First Lines: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Today, I am back with the second installation of the first thing that every character in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets says. I had a lot of fun getting the first one together (mainly involving reading the book), and it is interesting to see how each character is introduced.

There are so many ways that a character can come in, and some of them surprise me. For example, I was rather surprised to discover that Crabbe and Goyle did not say anything in the first book; the closest that they came to talking was snickering at things that Draco Malfoy says.

Now, let’s see what the first thing that people say in the second Harry Potter are.

There may be minor spoilers just because of people talking, so if you have not read the books, you may want to consider skipping this post. But at the same time these spoilers should not be too bad. Just be aware that there is a chance that this may spoil some things for you.


Vernon Dursley: ‘Third time this week! If you can’t control that owl, it’ll have to go!’
At least, this sounds like something that he would say.

Harry Potter: ‘She’s bored. She’s used to flying around outside. If I could just let her out at night-‘
Yay! He spoke much sooner in this one than in the first one.

Dudley Dursley: ‘I want more bacon.’
Definitely a Dudley thing to say. Most people would know to add a please.

Petunia Dursley: ‘There’s more in the frying pan, sweetums.’

Dobby: ‘Harry Potter! So long has Dobby wanted to meet you, sir… Such an honor it is….’

George Weasley: ‘All right, Harry?’

Ron Weasley: ‘What’s been going on? Why haven’t you been answering my letters? I’ve asked you to stay about twelve times, and then Dad came home and said you’d got an official warning for using magic in front of Muggles-‘

Fred Weasley: ‘Tie that around the bars.’

Molly Weasley: ‘So.’
This word ‘so’ should be said in a very stern, very angry voice, that is at the same time not loud. Really, you have to put all the anger and worry into the undertones. It’s not the easiest thing to do. 

Arthur Weasley: ‘What a night. Nine raids. Nine! And old Mundungus Fletcher tried to put a hex on me when I had my back turned….’

Percy Weasley: ‘Morning, all.’

Lucius Malfoy: ‘Tough nothing, Draco.’

Draco Malfoy: ‘I thought you were going to buy me a present.’
This sounds like something that Dudley would say as well…

Mr. Borgin: ‘Mr. Malfoy, what a pleasure to see you again. Delighted- and young Master Malfoy, too- charmed. How may I be of assistance? I must show you, just in today, and very reasonably priced-‘

Rubeus Hagrid: ‘HARRY! What d’yeh think yer doin’ down there?’

Hermione Granger: ‘What happened to your glasses? Hello, Hagrid – Oh, it’s wonderful to see you two again – Are you coming into Gringotts, Harry?’

Gilderoy Lockhart: ‘It can’t be Harry Potter?’
Why not?

Ginny Weasley: ‘Leave him alone, he didn’t want all that!’
Excellent entrance, Miss Ginevra Weasley.

Professor Severus Snape: ‘Or maybe, he’s waiting to hear why you two didn’t arrive on the school train.’

Professor Minerva McGonagall: ‘Sit. Explain.’

Professor Albus Dumbledore: ‘Please explain why you did this.’

The Fat Lady: ‘Password?’
I think that this is going to be the first thing that she says in every book that she is in.

Lee Jordan: ‘Brilliant! Inspired! What an entrance! Flying a car right into the Whomping Willow, people’ll be talking about that one for years-‘

Seamus Finnegan: ‘Unbelievable!’

Dean Thomas: ‘Cool.’

Neville Longbottom: ‘Amazing.’

Professor Pomona Sprout: ‘Greenhouse three today, chaps!’

Justin Finch-Fletchley: ‘Justin Finch-Fletchley. Know who you are, of course, the famous Harry potter…. And you’re Hermione Granger – always top in everything, and Ron Weasley. Wasn’t that your flying car?’
I guess that this way someone that I did not need to introduce.

Colin Creevey: ‘All right, Harry? I’m – I’m Colin Creevey. I’m in Gryffindor, too. D’you think – would it be all right if – can I have a picture?’
Another who I did not really need to introduce.

Oliver Wood: ‘Quidditch practice! Come on!’
This is a very good first line for Wood. And, yes, I only think of him as Wood, probably because that is the way that he is always referred to in the books.

Marcus Flint: ‘Plenty of room for all of us, Wood.’

Alicia Spinnet: ‘How dare you!

Nearly Headless Nick: ‘Hello, hello.’
I nearly wrote out his whole name, but then I realized that I would have to look part of it...

Argus Filch: ‘Filth! Mess and muck everywhere! I’ve had enough of it, I tell you! Follow me, Potter!’

Peeves: ‘Nibbles?’

Moaning Myrtle: ‘What?’

Professor Binns: ‘Miss – er – ?’
I’m not even sure I should have included that one.

Parvati Patil: ‘But, Professor, you’d probably have to use Dark Magic to open it-‘

Madame Poppy Pomfrey: ‘You should have come straight to me! I can mend bones in a second – growing them back-‘

Ernie Macmillan: ‘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 if he keeps a low profile for a while. Of course, Justin’s been waiting for something like this to happen ever since he let slip to Potter he was Muggle-born. Justin actually told him he’d been down for Eton. That’s not the kind of thing you bandy about with Slytherin’s heir on the loose, is it?’
And this, I believe, takes the prize for longest first line.

Hannah Abbott: ‘You definitely think it is Potter, then, Ernie?’

Tom Riddle: ‘She won’t wake.’

So, that brings us to the end of all of the first things that all of the characters say. Although, Crabbe and Goyle have still not spoken, they still seem to be in the books just to follow Draco Malfoy around and laugh at anything that he says that is vaguely funny.

Anyways, did you have a favorite of these quotes?

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