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Chamber of Secrets – Harry Potter 2 discussion guide and activities

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Ten-page PDF

Key Stage



Years 3-6


In the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter hears a sinister voice in the corridors. Meanwhile students, especially those with Muggle blood, are being attacked.

A mysterious diary, tales about past troubles at Hogwarts involving Hagrid and another student named Tom Riddle, a giant spider in the Forbidden Forest, and the disappearance of Ron’s younger sister Ginny all lead to a stunning climax.

Discussion points

Inside this resource pack you’ll find ten discussion points about the book – themed around understanding the text.

There are also four in-depth discussion points surrounding:

  • New characters
  • Decision-making
  • Legendary creatures
  • Secrets

Chamber of Secrets project for schools

Use the ideas in this pack to learn about the power of wordplay and invented language in reading and writing. Pupils will practise spelling and defining words and will develop a better awareness of the creative power of language in storytelling.

The first activity involves children choosing five real but uncommon words from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and spell and write a short real-world definition for each. For example:

  • petrified
  • mandrake
  • phoenix
  • basilisk
  • heir

More activity ideas

  • Guess the character
  • Enchanted objects
  • Draw a basilisk
  • Transform yourself

Visit the Bloomsbury website for more Harry Potter discussion guides and reward certificates. Browse more ideas for teaching with Harry Potter.

Chamber of Secrets discussion guide
Chamber of Secrets – Harry Potter 2 discussion guide and activities

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