
Something tells me Ron might be
right. It could be dangerous.
You don't think I'm dangerous, do
you, Hermione? I mean, you're not
scared. Of me.
I'm scared, Harry. But not of
96 INT. GRYFFINDOR DORMITORY/COMMON ROOM - NIGHT (LATER) 96
CAMERA STARTS OVERHEAD, looking down on the boys'
dormitory. Seamus, Neville, Ron and Dean sleep. One bed
is empty. CAMERA CRANES TO the Common Room, finds Harry
sitting alone, flipping through the blank pages of the
Harry starts to set the diary aside, then notices a
BOTTLE OF INK sitting on the desk. An idea flickers.
Taking his QUILL, Harry dips it, and hesitates. As he
does, a DROP of INK hangs, suspended like a tear, then...
The ink BLAZES briefly, then... VANISHES... as if it were
sucked into the page. Excited, Harry dips his quill
again, and, this time, writes: My name is Harry Potter.
The words blaze, VANISH. Slowly, oozing out of the page,
comes a response: Hello, Harry Potter. My name is Tom
Harry's mind races. Deciding, he MUTTERS the words he
Do... you... know... anything...
about... the... Chamber... of...
Can... you... tell... me?
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96 CONTINUED: 96
Harry frowns. Then... slowly... new words ooze to the
But I can show you...
Harry waits, intrigued. Then, suddenly...
The pages FLUTTER WILDLY, stop on "June the 13th." On
the page, a TINY SQUARE SHIMMERS... like a WINDOW. Harry
lifts the book, puts his eye close and... PITCHES
FORWARD, spilling through the widening window, into a
WHIRL of COLOR and SHADOW, tumbling onto his feet...
97 INT. CORRIDOR/ENTRANCE HALL - NIGHT (FIFTY YEARS AGO) 97
... in torch-lit corridor. Everything is de-saturated,
save for Harry, who retains the true, rich colors of the
present. He glances about, disoriented, then spies a BOY
(TOM RIDDLE) at the end of the corridor, peering around a
corner. A FLURRY of SHADOWS dances on the wall beyond
the boy, revealing the presence of others, unseen, in an
As Harry advances, LOW VOICES emanate from the shadows.
As he reaches the boy, Harry speaks in a WHISPER:
Excuse me. Could you tell me
where I am? Hello...?
The boy doesn't respond, eyes staked to the activity in
the adjoining room... which Harry sees now is the
Entrance Hall. A group of ELDER WITCHES and WIZARDS --
Hogwarts Professors -- talk amongst themselves, then...
abruptly go silent. Make way for two YOUNG WIZARDS,
bearing a STRETCHER.
The boy wheels... and looks right through Harry. Harry
turns, too. It's Dumbledore... fifty years younger.
It's not wise to be wandering
around this late, Tom.
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97 CONTINUED: 97
Yes, Professor. I suppose I -- I
just had to see for myself, if...
Riddle glances toward the young wizards, watches them
carry the stretcher out of the Hall, into the night.
... the rumors were true.
I'm afraid they are, Tom.
About the school as well? They
wouldn't really close Hogwarts,
would they, Professor?
Headmaster Dippet may have no
choice, I'm afraid.
Sir? If it all stopped. If the
person responsible was caught...
Is there something you wish to
tell me, Tom?
(a long beat)
No, sir. Nothing.
Dumbledore studies Riddle for a moment.
Very well then. Hurry along.
Dumbledore strides directly past Harry, not seeing him.
When he is gone, Riddle moves quickly, toward the dungeon
98 OMITTED 98
100 INT. CORRIDOR - DUNGEONS - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 100
Up ahead, a SPLINTER of LIGHT leaks through a DOOR.
Riddle puts his eye to the crack. Inside, someone is
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100 CONTINUED: 100
C'mon, Aragog. Gotta get yeh
outta here... C'mon now.. in the
As Riddle pushes the door clear, Harry sees a second,
smaller room. Crouched by a BOX, is a huge boy... YOUNG
HAGRID. A STRANGE CLICKING comes from the BOX.
Hagrid SLAMS the door shut.
I'm going to have to turn you in,
Hagrid. I don't think you meant
it to kill anyone --
No, yeh can't! Yeh don'
Hagrid. The dead girl's parents
will be here tomorrow. The least
Hogwarts can do is make sure the
thing that killed their daughter
It wasn' him! Aragog never'd kill
no one! Never!
Monsters don't make good pets,
Hagrid. Now... stand aside...
Riddle draws his wand, BLASTS the closed DOOR off its
hinges, extinguishing the torches within. Harry GASPS.
A low-slung CREATURE with a tangle of black legs, a gleam
of many eyes and a pair of razor-sharp pincers, scuttles
out of the shadows. As Riddle points his wand at it,
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100 CONTINUED: (2) 100
As they tumble to the floor, the entire ROOM WHIRLS off
its axis, spinning, and Harry finds himself plummeting
through color and shadow again, falling flat on his back
... the floor of the Gryffindor Common Room, the ceiling
above spinning, slowly, to a stop. Harry rises, dashes
100A INT. BOYS' DORMITORY - NIGHT 100A
Harry rushes to Ron, shakes him awake, WHISPERING INTENSELY.
What? What's happened...?
It was Hagrid. Hagrid opened the
Chamber of Secrets fifty years ago.
100B EXT. HOGWARTS - ESTABLISHING SHOT - DAY 100B
CAMERA SOARS high over the castle, as below, students
hurry to their classes. Finally, it FINDS:
101 OMITTED 101
102 EXT./INT. HOGWARTS GROUNDS - DAY (LATER) 102
Harry, Ron and Hermione walking together across the grounds.
It can't be Hagrid. It just can't
We don't even know this Riddle.
He sounds like a dirty, rotten
snitch to me.
The monster had killed someone,
Ron. What would any of us done?
Look. Hagrid's our friend. Why
don't we just go ask him about it?
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102 CONTINUED: 102
That'd be a cheerful visit.
Hullo, Hagrid. Tell us, have you
been setting anything mad and
hairy loose in the castle lately?
Mad an' hairy? Wouldn' be talkin'
'bou me, now would yeh?
The trio wheels, spots Hagrid grinning at them. They
instantly look guilty.
Hagrid looks at them curiously. Harry nods to the
STRANGE CANISTER in his hand.
What's that you've got, Hagrid?
Flesh-Eatin' Slug Repellent. Fer
the Mandrakes, yeh know.
Accordin' ter Professor Sprout,
they still got a bit o' growin' up
ter do, but once their acne clears
up, we'll be able to chop 'em up,
stew 'em, an' get those people in
the hospital un-Petrified. 'Til
then, you three best watch
yerselves, all righ'?
They nod, watch Hagrid lope away. Just then, Neville
comes running up. He looks pale with fright.
Harry, I don't know who did it,
but... you'd better come.
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103 OMITTED 103
104 INT. GRYFFINDOR TOWER DORMITORY - DAY 104
Harry's space is a disaster: trunk riffled, drawers
flung open, bedclothes strewn on the floor.
It had to be a Gryffindor. Nobody
else knows our password. Unless,
it wasn't a student...
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104 CONTINUED: 104
Well, whoever it was, they were
looking for something.
And they found it... Tom Riddle's
diary is gone.
105 EXT. HOGWARTS GROUNDS - DAY 105
Students stream into the Quidditch Stadium.
105A INT. MARBLE STAIRCASE - DAY 105A
Harry, dressed in his Quidditch robes, dashes down the
staircase with Ron and Hermione. Down below, Ron spies
Hey, Ginny! Going to the match?
Ginny looks up, startled, then shakes her head and exits.
I tell you, she gets weirder and
weirder by the day...
Kill this time... Let me rip...
Harry freezes. Ron and Hermione stop, knowing by his face...
No... don't tell me...
Harry turns, as if following the SOUND, absently touching
his fingers to the wall as he glances around. Hermione
studies him with great interest -- STUDIES HIS FINGERS --
then, abruptly, Harry turns away, shakes his head: it's
gone. Hermione looks up, eyes vaguely upon Harry, but
her mind miles away.
Harry... I think I've just understood
something! I've got to go to the
As Hermione sprints back up the stairs, Harry YELLS.
What do you understand!
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But she's gone. Harry turns to Ron in puzzlement.
That's Hermione. When in doubt,
go to the library
106 EXT. REAR OF QUIDDITCH STADIUM - DAY (LATER) 106
Harry and his teammates march toward the Quidditch tower.
The CHEERS of the CROWD are heard.
Listen up now. We play our game,
Hufflepuff doesn't stand a chance.
We're stronger, quicker, smarter.
Not to mention they're dead
terrified Harry'll Petrify them if
they fly anywhere near him.
Just then, Professor McGonagall appears, barring their
Professor McGonagall --
This match has been cancelled.
Cancelled! They can't cancel
Silence, Wood! You will return to
Gryffindor Tower now. Potter, you
and I will find Mr. Weasley.
There's something the both of you
need to see.
107 INT. HOSPITAL WING - DAY 107
McGonagall pauses outside the door, turns to Harry and
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I warn you. This will be a bit of
She opens the door. Madam Pomfrey is leaning over a bed
where a girl lies. As she straightens up, we see the
She was found near the library.
Along with this. Does it mean
anything to either of you?
She holds up a SMALL CIRCULAR MIRROR. Harry shakes his
head. McGonagall nods gravely, leads them out. As they
go, the CAMERA DRIFTS to HERMIONE'S HAND. Clinched tight
in her stiff knuckles, barely visible, is... a PIECE OF
108 INT. GRYFFINDOR COMMON ROOM - NIGHT 108
McGonagall reads from a PARCHMENT to the somber
All students will return to their
house common rooms by six o'clock
in the evening. You will be
escorted to each lesson by a
teacher. No exceptions.
I should tell you all this.
Unless the culprit behind these
attacks is caught, it is likely
that the school will be closed.
McGonagall turns, exits. Instantly, as one, the
students begin to talk amongst themselves. Neville
Haven't any of the teachers
noticed that the Slytherins are
all safe? Isn't it obvious all
this stuff's coming from
Slytherin? The Heir of Slytherin,
the monster of Slytherin -- why
don't they just chuck all the
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108 CONTINUED: 108
They can't close Hogwarts. Where
would we all go?
I don't care what anyone says. As
long as Dumbledore's here,
Hogwarts will be here.
Harry WHISPERS to Ron.
We've got to talk to Hagrid, Ron.
I can't believe it's him. But if
he did set the monster loose last
time -- even by accident -- he'll
know how to get inside the Chamber
of Secrets. And that's a start.
But you heard McGonagall. We're
not allowed to leave the tower
except for class --
I think it's time to get my Dad's
old Cloak out again.
109 INT. TOWER DORMITORY - NIGHT (LATER) 109
CLOSEUP: A drawer opens, a HAND reaches in, takes the
INVISIBILITY CLOAK. CAMERA PULLS BACK, REVEALS Ron and
Harry. All around them, the other boys sleep. Harry
pitches the cloak over himself and Ron. They're gone.
110 OMITTED 110
112 INT. ENTRANCE HALL - NIGHT 112
Harry and Ron, beneath the cloak, sneak by an unaware
112A OMITTED 112A
113 EXT. HAGRID'S HUT - NIGHT 113
A KNOCK. Hagrid swings open the door. Crossbow in hand.
Harry and Ron drop the cloak. Hagrid lowers the
114 INT. HAGRID'S HUT - NIGHT 114
FANG, Hagrid's enormous BOARHOUND, THUMPS HIS TAIL at the
sight of Harry and Ron. Harry points to the crossbow.
What's that for?
Nothin', nothin'. I've been
expectin'... Doesn't matter. Sit
down... I'll make tea...
Hagrid nervously takes the kettle, spills the water..
Are you okay? Hagrid? Did you
hear about Hermione?
Oh, yea. I heard, all righ'.
Look... we have to ask you
something. Do you know who's
opened the Chamber of Secrets?
Hagrid takes a fruit cake, stops, about to answer,
when... there is a LOUD KNOCK. The fruitcake SMASHES to
the floor. Panicked, Harry and Ron throw the cloak over
themselves. Sweating, Hagrid grabs his crossbow, points
it at the door.
The door opens. A grim Dumbledore enters, followed by a
portly man in a pin-stripe suit and bowler: CORNELIUS
Good evening, Hagrid.
114 CONTINUED: 114
(whispering to Harry)
That's Dad's boss! Cornelius
Fudge. The Minister of Magic!
Harry elbows Ron to shut him up.
Bad business, Hagrid. Very bad
business. Had to come. Four
attacks on Muggle-borns.
Things've gone far enough.
Ministry's got to act.
I never... You know I never,
Professor Dumbledore, sir...
I want it understood, Cornelius,
that Hagrid has my full
Look, Albus, Hagrid's record's
against him. I've got to take
Take me? Where? Not Azkaban
For a short stretch only. Not a
punishment, Hagrid. More a
precaution. If someone else is
caught, you'll be released with a
Just then, there is a SHARP RAP on the door. As
Dumbledore opens it, Harry slumps. It's Lucius
Already here, Fudge? Good,
What're you doin' here! Get outta
114 CONTINUED: (2) 114
My dear man, please believe me, I
have no pleasure at all in being
inside your -- do you call this a
house? I simply called at the
school and was told the Headmaster
And what exactly did you want with
Dreadful thing, Dumbledore, but
the governors feel it's time for
you to step aside. This is an
Order of Suspension. You'll find
all twelve signatures on it. I'm
afraid we feel you're losing your
touch. What with all these
attacks, there'll be no Muggle-
borns left at Hogwarts. And we
all know what an awful loss that
Malfoy hands Fudge an OFFICIAL ROLL of PARCHMENT.
Now, see here, Lucius. Dumbledore
suspended. No, no... last thing
we want right now... If Dumbledore
can't stop these attacks... I mean
to say, who can?
That remains to be seen, but as
all twelve governors have voted --
An' how many did yeh have ter
threaten before they agreed!
I would advise you not to shout at
the Azkaban guards like that.
Yeh can take Dumbledore! Take him
away an' the Muggle-borns won'
stand a chance! There'll be
114 CONTINUED: (3) 114
Calm yourself, Hagrid!
If the governors want my removal,
Lucius, I shall of course step
aside. However... you will find
that I will only truly have left
this school when none here are
loyal to me. You will also find
that help will always be given at
Hogwarts to those who... ask for
Dumbledore's eyes drift -- unmistakably -- to Harry.
Admirable sentiments. We shall
all miss your highly individual
way of running things, Albus, and
only hope your successor will
manage to prevent any more, um,
Malfoy strides to the door and bows Dumbledore out.
Fudge, fiddling with his bowler, waits for Hagrid.
Instead, Hagrid stands his ground, takes a deep breath
and says carefully...
If anyone wanted ter find out some
stuff, all they'd have ter do is
follow the spiders. That'd lead
'em right! Tha's all I'm sayin'.
Fudge stares at Hagrid in amazement, then follows him
out. As the door SLAMS SHUT, FANG starts to HOWL,
scratching at the closed door. Harry and Ron emerge from
Hagrid's right. With Dumbledore
gone, there'll be an attack a day.
At the windowsill, a TRAIL OF SPIDERS escapes through a
crack in the glass. Harry grabs Hagrid's LANTERN.
115 OMITTED 115
119 EXT. HAGRID'S HUT - NIGHT 119
Harry illuminates the TRAIL OF SPIDERS. They run from
the window to the ground, to the dark trees in the near
distance. As Harry moves to follow, Ron hesitates.
What are you doing?
You heard Hagrid. Follow the
They're heading into the Dark
Harry sighs, heads off. Terrified, Ron grabs Fang,
Why spiders. Why couldn't it be
'Follow the butterflies'?
120 OMITTED 120
121 EXT. DARK FOREST - NIGHT 121
Fang crashes through low-slung branches and sharp
brambles as Harry follows. Ron gingerly picks his way,
the JUMPS... as FANG HOWLS. BRANCHES SNAP. A RUMBLING
NOISE sounds, then... SILENCE. Harry spies something,
There's something moving over
there... something big.
Just then a BLAZE of LIGHT splinters the trees, blinding
them. They start to flee... when Ron stops.
Harry!... Harry, it's our car!
Scratched and mud-smeared, with bits of earth and grass
sprouting from its headlamps and hubcaps -- the Ford
Anglia looks half-animal. Ron circles it in wonder.
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It's been here all the time! Look
at it. The Forest has turned it
Harry nods, then glances back up the slope.
C'mon, we don't want to lose the
121A EXT. SPIDERS' HOLLOW - NIGHT 121A
Harry and Ron enter a hollow ribboned with shadows.
Enormous trees tower over them, strewn with strands of
white webbing. Ron steps on a strand, kicks it off
queasily. Harry peers up ahead: at the far end of the
hollow, the spiders stream toward a DARK OPENING.
As Harry and Ron approach the opening, a CLICKING SOUND
emanates from within, ECHOING in the branches of the tall
trees. GROWING LOUDER. Ron falters, glancing about
I don't have a good feeling about
this, Harry --
As Harry steps to the mouth of the cavern, the AIR
suddenly CRACKLES with MOVEMENT. TWIGS SNAP. A HUGE
SHADOW emerges, slowly engulfs Harry. He peers up.
An ANCIENT SPIDER (ARAGOG), the size of a small elephant.
As it advances, Harry and Ron back slowly away. Then:
its BLIND EYES catch the light, and it STOPS. As if...
You do not come from the forest.
Your hearts beat like... men.
Yes. We're friends of Hagrid's.
And you... you're...
(as it comes to him)
... Aragog, aren't you?
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Hearing this, Aragog's head turns slightly.
Hagrid has never sent men into our
He's in trouble. Up at school,
there've been attacks. They think
it's Hagrid. They think he's
opened the Chamber of Secrets.
As Harry talks, Ron's eyes dart warily about, then...
RON'S POV - a pair of long legs -- SPIDER'S LEGS -- curl
slowly around the trunk of the tree to his left.
Terrified, Ron NUDGES Harry, but Harry ignores him.
That's a lie! Hagrid never opend
the Chamber of Secrets!
But if Hagrid never... that
means... you're not the monster.
The monster was born in the
castle. I came from a distant
land, in the pocket of a traveler.
Ron turns. TWO CRAWLING SILHOUETTES inch forward.
Pause. Waiting. Watching.
But if you're not the monster,
what did kill that girl fifty
We do not speak of it! It is an
ancient creature we spiders fear
above all others.
But have you seen it?
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121A CONTINUED: (2) 121A
A SCRABBLING SOUND ECHOES above Ron. He GLANCES UP: a
SPIDER crouches on a branch above.
I never saw any part of the castle
but the cupboard in which Hagrid
kept me. The girl was discovered
in a bathroom. When I was
accused, Hagrid brought me here.
More SCRABBLING. Ron looks up. We PAN UP with him.
SEE: SPIDERS -- in high and low branches -- DROPPING
DOWNWARD like paratroopers. Ron GRABS Harry.
Ron points. Harry looks. Pales. Turns slowly back to
Well... thank you. We'll just
Go? I think not. My sons and
daughters do not harm Hagrid, on
my command. But I cannot deny
them fresh meat when it wanders so
willingly into our midst.
Goodbye, friend of Hagrid.
Aragog turns, disappears into the shadows of the cavern.
Can we panic now?
CLICK! CLICK! CLICK! Harry and Ron SPIN. A GANG of
FIVE-FOOT SPIDERS bar the path ahead. Begin to move
forward. Harry and Ron SPIN again: SPIDERS.
Everywhere. CLOSING IN.
Desperately, Harry swings the LANTERN in his hand. The
spiders falter, then CREEP FORWARD again as the ARC of
the LIGHT chases itself away. Around and around. Then:
The LANTERN goes out.
Harry pitches it aside. As one, he and Ron draw their
Nice knowing you.
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121A CONTINUED: (3) 121A
They're done for. Fang WHIMPERS. The spiders draw
closer, CLICKING FEVERISHLY, when...
... a LONG, LOUD HORN BLEATS. Seconds later, a BLAZE of
LIGHT ignites the hollow and the FORD ANGLIA comes
THUNDERING over the rim and down the slope, KNOCKING
SPIDERS OUT OF ITS PATH. As it SCREECHES to a halt, the
DOORS FLING OPEN.
Harry, Ron and Fang LEAP INSIDE. Ron SHIFTS FRANTICALLY.
A SPIDER appears at Harry's open window.
THE WINDOWS! ROLL UP THE WINDOWS!
I CAN'T! IT'S STUCK!
Just then, a hairy leg reaches through Ron's window.
Instantly, Ron HITS the gas, throws the car into REVERSE.
Spiders scatter, but the TWO clinging to the side windows
hold tight. As the CAR ZOOMS BACKWARDS out of the
hollow, Harry rolls his window tight, SNAPPING OFF his
121B EXT. ANOTHER PART OF THE FOREST - NIGHT 121B
The Anglia jets out of the hollow, lands with a THUD.
Harry turns. The other spider is PULLING RON from the
car. Harry points his wand, utters a spell and a
BLINDING FLASH OF WHITE LIGHT BLASTS the spider into the
shadows whipping past.
Thanks for that.
121B CONTINUED: 121B
Don't mention it.
They stop. Both hear it: a DISTANT CLICKING. As the
car flies over a ridge, they see them: a SEA OF SPIDERS
heading straight for them like a herd of raging
wildebeest. Ron puts his foot to the floor, SPINS the
wheel and sends the car sliding away. The spiders
121C EXT. ANOTHER PART OF THE FOREST - BLACK PARK - NIGHT 121C
The Anglia SLALOMS through the forest, skimming past
trees as the spiders CHARGE after. Harry peers ahead,
SEES an area of FALLEN TREES. There is an OPENING, one
narrow escape route.
That way! It's the only way out!
Hurry! They're catching up!
Ron JAMS the accelerator... just as a GIANT TARANTULA
drops in front of the escape route. Harry and Ron are as
good as dead.
Can you get us in the air?
Flying gear's jammed!
The spiders behind DRAW CLOSER. The TARANTULA waits
ahead. Harry claps his hand over Ron's on the gear
shift, pushing. The tarantula's pincers open, ready to
kill, when... the GEAR SHIFT GIVES, the Anglia's wheels
LIFT and the CAR FLIES OVER CAMERA, leaving the furious
spiders below. The car barely avoids the rearing
tarantula, then sails over the trees.
121D EXT. HAGRID'S HUT - NIGHT 121D
As they LAND, Fang bolts free. Harry and Ron exit the
CAR wearily, then watch it turn and RUMBLE BACK INTO THE
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'Follow the spiders'! Follow the
spiders'! If he ever gets out of
Azkaban, I'll kill Hagrid. I
mean, what was the point of
sending us in there? What have we
We know one thing. Hagrid never
opened the Chamber of Secrets. He
122 OMITTED 122
123 INT. HOSPITAL WING - DAY 123
Madam Pomfrey bars the door, frowns at Harry and Ron.
There's no point in talking to a
petrified person. She won't hear
a word you're saying.
Ron shifts uncomfortably.
We know that, Madam Pomfrey. It's
just, well, you see, we thought,
maybe, we could... be with her for
a bit. She's our... friend, you
see, and... even if she can't hear
us... I mean, it can't hurt, can
A glint of sympathy flickers in Pomfrey's eyes.
Very well then. But be quick
As she exits, the boys step to her bed. Absently, Ron
picks up the circular mirror that lies on the nightstand.
Eyes Lockhart's Get Well card.
You don't think Lockhart could be
the heir of Slytherin, do you?
(off Harry's look)
Right. Forget I said it.
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123 CONTINUED: 123
Harry studies Hermione's face.
Wish you were here, Hermione. We
need you. Now more than ever...
Just then, the mirror in Ron's hand CATCHES the LATE
AFTERNOON SUNLIGHT and casts a jagged FLAME across
Hermione's hand. Harry watches the light dance over her
fingers... then looks closer. Sees the paper clutched
124 INT. CORRIDOR - DUSK (LATER) 124
Harry and Ron duck into an alcove, take out the CRINKLED
paper, which, we see now, is TORN from a library book.
'Of the many fearsome beasts that
roam our land, none is more deadly
than the Basilisk. Capable of
living for hundreds of years,
instant death awaits any who meet
this giant serpent's eye. Spiders
flee before it and only the
crowing of the rooster can kill
Ron! This is it! The monster in
the Chamber of Secrets is a
Basilisk. That's why I can hear
it speak. It's a snake.
But it kills by looking people in
the eye. Why is it no one's dead?
Harry frowns, contemplating this, then catches he and
Ron's REFLECTION in the window opposite. He mutters
Because no one did look it in the
eye. Not directly at least...
(in a rush)
Colin saw it through his camera.
Justin -- Justin must've seen the
Basilisk through Nearly Headless
Nick! Nick got the full blast of
it, but he's a ghost -- he
couldn't die again...
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124 CONTINUED: 124
... And Hermione... had the
mirror! I bet you anything she
was using it to look round
corners, in case it came along.
And Mrs. Norris? I'm pretty sure
she didn't have a camera or a
The water... there was water on
the floor that night. She only
saw the Basilisk's reflection...
The crowing of the rooster is
fatal to it! That's why Hagrid's
roosters were killed! Spiders
flee before it! It all fits!
But how's the Basilisk been
getting around? A dirty great
snake. Someone would have seen...
Hermione answered that too.
Harry points. Scribbled, in Hermione's hand, is:
Pipes...? It's using the
Remember what Aragog said? About
that girl fifty years ago? She
died in a bathroom. What if she
Harry nods. Just then, McGonagall's VOICE ECHOES
throughout the castle, magically magnified.
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124 CONTINUED: (2) 124
PROFESSOR McGONAGALL (V.O.)
All students are to return to
their house dormitories at once.
All teachers to the second floor
125 INT. SECOND FLOOR - CORRIDOR - DUSK (MOMENTS LATER) 125
McGonagall stands before the desecrated wall, surrounded
by the rest of the staff. Harry and Ron creep up the
As you can see, the Heir of
Slytherin has left another
message. Our worst fear has been
realized. A student has been
taken by the monster. Into the
(as the teachers
I'm afraid we shall have to send
the students home. I'm afraid...
this is the end of Hogwarts.
(bursting in cheerily)
So sorry. Dozed off. What have I
Just the man. A girl has been
snatched by the monster, Lockhart.
Your moment has come at last.
Weren't you saying just last night
that you've known all along where
the entrance to the Chamber of
D-did I? I don't recall...
That settles it. We'll leave it
to you to deal with the monster,
Gilderoy. Your skills, after all,
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125 CONTINUED: 125
V-very well. I'll -- I'll be in
my office, getting -- getting
The rest of us should go and
inform the students what has
Who is it the monster's taken,
Ron's knees give way. As Harry catches him, the staff
scatters, revealing what is written on the wall:
Her skeleton will lie in the Chamber forever.
126 INT. CORRIDOR - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 126
Harry and a very upset Ron walk with desperate purpose.
She knew something, Harry. She'd
found out something about the
Chamber of Secrets. That's why
she was taken. I mean, she was --
is -- a pure-blood. There can't
be any other reason.
(pulling him away)
C'mon. Let's go see Lockhart. He
may be a brainless git, but he's
going to try and get into the
Chamber. We can tell him what we
Harry. D'you think there's any
chance at all she's not, you
Harry glances over, studies Ron's tortured eyes.
We'll find her, Ron. Ginny's
going to be fine.
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126 CONTINUED: 126
Ron nods, smiles shakily, and looks away. As he does,
Harry's face changes, looks troubled.
Even he doesn't believe what he's just said.
127 OMITTED 127
128 INT. GILDEROY LOCKHART'S OFFICE - NIGHT 128
Harry and Ron DASH inside.
Professor, we've got some
information for you --
Harry and Ron stop dead. Lockhart's office is stripped
to the shelves. Two LARGE TRUNKS stand open.
Are you going somewhere?
Um, well, yes. Urgent call.
Unavoidable. Got to go...
What about my sister?
Well, as to that -- most
unfortunate. No one regrets more
than I --
You're the Defense Against the
Dark Arts teacher! You can't go
I must say, when I took the job,
nothing in the job description --
128 CONTINUED: 128
You're running away? After all
that stuff you did in your books?
Books can be misleading.
You wrote them!
My dear boy, do use your common
sense. My books wouldn't have
sold half as well if people didn't
think I'd done all those things.
No one wants to read about some
ugly old Armenian warlock, even if
he did save a village from
werewolves. He'd look dreadful on
the front cover. No dress sense
You're a fraud! You've just been
taking credit for what a load of
other wizards have done!
Harry, Harry, Harry. There was
work involved. I had to track
these people down and ask them
exactly how they managed to do
what they did. No, it's not all
book signings and publicity
photos. You want fame, you have
to be prepared for a long, hard
Is there anything you can do?
Yes, now that you mention it. I'm
rather gifted with Memory Charms.
Otherwise, you see, all those
wizards would've gone blabbing and
I'd never have sold another book.
I'm afraid I'll have to do the
same to you both, lest you do the
Lockhart lifts his wand, but Harry is quicker.
128 CONTINUED: (2) 128
Lockhart BLASTS backwards, toppling into one of the open
trunks, his wand flying across the floor.
Looks like those Dueling Lessons
came in handy after all,
129 OMITTED 129
130 INT. GIRLS' BATHROOM - NIGHT 130
Lockhart walks ahead of Harry and Ron, their wands
pointed at him. Moaning Myrtle floats above the cistern.
Who's there? Oh...
Hello, Harry. What do you want?
To ask you how you died.
Oooooh, it was dreadful. It
happened right here. In this very
cubicle. I'd hidden because Olive
Hornby was teasing me about my
glasses. I was crying, and then I
heard somebody come in.
Who was it, Myrtle?
I don't know! I was distraught!
But they said something funny. A
kind of made-up language. And I
realized it was a boy speaking.
So I unlocked the door, to tell
him to go away, and... I died.
Just like that? How?
130 CONTINUED: 130
No idea. I just remember seeing a
pair of great big yellow eyes.
Myrtle points to the bank of sinks. Harry and Ron hurry
over, examining the pipes below, the tile above, then...
Harry sees it: etched on one of the COPPER TAPS is a
This is it, Ron. This is the
entrance to the Chamber of
Say something, Harry. Say
something in Parseltongue.
Harry stares off self-consciously at the tiny snake.
Ron shakes his head. Harry's spoken in his regular
Harry concentrates harder this time, staring so intensely
that the snake almost looks alive. When, finally, he
speaks, it is more like a HISS. Parseltongue. The
circular group of sinks OPEN and a LARGE, OPEN PIPE is
Excellent, Harry. Good work.
Well then. I'll just be going.
There's no need for me...
Oh, yes there is. You first.
Harry points his wand at Lockhart, then the opening.
Now, boys. What good will it do?
A bloody lot of good if it's a
two-hundred-foot drop onto jagged
130 CONTINUED: (2) 130
Lockhart steps grimly to the dark, gaping hole. Ron
gives him a shove and he topples headfirst and out of
sight. They wait. Finally...
GILDEROY LOCKHART (O.S.)
It's really quite filthy down
All right. Let's go.
Oh, Harry... if you die down
there, you're welcome to share my
Harry turns. Jumps. Seconds later, Ron follows.
131 INT. PIPE - NIGHT 131
Harry and Ron slide wicked fast, in a hair-raising
vertical plummet, catching glimpses of other, smaller
pipes branching off in all directions, twisting and
turning until the pipe levels off, dumps them onto the
damp floor of a stone tunnel.
132 INT. TUNNEL - NIGHT 132
Lockhart stares miserably at the muck dripping from his
robes. Harry takes a TORCH from the wall, poises his
The torch blooms with a BRIGHT ORANGE FLAME.
Remember. Any sign of movement,
close your eyes straight away.
Harry leads the way down the tunnel. CRUNCH! They look
down: a rat's skull. All around them, the ground is
littered with TINY SKELETONS. Ron squints, sees
something HUGE and CURVED lying ahead. When he speaks,
his voice is hollow with dread.
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What's that? Up ahead?
That looks like a... snake.
Terrified, Lockhart quickly HIDES HIS EYES.
Maybe it's asleep.
Ron draws his wand as they approach, squinting. Harry
shines his light, revealing... a gigantic COIL of EMPTY
Bloody hell. Whatever shed this
must be twenty feet long. Or
THUD! They turn. Lockhart has passed out.
Heart of a lion, this one.
Ron kneels by him, when... Lockhart's eyes open and,
quick as a fox... he snatches Ron's wand and scrambles to
The adventure ends here, boys!
But don't fret. The world will
know our story. How I was too
late to save the girl. How you
two tragically lost your minds at
the sight of her mangled body.
I'll even bind a limited edition
in this snake skin. Say goodbye
to your memories.
(raising Ron's wand)
Ron's WAND EXPLODES like a small BOMB, BLASTING Lockhart
OFF HIS FEET and SPITTING great JETS of FIRE into the
rock above. As RUBBLE RAINS, Ron LEAPS one way and Harry
the other. Harry sits up, squints through the settling
dust. A SOLID WALL of BROKEN ROCK seals the tunnel
between him and Ron. INTERCUT Harry and Ron.
Ron? Are you okay?
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I'm okay. This git's not, though.
He got blasted by my wand.
Lockhart sits up, dazed. Ron picks up a rock and CONKS
him on the head. Lockhart PASSES OUT. Ron calls to
Wait here. I'll go on. I'll go
on and... find Ginny. If I'm not
back in an hour...
He leaves it there.
I'll try and shift some of this
rock. So you can get back
through. And, Harry --
See you in a bit.
Harry glances at the snake skin at his feet, moves off.
He steps carefully through the shadows until he reaches a
TOWERING STONE WALL, carved with TWIN SERPENTS.
The serpents part and the GIANT WALL SLIDES OPEN. Harry
removes his wand and ENTERS.
133 INT. CHAMBER OF SECRETS - NIGHT 133
A vast chamber stretches ahead. Along the path are rows
of STONE SERPENTS. The serpents rest in pools of black
water. Ahead is an enormous STATUE of SALAZAR SLYTHERIN.
Several feet in front of the statue, Ginny Weasley lies
motionless. As Harry dashes and takes her into his arms,
her head lolls to one side, cheeks white as marble. A
pale hand clutches TOM RIDDLE'S DIARY to her chest.
Harry DROPS the torch, RACES to Ginny, places his wand on
the floor and kneels beside her. (BOLD ITALICS INDICATE
Ginny! Please don't be dead.
Wake up! Wake up!
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She won't wake.
Harry spins. Tom Riddle stands nearby. He is strangely
BLURRED around the edges, as though Harry was looking at
him through a misted window.
Tom... Tom Riddle? What d'you
mean, she won't wake? She's
She's still alive. But only just.
Are you a ghost?
A memory. Preserved in a diary
for fifty years.
Harry looks to the diary in Ginny's hand, then places his
own hand on Ginny's arm.
She's cold as ice. You've got
to help me, Tom. There's a
It won't come until it's called.
Harry looks up, sees Riddle twirling a wand in his
Give me my wand, Tom.
You won't be needing it.
Listen, we've got to go! We've
got to save her!
I'm afraid I can't do that, Harry.
You see, as poor Ginny grows
weaker... I grow stronger.
But she's dying!
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133 CONTINUED: (2) 133
Yes. I'm afraid so. But then,
she's been in so much pain, poor
Ginny. She's been writing to me
for months, telling me all her
pitiful worries and woes. Ginny
poured her soul out to me. I grew
stronger on a diet of her deepest
fears, her darkest secrets. I
grew powerful enough to start
feeding Ginny a few secrets, to
start pouring a bit of my soul
back into her...
Riddle, growing less vaporous by the second, grins
Yes, Harry, it was Ginny Weasley
who opened the Chamber of Secrets.
No... she couldn't -- she
It was Ginny who set the Basilisk
on the Mudbloods and the Squib's
cat. Ginny who wrote threatening
messages on the walls.
Because I told her to. You'll
find that I can be very
persuasive. Not that she knew
what she was doing. She was,
shall we say, in a kind of trance.
Still, the power of the diary
began to scare her and she tried
to dispose of it in the girls'
bathroom. But then, who should
find it... but you. The very
person I was most anxious to meet.
And why did you want to meet me?
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133 CONTINUED: (3) 133
Ginny told me all about you. I
knew I had to talk to you, meet
you if I could. So I decided to
show you my capture of that
brainless oaf, Hagrid, to gain
Hagrid's my friend. And you
framed him, didn't you?
It was my word against Hagrid's.
Only Dumbledore seemed to think
Hagrid was innocent.
I'll bet Dumbledore saw right
I knew it wouldn't be safe to open
the Chamber again while I was
still at school. So I decided to
leave behind a diary, preserving
my sixteen-year-old self in its
pages, so that one day... I would
be able to lead another to finish
Salazar Slytherin's noble work.
Well, you haven't finished it this
time. In a few hours Mandrake
Draught will be ready and everyone
who was petrified will be all
Haven't I told you, that killing
Mudbloods doesn't matter to me
anymore? For many months now, my
new target has been... you.
Imagine my disappointment when I
learned Ginny had stolen the diary
back from you.
Ginny stole the diary from my
room? But why?
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She was afraid. Afraid you'd
learn how to work the diary.
Afraid I'd tell you just who it
was that had been strangling all
Horrified, Harry glances at Ginny, growing more PALE,
then back to Riddle, who is growing more SOLID.
Come now, Harry. Don't look so
disappointed. Had Ginny succeeded
in destroying the diary, she would
have destroyed me. And we
couldn't be having this little
talk. And I have so many
questions for you.
Well, how is it that a baby with
no extraordinary magical talent
managed to defeat the greatest
wizard of all time? How did you
escape with nothing but a scar,
while Lord Voldemort's powers were
Why do you care how I escaped?
Voldemort was after your time.
Voldemort is my past, present and
Riddle pulls Harry's wand from his pocket and begins to
trace it through the air, writing three words: "TOM
MARVOLO RIDDLE." Then, with a wave, he re-arranges them:
"I AM LORD VOLDEMORT."
You. You're the heir of
Slytherin. You're Voldemort?
Surely you didn't think I would
keep my filthy Muggle father's
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TOM RIDDLE (CONT'D)
No, I fashioned myself a new name,
a name I knew wizards everywhere
would one day fear to speak, when
I became the greatest sorcerer in
Albus Dumbledore is the greatest
sorcerer in the world!
Dumbledore's been driven out of
this castle by the mere memory of
He'll never be gone! Not as long
as those who remain are loyal to
Suddenly, MUSIC... EERIE and UNEARTHLY... ECHOES deep
within the chamber and a small, swift SHADOW ribbons over
the rock. Flying from above is FAWKES, the Phoenix. The
bird SWOOPS into the chamber, clutching a RAGGED BUNDLE
in its golden talons.
Fawkes flies toward Harry, drops the ragged bundle, which
is the SORTING HAT, at his feet. Riddle picks it up.
This is what Dumbledore sends his
defender! A songbird and an old
Riddle tosses aside the hat. He turns to the statue of
Salazar Slytherin and speaks in Parseltongue.
Speak to me, Slytherin.
Suddenly, the stone face's MOUTH OPENS. There is a
RUMBLING SOUND, followed by the sound of SLITHERING.
Harry turns away. The Basilisk, A GIANT SERPENT, spills
out, uncoiling heavily to the floor. Harry turns to the
wall. The shadow of the serpent is visible on the wall.
PAN TO Tom Riddle, looking at Harry.
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133 CONTINUED: (6) 133
Let's match the powers of Lord
Voldemort, Heir of Salazar
Slytherin, against the famous
Harry Potter, shall we?
Riddle turns, to serpent, speaking in Parseltongue.
The HISSING SERPENT shoots forward. Harry turns, RUNS away.
Parseltongue won't save you now,
Potter. The Basilisk only obeys me.
Don't look. Don't look into its
Harry RACES along the stone path, but the giant serpent
is FASTER. Harry TRIPS. FALLS. The Basilisk RISES.
Harry looks to the wall, sees the serpent about to strike.
Suddenly FAWKES SCREECHES, soaring toward the Basilisk
and circling its blunt head, confusing it. The SNAKE
SNAPS furiously, when... Fawkes drops like a knife,
driving its talons deep into the serpent's glittering
As Harry watches the angry play of shadows on the wall,
the BASILISK ROARS, HISSING in pain. Fawkes wings away,
its talons dripping with blood and Harry turns, LOOKS:
the Basilisk's eyes are a blind, bloody mess.
Fool! Think you're safe! It can
still hear you!
As Harry flees, the serpent thunders after, STRIKING
BLINDLY as its whipping tail SHATTERS a Slytherin STATUE.
Harry dodges and ducks, then, seeing the snake about to
strike again... LEAPS CLEAR, stumbling toward a SIDE
133A INT. CHAMBER OF SECRETS - SIDE TUNNEL - NIGHT 133A
Harry RACES HEADLONG into the shadows, then looks back,
sees the snake eclipse the light at the far end of the
tunnel and SLITHER QUICKLY inside.
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Thinking, Harry DUCKS INTO AN ALCOVE, puts his hand over
his mouth and waits, desperate to remain STILL and
SILENT. The snake slides heavily by, then... SLOWS.
The snake's head weaves inside, only INCHES from Harry's
face. Harry trembles as the snake's head cocks to the
side, then... finally... WITHDRAWS.
133B INT. CHAMBER OF SECRETS - NIGHT 133B
Harry DASHES back into the main chamber. Ginny looks
frighteningly pale. Riddle GRINS cruelly, almost SOLID
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Yes, Potter. The process is
nearly complete. In a few
minutes, Ginny Weasley will be
dead. And I will cease to be a
memory. Lord Voldemort will
return. Very much... alive.
Harry moves toward Ginny, then suddenly... the BASILISK
SHOOTS OUT of the TUNNEL, HISSING directly in front of
Harry. Trapped, Harry glances around, then --
impulsively -- LEAPS upward, begins to scale the statue
of Salazar Slytherin. The serpent strikes madly, but
Harry continues on, CLIMBING BOLDLY until he reaches the
top. He turns. Sees the Sorting Hat. Sees what
glitters within: the RUBY HANDLE of a SWORD.
Harry WHEELS, sword in hand, and fends off the slashing
serpent like St. George and the dragon. In a mad rush of
courage, he PITCHES HIMSELF onto the serpent, SLIDES DOWN
its back and rolls up, SWORD RAISED. Too tired to flee,
Harry simply waits. The serpent rises and, FANGS
Marshalling every ounce of strength left to him, Harry
drives the sword upward, deep into the roof of the
SERPENT'S mouth. It HISSES in PAIN, thrashing MADLY as
it drives a FANG into Harry's arm. Harry clutches his
arm in agony, stumbles back and falls to the floor,
watching as the serpent THRASHES briefly... then goes
Harry peers down, sees the FANG that pierces his arm, the
blood soaking slowly into his robe. As he yanks the fang
free, Riddle steps forward, almost fully whole now. His
eyes shine at the sight of Harry's wound.
Remarkable, isn't it? How quickly
the venom of the Basilisk
penetrates the body? If you have
any final words, Potter, you'd
best speak them now. I'd guess
you have little more than a minute
Harry blinks heavily, watching as the skin of his forearm
turns a troubling gray.
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133B CONTINUED: (1A) 133B
So ends the famous Harry Potter.
On his knees in the Chamber of
Secrets. Defeated at last by the
Dark Lord he so unwisely
challenged. You'll be back with
your dear Mudblood mother soon,
As Riddle talks, Harry glances at Ginny, nearly white
now, a small ghost, the only evidence of life the
TREMBLING OF A SINGLE FINGER. Harry studies the finger
and what lies beneath it: Tom Riddle's diary. Harry
begins to crawl toward her.
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133B CONTINUED: (2) 133B
Funny, isn't it? The damage a
silly little book can do?
Especially in the hands of a silly
As Harry reaches Ginny, he places his hand on hers,
then... slips the diary free.
What are you doing? No. Stop...
Riddle's face creases in fear. He LUNGES FORWARD. But
Harry is too quick. Raising his hand high... he PLUNGES
THE FANG into the book. Instantly, BLACK INK SPURTS from
Riddle SHRIEKS, writhing in pain. His body begins to
wither instantly, growing BLURRY once more. As the ink
runs off Harry's fingers to the floor, Riddle VANISHES
altogether. Harry sinks back, then... hears a FAINT
MOAN. Ginny STIRS, color blooming in her cheeks. As she
sees Harry, she SOBS.
Harry. It was me! But I swear, I
didn't mean to... Riddle made me.
He wrote to me... took me over...
I didn't even know whose diary it
was. I found it inside my
cauldron. The day we all went to
Diagon Alley and... Harry. You're
Ginny. You need to get yourself
out... Follow the chamber...
You'll find Ron...
There is a RUSH OF WINGS and Fawkes circles down, lays
his head onto Harry's arm.
You were brilliant, Fawkes. I
just... wasn't quick enough.
Then Harry blinks, looks down. Thick pearly TEARS are
trickling down Fawkes' face and onto his arm. Almost
instantly, his wound... begins to heal itself.
133B CONTINUED: (3) 133B
Of course. Dumbledore told me.
Phoenix tears have healing powers.
(looking up at Ginny)
It's all right, Ginny. It's over.
It's just a memory...
134 INT. TUNNEL - NIGHT (LATER) 134
With Fawkes gliding gracefully ahead of them, Harry and
Ginny make their way back. Up ahead, SHIFTING ROCK can
be heard and a jagged fissure of LIGHT GLIMMERS. Ron's
Ron wriggles through, rushes forward and hugs Ginny.
You're alive. I can't believe it.
I'm going to be expelled, I just
Remind you of anyone?
Harry eyes Lockhart, sitting by himself, HUMMING
His Memory Charm backfired.
Hasn't got a clue who he is. I
keep having to stop him wandering
off. He's a danger to himself.
Hello. Odd sort of place, this,
isn't it? Do you live here?
Ron turns, raises his eyebrows at Harry. Harry looks
upward. There is an opening, hundreds of feet up. Just
then, Fawkes circles back, fluttering in front of Harry.
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134 CONTINUED: 134
What's with the bird?
I think... I think he's telling me
he can take us out of here.
134A INT. ROCKY TUNNEL - NIGHT (LATER) 134A
A CURIOUS, GLIDING SHADOW RIPPLES across the cavernous
wall, and then Harry, Ron, Ginny and Lockhart soar out of
the darkness, linked hand in hand. Fawkes is flying them
Amazing! This is just like magic!
134B OMITTED 134B
135 INT. DUMBLEDORE'S OFFICE - DAY 135
Harry and Ron, covered in muck and slime -- stand in
Dumbledore's office. Fawkes perches on a pedestal behind
Dumbledore, who sits at his desk, examining the charred
diary. He looks up, regarding Harry and Ron gravely.
Ingenious. Simply... ingenious.
Of course, Tom Riddle was probably
the most brilliant student
Hogwarts has ever seen. I taught
him myself fifty years ago. After
he left, I would occasionally hear
stories of his activities -- dark
rumors -- but after awhile, even
the rumors stopped. When he
finally resurfaced as Lord
Voldemort, most people had
completely forgotten the clever
Head Boy he'd once been.
I didn't know whose diary it was,
sir. I swear. I found it inside
(to the others)
The day we all went to Diagon
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135 CONTINUED: 135
Hearing this, Harry frowns in thought, recollecting...
But I understand if... given all
the trouble I've caused... if
Wiser wizards than you have been
hoodwinked by Lord Voldemort, Miss
Weasley. No, I think you've
endured enough. I would suggest a
bit of bed rest, however. And
perhaps a large mug of hot
chocolate. I always find that
cheers me up. Minerva, will you
show Arthur and Molly up to the
As they exit, Harry and Ron watch them go. Mrs.
Weasley's VOICE carries:
A diary that writes back to you!
Honestly, Ginny! What were you
thinking? Haven't I always told
you? Never trust anything that
can think for itself if you can't
see where it keeps its brain!
Harry and Ron turn back. See Dumbledore regarding them
You two realize, of course, that
in the last few hours, you have
broken perhaps a dozen school
And that there is sufficient
evidence to expel you both?
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135 CONTINUED: (1A) 135
Therefore, it seems only
That you both receive Special
Awards for Services to the School.
And -- let me see -- yes, I think
two hundred points apiece, which,
I believe, should be more than
enough to secure Gryffindor the
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135 CONTINUED: (2) 135
Thank you, sir.
Now, Mr. Weasley, if you would,
have an owl deliver these release
papers to Azkaban. We need our
Ron nods, takes the envelope and exits.
First, Harry, I want to thank you.
You must have shown me real
loyalty down in the Chamber.
Nothing but that could have called
Fawkes to you. Secondly, I sense
you're troubled by something. Am
It's just, you see, sir, I
couldn't help noticing certain
things. Certain similarities.
Between Tom Riddle and me.
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135 CONTINUED: (3) 135
You can speak Parseltongue, Harry,
because Lord Voldemort can speak
Parseltongue. Unless I'm much
mistaken, he transformed some of
his own powers to you the night he
gave you that scar.
Voldemort put a bit of himself in
Not intentionally, but... yes.
So the Sorting Hat was right. I
should be a Slytherin.
It's true, Harry. You do possess
many of the qualities Voldemort
himself prizes. Resourcefulness.
Determination. A certain
disregard for the rules. Yet the
Sorting Hat placed you in
Only because I asked it to.
Exactly. Which makes you very
different from Voldemort. It's
not our abilities that show what
we truly are, Harry. It's our
(smiling at him)
If you want proof that you belong
in Gryffindor, Harry, I suggest
you look more closely at this.
Dumbledore hands the bloodstained sword to Harry. An
ENGRAVED NAME glimmers above the ruby-encrusted hilt.
Only a true Gryffindor could have
pulled that out of the Hat.
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135 CONTINUED: (4) 135
Suddenly, Lucius Malfoy enters, dragging... Dobby by the
Dobby! This is your Master? The
family you serve is the Malfoys!
Dobby nods, chagrined. Lucius Malfoy brushes past Harry.
Out of my way, Potter.
So! You've returned!
Yes. When the governors heard
that Arthur Weasley's daughter had
been taken into the Chamber, they
saw fit to summon me back.
(a wry smile)
Curiously, several of them seemed
under the impression that you
would curse their families if they
didn't agree to suspend me in the
first place, Lucius.
From the beginning, my only
concern has been the welfare of
this school and its students.
I assume the culprit has been
Oh yes. It was Voldemort. Only
this time, he chose to act through
someone else. By means of...
As Dumbledore nudges the diary toward Lucius Malfoy,
Harry sees Dobby nod meaningfully from the diary to
Fortunately, our young Mr. Potter
(a chill to his voice)
One only hopes that no more of
Lord Voldemort's old school things
find their way into innocent
hands. The consequences for the
one responsible could be...
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135 CONTINUED: (5) 135
Lucius Malfoy stares icily at Dumbledore, then turns
Come, Dobby. We're leaving.
As Dobby scuttles toward the door, Lucius Malfoy KICKS
HIM through it, then exits himself. Harry stares at the
empty doorway as DOBBY'S PAINFUL SQUEALS ECHO from the
Sir? I wonder if I could have
Dumbledore looks up, follows Harry's eyes to the diary.
135A EXT. DUMBLEDORE'S OFFICE - DAY (MOMENTS LATER) 135A
As the elevator opens, Harry dashes out.
Mr. Malfoy! I have something of
Harry comes up running, thrusts the diary into Malfoy's
Mine? I don't know what you're
I think you do, sir. I think you
slipped it into Ginny Weasley's
cauldron that day in Diagon Alley.
Malfoy shoves the diary into Dobby's face, then leans
close to Harry and, with a nasty grin, WHISPERS:
He turns away. As Dobby looks sadly back, clutching the
diary in his hand, Harry mouths the words: Open it.
Dobby looks down curiously. Inside... is a SOCK. He
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135A CONTINUED: 135A
Master has given Dobby a sock.
Master has presented Dobby with
clothes. Dobby is... free!
What? I didn't --
He wheels, sees Harry standing with one leg crossed: His
right ankle is bare. Instantly, Malfoy charges forth.
You've lost me my servant!
You shall not harm Harry Potter!
Dobby steps between and -- BANG! Malfoy flies backwards,
lands in a crumpled heap. Rising, he stares murderously
Mark my words, Harry Potter.
You'll meet the same sticky end as
your parents one of these days.
They were meddlesome fools too.
With that, he turns, storms off.
Harry Potter freed Dobby! How can
Dobby ever repay him?
Just promise me something.
Never try to save my life again.
Dobby grins then and -- CRACK! -- is gone.
136 OMITTED 136
137 INT. GREAT HALL - NIGHT 137
Fear and suspicion banished, the House tables abuzz with
excitement and anticipation... all except the Slytherins,
who do not share the general feeling.
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137 CONTINUED: 137
Seated at the tables, are the formerly petrified, revived
students. Justin Finch-Fletchley joins his fellow
Hufflepuffs. Colin Creevey SNAPS photos of the
At the rear of the hall, standing near the entrance,
Filch is reunited with Mrs. Norris. Then... Hermione
enters, searching the room for Harry and Ron. Finally,
she sees them. Smiles. Runs forward and embraces Harry.
You solved it! You solved it!
With loads of help from you.
She turns to embrace Ron. They pause, an awkward moment
between them and... shake hands instead.
Welcome back, Hermione.
McGonagall taps her goblet. Dumbledore stands.
Before we begin our feast, let's
give a round of applause to
Professor Sprout and Madame
Pomfrey, whose Mandrake Juice has
been successfully administered to
all those who had been petrified.
Also, in the wake of recent
events, as a school treat, all
exams have been cancelled.
Everyone cheers, save for Hermione.
At the rear of the Hall, the great doors OPEN. It's
Hagrid. He enters. Stops. Looks around. The room
falls SILENT. All eyes upon him. He glances around.
Sorry I'm late. The owl deliverin'
my release papers got all lost 'n
confused. Some ruddy bird named
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137 CONTINUED: (2) 137
Ron exchanges a nervous glance with Dumbledore. Hagrid
looks at all of the faces staring at him. He turns to
I jus' want to say... that if it
wasn't fer' you, Harry... you an'
Ron... and Hermione... Well, I
jus' want to say... Thanks.
There's no Hogwarts without you,
Just then... Dumbledore gets to his feet and... slowly...
brings his hands together. The others join him. Soon,
everyone is on their feet and the Hall ROARING. As the
students surround Hagrid, he blinks, wipes at his eyes,
CAMERA PULLS BACK, THROUGH the window, leaving the
celebration. WE CONTINUE TO CRANE BACK... BACK... TO a
WIDE SHOT OF HOGWARTS... glittering gloriously in the
FADE TO BLACK.