2.13 The Very Secret Diary

The Real Weird Sisters (Alice and Martha) recap chapter thirteen of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Be aware that the show may contain spoilers for events which take place later in the series.

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Nancy Greenshields

It’s not spelled out in the book – I don’t think – but I assume that Tom Riddle purchased the diary for the explicit purpose of turning it into a horcrux. Love the podcast!

Dave Taylor

A bit of info on the order of merlin from the Wiki:
“The Order of Merlin (abbreviated O.M.) was an award bestowed upon wizards and witches who had achieved great things for the wizarding world. It had three different levels: First Class, Second Class, and Third Class.”
“There were three different classes of Order of Merlin that are awarded:
First Class: Awarded for ‘acts of outstanding bravery or distinction’ in magic. The colour of the ribbon for this class was green, which was believed to represent Merlin’s Hogwarts house, Slytherin.
Second Class: Awarded for ‘achievement or endeavour beyond the ordinary.’ The colour of the ribbon for this class was purple.
Third Class: Awarded to individuals who ‘have made a contribution to our store of knowledge or entertainment.’ The colour of the ribbon for this class was white.

Finally, Lockheart received his medal for “his encounters with many dark creatures and for penning his autobiographic works instructing people on how to repel them.”

I too only realized that Hagrid is in his 60’s throughout the books last year. I wonder if having half-giant blood, he would age differently than others. Until he became a Professor in later books, many if not most of the students would have had little or no contact with him.

I so wish the valentine Party had been filmed, but again I can see why this was not filmed as it does little to further the plot.

I too believe that Harry was literally sucked into the book. Which leads to a whole thought of a Horcrux, (Harry), being sucked into another Horcrux.

As many others, I can totally buy into the idea that Hagrid accidentally let loose the creature. He is pretty willing to break the rules when it comes to creatures. My one question though is that I thought the popular story was that the Chamber could only be opened by the Heir of Slytherin. Did people actually think that this was Hagrid, or just that he just stumbled upon the Chamber.


The movie was so obvious of the Ron and Hermione relationship before Book 4 came along.

Ron’s careless comment linking the award to Myrtle’s death was surprising to me too.

It’s weird when you think of a 65-year-old being good friends with 12-year-olds.

The Mandrakes updates are pretty funny but the treatment sounds sinister.

I wonder what Lockhart had to do to make those dwarfs participate in the Valentine’s Day shenanigans.

It’s on June 13th because it happens just before summer break when Tom asked for permission to stay.

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