A Close Look at the Characters in 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'

05.24.2023 // By Tome Tailor

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second installment in J.K. Rowling’s beloved book series, introduces new characters, develops relationships, and provides further exploration into the magical world. In this post, we will take an in-depth look at some of the new characters we meet, as well as examining how already established ones continue to grow and change.

New Characters Introduced

Dobby the House Elf

Our first introduction to a new magical creature comes in the form of Dobby, a house elf bound to serve the malicious Malfoy family. His visit to Harry is driven by his concern for the young wizard’s safety, and he goes to extreme lengths to prevent Harry from returning to Hogwarts. Through Dobby, we learn about the lives of house-elves and the hierarchical order in the magical world.

Gilderoy Lockhart

A new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Gilderoy Lockhart, is the epitome of narcissism and self-promotion. With his flamboyant personality and fame as an author of books detailing his adventurous past, he initially captivates the students at Hogwarts but later reveals his exaggerated accomplishments. Lockhart becomes a recurring joke in the story and serves as a potent symbol of hubris and failure.

Moaning Myrtle

Moaning Myrtle is the ghost of a former Hogwarts student who haunts the bathroom where she died. Described as constantly weeping and self-pitying, she is a figure of both humor and pathos in the story. As it turns out, Myrtle’s tragic past is tied to the dark events that unfold throughout the book, making her a crucial part of the story’s climax.

Character Development of Returning Figures

Ginny Weasley

Ginny, the youngest Weasley sibling, steps into the spotlight in Chamber of Secrets. As the new student at Hogwarts, she becomes the victim of Tom Riddle’s disturbing scheme when she discovers his mysterious diary. Her vulnerability in this experience elucidates the severity of the dark forces at play, and sets up her character for further growth in later books.

Tom Riddle aka Young Lord Voldemort

As the titular “Chamber of Secrets” is revealed, so is the teenage version of Lord Voldemort, known as Tom Riddle during his time in school. His interaction with Harry provides fascinating insights into the psyche of the future Dark Lord and his intense hatred for Muggle-borns. Tom Riddle’s presence in this book also introduces the concept of Horcruxes, soul-splitting dark magic that becomes essential to the overarching plot of the series.

Draco Malfoy

Harry’s rival, Draco Malfoy, begins to show his dark side further in this book. As suspicions of the re-opening of the Chamber rise, he becomes more overtly hostile towards Muggle-born students, allowing readers to examine the rooted prejudice and hatred within his privileged upbringing more thoroughly.

Albus Dumbledore

Already established as a wise and powerful figure in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (View on Amazon), Dumbledore’s backstory becomes more alluring in the second book. He harbors a secret past with Tom Riddle, underscoring the interconnected nature of the characters in the series.


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets deepens our understanding of J.K. Rowling’s magical world, providing new and unforgettable characters that greatly enhance the story. With a rich tapestry of complex, fascinating characters, Rowling keeps us engaged in the tale of the Boy Who Lived and his adventures.

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