Deception In Harry Potter And Chamber Of Secrets, By J. K. Rowling

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Deception is a trait that is found in human nature, and it is important to realize the difference from lies and reality. In the novel Harry Potter and Chamber of Secrets, written by J.K. Rowling, the characters Dobby, Harry Potter, and Tom Riddle all have deceptive traits that mislead true intentions. Dobby appears to be sabotaging Harry as he repeatedly attempts to drive Harry away from Hogwarts, but is doing so for the his safety and admiration for Harry. Harry faces uncertainties of his placement at Hogwarts and is mislead by the similar traits he has with Salazar Slytherin, however he proves himself a Gryffindor through his choices. Tom Riddle is one of the most deceptive characters as he appears to be friendly and helpful, but results …show more content…

Tom was first introduced to Ginny when the diary was slipped into her cauldron by Lucius Malfoy. Ginny begins to use the diary out of loneliness and the desperation of a friend and believes she has found one. Tom presents himself to her as a friend she could trust, and tell all of her darkest secrets too. Ginny expresses to Tom how she felt about their friendship, “No one’s ever understood me like you do, Tom... I’m so glad I’ve got this diary to confide in.” (Rowling 331) To Ginny, Tom Riddle appears to be the first friend she could trust, however his intentions for her are not truly unveiled. The second person to trust Tom Riddle is Harry Potter. Harry believes that Tom can assist him locating the Chamber of Secrets, along with stopping the heir of Slytherin. Tom states to Harry about his involvement with the Chamber, “I caught the person who’d opened the Chamber and he was expelled.” (Rowling 241) This statement persuades Harry that Tom could be the person to help him, since he discloses that he caught the student who opened it. However once Harry encounters Tom in reality, his intentions for Ginny and Harry are revealed. Tom discloses his motives with Ginny to Harry by claiming, “I grew stronger and stronger on a diet of her deepest fears, her darkest secrets.” (Rowling 310) This statement unveils that Tom was only communicating with Ginny to feed off of her soul. As her secrets became darker he was able to become stronger. Following his intentions for Ginny, he states to Harry, “My new target has been --- you.” (Rowling 312) This statement reveals that the main goal of his was to kill Harry Potter. Tom was able to lure Harry by persuading him that he was trustworthy friend, and that he could assist him with the Chamber. Throughout the novel, Tom generates an image of friendliness towards Ginny and Harry, but results to be an enemy to them both as he attempts to kill them

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