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Rev. 03/01/02 (Buff)Rev. 03/14/02 (Salmon)Rev. 04/02/02 (Cherry)Rev. 04/02/02 (Tan) (not distributed)Rev. 04/03/02 (2nd White)Rev. 04/03/02 (2nd Blue)Rev. 04/09/02 (2nd Pink)Rev. 04/16/02 (2nd Yellow)Rev. 04/17/02 (2nd Green)Rev. 05/14/02 (2nd Gold)

HARRY POTTER AND

THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS

screenplay by STEVEN KLOVES

based on the novel byJ.K. ROWLING

No portion of this script may be performed, reproduced,or used by any means, or quoted or published in anymedium without the prior written consent of Warner Bros.

WARNER BROS. © 20024000 Warner Boulevard WARNER BROS.Burbank, California 91522 All Rights Reserved

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FADE IN:

1 EXT. PRIVET DRIVE - DAY 1

WIDE HELICOPTER SHOT. Privet Drive. CAMERA CRANES DOWN,DOWN, OVER the rooftops, FINDS the SECOND FLOOR WINDOW ofNUMBER 4. HARRY POTTER sits in the window.

2 OMITTED 2

3 INT. HARRY'S BEDROOM - DAY 3

Harry pages through a SCRAPBOOK, stops on a MOVING PHOTOof Ron and Hermione. SQUAWK! Harry jumps. HEDWIG pecksat the LOCK slung through her cage door, then glowers atHarry.

HARRYI can't, Hedwig. I'm not allowedto use magic outside of school.Besides, if Uncle Vernon --

At the sound of the name, HEDWIG SQUAWKS again, LOUDER.

UNCLE VERNON (O.S.)Har-ry Pot-ter!

HARRYNow you've done it.

4 INT. KITCHEN - DAY 4

While AUNT PETUNIA puts the finishing touches to aPUDDING of WHIPPED CREAM and SUGARED VIOLETS, UNCLEVERNON struggles with DUDLEY'S BOW TIE, all the whileglowering at Harry.

UNCLE VERNONI warned you. If you can'tcontrol that bloody bird, it'llhave to go.

HARRYShe's bored. If I could just lether out for an hour or two --

UNCLE VERNONAnd have you sending secretmessages to your freaky littlefriends? No, sir.

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HARRYBut I haven't gotten any messages.From any of my friends. Not one.All summer.

DUDLEYWho'd want to be friends with you?

UNCLE VERNONI should think you'd be moregrateful. We raise you since youwere a baby, give you food off ourtable, even let you have Dudley'ssecond bedroom... purely out ofthe goodness of our hearts.

DUDLEYI thought he got the secondbedroom because Mum was afraidhe'd turn us into dung beetles ifyou put him back in the cupboardunder the stairs.

AUNT PETUNIA stops cold, exchanges a dark look with UncleVernon, then sees Dudley extending a finger for thepudding.

AUNT PETUNIANot yet, popkin. That's for whenthe Masons arrive.

UNCLE VERNONWhich should be any moment. Now.Let's run through our schedule onemore time. Petunia, when theMasons get here, you will be --

AUNT PETUNIAIn the lounge, waiting to welcomethem graciously to our home.

UNCLE VERNONGood. And Dudley?

DUDLEYI'll be waiting to open the door.

UNCLE VERNONExcellent.

(turning on Harry)And you?

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HARRYI'll be in my bedroom, making nonoise and pretending I don'texist.

UNCLE VERNONToo right you will. With anyluck, this could well be the day Imake the biggest deal of mycareer.

DOORBELL RINGS. Instantly, Uncle Vernon shoves Harry outof the kitchen and into the hallway.

UNCLE VERNONUpstairs! Hurry!

5 OMITTED 5

6 INT. HARRY'S BEDROOM - DAY 6

Harry enters, turns, and stops dead: a tiny CREATUREwith bat-like ears and bulging green eyes is jumping onhis bed as if it were a trampoline. This is DOBBY.

DOBBYHarry Potter! Such an honor itis!

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HARRYWhat... Who are you?

DOBBYDobby, sir. Dobby the house elf.

HARRYI see. Not to be rude oranything, but this isn't a greattime for me to have a house-elf inmy bedroom.

DOBBYOh, yes, sir, Dobby understands.It's just that, Dobby has come totell you... it is difficult, sir...Dobby wonders where to begin.

HARRYWhy don't you sit down?

DOBBYS-s-sit down?

Suddenly Dobby BURSTS INTO TEARS. LOUD TEARS. Harrypanics.

HARRYShhhh! I'm sorry. I didn't meanto offend you or anything --

DOBBYOffend Dobby! Dobby has heard ofyour greatness, sir, but never hashe been asked to sit down by awizard, like an equal...

HARRYYou can't have met many decentwizards then.

Dobby shakes his head, then without warning, LEAPS off thebed and starts to BANG HIS HEAD FURIOUSLY ON THE FLOOR.

DOBBYBad Dobby! Bad Dobby!

7 INT. LIVING ROOM - DAY 7

Uncle Vernon pours champagne for MR. and MRS. MASON. AsDobby's HEAD BANGING sounds from above, all eyes shift tothe ceiling. Uncle Vernon chuckles nervously.

(CONTINUED)

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UNCLE VERNONDon't mind that. It's just the...cat.

DUDLEYCat? What cat?

UNCLE VERNONOur cat, tiger.

8 INT. HARRY'S BEDROOM - DAY 8

Dobby gets back to his feet, wobbling, eyes spinningdizzily. Harry regards him with a mixture of concern...and wariness.

HARRYAre you... all right?

DOBBYDobby had to punish himself, sir.Dobby almost spoke ill of hisfamily, sir.

HARRYYour... family?

DOBBYThe wizard family Dobby serves,sir. Dobby is bound to serve onefamily forever. If they ever knewDobby was here...

Dobby shudders in fear, then looks up, WHISPERS urgently.

DOBBYBut Dobby had to come. Dobby hasto protect Harry Potter. To warnhim.

(in a fierce whisper)Harry Potter must not go back toHogwarts School of Witchcraft andWizardry this year.

HARRYNot go back? But... I have to.

DOBBYThis is a plot. A plot to makemost terrible things happen. IfHarry Potter goes back to schoolhe will be in great danger.

(CONTINUED)

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HARRYWhat terrible things? Who'splotting them?

Dobby makes a funny CHOKING and GAGGING noise.

HARRYOkay! I understand. You can'tsay --

Too late. Dobby grabs the bedside lamp and startsbeating himself about the head and YELPING LOUDLY.

9 INT. LIVING ROOM - DAY 9

Uncle Vernon is in the midst of telling a joke.

UNCLE VERNONThey arrive at the ninth holeand!--

DOBBY'S YELPS INTERRUPT, ringing out from above.

MR. MASONSounds as if that cat of yours hasdragged something in with it,Dursley.

UNCLE VERNONNot to worry. I'll sort it out.

10 INT. HARRY'S BEDROOM - DAY 10

Harry wrestles the lamp away from Dobby.

HARRYStop! Stop!

FOOTSTEPS THUNDER on the landing. Quickly, Harry grabsDobby by the pillowcase and pitches him into thewardrobe... just as the door FLINGS OPEN.

UNCLE VERNONWhat the devil are you doing uphere! You've just ruined thepunch line of my Japanese golferjoke. One more sound and you'llwish you'd never been born, boy!

He stomps flat-footed from the room and SLAMS THE DOOR.Harry lets Dobby out of the wardrobe.

(CONTINUED)

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HARRYSee why I've got to go back? Idon't belong here. I belong inyour world -- at Hogwarts. It'sthe only place I've got...friends.

DOBBYFriends who don't even write toHarry Potter?

HARRYWell, I expect they've been --hang on, how do you know myfriends haven't been writing me?

Guiltily, Dobby takes out a STACK of LETTERS.

DOBBYHarry Potter mustn't be angry withDobby -- Dobby hoped if HarryPotter thought his friends hadforgotten him... Harry Pottermight not want to go back toschool, sir...

HARRYGive me those. Now.

Dobby frowns sadly, then DASHES out the door.Panicking...

11 INT. HALLWAY/STAIRS/KITCHEN - DAY 11

... Harry flies desperately after, Dobby bouncing like aping-pong ball down the stairs and into the kitchen. AsHarry races in, he finds Dobby on the counter, waving hisarms. Aunt Petunia's masterpiece of a pudding RISES,then floats into the living room, HOVERING over theMason's heads. The Masons don't see, but the Dursleys --goggle-eyed--do.

HARRYDobby... Please... No...

DOBBYHarry Potter must say he's notgoing back to school.

HARRYI can't. Hogwarts is my home.

(CONTINUED)

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DOBBY(a tragic expression)

Then Dobby must do it, sir. ForHarry Potter's own good.

Dobby SNAPS HIS FINGERS. The pudding PLUMMETS...straight onto the Masons. They stand blinking, coveredhead to foot with whipped cream and sugared violets. TheMasons exit. Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia race afterthem.

UNCLE VERNONI'm sorry. It's our nephew. Verydisturbed. Meeting strangersupsets him, so we kept himupstairs...

11A EXT. DURSLEY HOUSE - DAY 11A

The Masons RACE out of the house, the Dursleys FOLLOWING.

AUNT PETUNIAWe have ice cream...

The Masons get into their car and drive off, just as aSHRIEKING SOUND splits the sky. An OWL SWOOPS down, andDROPS a LETTER at Uncle Vernon's feet. He picks up theletter, opens it. As he reads it, a mad gleam dances inUncle Vernon's eye. He turns and races back inside thehouse. Aunt Petunia follows.

11B INT. DURSLEY HOUSE - NIGHT 11B

Uncle Vernon runs back into the living room, extends theletter to Harry.

UNCLE VERNONGo on. Read it.

HARRY'Dear Mr. Potter. We havereceived intelligence that a HoverCharm was used at your place ofresidence at twelve minutes pastseven this evening. As you know,underage wizards...'

UNCLE VERNON'... are not permitted to performspells outside school.'

(MORE)

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UNCLE VERNON (CONT'D)(snatching the letter)

You didn't tell us you weren'tAllowed to use magic at home.Slipped your mind, didn't it?

(MORE)

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UNCLE VERNON (CONT'D)Well, I've got news for you, boy.I'm locking you up! And if youtry to magic yourself out, they'llexpel you! You're never goingback to that school! Never!

12 EXT./INT. HARRY'S BEDROOM - NEXT DAY 12

A SHORT MONTAGE BEGINS:

Uncle Vernon fits IRON BARS to the inside of Harry'swindow.

Drills a METAL FLAP to the base of the bedroom door.

Fits a FAT, GREY LOCK to the door itself. Soaking withsweat, he casts Harry a nasty grin and pulls shut theDOOR. It closes with the DULL CLANK of a cell.

13 INT. HARRY'S BEDROOM - NIGHT 13

Harry stares gloomily out the window. The METAL FLAPRATTLES and Dudley's pudgy hand slides a BOWL of TINNEDSOUP onto the floor. He grins cruelly through theopening.

DUDLEYI know what day it is.

HARRYWell done, Dudley. Finallylearned the days of the week, haveyou.

DUDLEYToday's your birthday. And nobodycares.

Dudley SNAPS SHUT the flap. Harry sighs, takes the soupand a bit of stale bread, and crosses to Hedwig.

HARRYIt's no good turning your beak up.It's all we've got.

Harry feeds a piece of bread to Hedwig... as we...

DISSOLVE TO:

(CONTINUED)

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SAME SCENE - LATER

Harry leans against the wall. Asleep. There is a gentleTAPPING SOUND. Harry opens his eyes and is stunned tosee... RON WEASLEY staring through the bedroom window.

HARRYRon?

RONHiya, Harry.

13A EXT. DURSLEY HOUSE - NIGHT 13A

An OLD, TURQUOISE-COLORED FORD ANGLIA floats in midair.Ron leans out the back window. His brother FRED sits inthe driver's seat. Fred's twin George is in thepassenger seat.

HARRYFred? George? What're you doinghere?

RONRescuing you, of course. Where'syour trunk?

13B CLOSEUP - HARRY'S TRUNK 13B

Stuffed with clothes, spellbooks. The trunk CLOSES, SNAPSSHUT. Harry drags the trunk to the windowsill, watches Rontie off a fierce knot on the bars of Harry's window.

RONStand back.

Harry steps back. Ron turns, nods to Fred.

13C INSERT - FRED'S FOOT 13C

Fred STEPS ON the accelerator.

13D EXT. DURSLEY HOUSE - NIGHT 13D

The Ford Anglia FLIES UP into the air, the rope SNAPSTIGHT, and -- CRUNCH! -- the bars are TORN from thewindow. Bricks and bars RAIN DOWN onto the lawn below, amangled mess.

13E INT. UNCLE VERNON'S BEDROOM - NIGHT 13E

Uncle Vernon WAKES...

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17 INT./EXT. HARRY'S BEDROOM/THE CAR - MOMENTS LATER 17

Harry pushes the trunk over the sill into the Anglia'sboot, then scrambles through the window himself, when...SQUAWK!

HARRYHedwig!

Harry clambers back, grabs Hedwig's cage, swings it ontothe ledge, when... BAM! The bedroom door CRASHES OPEN.

UNCLE VERNONPetunia! He's getting away!

As Harry leaps for the windowsill, Uncle Vernon CHARGESFORWARD and SNATCHES his ankle. Harry tumbles into thedarkness, one hand gripping Hedwig's cage, the otherreaching out and... CATCHING Ron's at the last possiblesecond.

Uncle Vernon puts both hands to Harry's ankle, pullsharder. Ron braces himself, pulls back. Harry hangs,stretched high over the lawn, directly above the mangledsteel bars.

CLOSEUP: Harry's hand begins to slip from Ron's fingers.

INSIDE OF CAGE: Hedwig PECKS feverishly at the LOCK.

CLOSE-UP: Ron. PANICKED.

RONHold on, Harry!

UNCLE VERNONOh no, boy! You and that bloodypigeon aren't going anywhere!

CLOSE-UP: Harry's hand begins to slip away from Ron's.

INSIDE OF CAGE: Hedwig PECKS HARDER and... the CAGEOPENS.

Hedwig SWOOPS into the sky, WHEELS BACK and hammers herbeak into Uncle Vernon's hand. He ROARS, stumbles backand... Ron and George pull Harry into the air.

RONPut your foot down, Fred!

(CONTINUED)

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Like a rocket, the Anglia sails into the stars. Harryglances back, sees Aunt Petunia and Dudley join UncleVernon at the window. As Hedwig races up, soaring justbeyond the car window, Ron turns to Harry.

RONBy the way, Harry. HappyBirthday.

DISSOLVE TO:

18 EXT. THE BURROW - EARLY MORNING 18

As the Anglia drops through a pink sky, a haphazard messof a HOUSE, built around a towering central chimney,appears below. By the road, a lopsided SIGN reads: THEBURROW. FLUMPH! The car touches down in a WHIRLING CONEof dust, scatters a group of chickens, and fishtails to ahalt. The boys spill quickly out of the car. FREDWHISPERS urgently.

FREDHurry! Let's nip inside beforeMum wakes up!

19 INT. FRONT ROOM - THE BURROW - MOMENTS LATER 19

The boys sneak inside, gently close the door. Harrystops. Magical objects surround him: A CLOCK displaysdifferent chores for each family member. A pair ofNEEDLES knit a sweater by themselves. And a stack ofPLAYING CARDS that. A stack of PLAYING CARDS SHUFFLEthemselves, providing a cooling breeze for Ron's agingrat, SCABBERS. Ron shrugs, averts his eyes self-consciously.

RONIt's not much.

HARRYI think it's... brilliant!

Ron looks up. Sees Harry's mesmerized face. Slowly...GRINS.

MRS. WEASLEY (O.S.)WHERE... HAVE... YOU... BEEN?!

The boys nearly jump out of their skin. MRS. WEASLEYstands in the doorway. Furious. She smiles sweetly atHarry.

(CONTINUED)

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MRS. WEASLEYHarry! How wonderful to see you.

(back to the boys)Beds empty! No note! Youcould've died! You could've beenseen!

(again, to Harry)I don't blame you, of course,dear.

RONThey were starving him, Mum!There were bars on his window!

MRS. WEASLEYYou best hope I don't put bars onyour window, Ronald Weasley!

(softening instantly)Care for a spot of tea, Harry?

GINNYMummy. Have you seen my jumper --

A small, RED-HEADED GIRL appears. Sees Harry. And...SQUEALS. Dashes back up the stairs. Ron frowns.

RONGinny. Been talking about you allsummer. Dead annoying, really.

GEORGEDad's home!

The front door OPENS and ARTHUR WEASLEY enters. A tallman with red hair, his robes look dusty and travel-worn.

MR. WEASLEYWhat a night! Nine raids! Nine!

HARRY(to Ron)

Raids?

RONDad works at the Ministry ofMagic. In the Misuse of MuggleArtefacts Office.

HARRYThe Misuse of Muggle Artefacts...?

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RONThat's when wizards bewitchsomething to drive Muggles mad.Shrinking door keys, that kind ofthing. Dad loves Muggles. Thinksthey're fascinating.

Mr. Weasley hangs up his cloak, turns. Blinks.

MR. WEASLEYWell now. Who are you?

RONHarry, sir. Harry Potter.

MR. WEASLEYGood Lord, are you really? Ron'stold us all about you, of course.When did you get here?

MRS. WEASLEY(darkly)

This morning. Your sons flew thatenchanted car of yours to Surreyhouse and back last night.

MR. WEASLEYDid you now! How'd it go?!

(catching his wife's eye)

I... I mean... That was verywrong, boys. Very wrong indeed.So, Harry. You must know allabout Muggles. Tell me, whatexactly is the function of aparking meter?

Harry is about to answer, when he notices an OWL (ERROL)soaring toward the kitchen window. To Harry's horror,the owl doesn't pull up. It just flies... SMACK!... intothe glass.

MRS. WEASLEYThat must be Errol with the post.Fetch him, will you, George?

George takes the unconscious Errol, absently lays him ona draining board, and takes the LETTERS clutched in hisclaws.

GEORGEIt's our Hogwarts letters! Andlook. They've sent Harry's as well.

(CONTINUED)

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MR. WEASLEYDumbledore must know you're here,Harry. Doesn't miss a trick, thatman.

FRED(reading his)

This lot won't come cheap, Mum.The spellbooks alone...

MRS. WEASLEYWe'll manage. Right then.There's only one place to get allof this.

HARRY/RON/FRED/GEORGEDiagon Alley!

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24 INT. LIVING ROOM - THE BURROW - DAY (LATER) 24

Everyone has gathered in front of the large fireplace.

MRS. WEASLEYYou first, Harry dear.

Mrs. Weasley offers Harry a FLOWERPOT. At the bottom isa layer of VERY SOFT DUST. Harry frowns in confusion.

RONHarry's never traveled by FlooPowder before, Mum.

HARRYFloo Powder?

Just then, Ron's older brother PERCY enters.

MRS. WEASLEYPercy. Would you mind goingfirst, so Harry can see how it'sdone?

PERCYCertainly, Mother. Don't worry,Harry. It's simple enough.

(CONTINUED)

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Percy takes a pinch from the pot, pitches it into thefireplace and BRIGHT GREEN FLAMES ROAR HIGH. To Harry'samazement, he calmly walks... straight into them.

PERCYDiagon Alley.

Percy VANISHES. Tentatively, Harry reaches into the pot.

MRS. WEASLEYRemember to speak clearly, dear!

RONAnd mind you get out at the right grate!

HARRY(nodding, unsure)

D-Dia-gon Alley!

25 INT. SPIRALING TUNNEL 25

The SOUND is DEAFENING as Harry hurtles forward,squinting against the sting of WHIRLING SOOT and the mad,flickering lights of passing fireplaces. He falls faceforward...

26 INT. BORGIN AND BURKES - STONE FIREPLACE - DAY 26

... onto a stone hearth. Dizzy and dirty, Harry reclaimshis shattered glasses. He's tumbled into a wizard'sshop, but a decidedly creepy one. He starts to exit,when a WITHERED HAND in a GLASS CASE catches his eye:The Hand of Glory. Nearby, an OPAL NECKLACE gleams:Caution: Do not touch. Cursed--Has Claimed the Lives ofNineteen Muggle Owners to Date. Oddly transfixed by itall, Harry drifts toward the exit, when...

(CONTINUED)

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DRACO MALFOY and his father, LUCIUS MALFOY, appear beyondthe front window, approaching the shop. Harry glancesabout, spies a LARGE BLACK CABINET and slips inside. Ashe pulls the doors closed, a TINY CARD swings INTO VIEW:Crushing Cabinet.

Malfoy and his father enter. A stooped man (MR. BORGIN)emerges from the back room. IN THE CABINET, Harrywatches, unaware that the walls around him are... SLOWLYCLOSING IN.

MR. BORGINMr. Malfoy! What a pleasure tosee you again. If I may, just intoday --

LUCIUS MALFOYI'm not buying today, Mr. Borgin.But selling.

MR. BORGINSelling?

LUCIUS MALFOYYou have heard, of course, thatthe Ministry of Magic isconducting more raids. There areeven rumors of a new MuggleProtection Act...

Lucius unravels a roll of parchment, hands it to Borgin.

LUCIUS MALFOYI have a few... ah... items athome that might prove embarrassingif the Ministry were to call.Certain poisons and the like...

MR. BORGINHmmm... yes. I see...

INSIDE THE CABINET, Harry realizes the walls are CLOSINGIN. His eyes shift upward. The ceiling is DROPPING.

Draco drifts to the Hand of Glory, reaches out, when...the HAND GRABS HIM. Draco shrieks, manages to slip free,then calms. He eyes the hand with malicious glee.

DRACOCan I have this?

(CONTINUED)

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MR. BORGINAh, the Hand of Glory. Insert acandle and it gives light only tothe holder. Best friend ofthieves and plunderers. Your sonhas fine taste, sir.

LUCIUS MALFOYHopefully my son will amount tomore than a thief, Mr. Borgin.Though if his marks don't pickup --

DRACOIt's not my fault the teachershave favorites. That HermioneGranger --

LUCIUS MALFOYI would have thought you'd beashamed that a girl of nowizarding family beat you in everyexam.

MR. BORGINIt's the same all over. Wizardblood is counting for lesseverywhere.

LUCIUS MALFOY(deadly)

Not with me.

INSIDE THE CABINET, Harry's knees are up under his chin...

Borgin checks off one last time, then returns theparchment to Lucius. Satisfied, Malfoy nods.

LUCIUS MALFOYVery good. I'll expect you at themanor tomorrow. Come, Draco.

They exit. As Borgin slips into the back room, theCrushing Cabinet's doors FLY OPEN and Harry leaps free.Inside, the walls, floor, and ceiling SNAP SHUT! Borginreappears, blinks curiously at Harry, then watches himRACE out the door.

27 EXT. KNOCKTURN ALLEY - DAY (MOMENTS LATER) 27

Once outside, Harry fits his broken glasses to his face,eyes a STREET SIGN: "KNOCKTURN ALLEY."

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The vendors here clearly cater to the Dark Arts:SHRUNKEN HEADS, POISONOUS CANDLES. One window teems withSPIDERS.

AGED WITCH (O.S.)Not lost are you, my dear?

Harry wheels, looking into the mossy teeth of a decrepitWITCH. She holds a tray of HUMAN FINGERNAILS.

HARRYI'm fine, thanks. I'm just --

HAGRIDHARRY! What d'yer think yer doin'down 'ere?

HARRYHagrid!

Hagrid knocks the tray from the cursing Witch's hands,then seizes Harry by the scruff of the neck and steershim away.

28 EXT. DIAGON ALLEY - CONTINUOUS ACTION - DAY 28

Hagrid swats at Harry's sooty clothes.

HAGRIDYer a mess! Skulkin' 'roundKnockturn Alley. Dodgy place,Harry. Don't want no one ter seeyeh down there. People'll bethinkin' yer up ter no good.

HARRYI was lost, I -- Hang on. Whatwere you doing down there?

HAGRIDI was lookin' fer a Flesh Eatin'Slug Repellent. They're ruinin'the school cabbages.

HERMIONE (O.S.)Harry!

Harry looks up, sees HERMIONE GRANGER standing at the topof Gringotts' white steps. She runs down to meet them.

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HERMIONEHello, Hagrid. Oh, it's wonderfulto see you two again.

She stops then, cocks her head curiously at Harry, thentakes out her wand and points it directly between hiseyes.

HERMIONEOculus Reparo.

Instantly, Harry's glasses are mended.

HARRYI need to remember that one.

HERMIONEC'mon. Everyone's been so worried.

Hermione leads them to Gringotts, where Hermione's rathernervous-looking Muggle parents stand with the Weasleys.

MR. WEASLEYSo you're dentists! Fascinating!I understand other Muggles quitefear you? Why is that?

MRS. WEASLEYOh, Harry. Thank goodness. Wehoped you'd only gone one gratetoo far. Come now. We're off toFlourish and Blotts.

HERMIONEIsn't it thrilling! GilderoyLockhart's going to be there! Wecan actually meet him! I mean,he's written almost the wholebooklist!

As Mrs. Weasley and Hermione dash off, Harry frowns.

HARRYWho?

29 OMITTED 29

29A EXT. FLOURISH AND BLOTTS - DAY 29A

CLOSE-UP: GILDEROY LOCKHART. A handsome, golden-hairedwizard with stunning pearl-white teeth. He miles, winksat the camera.

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DOLLY BACK to reveal that the image of Lockhart isactually a MOVING PHOTOGRAPH propped in the window. APLACARD declares: HERE TODAY! SIGNING COPIES OF HISAUTOBIOGRAPHY, MAGICAL ME... GILDEROY LOCKHART!

30 INT. FLOURISH AND BLOTTS - DAY 30

Harry and the others thread their way through aCHATTERING THRONG of MIDDLE-AGED LADIES, all craningtheir necks for a view of Lockhart, who sits signingbooks at the rear of the shop. At the sight of him, Mrs.Weasley pats her hair.

MRS. WEASLEYThere he is!

RONMum fancies him.

For this, Mrs. Weasley gives Ron a jab in the shoulder.A SHORT MAN WITH A CAMERA bumps past.

SHORT MANOut of the way! This is for TheDaily Prophet!

Instantly, Lockhart looks up, flashes a smile, when...

GILDEROY LOCKHARTIt can't be Harry Potter?

The crowd WHISPERS excitedly as Lockhart dives forward,seizes Harry's hand and turns him toward thephotographer.

GILDEROY LOCKHART(under his breath)

Nice big smile, Harry. Together,you and I rate the front page.

(as the CAMERA FLASHES)Ladies and gentlemen! What anextraordinary moment this is!When young Harry here stepped intoFlourish and Blotts this morningto purchase my autobiography,Magical Me -- which, incidentallyis celebrating its twenty-seventhweek atop The Daily Prophet'sBestseller List -- he had no ideathat he would, in fact, be leavingwith my entire collected works!Free of charge!

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As the crowd CLAPS, Lockhart catches the eye of a FLUNKYand, before Harry knows it, a towering stack of books isshoved into his arms. Mortified, Harry mumbles quietly.

HARRYThank you.

Slipping free, Harry drifts back into the crowd and, redwith embarrassment, drops the books into Ginny'scauldron.

HARRYYou have these. I'll buy myown!--

DRACO(appearing, sneers)

Bet you loved that, didn't you,Potter? Famous Harry Potter.Can't even go into a bookshopwithout making the front page.

GINNYLeave him alone! He didn't wantall that!

DRACOLook, Potter. You've got yourselfa girlfriend!

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LUCIUS MALFOYSilence, Draco! Ah... Mr. Potter.I don't believe we've met.

Lucius Malfoy extends his hand, as if offering to shakeHarry's, but instead gently plays his fingers over thefringe of Harry's scalp, revealing Harry's LIGHTNING BOLTSCAR. At his touch, Harry withdraws, ever so slightly.

LUCIUS MALFOYForgive me, Mr. Potter. But yourscar is legend. As, of course, isthe wizard who gave it to you.

HARRYHe was a murderer.

LUCIUS MALFOYYes, a pity about your parents.Curious that you yourself shouldescape with a mere flesh wound.Curious, too, that you speak ofhim in the past. Surely, youdon't think He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is gone forever.

HARRYHis name is Voldemort.

Those within earshot gasp as Harry utters the word.

LUCIUS MALFOYYou must be very brave, Mr.Potter, to dare speak his name.Or foolish.

HERMIONEFear of a name only increases fearof the thing itself.

Lucius Malfoy's eyes slide, find Hermione staringdefiantly.

LUCIUS MALFOYYou must be Miss Granger. Draco'stold me all about you... and yourparents. Muggles, aren't you?

Mr. and Mrs. Granger nod nervously. Lucius Malfoy canbarely disguise his distaste for them. Arthur Weasleyhurries over.

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MR. WEASLEYRon! Harry! It's mad in here.Let's go outside.

LUCIUS MALFOYWell, well, well -- ArthurWeasley.

MR. WEASLEY(stiffly)

Lucius.

LUCIUS MALFOYBusy time at the Ministry. Allthose raids. I hope they'repaying you overtime.

Malfoy reaches into Ginny's cauldron, removes a very old,battered copy of A Beginner's Guide to Transfiguration.

LUCIUS MALFOYObviously not. Dear me. What'sthe use of being a disgrace to thename of wizard if they don't evenpay you well for it.

MR. WEASLEYWe have a very different ideaabout what disgraces the name ofwizard, Lucius.

LUCIUS MALFOY(glancing at the Grangers)

Clearly. The company you keep,Weasley. And I thought yourfamily could sink no lower.

Mr. Weasley moves to hit Lucius Malfoy. Hagrid stepsforward, puts a firm hand on Mr. Weasley's shoulder.

HAGRIDIgnore 'im, Arthur.

Mr. Weasley backs away. Lucius Malfoy tosses Ginny'sBATTERED TEXTBOOK back into her cauldron.

LUCIUS MALFOYHere, girl. Take your book. It'sthe best your father can give you.

Lucius and Draco exit. Hagrid looks at the Weasleys.

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HAGRIDNo Malfoy's worth listenin' ter.Rotten ter the core, the wholefamily...

As Harry watches Draco and his father go, we --

DISSOLVE TO:

30A OMITTED 30A

30B EXT. KING'S CROSS - MORNING 30B

Amid a neat line of cars, the Anglia sits at a decidedlyodd angle, as if its driver were not the most skilledmotorist.

31 OMITTED 31

32 INT. KING'S CROSS - DAY 32

The Weasleys and Harry -- pushing large TROLLEYS -- dashunder the LARGE CLOCK which reads two minutes to eleven.

MRS. WEASLEYOh dear! The train'll be leavingany moment! All together now!

Hurrying, they race to PLATFORMS NINE AND TEN. Quickly,Percy, Fred and George stride briskly toward the stonebarrier that divides the platforms -- and simplyDISAPPEAR.

MRS. WEASLEYGo on, Ginny. You know what todo.

Ginny, looking a bit nervous, rushes toward the barrier,closes her eyes, and sleds...

32A INT. PLATFORM NINE AND THREE QUARTERS - DAY 32A

... out onto the other side. As she gazes at theHOGWARTS EXPRESS, Mr. and Mrs. Weasley materialize at herside.

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MRS. WEASLEY (O.S.)Come, Ginny. We'll get you aseat.

32B INT. KING'S CROSS 32B

Ron glances at the clock.

RONWe better hurry.

Harry nods, leans into his trolley and -- CRASH! -- hitsthe barrier and bounces back into Ron. A GUARD glowers.

GUARDWhat in blazes d'you two thinkyou're doing?

HARRYSorry. Lost control of thetrolley.

(to Ron)Why can't we get through?

RONI dunno. The gateway's sealeditself for some reason.

As Ron presses his ear to the barrier, the CLOCK CHIMES.

HARRYThe train leaves at exactly eleveno'clock. We've missed it.

RONCan't hear a thing.

(a sudden thought)Harry. If we can't get through,maybe Mum and Dad can't get back.

HARRYMaybe we should go wait by thecar.

RONThe car!

33 EXT. PARKING LOT (KING'S CROSS) - MOMENTS LATER 33

Pushing their trolleys madly before them, Harry and Rondash to the car, load their belongings into the Anglia'sboot.

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HARRYThis is mad. We can't drive toHogwarts.

RONWho says we're driving?

HARRYYou don't mean -- Ron, no.

RONLook, who knows when Mum and Dadwill get back. And we've got toget to school, haven't we? Andeven underage wizards are allowedto use magic if it's an absoluteemergency. Least that's what Fredand George always say...

HARRYSomething tells me we're going toregret this.

33A INT. ANGLIA - DAY 33A

Ron TAPS his WAND on the dash and the Anglia burbles tolife.

HARRYNo offense, Ron, but are you sureyou know how to fly this.

RONNo problem.

Ron SHIFTS. With a GREAT JOLT, the car lifts from theground.

RONThere. See. Now I reckon all wehave to do is find the HogwartsExpress and follow it. Simple.

Harry nods, not entirely convinced. He peers out thewindow. Down below, TWO PEDESTRIANS stare in disbelief.

HARRYUh, Ron. I should tell you. MostMuggles aren't accustomed toseeing a flying car.

RONRight.

Ron presses a TINY SILVER BUTTON on the dashboard andthey... DISAPPEAR. Down below, the baffled pedestriansblink.

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CAMERA STARTS IN the clouds, passes through, findsScotland's stunning green. The Anglia's ENGINE PUTTERSsoftly, when -- POP! - the car reappears. Ron jabs atthe silver button.

RONUh oh. The Invisibility Boostermust be faulty.

CAMERA ZOOMS ALONG the ridge of a cliff. Thecar reappears from above, gliding away FROM CAMERA.

RONAny sign of the train?

HARRYThere! Up ahead! Look...

Along a STEEP BRIDGE, a single line of TRAIN TRACKSappear.

RONBrilliant.

Ron SHIFTS, GLIDES DOWN, until the Anglia is only a fewfeet above the tracks. The boys peer ahead, looking forthe train.

RONIt must be around heresomeplace.

Behind them, through the Anglia's rear window, theHogwarts Express APPEARS, closing fast. Harry and Ronperk up. Smile.

HARRYDo you hear that?

Then, at precisely the same moment, Harry and Ronregister the DIRECTION of the sound. They glance at eachother, turn as one and see the train GROWING HUGE in therear window.

HARRY/RONAaaahhhhh!

Ron SPINS THE WHEEL, puts his foot to the gas and -- atthe last possible second -- whips the Anglia out of thetrain's path. The car WAFFLES, TOPPLES upside downbriefly, before...

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... TILTING onto its side. As it jets under the bridge,Harry goes SLIDING DOWN ACROSS HIS SEAT, into the door,and... OUT. Dangling upside-down from the open door, hewatches the Hogwarts Express ZIP PAST and, in one window,glimpses NEVILLE and SEAMUS, mouths open in astonishment.

RONTake my hand!

Harry's grips Ron's hand, eyes the train steaming farbelow. It's quite a drop. Harry's fingers begin to LOSETHEIR GRIP.

RONHold on!

HARRYI'm trying! Your hand's allsweaty!

Straining, Ron yanks him inside, levels off the car. AsHarry falls heavily into his seat, he BUCKLES his safetybelt.

HARRYI think we found the train.

35 EXT. HOGWARTS CASTLE - FLYING CAR - NIGHT 35

As HOGWARTS CASTLE comes INTO VIEW, the Anglia ENTERSFRAME.

RONWelcome home, Harry.

Harry smiles at the sight of it, when... the AngliaGROANS.

HARRYJust out of interest, Ron. Haveyou ever landed a car before?

RONWell... no. but, until a fewhours ago, I'd never taken off inone either.

With that, the car LURCHES, the nose DROPS, and...

RONUh oh.

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... Harry, Ron and car go pitching through the night. AsRon rakes the GEARS, they hurtle madly toward the CASTLEWALL.

RONIT'S NOT WORKING!

HARRYUP! UP!

Ron SHIFTS desperately. The Anglia LURCHES up, barelyclears the castle wall. Harry and Ron exchange a look ofrelief, when... the car GROANS again, LURCHES...downward.

HARRYMIND THAT TREE!

Down below a GIANT WILLOW TREE looms. Ron SHIFTS.Nothing.

HARRYTURN! TURN!

Harry reaches over and, together, he and Ron SPIN THEWHEEL. It's useless. The car is heading straight for thetree. Desperately, Ron WHIPS OUT his wand and WHACKS THEDASHBOARD.

RONSTOP! STOP! STOP!

The wand SNAPS IN TWO and -- CRUNCH! -- car meets tree.Harry blinks. They hang dreamily, BALANCED on theHIGHEST LIMB.

RONMy wand! Look at my wand!

HARRYBe thankful it's not your neck.

THWUNMP! Something HEAVY HITS Harry's door, sends aSHUDDER through the car.

RONWhat's happening?

Slowly, they look up and, in disbelief, watch one of thetree's branches PULL BACK, CURL INTO ITSELF, and comeLASHING FORWARD like a MASSIVE FIST. THWUMP!

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HARRY/RONAaaaahhhhh!

The Anglia tilts crazily, slides backwards and FREE-FALLSthrough the air and... LANDS on lower grid of branches.

RONWhat kind of tree is this?

Before Harry can respond, the tree begins to PUMMEL THECAR from all sides, tossing Henry and Ron about likepopcorn. WINDOWS SHATTER. Heavy DENTS appear on theroof above Ron and Harry's heads. Then the car FALLSagain...

... SLAMMING HEAVILY TO THE GROUND. Instantly, thetree's lower branches shoot through the front and rearwindscreens and, gaining purchase, begin to SHAKE THE CARBACK AND FORTH.

HARRY/RONAaaaahhhhh!

The tree PITCHES the car into the air. As the AngliaSLAMS DOWN again, bobbing on its SQUEALING SHOCKS, theENGINE BURBLES BACK TO LIFE. Harry LOOKS UP, peeringthrough the shattered windscreen. The willow's branches,as one, rear back, ready for one last punishing blow.Harry CRIES OUT.

HARRYReverse! Reverse!

Ron SHIFTS, the CAR SHOOTS BACKWARDS, and the willowPUMMELS THE TREAD-MARKED GROUND they just vacated.Safely clear, the doors fly open, the seats tip sideways,and Ron and Harry are ejected. As they hit the ground,their trunks fly from the boot, Hedwig's cage rockets outthe back window, and Hedwig herself flaps into the night.Taillights blazing angrily, the BATTERED car speeds off,fishtailing into the Dark Forest.

RONDad's going to kill me.

They hear a TREMENDOUS GROAN, turn back, and see theWhomping Willow assume its natural form, waiting for itsnext victim.

36 EXT. STONE STEPS/ENTRANCE HALL - NIGHT 36

Filthy and bruised, Harry and Ron drag themselves up thesteps. Behind them we see the mountain of student trunksand caged pets already brought up from the train.

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HARRYA house elf shows up in mybedroom, we can't get through thebarrier to Platform Nine and ThreeQuarters, we almost get killed bya tree... clearly someone doesn'twant me here this year.

FILCHWell, take a good look, lads...

They stop. ARGUS FILCH stands at the top of the landing,his cat -- MRS. NORRIS -- twitching her tail at his feet.

FILCHThis night might well be the lastyou spend in this castle.

37 INT. SNAPE'S OFFICE - MOMENTS LATER 37

CLOSEUP: The Evening Prophet ENTERS FRAME. The HEADLINEreads: FLYING FORD ANGLIA MYSTIFIES MUGGLES. Below thefold a PHOTO shows Harry and Lockhart at Flourish andBlotts. CAMERA PULLS BACK, PROFESSOR SEVERUS SNAPEstands at his desk, newspaper in hand as Harry and Ronstare with dread. Filch lurks in the doorway, eying themwith pleasure.

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SNAPEYou were seen! By no less thenseven Muggles. Do you have anyidea how serious this is? Youhave risked the exposure of ourworld. Not to mention the damageyou inflicted on a Whomping Willowthat has been on these grounds forhundreds of years.

RONHonestly, Professor Snape, I thinkit did more damage to us.

SNAPESilence! I assure you, were youin Slytherin and your fate restedwith me, the both of you would beon the train home tonight. As itis --

ALBUS DUMBLEDOREThey are not.

Harry and Ron turn. ALBUS DUMBLEDORE stands in thedoorway. Alongside him is a distinctly annoyed PROFESSORMcGONAGALL.

HARRYProfessor Dumbledore. ProfessorMcGonagall...

SNAPEHeadmaster, these boys haveflouted the Decree for theRestriction of Underage Wizardry.As such...

ALBUS DUMBLEDOREI'm well aware of our bylaws,Severus, having written more thana few myself. However, as Head ofGryffindor House, it is forProfessor McGonagall to determinethe appropriate action.

RON(rising gloomily)

We'll go and get our stuff.

PROFESSOR McGONAGALLWhat are you talking about, Mr.Weasley?

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RONWell, you're going to expel us,aren't you?

PROFESSOR McGONAGALLNot today, Mr. Weasley. But Imust impress upon both of you theseriousness of what you have done.I will be sending owls to both ofyour families tonight. And youwill each get a detention.

Snape casts a look of pure venom at Harry and Ron.

DUMBLEDORESplendid. Now, I suggest wereturn to the feast. There's adelicious-looking custard tart Iwant to sample.

Rising, Harry spies an ENVELOPE on the floor. Taking it,he reads the back: "KWIKSPELL. A CORRESPONDENCE COURSE INBEGINNER'S MAGIC." It's addressed to "MR. ARGUS FILCH."

HARRYMr. Filch. You dropped this...

Filch turns, eyes the envelope with embarrassment, thensnatches it from Harry's hand and stuffs it into hispocket.

38 OMITTED 38

39 EXT. HOGWARTS CASTLE - MORNING 39

The Whomping Willow sulks in the courtyard, SLINGS strungabout its injured branches. CAMERA CRANES OVER thecastle walls, REVEALING the exterior of GREENHOUSE THREE,where students hurry inside for the beginning of class.

40 INT. GREENHOUSE THREE - MORNING 40

As Harry and Ron enter, SEAMUS, NEVILLE and some of theother Gryffindors hover nearby.

NEVILLEDetention. On the first day?

SEAMUSThat must be some kind of record.

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HERMIONEI should think you'd countyourself lucky that's all you got.

RONI should think you'd mind your ownbusiness.

They glare at each other. PROFESSOR SPROUT, a squatlittle witch, TAPS her wand on a stack of POTS.

PROFESSOR SPROUTWelcome to Greenhouse Three,Second Years. Today, we will bere-potting Mandrakes. Now, whohere can tell me the properties ofthe Mandrake? Yes, Miss Granger.

HERMIONEMandrake, or Mandragora, is usedto return those who have beentransfigured to their originalstate. It's also quite dangerous.The Mandrake's cry is fatal toanyone who hears it.

PROFESSOR SPROUTExcellent. Ten points toGryffindor. As our Mandrakes areonly seedlings, their cries won'tkill yet. However, they willknock you out for several hours.That is why I have provided eachof you with a pair of earmuffs.If you would then...

Ron frowns. He's gotten a BRIGHT PINK FLUFFY pair. Whenthe class is ready, Professor Sprout leads them to theGARDEN AREA. She grasps one of the TUFTY PLANTS beforeher... and pulls. Harry gasps. Instead of roots, asmall, muddy, extremely ugly BABY pops out of the earth,leaves growing right out of its head. Neville's eyesROLL BACK. He FAINTS.

Professor Sprout plunges the BAWLING CREATURE deep into aPOT, removes her earmuffs, and the others follow suit.Everyone save Neville, who lies stretched on the ground.

PROFESSOR SPROUTHm. Looks as though Mr.Longbottom neglected his muffs.

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SEAMUSNo, ma'am. He's just fainted.

PROFESSOR SPROUTVery well. We'll just leave himthen. Come now. Four to a tray,plenty of pots to go round...

41 INT. GREAT HALL - LUNCH - DAY 41

Percy enters in the company of PENELOPE CLEARWATER, justas NEARLY HEADLESS NICK glides by.

PENELOPE CLEARWATERThere's Nearly Headless Nick.

PERCYHello, Sir Nicolas.

NEARLY HEADLESS NICKHello, Percy. Miss Clearwater.

At the Gryffindor table, Hermione has her nose buried inGilderoy Lockhart's Travels with Trolls. Ron runs gobsof Spellotape over his BROKEN WAND, shakes his headgrimly.

RONSay it. I'm doomed.

HARRYYou're doomed.

FLASH! -- a LIGHT BLINDS Harry. He blinks, finds a smallboy (COLIN CREEVEY) standing before him with a CAMERA.

COLINHiya, Harry. I'm Colin Creevey.I'm in Gryffindor too.

HARRYHello, Colin. Nice to meet --

COLINThey're for my dad -- thepictures. He's a milkman, youknow, a Muggle, like all ourfamily's been until me. No oneknew all the odd stuff I could dowas magic till we got my letterfrom Hogwarts. Everyone justthought I was mental.

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RONImagine that.

COLINSay, Harry. D'you think yourfriend could take a photo of meand you standing together? Ya'know, to prove I've met you?

Harry glances at Ron. He looks positively homicidal.Mercifully, just then, OWLS STREAM into the Hall.

DEAN THOMASPost is here!

One after another, the birds swoop gracefully down,clutching letters from home. All except one, who plopsbeak-first into Ron's soup. Errol.

RONBloody bird's a menace -- Oh...no.

SEAMUSHeads up, everyone. Weasley'sgotten himself a Howler.

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NEVILLEGo on, Ron. I ignored one frommy Gran once... and it washorrible.

Ron looks pale. Clutched in Errol's beak is a DAMP REDENVELOPE. Hands shaking, he takes it, opens it, and...MRS. WEASLEY'S VOICE THUNDERS, sending plates and spoonsrattling.

MRS. WEASLEY (V.O.)RONALD WEASLEY! HOW DARE YOUSTEAL THAT CAR! I AMABSOLUTELY DISGUSTED! YOURFATHER'S NOW FACING AN INQUIRYAT WORK AND IT'S ENTIRELY YOURFAULT! IF YOU PUT ANOTHER TOE OUTOF LINE WE'LL BRING YOU STRAIGHTHOME!

(softening suddenly)Oh, and Ginny dear.Congratulations on makingGryffindor. Your father and I areso proud.

Ginny, sitting a bit apart from the others, looks upshyly, then returns to the SMALL BLACK BOOK she'sscribbling in. Ron watches the envelope RIP ITSELF TOPIECES, then endures HOWLS of LAUGHTER from the otherHouse tables. Colin Creevey snaps a few photos. Harrylooks sympathetically at Ron.

HARRYLook at it this way. How muchworse can things get?

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Gilderoy Lockhart paces before the class. Hermione andthe girls hang on his every word, while Harry and Ron eyethe LARGE, COVERED CAGE RATTLING mysteriously on his desk.

GILDEROY LOCKHARTLet me introduce you to your newDefense Against the Dark ArtsTeacher. Me. Gilderoy Lockhart,Order of Merlin, Third Class,Honorary Member of the Dark ForceDefense League and five timeswinner of Witch Weekly's Most-Charming-Smile Award -- But Idon't talk about that. I didn'tget rid of the Bandon Banshee bysmiling at her!

Lockhart awaits laughter. A few students smile weakly.

GILDEROY LOCKHARTI see you've all bought a completeset of my books. Well done. Ithought we'd start today with alittle quiz. Nothing to worryabout. Just to check how wellyou've read them, how much you'vetaken in...

Lockhart begins to circulate papers. Harry and Ronexamine the questions. Ron WHISPERS to Harry.

RONLook at these questions. They'reall about him.

HARRY'What is Gilderoy Lockhart'sfavorite color?'

RON'What is Gilderoy Lockhart'sgreatest achievement to date?'

HARRY'When is Gilderoy Lockhart'sbirthday and what would his idealgift be?'

GILDEROY LOCKHARTYou have thirty minutes. Start --now!

As quills begin to dart across pages, we --

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Lockhart rifles through the completed exams.

GILDEROY LOCKHARTTut, tut. Hardly any of youremembered my favorite color islilac. But Miss Hermione Grangerknew that my secret ambition is torid the world of evil and marketmy own range of hair care potions.Good girl.

Hermione beams. Lockhart's expression suddenly darkens.

GILDEROY LOCKHARTNow... be warned! It is my job toarm you against the foulestcreatures known to wizardkind!You may find yourself facing yourown worst fears in this room.Know only that no harm can befallyou whilst I am here...

With a showman's flair, Lockhart turns slowly to the cage.

GILDEROY LOCKHARTI must ask you not to scream. Itmight provoke them.

A pale Neville draws back. Harry and Ron lean forward.Lockhart lets the tension build, then WHIPS off thecover. Inside the cage are several electric blueCREATURES. Eight inches tall, with pointed faces andwings, they rattle the bars and pull bizarre faces at thestudents.

SEAMUSCornish pixies?

GILDEROY LOCKHARTFreshly caught Cornish pixies.

Unable to control himself, Seamus SNORTS with laughter.

GILDEROY LOCKHARTLaugh if you will, Mr. Finnegan,but pixies can be devilishlytricky little blighters. Let'ssee what you make of them now!

Lockhart flings open the cage. Instantly, the pixiesrocket about, spraying the students with ink bottles,BREAKING BEAKERS and shredding books. Two SEIZE Nevilleby the ears, lift him into the air, and begin to circlethe ceiling.

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GILDEROY LOCKHARTCome on now, round them up, roundthem up. They're only pixies.

(brandishing his wand)Peskipiski Pesternomi!

The spell has absolutely no effect. A particularlyobnoxious pixie makes a face, seizes Lockhart's wand andtosses it out the window. Lockhart joins the stampede tothe door.

GILDEROY LOCKHARTI'll ask you three to just nip therest of them back into their cage.

SLAMMING the door, he's gone. Harry, Ron and Hermionestand blinking. Ron swats a pixie gnawing his ear.

RONWhat do we do now?

HERMIONE(raising her wand)

Immobilus!

The pixies FREEZE IN MIDAIR. Neville falls, PLOPS ontoLockhart's desk, shaken but unhurt. He looks atHermione.

NEVILLEWhy is it always me?

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Fresh from the pixies, Hermione, Ron, Harry and Nevillewalk. Hair askew. Robes shredded.

RONCan you believe him?

HERMIONEI'm sure Professor Lockhart justwanted to give us some hands-onexperience.

HARRYHands on? Hermione, he didn'thave a clue what he was doing.

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HERMIONERubbish. Read his books. You'llsee all the amazing things he'sdone.

RONHe says he's done.

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45 EXT. HOGWARTS - COURTYARD - DAY 45

The Gryffindor Quidditch team -- Harry, Fred, George,ALICIA SPINNET, KATIE BELL, and ANGELINA JOHNSON -- trailOliver Wood through the courtyard, toward the distantQuidditch pitch. Several students are outside, studying.

WOODI spent the summer devising awhole new Quidditch program.We're going to train earlier,harder, and longer!

(squinting)What the... I don't believe it!

Crossing the courtyard from the other side are SEVEN BOYSin GREEN ROBES, also carrying broomsticks. At their leadis MARCUS FLINT, trollish Slytherin Captain. Ron,sitting at a table with Hermione, looks up.

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RONUh-oh. I smell trouble.

WOODClear out, Flint! I booked thepitch for Gryffindor today.

FLINTEasy, Wood. I've got a note.

As Wood snatches the PARCHMENT from Flint's hand, Ron andHermione come up to join the others.

WOOD'I, Professor Severus Snape, dohereby give the Slytherin teampermission to practice today,owing to the need to train theirnew Seeker.'

(looking up)You've got a new Seeker? Who?

A pasty-faced boy pushes to the front. It's... Malfoy.

HARRYDraco?

DRACOThat's right. And that's not allthat's new this year...

As one, the seven Slytherins hold out seven brand-newGLEAMING BROOMSTICKS. The Gryffindors look stunned.

RONThose are Nimbus Two ThousandOnes.

FLINTA generous gift from Draco'sfather.

DRACOThat's right, Weasley. You see,unlike some, my father can affordto buy the best.

HERMIONEAt least no one on the Gryffindorteam had to buy their way in.They got in on pure talent.

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DRACONo one asked your opinion, youfilthy little Mudblood.

Everyone reacts as if Malfoy has said something horrific-- everyone save Harry, who looks puzzled. Instantly,Fred and George fly for Draco's throat. Oliver Woodholds them back.

WOODSave it for the match.

RONYou'll pay for that one, Malfoy!

(whips out his wand)Eat slugs!

Ron points his cracked wand at Malfoy. PFFT! -- a BOLTof GREEN LIGHT scissors out the wrong end, hitting Ronhimself in the stomach. As he drops to the grass,Hermione runs to him

HERMIONERon! Say something!

Ron opens his mouth and... BELCHES. Hermione draws back,and watches a TRIO of SLUGS dribble out his mouth. TheSlytherins CROW with LAUGHTER. Angrily, Ron rises, onlyto BELCH again. Fascinated, Colin Creevey runs up withhis camera.

COLINWow! Can you hold him still,Harry?!

HARRYGet out of the way, Colin!

(to Hermione)Let's take him to Hagrid. He'llknow what to do.

46 INT. HAGRID'S HUT - DAY 46

Hagrid rummages about, looking for something.

HAGRIDGot jus' the thing. Set 'im downon that chair o'er there.

As Ron sits, Hagrid pitches a BUCKET between his knees.Harry and Hermione glance up questioningly. Hagridshrugs.

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HAGRIDBetter out than in. Who was hetryin' ter curse anyway?

HARRYMalfoy. He called Hermione, well,I don't know exactly what itmeans...

HERMIONE(quietly)

He called me a Mudblood.

HAGRIDHe didn'!

Harry looks confused. Hermione glances at him, thenaway, obviously pained by this.

HERMIONEIt means dirty blood. Mudblood'sa really foul name for someone whowas Muggle-born. Someone withnon-magic parents. Someone...like me. It's not a term oneusually hears in civilizedconversation.

HAGRIDYeh see, Harry. There are somewizards -- like Malfoy's family --who think they're better thaneveryone else 'cause they're whatpeople call pureblood.

HARRYThat's horrible.

RON(BELCHES forth a slug)

It's disgusting!

HAGRIDAn' it's codswallop ter boot.Dirty blood. There's 'ardly awizard today that's not half-bloodor less. If we 'adn't marriedMuggles we'd've died out long ago.Besides, they haven't invented aspell our Hermione can't do...

(taking her shoulder)Don' you think on it, Hermione.Don' you think on it fer a minute.

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49 INT. GILDEROY LOCKHART'S OFFICE - EVENING (HOURS LATER) 49

CAMERA PANS the walls of Lockhart's office, lined withFRAMED PHOTOGRAPHS of... Gilderoy Lockhart. Harry andLockhart work by candlelight at an ornate desk. Bleary-eyed, Harry addresses envelopes, while a cheery Lockhartputs his signature to the stack of GLOSSY PHOTOS bearinghis image.

GILDEROY LOCKHARTHarry, Harry, Harry... Can youpossibly imagine a better way toserve detention than by helping meanswer my fan mail?

Harry forces a smile.

GILDEROY LOCKHARTFame's a fickle friend, Harry.Celebrity is as celebrity does.Remember that.

Harry nods, glancing gloomily at the towering stack ofenvelopes that remain. Dipping his quill, he starts towrite, when... a CHILLY VOICE fills the room.

VOICECome... come to me...

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HARRYWhat?

GILDEROY LOCKHARTI was saying, six solid months atthe top of the bestseller list!Broke all records!

HARRYNo... not you, that... voice.

GILDEROY LOCKHARTVoice?

HARRYThat... voice. Didn't you hearit?

GILDEROY LOCKHARTWhat are you talking about, Harry?I think we're getting a bitdrowsy. Great Scott -- and nowonder -- look at the time! We'vebeen here nearly four hours!Dinner's nearly done! If youhurry you might make pudding.Spooky how the time flies whenone's having fun!

HARRYSpooky.

49A INT. CORRIDOR - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 49A

Harry passes quickly through the lengthening shadows ofthe empty corridor, when...

VOICEBlood... I smell blood...

Harry stops cold, looking around for the source of thevoice.

VOICELet me rip you... let me killyou...

Harry steps to the wall, playing his fingers along thestone, then begins walk, slowly at first, then morequickly, as if following something, moving faster andfaster, rounding the corner and coming face to facewith... Hermione and Ron.

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HERMIONEHarry!

HARRYDid you hear it?

RONHear what?

HARRYThat... voice.

HERMIONEVoice? What voice?

HARRY(eyes darting around)

I heard it first in Lockhart'soffice and then again, just --

VOICEKill... Time to kill...

As Harry stiffens, Hermione and Ron study him curiously.

HARRYIt's moving. I think it's goingto... kill.

Harry runs off. Hermione and Ron exchange a glance,follow.

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58 INT. MARBLE STAIRCASE - MOMENTS LATER 58

Harry dashes madly, taking the steps three at a time. Hemakes the landing, rushes through the archway, and...

59 INT. SECOND FLOOR CORRIDOR - SECOND FLOOR - NIGHT 59

... sleds to a stop, listening: Nothing. Slowly, hepeers down. WATER is oozing over the stone floor,surrounding his shoes. His own REFLECTION appears and,behind it, undulating like a dream... WORDS. Ron andHermione come huffing up.

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RONHarry, what are you doing?

He points. SHIMMERING on the wall are the words he sawreflected in water.

THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS HAS BEEN OPENED

ENEMIES OF THE HEIR... BEWARE.

HERMIONE'The Chamber of Secrets has beenopened...?'

RONWhat's that? Hanging underneath?

HARRYThat's Filch's cat. Mrs. Norris.

The cat hangs stiffly by her tail from a torch bracket,eyes open and blank. Harry's eyes shift to the adjacentWINDOW: near the topmost pane, SPIDERS scuttle up asilvery thread, fight to get through a crack in theglass.

HERMIONELook at that. Have you ever seenspiders act like that? Ron...?

RON(backing away)

I... don't... like... spiders.

Suddenly, the stairwell is alive with VOICES and, secondslater, dozens of students stream forth, CHATTERING...when they stop, seeing the wall and, standing before it,Harry, Ron and Hermione. A thudding SILENCE falls. ThenDraco pushes forward, eyes the wall, and grins nastily.

DRACOEnemies of the heir, beware!You'll be next, Mudbloods!

Draco's eyes find Hermione, just as Filch appears.

FILCHWhat's going on here? Go on now!Make way...

(stopping dead)Mrs. Norris!

(rounding on Harry)You! You've murdered my cat!I'll kill you! I'll --

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DUMBLEDOREArgus!

Dumbledore marches forward, trailed by a phalanx ofteachers. Seeing the wall, Dumbledore's face darkens.

DUMBLEDOREEveryone will proceed to theirdormitories immediately.

(to Harry, Ron, Hermione)

Everyone except you three.

As the corridor empties, Dumbledore steps to the walland, with extreme gentleness, removes Mrs. Norris.

GILDEROY LOCKHARTIt was definitely a curse thatkilled her -- probably theTransmogrifian Torture.Encountered it myself once, inOuagadougou. The full story's inmy autobiography...

DUMBLEDOREShe's not dead, Argus. She's beenPetrified.

GILDEROY LOCKHARTPrecisely! So unlucky I wasn'tthere. I know the verycountercurse that could havespared her...

DUMBLEDOREBut how she's been Petrified... Icannot say.

FILCH(pointing at Harry)

Ask him! It's him that's done it.You saw what he wrote on the wall!Besides, he knows I'm -- I'm aSquib.

HARRYIt's not true, sir! I swear! Inever touched Mrs. Norris -- And Idon't even know what a Squib is.

FILCHRubbish! He saw my Kwikspellletter!

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SNAPEIf I might, Headmaster...

The others turn, watch Snape separate from the shadows.

SNAPEPerhaps Potter and his friendswere simply in the wrong place atthe wrong time...

Harry and the others blink. Could Snape be defendingthem?

SNAPEHowever, the circumstances aresuspicious. I, for one, don'trecall seeing Potter at dinner.

GILDEROY LOCKHARTI'm afraid that's my doing,Severus. You see, Harry washelping me answer my fan mail...

As Snape's lip curls in disgust, Hermione leaps in.

HERMIONEThat's why Ron and I went lookingfor him, Professor. We'd justfound him when Harry said...

SNAPE(raising an eyebrow)

Yes, Miss Granger?

HARRYWhen I said I wasn't hungry. Wewere heading back to the CommonRoom and... found Mrs. Norris.

Snape eyes Harry coldly, knowing he's lying. Harry looksaway... and finds Dumbledore studying him as well.

DUMBLEDOREInnocent until proven guilty.

FILCHMy cat has been Petrified! I wantto see some punishment!

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DUMBLEDOREWe will be able to cure her,Argus. As I understand it, MadamSprout has a very healthy growthof Mandrakes. When they havematured, a potion will be madewhich will revive Mrs. Norris. Inthe meantime, I advise caution.To all.

60 OMITTED 60

60A INT. CORRIDOR - NIGHT (A BIT LATER) 60A

Harry, Ron and Hermione walk down the corridor.

RONA Squib's someone who's born intoa wizarding family but hasn't gotany powers of their own. It's whyFilch is trying to learn magicfrom a Kwikspell course. It'salso why he hates students somuch. He's bitter.

Hermione, who's only been half-listening -- as if tryingto unravel something in her mind -- speaks then.

HERMIONEHarry. This voice. You said youheard it first in Lockhart'soffice?

HARRYYes.

HERMIONEAnd did he hear it?

HARRYHe said he didn't.

RONMaybe he was lying.

HERMIONEI hardly think someone withGilderoy Lockhart's credentialswould lie to one of his students,Ronald. Besides, if you recall,we didn't hear anything either.

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HARRYYou do believe me, don't you?

HERMIONE'Course we do. It's just... it'sa bit weird, isn't it? You hearthis voice and then... Mrs. Norristurns up Petrified.

HARRYI can't explain it -- it was...scary.

(frowning)D'you think I should've told them!-- Dumbledore and the others, I mean.

RONAre you mad!

HERMIONENo, Harry. Even in the wizardingworld, hearing voices isn't a goodsign.

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62 INT. PROFESSOR McGONAGALL'S CLASSROOM - MORNING

McGonagall stands before the class. Resting on the deskin front of each student, is a different animal.

PROFESSOR McGONAGALLToday, we will be turning animalsinto water goblets.

She taps the bird in front of her, three times, with the tipof her wand. It transfigures into a beautiful crystal watergoblet.

PROFESSOR McGONAGALLNow, who would like to go first...Mr. Weasley?

Ron nods. He TAPS his rat, Scabbers, who turns into agoblet with a tail.

PROFESSOR McGONAGALLYou must replace that wand, Mr.Weasley.

Ron nods sheepishly, looks at his broken wand.

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McGonagall sees Hermione's raised hand. Her untouchedanimal.

PROFESSOR McGONAGALLYes, Miss Granger?

HERMIONEProfessor, I was wondering if youcould tell us about the Chamber ofSecrets?

A HUSH falls over the class.

PROFESSOR McGONAGALLMy subject is Transfiguration,Miss Granger.

HERMIONEYes, Professor. But there seemsto be very little written aboutthe Chamber of Secrets. For thoseof us with a personal interest inthe subject, that is...disturbing.

Malfoy regards Hermione with chilly amusement.McGonagall considers Hermione's question for a longmoment, then nods.

PROFESSOR McGONAGALLVery well. You all know, ofcourse, that Hogwarts was foundedover a thousand years ago by thefour greatest witches and wizardsof the age:

(MORE)

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PROFESSOR McGONAGALL (CONT'D)Godric Gryffindor, HelgaHufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, andSalazar Slytherin. Three of thefounders co-existed quiteharmoniously. One did not.

RONThree glasses who?

PROFESSOR McGONAGALLSalazar Slytherin wished to bemore selective about the studentsadmitted to Hogwarts. He believedthat magical learning should bekept within all-magic families.In other words, purebloods.Unable to sway the others, hedecided to leave the school.

(a beat)According to legend, Slytherin hadbuilt a hidden chamber in thiscastle, known as the Chamber ofSecrets. Shortly beforedeparting, he sealed it until thattime when his own true heirreturned to the school. The heiralone would be able to open theChamber of Secrets and unleash thehorror within, and by so doing,purge the school of all those who,in Slytherin's view, were unworthyto study magic.

HERMIONEMuggle-borns.

PROFESSOR McGONAGALLYes. Naturally, the school has beensearched many times for such achamber. It has never been found.

HERMIONEProfessor, what exactly doeslegend tell us lies within theChamber?

PROFESSOR McGONAGALLThe Chamber is said to be home tosomething which the heir of Slytherinalone can control. It is said to behome... to a monster.

Ron's eyes shift. Malfoy sits calmly, smiling tohimself.

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Harry, Hermione, and Ron thread their way through theteeming corridor. Up ahead, Malfoy walks with Crabbe andGoyle.

ROND'you think it's true? D'youthink there really is a Chamber ofSecrets?

HERMIONEYes. Couldn't you tell:McGonagall's worried. All theteachers are.

HARRYBut if there really is a Chamberof Secrets, and it's really beenopened, that means...

HERMIONEThe Heir of Slytherin has returnedto Hogwarts. The question is, whois it?

RON(in mock puzzlement)

Let's think. Who do we know whothinks Muggle-borns are scum.

HERMIONE(eyeing Malfoy ahead)

If you're talking about him --

RONOf course! You heard him:'You'll be next, Mudbloods'!

HERMIONEI heard him. But Malfoy? TheHeir of Slytherin?

HARRYMaybe Ron's right, Hermione. Imean, look at his family. Thewhole lot of them have been inSlytherin for centuries.

RONCrabbe and Goyle must know. Maybewe could trick them intotelling...

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HERMIONENo. Even they aren't that thick.But there might be another way.Mind you, it would be difficult.Not to mention we'd be breakingabout fifty school rules. And itwould be dangerous. Verydangerous.

RONWhen do we start?

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In a dark nook, Harry, Ron and Hermione huddle round abook entitled Moste Potente Potions. The spotted pagesare littered with DISTURBING ILLUSTRATIONS.

HERMIONEHere it is: 'The PolyjuicePotion. Properly brewed, thePolyjuice Potion allows thedrinker to transform himselftemporarily into the physical formof another...'

RONYou mean, Harry and I drink someof this stuff and we turn intoCrabbe and Goyle?

HERMIONEYes.

RONWicked! Malfoy'll tell us anything!

HERMIONEExactly. But it's tricky. I'venever seen a more complicatedpotion. Lacewing flies, leeches,fluxweed. And, of course, we'llneed a bit of whoever we want tochange into too.

RONHang on now. I'm drinking nothingwith Crabbe's toenails in it.

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HARRYHow long will it take to make?

HERMIONEA month.

HARRYA month? But if Malfoy is theheir of Slytherin... he couldattack half the Muggle-borns inthe school by then.

HERMIONEYou didn't have to tell me that.

65 EXT. QUIDDITCH STADIUM - DAY 65

We join the Quidditch match in mid-game. The CROWDROARS, watching as Slytherin Chasers, bent low over theirnew brooms, jet past the overmatched Gryffindors.

HAGRIDGallopin' Gorgons! Slytherin'sflyin' like they got dragon firein their brooms...

Ron fumes, looking as though he takes Slytherin'sdominance personally. Taking Hagrid's GIANT BINOCULARS,he trains them on the FACULTY BOX -- where Lucius Malfoysits next to Snape.

Harry circles high above the pitch, searching for theGolden Snitch. Suddenly, Malfoy streaks by overhead.

DRACOAll right there, Scarhead?

Harry turns, eyes Malfoy malevolently. Behind him, aBLUDGER drops INTO FRAME, begins to streak toward hishead.

GEORGEHARRY! WATCH OUT!

Harry wheels and at the last possible moment, slips theWHISTLING Bludger. CRACK! George swoops down, BATS itaway. Harry turns, watches it soar away, then blinks:the Bludger turns, streaks right back at him. Harry JETSOFF.

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HAGRID(from the stands)

Blimey, Harry's got 'imself aRogue Bludger!

RONRogue Bludger?

HAGRIDLook fer yerself! It's bin'tampered with!

Harry executes a series of zigs, zags, loops and rolls,trying to shake the Bludger, but the Bludger isrelentless.

Ron instinctively draws his wand, begins to point ittoward Harry and the Bludger, when... Hermione's handintercedes. She glances knowingly at his fractured wand.

HERMIONEYou're joking, right? Besides,even with a proper wand, it's toorisky. You could hit Harry.

As Harry frantically dips and dives, Malfoy cruises by.

DRACOTraining for the ballet, Potter?

Harry glances at Malfoy's sneering face. BUZZING inchesabove Malfoy's left ear is... the GOLDEN SNITCH. HarryCHARGES. Malfoy GULPS, swings clear, and watches Harryrocket past.

As Harry chases the plummeting Snitch, Malfoy FOLLOWS INHOT PURSUIT. They RACE DOWNWARD, trailing the HISSINGSNITCH deep into the TRENCH circling the pitch. Shoulderto shoulder, they RACE MADLY, driving and dodging thewooden support beams that crisscross their path.Directly behind them, the Bludger FOLLOWS, SHATTERING theBEAMS as it dogs Harry.

Malfoy KICKS Harry, forcing him to the edge of thetrench. Harry BRUSHES the wall, battling for control.Malfoy turns, SNICKERS, then looks back... and findshimself heading smack into a wooden beam. Panicked, hetries to pull up. Too late. Broom meets beam and Malfoyspirals out of the trench and -- THWUMP! -- flat on hisback in the middle of the pitch.

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Harry continues on, CLOSING on the Snitch, fingertipsonly inches from catching it... when... the Rogue BludgerSMASHES INTO Harry's arm.

Harry cries out, steadies himself and with a brilliant,acrobatic move, SNATCHES the Snitch out of the air withhis good hand. Unable to control his broom with hisshattered arm, he hits the pitch with a SICKENING THUD.

Wincing, Harry rolls onto his shoulders, SQUINTS UP: aBLACK DOT -- growing rapidly LARGER -- is plummeting fromthe sky, directly toward him. It's... the rogue Bludger.Instantly, Harry spins away, grimacing in agony, as theBludger...

... hits the ground like a SLEDGE HAMMER, violentlyTATTOOING the pitch again and again, only inches fromHarry. Calmly, Hermione strides forth, points her wand.

HERMIONEFinite Incantatem!

The Bludger hangs briefly in the air. Slowly ceasesspinning. Drops heavily to the pitch. Harry exhales,relieved, only to recall the searing pain in his arm. AsCONCERNED FACES swim above him, one particular facepushes through the others:

GILDEROY LOCKHARTNot to worry, Harry. I'll fixthat arm of yours straight away.

HARRYNo... no... not you.

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GILDEROY LOCKHARTPoor boy doesn't know what he'ssaying. This won't hurt a bit...

Lockhart TWIRLS his WAND, Harry braces himself, and...nothing. He blinks, looks up: the faces -- which nowinclude Ron, Hermione, and Hagrid -- look horror-stricken.

GILDEROY LOCKHARTAh. Yes. Well, that cansometimes happen. The point is,the bones are no longer broken.

HAGRIDBrok'n? He doesn't 'ave any bonesat all!

Harry looks: his arm looks like an empty rubber glove.

66 INT. HOSPITAL WING - DAY 66

A dazed Malfoy slumps out with Crabbe and Goyle. Ron,standing by Harry's bed with Hermione, grins, thenwatches MADAM POMFREY pour out a STEAMING BEAKERFUL OFLIQUID from a bottle of SKELE-GRO. A group ofGryffindors, including some of his teammates, standnearby.

MADAM POMFREYHe should have been broughtstraight to me! I can mend bonesin a heartbeat -- but growing themback --

HERMIONEYou will be able to, won't you?

MADAM POMFREYI'll be able to, certainly, but itwill be painful. You're in for arough night, Potter. Regrowingbones is nasty business.

Harry takes the steaming cup and drinks. Grimaces.

MADAM POMFREYWell, what did you expect --pumpkin juice?

FLASH! Harry blinks, sees Colin Creevey standing there.

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COLINThat was brilliant today, Harry!Brilliant!

MADAM POMFREYOut! All of you! This boy's gotthirty-three bones to regrow!

67 INT. HOSPITAL WING - NIGHT 67

Harry fidgets in the darkness, half-asleep, then... hiseyelids flutter slowly open...

HARRY'S MOVING POV

From the shadows that cling to the ceiling... to thelattice-work of moonlight that burns softly on the wallsaround him...

BACK TO SCENE

He SENSES something... a presence... when...

Five BANDAGED FINGERS ENTER FRAME, begin to SPONGE hisbrow. Harry bolts upright, finds...

HARRYDobby!

DOBBYHarry Potter came back to school.Dobby warned him. Harry Pottershould have listened to Dobby.Harry Potter should have gone backhome when he missed the train.

HARRY(pushing the sponge away)

It was you! You stopped thebarrier from letting Ron and methrough!

DOBBYIndeed yes, sir. Dobby hid andwatched for Harry Potter andsealed the gateway.

HARRYYou nearly got Ron and meexpelled!

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DOBBYAt least you would be away fromhere. Harry Potter must go home!Dobby thought his Bludger would beenough to make Harry Potter see --

HARRYYour Bludger? You made thatBludger chase after me?

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DOBBYDobby feels most aggrieved, sir.

(waggling his fingers)Dobby had to iron his hands...

HARRYYou'd better clear off before mybones come back, Dobby, or I mightstrangle you!

DOBBY(smiling weakly)

Dobby is used to death threats,sir. Dobby gets them five times aday at home.

HARRYI don't suppose you could tell mewhy you're trying to kill me?

DOBBYNot kill you, sir, never kill you!Dobby remembers how it was beforeHarry Potter triumphed over He WhoMust Not Be Named. We house elveswere treated like vermin, sir. Ofcourse, Dobby is still treatedlike vermin...

Dobby HONKS his nose on the filthy pillowcase he wears.

HARRYWhy do you wear that thing, Dobby?

DOBBYThis, sir? 'Tis a mark of thehouse elf's enslavement. Dobbycan only be freed if his masterpresents him with clothes. Thefamily is careful not to passDobby so much as a sock, sir, forthen he would be free to leavetheir house forever.

Dobby's ears QUIVER, detecting... FOOTSTEPS. HeWHISPERS.

DOBBYTerrible things are about tohappen at Hogwarts! Harry Pottermust not stay here now thathistory is to repeat itself!

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HARRYRepeat itself? You mean, this hashappened before?

Dobby seizes the Skele-Gro, BEATS himself about the head.

HARRYTell me, Dobby? When did thishappen before? Who's doing itnow?

DOBBYDobby cannot say, sir. Dobby onlywants Harry Potter to be safe.

HARRYNo, Dobby! Tell me! Who is it?

CRACK! Dobby is gone. SHADOWS flicker beyond theCURTAIN encircling Harry's bed. Harry slumps down...peers through a slit in the curtains. Dumbledore, in anightcap, and McGonagall, in a tartan robe, heave a SMALLSTATUE onto an empty bed. Seconds later, Madam Pomfreybustles in.

MADAM POMFREYWhat's happened?

DUMBLEDOREThere's been another attack.

Madam Pomfrey GASPS. It is not a statue lying there. Itis Colin Creevey, CAMERA still clutched to his eye.

PROFESSOR McGONAGALLPerhaps he managed to get apicture of his attacker...

Dumbledore opens the camera. A JET OF STEAM HISSESforth.

PROFESSOR McGONAGALLWhat does this mean, Albus?

DUMBLEDOREIt means our students are in greatdanger, Minerva. Mr. Creevey wasfortunate. If not for this...

(holding up the camera)He would surely be dead.

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PROFESSOR McGONAGALLWhat sould I tell the staff,Albus?

DUMBLEDORETell them the truth. Tell themHogwarts is no longer safe. Tellthem it's as we feared. TheChamber of Secrets is indeed openagain.

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68A EXT. GIRLS BATHROOM 68A

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A gloomy place. Cracked mirrors. Chipped sinks.Guttering candles. Harry and Ron huddle over a SMALL,BUBBLING CAULDRON, as Hermione adds STRANGE INGREDIENTS.

HERMIONEAgain? You mean, the Chamber ofSecrets has been opened before?

RONOf course! Don't you see? LuciusMalfoy must've opened it when hewas at school here, and now he'stold Draco how to do it.

HERMIONEMaybe. We'll have to wait for thePolyjuice Potion to know for sure.

RONEnlighten me. Why are webrewing this potion in broaddaylight, in the middle of agirls' lavatory? Don't you thinkwe'll get caught?

HERMIONENever. No one over comes in here.

RONWhy?

HERMIONEMoaning Myrtle.

RONWho's Moaning Myrtle?

There is a LOUD, PIERCING SCREECH, and the GHOST OF AYOUNG GIRL COMES RACING OUT OF THE WALL. FACE TO FACEwith Ron.

MOANING MYRTLEI'm Moaning Myrtle. I wouldn'texpect you to know me. Whowould ever talk about fat, ugly,miserable, moping, moaningMyrtle?

Myrtle SOBS LOUDLY, DIVES head first into the toilet.

HERMIONEShe's a little sensitive.

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NOTICE-BOARD: DUELING CLUB! First Meeting Tonight. AGOLDEN STAGE has been erected. Lockhart struts atop it.Harry, Ron, Hermione and good number of other studentswatch.

GILDEROY LOCKHARTGather round! Gather round! Caneveryone see me? Can you all hearme? Excellent. In light of thedark events of recent weeks,Professor Dumbledore has grantedme permission to start this littleDueling Club, to train you all upin case you ever need to defendyourselves as I myself have doneon countless occasions -- for fulldetails, see my published works.

The boy next to Harry, JUSTIN-FINCH FLETCHLEY, turns tohim.

JUSTIN FINCH-FLETCHLEYThat Lockhart's something, isn'the? Awfully brave chap.

(offering his hand)Justin Finch-Fletchley.Hufflepuff.

HARRYNice to meet you. I'm --

JUSTIN FINCH-FLETCHLEYI know who you are. We all do.Even us Muggle-borns.

Justin grins agreeably, looks back to the stage, whereProfessor Snape has joined Lockhart.

GILDEROY LOCKHARTLet me introduce my assistantProfessor Snape. He hassportingly agreed to help me witha short demonstration. Now Idon't want any of you youngstersto worry. You'll still have yourPotions Master when I'm throughwith him, never fear!

RONWhat's the fun in that?

Lockhart and Snape face each other and bow. They turn,walk ten paces, then... SPIN... wands poised like swords.

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GILDEROY LOCKHARTAs you can see, we are holding ourwands in the accepted combativeposition. On the count of three,we will cast our first spells.Neither of us will be aiming tokill, of course.

HARRY(eyeing Snape)

I wouldn't bet on that.

GILDEROY LOCKHARTOne-two-three --

SNAPEExpelliarmus!

A dazzling flash of SCARLET LIGHT bursts forth and BLASTSLockhart off his feet and into the wall behind.

HERMIONEDo you think he's all right?

HARRY/RONWho cares?

GILDEROY LOCKHART(rising unsteadily)

Well, there you have it. That wasa Disarming Charm. As you see,I've lost my wand.

GILDEROY LOCKHART(as Hermione returns it)

Ah, thank you, Miss Granger. Yes,an excellent idea to show themthat, Professor Snape, but if youdon't mind my saying so, it wasvery obvious what you were aboutto do. If I had wanted to stopyou it would have been only tooeasy...

SNAPEPerhaps it would be prudent tofirst teach the students to blockunfriendly spells, Professor.

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GILDEROY LOCKHARTAn excellent suggestion, ProfessorSnape. Let's have a volunteerpair. Potter, Weasley, how aboutyou?

SNAPEWeasley's wand causes devastationwith the simplest spells. We'llbe sending Potter to the hospitalwing in a matchbox. Might Isuggest someone from my own house.Malfoy, perhaps.

Malfoy and Harry eye each other malevolently as they taketheir places onstage. Grudgingly, they bow to eachother.

DRACOScared, Potter?

HARRYYou wish.

They turn, walk ten paces, then WHIRL, wands poised.

GILDEROY LOCKHARTWands at the ready! When I countto three, cast your charms todisarm your opponent -- only todisarm. We don't want anyaccidents. One, two --

Malfoy FIRES early, knocking Harry off his feet with aBLAST of WHITE LIGHT. He jumps up, points his wand.

HARRYRictusempra!

A jet of SILVER LIGHT hits Malfoy dead in the stomach.He doubles up, WHEEZING.

GILDEROY LOCKHARTI said disarm only!

DRACOSerpensortia!

To Harry's horror, the tip of Malfoy's wand EXPLODES anda LONG BLACK SNAKE SLITHERS forth. Snape smiles withamusement.

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SNAPEDon't move, Potter. I'll get ridof it for you.

GILDEROY LOCKHARTAllow me!

Lockhart flicks his wand. BANG! The SNAKE flies intothe air, HISSES in rage, and slithers straight towardsJustin Finch-Fletchley. As students SCREAM, Harry --oddly calm -- approaches the snake. It rises, fangsexposed, poised to strike Justin.

HARRY(in Parseltongue)

Leave him!

The snake looks into Harry's eyes, then turns for Justin.

HARRY(in Parseltongue)

LEAVE HIM!

The snake hovers a moment more, then -- miraculously --slumps to the floor. Harry blinks, as if coming out of atrance, grins curiously at the snake, and offers his handto Justin.

JUSTIN-FINCH-FLETCHLEYWhat are you playing at?

Terrified, Justin backs away. Confused, Harry eyes thefaces around him. Malfoy looks shocked. Seamus andNeville's eyes glitter with fear. Ginny bolts the room.Snape waves his wand and the snake VANISHES in PUFF OFBLACK SMOKE, then regards Harry with a look that is bothshrewd and calculating.

RON(taking Harry's arm)

Come on. Move. Now.

71 INT. GRYFFINDOR COMMON ROOM - DAY (LATER) 71

Ron and Hermione usher Harry inside. Harry glances up,sees Ginny Weasley staring down at him from the top ofthe stairs. As their eyes meet, she turns for the girls'dormitory.

RONYou're a Parselmouth! Why didn'tyou tell us?

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HARRYI'm a what?

HERMIONEYou can talk to snakes.

HARRYI know. I mean, I accidentallyset a python on my cousin Dudleyat the zoo once. But so what? Ibet loads of people here can doit.

HERMIONENo. They can't. It's not a verycommon gift, Harry. This is bad.

HARRYWhat's bad? If I hadn't told thatsnake not to attack Justin --

RONOh, that's what you said to it.

HARRYYou were there! You heard me!

RONI heard you speaking Parseltongue.Snake language.

HARRYI spoke a different language? ButI didn't realize -- how can Ispeak a language without knowing Ican?

HERMIONEI don't know, Harry. But itsounded like you were egging thesnake on or something. It was...creepy.

As Gryffindors stream into the room, they eye Harrywarily. Even Seamus, Neville, and Dean Thomas walk bywithout a word.

HERMIONEHarry, listen out me. There's areason the symbol of Slytherinhouse is a serpent. SalazarSlytherin was a Parselmouth. Hecould talk to snakes too.

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RONExactly. And now the wholeschool's going to think you're hisgreat-great-great grandson orsomething.

HARRYBut I'm not. I... can't be.

HERMIONEHe lived a thousand years ago.For all we know... you could be.

72 EXT. HOGWARTS' LANDSCAPE - DAY 72

A heavy snow falls. Harry sits atop one of the toweringhills facing Hogwarts. Hedwig sits beside him.

HARRYWho am I, Hedwig? What am I?

73 INT. LIBRARY - NIGHT 73

The trio study. Harry, burdened by dark thoughts, looksup at Ron.

He smiles at Harry, then, seconds later, Hermione doesthe same -- something forced about it all. Unable tobear it, Harry gathers his books, gets up from the table.

As Harry walks, students glance up, meet his gaze, thenlook away. Even MADAM PINCE eyes him from her desk.Ginny Weasley, tired and pale, scribbles furiously in aSMALL BLACK BOOK.

Harry exits, walks into the hallway and pauses. Frominside a room, the VOICES of a group of Hufflepuffs canbe heard.

ERNIESo, anyway, I told Justin to hideup in our dormitory. I mean tosay, if Potter's marked him downas his next victim, it's best hekeep a low profile for a while.

HANNAHBut why would he want to attackJustin?

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ERNIEJustin let it slip to Potter thathe was Muggle-born.

HANNAHAnd you definitely think Potter'sthe Heir of Slytherin?

ERNIEHannah, he's a Parselmouth.Everyone knows that's the mark ofa dark wizard. Have you everheard of a decent one who couldtalk to snakes? They calledSlytherin himself Serpent-tongue.

(whispering darkly)Remember what was written on thewall: Enemies of the Heir Beware.Potter had some sort of run-inwith Filch. Next thing we know,Filch's cat's attacked. Thatfirst-year Creevey's been annoyingPotter. Then Creevey's attacked.

HANNAHHe always seems so nice, though.And, after all, he is the one whomade You Know Who disappear.

ERNIEThat's probably why You Know Whowanted to kill him in the firstplace. Didn't want another DarkLord competing with him.

Harry doesn't need to hear anymore. He slips quietlyaway.

74 INT. CORRIDOR - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 74

MUTTERING, Harry storms straight into Hagrid, whostands covered in snow, a DEAD ROOSTER dangling fromhis hand.

HAGRIDAll righ', Harry?

HARRYHagrid... what're you doinghere?

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HAGRID(holding up the rooster)

Second one killed this term.Reckon it's either foxes or aBlood-Suckin' Bugbear. NeedDumbledore's permission ter put acharm round the hen-coop. Yehsure yeh're all righ', Harry? Yehlook all hot an' bothered.

HARRYIt's nothing. I'd better getgoing. I've got a lot ofstudying...

75 INT. ANOTHER CORRIDOR - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 75

Harry enters, slows. Up ahead, in the light of aFLICKERING TORCH, something DARK lies. A WINDOWPANERATTLES in the WIND and the torch... goes out. Harrysteps closer, finds...

Justin-Finch-Fletchley. Lying rigid on the floor, a lookof shock on his frozen face. Nearby, an inert NearlyHeadless Nick floats, body teeming with BLACK SMOKE.Kneeling, Harry notices a TRAIL OF SPIDERS scuttling awayfrom Justin's body and out the loose windowpane... whensuddenly...

... Harry senses someone watching him, wheels:McGonagall.

HARRYProfessor, I swear I didn’t --

PROFESSOR McGONAGALLThis is out of my hands, Potter.Mr. Filch, will you take care ofthis, please?

Harry's eyes shift. Filch lurks in the shadows beyondMcGonagall. He steps forward, HISSES QUIETLY.

FILCHCaught in the act. I'll have youout this time, Potter. Mark mywords...

As McGonagall leads Harry away, he looks back. Filchstares at Justin and Nick, then turns. CAMERA DOLLYSAWAY FROM HIM.

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FILCHDark magic. That's what you'vegot, Potter. Even the air youbreathe comes out poison. You'reevil. Evil as they come...

76 INT. GARGOYLE CORRIDOR - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 76

McGonagall marches Harry down to an UGLY STONE GARGOYLE.

PROFESSOR McGONAGALLSherbet lemon.

The Gargoyle SPRINGS TO LIFE, its wings opening.

PROFESSOR McGONAGALLProfessor Dumbledore will bewaiting for you.

McGonagall ushers Harry inside. It's an elevator. TheGargoyle's wings close. Harry rises to an upper floor.

77 INT. DUMBLEDORE'S OFFICE - NIGHT 77

Harry steps out of the Gargoyle's embrace and enters alarge, circular room. STRANGE SILVER INSTRUMENTS WHIRquietly. On a nearby shelf, the SORTING HAT sits. Harrycasts a wary eye at the PAST HEADMASTERS snoozing in thePORTRAITS around him. In the last portrait, theHeadmaster is awake, reading a book. He is PROFESSORDIPPET. Harry approaches the Sorting Hat, glancesaround, then places it atop his head.

SORTING HATBee in your bonnet, Potter?

HARRYWell, you see, I was wondering...

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SORTING HATIf I put you in the right house?Yes... you were particularlydifficult to place. But I standby what I said last year... youwould have done well in Slytherin.

Harry strips the hat off, tosses it back onto the shelf.

HARRYYou're wrong!

The hat sits motionless. Silent. Hearing a GAGGINGSOUND, Harry wheels, finds an OLD, DECREPIT BIRD (FAWKES)sitting on a GOLDEN PERCH. It wobbles, then... BURSTSINTO FLAMES. As Dumbledore enters, Harry looks horror-struck.

HARRYProfessor, your bird... I couldn'tdo anything... He just caughtfire.

DUMBLEDOREAbout time too. He's been lookingdreadful for days. Pity you hadto see him on a Burning Day. He'sreally very handsome most of thetime.

(off Harry's look)Fawkes is a phoenix, Harry.Phoenixes burst into flame when itis time for them to die and arereborn from the ashes.

Harry looks to the floor. The ASHES swirl. A babyFawkes pokes out his wrinkled head, blinking through thedust.

DUMBLEDOREFascinating creatures, phoenixes.They can carry immensely heavyloads, their tears have healingpowers, and they make highlyfaithful pets.

Just then, Hagrid -- still clutching the dead rooster --BURSTS through the door.

HAGRIDIt wasn't Harry, ProfessorDumbledore!

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DUMBLEDOREHagrid --

HAGRIDI was talkin' ter 'im jus' beforethat kid was found. It can't'vebin 'im!

DUMBLEDOREHagrid --

HAGRIDI'll swear ter it in front o' theMinistry o' Magic --

DUMBLEDOREHAGRID! I do not think that Harryhas attacked anyone.

HAGRIDOh. Right. I'll wait outsidethen.

As Hagrid exits, Harry looks hopefully at Dumbledore.

HARRYYou don't think it was me,Professor?

DUMBLEDORENo, Harry. But I must ask you...is there anything you'd like totell me. Anything at all?

Dumbledore waits. Harry debates. Finally...

HARRYNo, Professor. Nothing.

78 EXT. HOGWARTS CASTLE - DAY 78

Students drift into the snow with their trunks, headinghome for holiday. As Harry, Ron, and Hermione appear,Ernie and few others cast wary glances.

FREDMake way for the Heir ofSlytherin! Seriously evil wizardcoming through!

Ron grins, amused, then sees Harry -- anything but.

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RONOh, c'mon, Harry. Fred's justhaving a laugh.

HARRYHe's the only one.

RONOkay, so half the school thinksyou're nipping off to the Chamberof Secrets every night. Whocares?

HARRYMaybe they're right.

HERMIONE(reproachfully)

Harry!

HARRY(frustrated)

I didn't know I could speakParseltongue. What else don't Iknow about myself? Maybe you cando something... even somethinghorrible... and not know you didit.

HERMIONEYou don't believe that, Harry, Iknow you don't. And if it makesyou feel better, I just heardMalfoy's staying over for holiday,too.

RONWhy would that make anyone feelbetter?

HERMIONEBecause, in a few days, thePolyjuice Potion's will be ready.In a few days... we may truly knowwho is the Heir of Slytherin.

79 INT. GREAT HALL - NIGHT 79

The Christmas Feast. The Hall glimmers grandly assnowflakes tumble from the ceiling. Harry and Ron sitwith Hermione.

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HERMIONEEverything's set. We just need abit of who you're changing into.

HARRYCrabbe and Goyle.

HERMIONEAnd we also need to make sure thatthe real Crabbe and Goyle can'tburst in on us while we'reinterrogating Malfoy.

RONHow?

Hermione holds up a pair of SMALL CAKES.

HERMIONEI've got it all worked out. I'vefilled these with a simpleSleeping Draught. Simple, butpowerful.

Ron glances at Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle, who presentlyare eating everything in front of them.

HERMIONEYou know how greedy Crabbe andGoyle are. They won't leave theChristmas Feast until every lastdrop of trifle is gone.

(MORE)

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HERMIONE (CONT'D)Now, once they're asleep, hidethem in a broom cupboard and pullout a few of their hairs.

RONAnd whose hair are you ripping out?

HERMIONEI've already got mine.

She removes a SMALL VIAL. Inside is a TINY HAIR.

HERMIONEMillicent Bulstrode. She's inSlytherin. I got this off herrobes.

(rising)All right then... I'm going tocheck on the Polyjuice Potion.

Hermione points to the cakes in front of her.

HERMIONERemember. Just make sure Crabbeand Goyle find these.

Hermione exits. Ron looks at Harry.

RONHave you ever heard of a planwhere so many things could gowrong?

80 INT. ENTRANCE HALL - NIGHT (A BIT LATER) 80

Harry and Ron, lurking behind a SUIT OF ARMOR, watchCrabbe and Goyle exit the Great Hall.

Goyle spies the cakes instantly, perched on the end ofone of the banisters. Grabbing them, he reluctantlysurrenders one to Crabbe and, in unison, they stuff theminto their mouths. They pause. Look at each other. Andkeel flat onto their backs.

Harry and Ron dash out, drag Crabbe and Goyle across thefloor and into a cupboard.

81 INT. GIRLS' BATHROOM - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 81

Hermione, wearing a Slytherin robe, hovers over a smokingcauldron. Harry and Ron enter.

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HERMIONEDid you get it?

Harry and Ron hold up their hands. In each: a TUFT OFHAIR. Hermione points to a pair of SLYTHERIN ROBES.

HERMIONEI sneaked those out of thelaundry.

Harry and Ron nod, glance at the cauldron. The potionresembles a thick, dark, bubbling mud.

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HERMIONEI'm sure I've done everythingright. It looks like the booksaid it should. Once we've drunkit, we'll have exactly one hourbefore we change back intoourselves.

RONNow what?

HERMIONEWe separate it into three glassesand add the hairs.

Harry and Ron grimace.

CUT TO:

CLOSEUP - THE POTION

being poured into three glasses.

CAMERA PULLS BACK. Harry and Ron have changed into theSlytherin robes. All three raise their glasses. Dropthe hairs. The potion turns shades of YELLOW, BROWN, andKHAKI.

RONUgh. Essence of Crabbe...

They nod. DRINK. Ron swallows grimly, doubles over.

RONThink I'm gonna be sick...

He runs into a stall. Harry looks sick, steps to aCRACKED MIRROR. Hermione pauses. Looks worried.Something's wrong...

INSIDE THE STALL: Ron bends over the toilet, watches hisreflection morph into Crabbe.

IN THE CRACKED MIRROR: Harry watches his face contortinto the thick features of Goyle.

Hermione looks at her arm. Patches of fur begin tospread across her wrist and hand. Terrified, she RUNSinto a stall.

Ron emerges from his stall, a dead ringer for Crabbe.

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RONHarry?

HARRYRon?

RONBloody hell.

HARRYWe still sound like ourselves.You need to sound more likeCrabbe.

RON(adjusts voice)

Bloody hell.

HARRYLower.

RON(lower still)

Bloody hell.

HARRYLess intelligent.

RON(dumbing it down)

Bloody hell.

HARRYExcellent.

RONHey... Where's Hermione?

HERMIONE (O.S.)(from the stall)

I -- I don't think I'm going. Yougo on without me.

HARRYHermione, are you okay?

HERMIONE (O.S.)Just go! You're wasting time!

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Harry and Ron hurry down the staircase.

RONDon't swing your arms like that.Crabbe holds them sort of stiff.

Harry goes a bit more "Neanderthal."

RONYeah. That's better.

84 GLOOMY CORRIDOR/DUNGEONS - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 84

Harry and Ron move quickly, when... FOOTSTEPS sound.Seconds later, Percy appears at the end of the corridor.

RONWhat are you doing here?

Percy squints, confused by Ron's voice. Harry elbowsRon, who clears his throat and speaks in a lower voice.

RONWhat are you doing here?

PERCYI happen to be a prefect. You, onthe other hand, have no businesswandering the corridors at night.It's not safe these days.

Harry and Ron NOD, afraid to speak. Percy squints again.

PERCYWhat're your names again?

DRACOCrabbe. Goyle. Where have youbeen? Pigging out in the GreatHall all this time?

Draco is walking towards them, glances witheringly at Percy.

DRACOAnd what are you doing down here,Weasley?

PERCYMind your attitude, Malfoy. Youwant to show a little bit morerespect to a school Prefect!

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DRACOCome on, boys. Weasley thinkshe's going to catch Slytherin'shair single-handed.

Percy steams. Draco sneers, walks off with Harry andRon.

85 OMITTED 85

86 INT. SLYTHERIN COMMON ROOM - NIGHT (LATER) 86

Harry and Ron trail Draco inside, glance around warily.

DRACOListen to this...

Draco grabs The Daily Prophet, reads the front page.

DRACO'Arthur Weasley, Head of theMisuse of Muggle Artefacts Office,was today fined fifty Galleons forbewitching a Muggle car. "Weasleyhas brought the Ministry intodisrepute," said Lucius Malfoy, agovernor of Hogwarts. "He isclearly unfit to draw up our lawsand his ridiculous MuggleProtection Act should be scrappedimmediately."'

Grinning, Malfoy glances over the paper at Harry and Ron.

DRACOArthur Weasley loves Muggle somuch he should snap his wand inhalf and go join them. You'dnever know the Weasleys werepurebloods, the way they behave.Embarrassment to the wizardingworld. All of them.

Ron growls. Harry elbows him. Draco looks surprised.

DRACOWhat's up with you, Crabbe?

RON(low voice)

Stomachache.

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DRACOWell, go to the hospital wingand give all those Mudbloods a kickin the arse for me! You know, I'msurprised The Daily Prophet hasn'treported all these attacks yet. Isuppose Dumbledore's trying to hushit all up. He'll be sacked if itdoesn’t stop soon. Father alwayssaid Dumbledore's the worst thingthat's ever happened to this place.

HARRYYou're wrong!

DRACOWhat? Did you say that I waswrong? You think there's someonehere who's worse than Dumbledore?

Ron stiffens. Worried. Harry thinks, then:

HARRYHarry Potter.

DRACO(grinning)

Good one, Goyle. You'reabsolutely right. Saint Potter.He's another one with no properwizard feeling, or he wouldn't goaround with that Mudblood Granger.And people actually think he's theHeir of Slytherin.

Harry and Ron exchange a glance. Harry leans closer toDraco.

HARRYThen you must have some idea who'sbehind it all?

DRACOYou know I haven't, Goyle. Howmany times do I have to tell you?But my father did say this much:It's been fifty years since theChamber was opened. He wouldn'ttell me who opened it -- only thatthey were expelled -- but I knowthis: the last time the Chamberof Secrets was opened, a Mudblooddied.

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DRACO (CONT'D)So it's only a matter of timebefore one of them's killed thistime. As for me... I hope it'sGranger.

As Malfoy grins, Ron's fist rises... when Harry stopshim.

DRACOWhat's the matter with you two?You're acting very... odd.

RONHo!

Harry turns, sees Ron staring wide-eyed: Harry's SCAR isbeginning to surface beneath the skin of Goyle's thickforehead. And Crabbe's hair is... turning RED. Theyboth JUMP to their feet, DASHING out of the room.

DRACOHey! Where are you going?

87 INT. ENTRANCE HALL - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 87

As Harry and Ron race toward the stairs, the BROOM CLOSETbursts open and a woozy Crabbe and Goyle stagger out.They freeze -- watch themselves run up the staircase.

88 INT. SECOND FLOOR CORRIDOR - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 88

Harry and Ron sprint toward the desecrated wall, theirbodies metamorphosing, until, finally, as they hit thedoor...

89 INT. GIRLS BATHROOM - NIGHT 89

... They are fully themselves once more.

RONThat was close!

HARRYHermione, come out. We've gotloads to tell you!

HERMIONEGo away!

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As Harry and Ron exchange a puzzled glance, MoaningMyrtle spirals INTO VIEW, looking disturbingly...happy.

MOANING MYRTLEOoh, wait till you see. It'sawful!

The stall's lock slides back. The door opens slowly.

HERMIONE (O.S.)Do you remember me telling you thePolyjuice Potion was only forhuman transformations...?

Even in shadow, they can see: Hermione's face is coveredin FUR, her eyes YELLOW, and POINTED EARS poke throughher hair.

HERMIONEIt was cat hair I plucked offMillicent Bulstrode's robes! Lookat my face!

RONLook at your tail.

90 INT. HOSPITAL WING - DAY (TWO WEEKS LATER) 90

Staggering under the weight of the LIBRARY BOOKS in theirarms, Harry and Ron make their way to Hermione's bed,which is covered in... BOOKS.

HERMIONEOh, good. Put those anywhere.

They look. There is no anywhere. So they just... dropthem.

RONMadam Pince asked that we relay amessage to you, Hermione: She'dappreciate it if you'd leave a fewbooks for the rest of the school.

HERMIONEI've got to keep up, haven't I?

Just then, Hermione's tail twitches INTO VIEW.

RONIs that thing ever going away?

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HERMIONEAny day now, according to MadamPomfrey. I'm just thankful I'vestopped coughing up fur balls.

RONWe all are, believe me.

HERMIONENow. What about the Chamber ofSecrets? Any new leads?

HARRYNothing.

HERMIONEAnd has it gotten any better? Imean... is anyone speaking to you?

HARRYNeville asked to borrow a tubewormin Potions yesterday. I supposethat's something.

Ron takes a GET-WELL CARD from under Hermione's pillow.

RON'To Miss Granger. Wishing you aspeedy recovery, from yourconcerned teacher GilderoyLockhart.' You sleep with thisunder your pillow?

HERMIONEOf course not. I don't know howthat got there. Now go. I stillhave six hundred pages to read inTransformation Through the Ages.

91 OMITTED 91

92 EXT. SECOND-FLOOR CORRIDOR - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 92

Harry and Ron mount the stairs, emerge.

RONI know Hermione's mental, but canyou believe she falls for thatsmarmy nonsense of Lockhart's?

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They stop. Look down. A GREAT FLOOD OF WATER streamsfrom the Girls' Bathroom. From within, MYRTLE can beheard MOANING.

HARRYLooks like Myrtle's flooded thebathroom.

As Harry sploshes off toward the bathroom, Ron stepslightly.

RONYuck.

93 INT. GIRLS BATHROOM - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 93

HUGE, WRACKING MOANS echo off the dreary tile. All thetaps are running, streaming like tiny waterfalls. AsHarry and Ron step to the last cubicle, Myrtle spinsaccusingly.

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MOANING MYRTLECome to throw something else atme?

HARRYWhy would I throw something atyou?

MOANING MYRTLEDon’t ask me. Here I am, mindingmy own business, and someonethinks it's funny to throw a bookat me...

RONBut it can't hurt if someonethrows something at you. I mean,it'd just go right through you,wouldn't it?

MOANING MYRTLEOh sure! Let's all throw books atMyrtle, because she can't feel it!Ten points if you can get itthrough her stomach. Fifty pointsif it goes through her head!

HARRYWho threw it at you anyway?

MOANING MYRTLEI don't know. I didn't see them.I was just sitting in the U-bend,thinking about death and it fellthrough the top of my head.

Harry sees a SMALL BLACK BOOK on the floor. Picks it up.

RONFifty points if you can get itthrough her nose.

MOANING MYRTLEI HEARD THAT!

Harry and Ron dash out.

94 INT. CORRIDOR - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 94

Harry examines the book as he and Ron walk.

HARRYThis is a diary. And it's old...

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RONIt's a diary, it's old... and wasmost recently in a toilet, Harry.

Harry starts to open it... when Ron grabs his hand.

RONAre you mad? That could becursed. Dad once told me about abook the Ministry confiscated thatburned the eyes out of anyone whotried to read it.

HARRYI'll take my chances...

(opening it)Ahhh! MY EYES! MY EYES!

Ron freezes, terrified, when... Harry grins, ending theruse. At the end of corridor, Ginny stands, looking fromthe diary to Harry -- utter terror on her face -- thendashes off.

HARRYGinny! I was only joking --Brilliant. Even your sisterthinks I'm the monster now.

RONWho doesn't?

Ron frowns suddenly. On the first page on the diary,EMBOSSED LETTERS spell out a name: TOM MARVOLO RIDDLE.

RONTin Marvolo Riddle? Hang on. Iknow that name...

(thinking, then)Of course! The night I haddetention... My job was to polishthe silver in the trophy room. Iremember because I kept burpingslugs all over Tom Riddle'strophy. I must have wiped slimeoff his name for an hour.

Harry fans the pages. They're empty.

HARRYThat's odd. He never wrote in it.

95 INT. HOSPITAL WING - LATER THAT NIGHT 95

CLOSEUP: DIARY. A GOLD EMBOSSED ADDRESS on the backreads: WAXFLATTER'S BOOKSELLERS. 422 VAUXHALL ROAD.

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CAMERA PULLS BACK. Harry sits with Hermione in themoonlit room. Hermione studies the diary curiously.

HERMIONETom Riddle... Hm. And Ron said hewon an award fifty years ago?

HARRYSpecial Services to the School orsomething --

HERMIONEFifty years ago? You're sure?

HARRYYes. Why?

HERMIONEDon't you remember what Malfoytold you? The last time theChamber of Secrets was openedwas --

HARRYFifty years ago! That means --

HERMIONETom Riddle was here, at Hogwarts,when it happened. What if hewrote about what he saw? It'spossible he knew where the Chamberwas, how to open it, even whatsort of creature lives in it. Ifso, whoever's behind the attacksthis time wouldn't want a diarylike this lying around, wouldthey?

HARRYThat's a brilliant theory,Hermione. With just one tinylittle flaw. There's nothingwritten in this diary.

HERMIONEIt might be invisible ink.

(pulls out her wand)Aparecium!

She taps the diary three times. Nothing happens. Thepages remain BLANK. She frowns, passes the book back toHarry.

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HERMIONEI don't know, Harry. But I thinkyou should be careful with this.Something tells me Ron might beright. It could be dangerous.

HARRYYou don't think I'm dangerous, doyou, Hermione? I mean, you're notscared. Of me.

HERMIONEI'm scared, Harry. But not ofyou.

96 INT. GRYFFINDOR DORMITORY/COMMON ROOM - NIGHT (LATER) 96

CAMERA STARTS OVERHEAD, looking down on the boys'dormitory. Seamus, Neville, Ron and Dean sleep. One bedis empty. CAMERA CRANES TO the Common Room, finds Harrysitting alone, flipping through the blank pages of thediary.

Harry starts to set the diary aside, then notices aBOTTLE OF INK sitting on the desk. An idea flickers.Taking his QUILL, Harry dips it, and hesitates. As hedoes, a DROP of INK hangs, suspended like a tear, then...DROPS.

The ink BLAZES briefly, then... VANISHES... as if it weresucked into the page. Excited, Harry dips his quillagain, and, this time, writes: My name is Harry Potter.

The words blaze, VANISH. Slowly, oozing out of the page,comes a response: Hello, Harry Potter. My name is TomRiddle.

Harry's mind races. Deciding, he MUTTERS the words hewrites:

HARRYDo... you... know... anything...about... the... Chamber... of...Secrets?

Yes.

HARRYCan... you... tell... me?

No.

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Harry frowns. Then... slowly... new words ooze to thesurface.

But I can show you...

Harry waits, intrigued. Then, suddenly...

The pages FLUTTER WILDLY, stop on "June the 13th." Onthe page, a TINY SQUARE SHIMMERS... like a WINDOW. Harrylifts the book, puts his eye close and... PITCHESFORWARD, spilling through the widening window, into aWHIRL of COLOR and SHADOW, tumbling onto his feet...

97 INT. CORRIDOR/ENTRANCE HALL - NIGHT (FIFTY YEARS AGO) 97

... in torch-lit corridor. Everything is de-saturated,save for Harry, who retains the true, rich colors of thepresent. He glances about, disoriented, then spies a BOY(TOM RIDDLE) at the end of the corridor, peering around acorner. A FLURRY of SHADOWS dances on the wall beyondthe boy, revealing the presence of others, unseen, in anadjoining room.

As Harry advances, LOW VOICES emanate from the shadows.As he reaches the boy, Harry speaks in a WHISPER:

HARRYExcuse me. Could you tell mewhere I am? Hello...?

The boy doesn't respond, eyes staked to the activity inthe adjoining room... which Harry sees now is theEntrance Hall. A group of ELDER WITCHES and WIZARDS --Hogwarts Professors -- talk amongst themselves, then...abruptly go silent. Make way for two YOUNG WIZARDS,bearing a STRETCHER.

VOICE (O.S.)Riddle.

The boy wheels... and looks right through Harry. Harryturns, too. It's Dumbledore... fifty years younger.

TOM RIDDLEProfessor Dumbledore.

DUMBLEDOREIt's not wise to be wanderingaround this late, Tom.

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TOM RIDDLEYes, Professor. I suppose I -- Ijust had to see for myself, if...

Riddle glances toward the young wizards, watches themcarry the stretcher out of the Hall, into the night.

TOM RIDDLE... the rumors were true.

DUMBLEDOREI'm afraid they are, Tom.

TOM RIDDLEAbout the school as well? Theywouldn't really close Hogwarts,would they, Professor?

DUMBLEDOREHeadmaster Dippet may have nochoice, I'm afraid.

TOM RIDDLESir? If it all stopped. If theperson responsible was caught...

DUMBLEDOREIs there something you wish totell me, Tom?

TOM RIDDLE(a long beat)

No, sir. Nothing.

Dumbledore studies Riddle for a moment.

DUMBLEDOREVery well then. Hurry along.

Dumbledore strides directly past Harry, not seeing him.When he is gone, Riddle moves quickly, toward the dungeonsteps.

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Up ahead, a SPLINTER of LIGHT leaks through a DOOR.Riddle puts his eye to the crack. Inside, someone isSPEAKING.

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VOICE (O.S.)C'mon, Aragog. Gotta get yehoutta here... C'mon now.. in thebox...

As Riddle pushes the door clear, Harry sees a second,smaller room. Crouched by a BOX, is a huge boy... YOUNGHAGRID. A STRANGE CLICKING comes from the BOX.

TOM RIDDLEEvening, Hagrid.

Hagrid SLAMS the door shut.

TOM RIDDLEI'm going to have to turn you in,Hagrid. I don't think you meantit to kill anyone --

YOUNG HAGRIDNo, yeh can't! Yeh don'understand!

TOM RIDDLEHagrid. The dead girl's parentswill be here tomorrow. The leastHogwarts can do is make sure thething that killed their daughteris slaughtered.

YOUNG HAGRIDIt wasn' him! Aragog never'd killno one! Never!

RIDDLEMonsters don't make good pets,Hagrid. Now... stand aside...

Riddle draws his wand, BLASTS the closed DOOR off itshinges, extinguishing the torches within. Harry GASPS.A low-slung CREATURE with a tangle of black legs, a gleamof many eyes and a pair of razor-sharp pincers, scuttlesout of the shadows. As Riddle points his wand at it,Hagrid LEAPS...

YOUNG HAGRIDNoooooo!

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As they tumble to the floor, the entire ROOM WHIRLS offits axis, spinning, and Harry finds himself plummetingthrough color and shadow again, falling flat on his backto...

... the floor of the Gryffindor Common Room, the ceilingabove spinning, slowly, to a stop. Harry rises, dashesupstairs.

100A INT. BOYS' DORMITORY - NIGHT 100A

Harry rushes to Ron, shakes him awake, WHISPERING INTENSELY.

HARRYRon! Ron!

RONWhat? What's happened...?

HARRYIt was Hagrid. Hagrid opened theChamber of Secrets fifty years ago.

100B EXT. HOGWARTS - ESTABLISHING SHOT - DAY 100B

CAMERA SOARS high over the castle, as below, studentshurry to their classes. Finally, it FINDS:

101 OMITTED 101

102 EXT./INT. HOGWARTS GROUNDS - DAY (LATER) 102

Harry, Ron and Hermione walking together across the grounds.

HERMIONEIt can't be Hagrid. It just can'tbe.

RONWe don't even know this Riddle.He sounds like a dirty, rottensnitch to me.

HARRYThe monster had killed someone,Ron. What would any of us done?

HERMIONELook. Hagrid's our friend. Whydon't we just go ask him about it?

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RONThat'd be a cheerful visit.Hullo, Hagrid. Tell us, have youbeen setting anything mad andhairy loose in the castle lately?

HAGRIDMad an' hairy? Wouldn' be talkin''bou me, now would yeh?

The trio wheels, spots Hagrid grinning at them. Theyinstantly look guilty.

HARRY/RON/HERMIONENo!

Hagrid looks at them curiously. Harry nods to theSTRANGE CANISTER in his hand.

HARRYWhat's that you've got, Hagrid?

HAGRIDFlesh-Eatin' Slug Repellent. Ferthe Mandrakes, yeh know.Accordin' ter Professor Sprout,they still got a bit o' growin' upter do, but once their acne clearsup, we'll be able to chop 'em up,stew 'em, an' get those people inthe hospital un-Petrified. 'Tilthen, you three best watchyerselves, all righ'?

They nod, watch Hagrid lope away. Just then, Nevillecomes running up. He looks pale with fright.

NEVILLEHarry, I don't know who did it,but... you'd better come.

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104 INT. GRYFFINDOR TOWER DORMITORY - DAY 104

Harry's space is a disaster: trunk riffled, drawersflung open, bedclothes strewn on the floor.

HERMIONEIt had to be a Gryffindor. Nobodyelse knows our password. Unless,it wasn't a student...

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RONWell, whoever it was, they werelooking for something.

HARRYAnd they found it... Tom Riddle'sdiary is gone.

105 EXT. HOGWARTS GROUNDS - DAY 105

Students stream into the Quidditch Stadium.

105A INT. MARBLE STAIRCASE - DAY 105A

Harry, dressed in his Quidditch robes, dashes down thestaircase with Ron and Hermione. Down below, Ron spiesGinny.

RONHey, Ginny! Going to the match?

Ginny looks up, startled, then shakes her head and exits.

RONI tell you, she gets weirder andweirder by the day...

VOICE (O.S.)Kill this time... Let me rip...Tear.

Harry freezes. Ron and Hermione stop, knowing by his face...

RONNo... don't tell me...

Harry turns, as if following the SOUND, absently touchinghis fingers to the wall as he glances around. Hermionestudies him with great interest -- STUDIES HIS FINGERS --then, abruptly, Harry turns away, shakes his head: it'sgone. Hermione looks up, eyes vaguely upon Harry, buther mind miles away.

HERMIONEHarry... I think I've just understoodsomething! I've got to go to thelibrary!

As Hermione sprints back up the stairs, Harry YELLS.

HARRYWhat do you understand!

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But she's gone. Harry turns to Ron in puzzlement.

HARRYThe library?

RONThat's Hermione. When in doubt,go to the library

106 EXT. REAR OF QUIDDITCH STADIUM - DAY (LATER) 106

Harry and his teammates march toward the Quidditch tower.The CHEERS of the CROWD are heard.

WOODListen up now. We play our game,Hufflepuff doesn't stand a chance.We're stronger, quicker, smarter.

GEORGENot to mention they're deadterrified Harry'll Petrify them ifthey fly anywhere near him.

WOODThat, too.

Just then, Professor McGonagall appears, barring theirway.

WOODProfessor McGonagall --

PROFESSOR McGONAGALLThis match has been cancelled.

WOODCancelled! They can't cancelQuidditch --

PROFESSOR McGONAGALLSilence, Wood! You will return toGryffindor Tower now. Potter, youand I will find Mr. Weasley.There's something the both of youneed to see.

107 INT. HOSPITAL WING - DAY 107

McGonagall pauses outside the door, turns to Harry andRon.

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PROFESSOR McGONAGALLI warn you. This will be a bit ofa shock.

She opens the door. Madam Pomfrey is leaning over a bedwhere a girl lies. As she straightens up, we see thegirl is...

RONHermione!

PROFESSOR McGONAGALLShe was found near the library.Along with this. Does it meananything to either of you?

She holds up a SMALL CIRCULAR MIRROR. Harry shakes hishead. McGonagall nods gravely, leads them out. As theygo, the CAMERA DRIFTS to HERMIONE'S HAND. Clinched tightin her stiff knuckles, barely visible, is... a PIECE OFPAPER.

108 INT. GRYFFINDOR COMMON ROOM - NIGHT 108

McGonagall reads from a PARCHMENT to the somberGryffindors.

PROFESSOR McGONAGALLAll students will return to theirhouse common rooms by six o'clockin the evening. You will beescorted to each lesson by ateacher. No exceptions.

(rolling up the parchment)

I should tell you all this.Unless the culprit behind theseattacks is caught, it is likelythat the school will be closed.

McGonagall turns, exits. Instantly, as one, thestudents begin to talk amongst themselves. Nevillespeaks up.

NEVILLEHaven't any of the teachersnoticed that the Slytherins areall safe? Isn't it obvious allthis stuff's coming fromSlytherin? The Heir of Slytherin,the monster of Slytherin -- whydon't they just chuck all theSlytherins out?

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SEAMUSThey can't close Hogwarts. Wherewould we all go?

DEAN THOMASI don't care what anyone says. Aslong as Dumbledore's here,Hogwarts will be here.

Harry WHISPERS to Ron.

HARRYWe've got to talk to Hagrid, Ron.I can't believe it's him. But ifhe did set the monster loose lasttime -- even by accident -- he'llknow how to get inside the Chamberof Secrets. And that's a start.

RONBut you heard McGonagall. We'renot allowed to leave the towerexcept for class --

HARRYI think it's time to get my Dad'sold Cloak out again.

109 INT. TOWER DORMITORY - NIGHT (LATER) 109

CLOSEUP: A drawer opens, a HAND reaches in, takes theINVISIBILITY CLOAK. CAMERA PULLS BACK, REVEALS Ron andHarry. All around them, the other boys sleep. Harrypitches the cloak over himself and Ron. They're gone.

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Harry and Ron, beneath the cloak, sneak by an unawareSnape.

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A KNOCK. Hagrid swings open the door. Crossbow in hand.

HAGRIDWho's there?

Harry and Ron drop the cloak. Hagrid lowers thecrossbow.

114 INT. HAGRID'S HUT - NIGHT 114

FANG, Hagrid's enormous BOARHOUND, THUMPS HIS TAIL at thesight of Harry and Ron. Harry points to the crossbow.

HARRYWhat's that for?

HAGRIDNothin', nothin'. I've beenexpectin'... Doesn't matter. Sitdown... I'll make tea...

Hagrid nervously takes the kettle, spills the water..

HARRYAre you okay? Hagrid? Did youhear about Hermione?

HAGRIDOh, yea. I heard, all righ'.

HARRYLook... we have to ask yousomething. Do you know who’sopened the Chamber of Secrets?

Hagrid takes a fruit cake, stops, about to answer,when... there is a LOUD KNOCK. The fruitcake SMASHES tothe floor. Panicked, Harry and Ron throw the cloak overthemselves. Sweating, Hagrid grabs his crossbow, pointsit at the door.

HAGRIDC-come in.

The door opens. A grim Dumbledore enters, followed by aportly man in a pin-stripe suit and bowler: CORNELIUSFUDGE.

DUMBLEDOREGood evening, Hagrid.

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RON(whispering to Harry)

That's Dad's boss! CorneliusFudge. The Minister of Magic!

Harry elbows Ron to shut him up.

FUDGEBad business, Hagrid. Very badbusiness. Had to come. Fourattacks on Muggle-borns.Things've gone far enough.Ministry's got to act.

HAGRIDI never... You know I never,Professor Dumbledore, sir...

DUMBLEDOREI want it understood, Cornelius,that Hagrid has my fullconfidence.

FUDGELook, Albus, Hagrid's record'sagainst him. I've got to takehim.

HAGRIDTake me? Where? Not Azkabanprison.

FUDGEFor a short stretch only. Not apunishment, Hagrid. More aprecaution. If someone else iscaught, you'll be released with afull apology.

Just then, there is a SHARP RAP on the door. AsDumbledore opens it, Harry slumps. It's LuciusMalfoy.

LUCIUS MALFOYAlready here, Fudge? Good,good...

HAGRIDWhat're you doin' here! Get outtamy house!

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LUCIUS MALFOYMy dear man, please believe me, Ihave no pleasure at all in beinginside your -- do you call this ahouse? I simply called at theschool and was told the Headmasterwas here.

DUMBLEDOREAnd what exactly did you want withme, Lucius?

LUCIUS MALFOYDreadful thing, Dumbledore, butthe governors feel it's time foryou to step aside. This is anOrder of Suspension. You'll findall twelve signatures on it. I'mafraid we feel you're losing yourtouch. What with all theseattacks, there'll be no Muggle-borns left at Hogwarts. And weall know what an awful loss thatwould be.

Malfoy hands Fudge an OFFICIAL ROLL of PARCHMENT.

FUDGENow, see here, Lucius. Dumbledoresuspended. No, no... last thingwe want right now... If Dumbledorecan't stop these attacks... I meanto say, who can?

LUCIUS MALFOYThat remains to be seen, but asall twelve governors have voted --

HAGRIDAn' how many did yeh have terthreaten before they agreed!

LUCIUS MALFOYI would advise you not to shout atthe Azkaban guards like that.

HAGRIDYeh can take Dumbledore! Take himaway an' the Muggle-borns won'stand a chance! There'll bekillin's next!

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DUMBLEDORECalm yourself, Hagrid!

(steely-eyed)If the governors want my removal,Lucius, I shall of course stepaside. However... you will findthat I will only truly have leftthis school when none here areloyal to me. You will also findthat help will always be given atHogwarts to those who... ask forit.

Dumbledore's eyes drift -- unmistakably -- to Harry.

LUCIUS MALFOYAdmirable sentiments. We shallall miss your highly individualway of running things, Albus, andonly hope your successor willmanage to prevent any more, um,killin's.

Malfoy strides to the door and bows Dumbledore out.Fudge, fiddling with his bowler, waits for Hagrid.Instead, Hagrid stands his ground, takes a deep breathand says carefully...

HAGRIDIf anyone wanted ter find out somestuff, all they'd have ter do isfollow the spiders. That'd lead'em right! Tha's all I'm sayin'.

Fudge stares at Hagrid in amazement, then follows himout. As the door SLAMS SHUT, FANG starts to HOWL,scratching at the closed door. Harry and Ron emerge fromthe cloak.

RONHagrid's right. With Dumbledoregone, there'll be an attack a day.

HARRYLook...

At the windowsill, a TRAIL OF SPIDERS escapes through acrack in the glass. Harry grabs Hagrid's LANTERN.

HARRYC'mon.

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Harry illuminates the TRAIL OF SPIDERS. They run fromthe window to the ground, to the dark trees in the neardistance. As Harry moves to follow, Ron hesitates.

RONWhat are you doing?

HARRYYou heard Hagrid. Follow thespiders.

RONThey're heading into the DarkForest.

Harry sighs, heads off. Terrified, Ron grabs Fang,follows.

RONWhy spiders. Why couldn't it be'Follow the butterflies'?

120 OMITTED 120

121 EXT. DARK FOREST - NIGHT 121

Fang crashes through low-slung branches and sharpbrambles as Harry follows. Ron gingerly picks his way,the JUMPS... as FANG HOWLS. BRANCHES SNAP. A RUMBLINGNOISE sounds, then... SILENCE. Harry spies something,points O.S.

HARRYThere's something moving overthere... something big.

Just then a BLAZE of LIGHT splinters the trees, blindingthem. They start to flee... when Ron stops.

RONHarry!... Harry, it's our car!

Scratched and mud-smeared, with bits of earth and grasssprouting from its headlamps and hubcaps -- the FordAnglia looks half-animal. Ron circles it in wonder.

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HARRYIt's been here all the time! Lookat it. The Forest has turned itwild.

Harry nods, then glances back up the slope.

HARRYC'mon, we don't want to lose thetrail.

121A EXT. SPIDERS' HOLLOW - NIGHT 121A

Harry and Ron enter a hollow ribboned with shadows.Enormous trees tower over them, strewn with strands ofwhite webbing. Ron steps on a strand, kicks it offqueasily. Harry peers up ahead: at the far end of thehollow, the spiders stream toward a DARK OPENING.

As Harry and Ron approach the opening, a CLICKING SOUNDemanates from within, ECHOING in the branches of the talltrees. GROWING LOUDER. Ron falters, glancing aboutnervously.

RONI don't have a good feeling aboutthis, Harry --

HARRYDon't panic.

As Harry steps to the mouth of the cavern, the AIRsuddenly CRACKLES with MOVEMENT. TWIGS SNAP. A HUGESHADOW emerges, slowly engulfs Harry. He peers up.SEES:

An ANCIENT SPIDER (ARAGOG), the size of a small elephant.As it advances, Harry and Ron back slowly away. Then:its BLIND EYES catch the light, and it STOPS. As if...listening.

ARAGOGYou do not come from the forest.Your hearts beat like... men.

HARRY(breathing finally)

Yes. We're friends of Hagrid's.And you... you're...

(as it comes to him)... Aragog, aren't you?

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Hearing this, Aragog's head turns slightly.

ARAGOGHagrid has never sent men into ourhollow before.

HARRYHe's in trouble. Up at school,there've been attacks. They thinkit's Hagrid. They think he'sopened the Chamber of Secrets.Like before.

As Harry talks, Ron's eyes dart warily about, then...

RON'S POV - a pair of long legs -- SPIDER'S LEGS -- curlslowly around the trunk of the tree to his left.

Terrified, Ron NUDGES Harry, but Harry ignores him.

ARAGOGThat's a lie! Hagrid never opendthe Chamber of Secrets!

HARRYBut if Hagrid never... thatmeans... you're not the monster.

ARAGOGThe monster was born in thecastle. I came from a distantland, in the pocket of a traveler.

Ron turns. TWO CRAWLING SILHOUETTES inch forward.Pause. Waiting. Watching.

RONHarry...

HARRYShhh!

(to Aragog)But if you're not the monster,what did kill that girl fiftyyears ago?

ARAGOGWe do not speak of it! It is anancient creature we spiders fearabove all others.

HARRYBut have you seen it?

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A SCRABBLING SOUND ECHOES above Ron. He GLANCES UP: aSPIDER crouches on a branch above.

ARAGOGI never saw any part of the castlebut the cupboard in which Hagridkept me. The girl was discoveredin a bathroom. When I wasaccused, Hagrid brought me here.

More SCRABBLING. Ron looks up. We PAN UP with him.SEE: SPIDERS -- in high and low branches -- DROPPINGDOWNWARD like paratroopers. Ron GRABS Harry.

HARRY(annoyed)

What!

Ron points. Harry looks. Pales. Turns slowly back toAragog.

HARRYWell... thank you. We'll justgo...

ARAGOGGo? I think not. My sons anddaughters do not harm Hagrid, onmy command. But I cannot denythem fresh meat when it wanders sowillingly into our midst.Goodbye, friend of Hagrid.

Aragog turns, disappears into the shadows of the cavern.

RONCan we panic now?

CLICK! CLICK! CLICK! Harry and Ron SPIN. A GANG ofFIVE-FOOT SPIDERS bar the path ahead. Begin to moveforward. Harry and Ron SPIN again: SPIDERS.Everywhere. CLOSING IN.

Desperately, Harry swings the LANTERN in his hand. Thespiders falter, then CREEP FORWARD again as the ARC ofthe LIGHT chases itself away. Around and around. Then:

The LANTERN goes out.

Harry pitches it aside. As one, he and Ron draw theirwands.

RONNice knowing you.

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They're done for. Fang WHIMPERS. The spiders drawcloser, CLICKING FEVERISHLY, when...

... a LONG, LOUD HORN BLEATS. Seconds later, a BLAZE ofLIGHT ignites the hollow and the FORD ANGLIA comesTHUNDERING over the rim and down the slope, KNOCKINGSPIDERS OUT OF ITS PATH. As it SCREECHES to a halt, theDOORS FLING OPEN.

HARRYLet's go!

Harry, Ron and Fang LEAP INSIDE. Ron SHIFTS FRANTICALLY.A SPIDER appears at Harry's open window.

HARRYTHE WINDOWS! ROLL UP THE WINDOWS!

RON(trying)

I CAN'T! IT'S STUCK!

Just then, a hairy leg reaches through Ron's window.Instantly, Ron HITS the gas, throws the car into REVERSE.

Spiders scatter, but the TWO clinging to the side windowshold tight. As the CAR ZOOMS BACKWARDS out of thehollow, Harry rolls his window tight, SNAPPING OFF hisSPIDER'S LEGS.

121B EXT. ANOTHER PART OF THE FOREST - NIGHT 121B

The Anglia jets out of the hollow, lands with a THUD.Harry turns. The other spider is PULLING RON from thecar. Harry points his wand, utters a spell and aBLINDING FLASH OF WHITE LIGHT BLASTS the spider into theshadows whipping past.

RONThanks for that.

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HARRYDon't mention it.

They stop. Both hear it: a DISTANT CLICKING. As thecar flies over a ridge, they see them: a SEA OF SPIDERSheading straight for them like a herd of ragingwildebeest. Ron puts his foot to the floor, SPINS thewheel and sends the car sliding away. The spidersSTAMPEDE after.

121C EXT. ANOTHER PART OF THE FOREST - BLACK PARK - NIGHT 121C

The Anglia SLALOMS through the forest, skimming pasttrees as the spiders CHARGE after. Harry peers ahead,SEES an area of FALLEN TREES. There is an OPENING, onenarrow escape route.

HARRYThat way! It's the only way out!

(looking back)Hurry! They're catching up!

Ron JAMS the accelerator... just as a GIANT TARANTULAdrops in front of the escape route. Harry and Ron are asgood as dead.

HARRYCan you get us in the air?

RON(jostling the gear stick)

Flying gear's jammed!

The spiders behind DRAW CLOSER. The TARANTULA waitsahead. Harry claps his hand over Ron's on the gearshift, pushing. The tarantula's pincers open, ready tokill, when... the GEAR SHIFT GIVES, the Anglia's wheelsLIFT and the CAR FLIES OVER CAMERA, leaving the furiousspiders below. The car barely avoids the rearingtarantula, then sails over the trees.

121D EXT. HAGRID'S HUT - NIGHT 121D

As they LAND, Fang bolts free. Harry and Ron exit theCAR wearily, then watch it turn and RUMBLE BACK INTO THEFOREST.

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RON'Follow the spiders'! Follow thespiders'! If he ever gets out ofAzkaban, I'll kill Hagrid. Imean, what was the point ofsending us in there? What have wefound out?

HARRYWe know one thing. Hagrid neveropened the Chamber of Secrets. Hewas innocent.

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123 INT. HOSPITAL WING - DAY 123

Madam Pomfrey bars the door, frowns at Harry and Ron.

MADAM POMFREYThere's no point in talking to apetrified person. She won't heara word you're saying.

Ron shifts uncomfortably.

RONWe know that, Madam Pomfrey. It'sjust, well, you see, we thought,maybe, we could... be with her fora bit. She's our... friend, yousee, and... even if she can't hearus... I mean, it can't hurt, canit?

A glint of sympathy flickers in Pomfrey's eyes.

MADAM POMFREYVery well then. But be quickabout it.

As she exits, the boys step to her bed. Absently, Ronpicks up the circular mirror that lies on the nightstand.Eyes Lockhart's Get Well card.

RONYou don't think Lockhart could bethe heir of Slytherin, do you?

(off Harry's look)Right. Forget I said it.

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Harry studies Hermione's face.

HARRYWish you were here, Hermione. Weneed you. Now more than ever...

Just then, the mirror in Ron's hand CATCHES the LATEAFTERNOON SUNLIGHT and casts a jagged FLAME acrossHermione's hand. Harry watches the light dance over herfingers... then looks closer. Sees the paper clutchedthere.

124 INT. CORRIDOR - DUSK (LATER) 124

Harry and Ron duck into an alcove, take out the CRINKLEDpaper, which, we see now, is TORN from a library book.

HARRY'Of the many fearsome beasts thatroam our land, none is more deadlythan the Basilisk. Capable ofliving for hundreds of years,instant death awaits any who meetthis giant serpent's eye. Spidersflee before it and only thecrowing of the rooster can killit.'

(looking up)Ron! This is it! The monster inthe Chamber of Secrets is aBasilisk. That's why I can hearit speak. It's a snake.

RONBut it kills by looking people inthe eye. Why is it no one's dead?

Harry frowns, contemplating this, then catches he andRon's REFLECTION in the window opposite. He muttersSOFTLY:

HARRYBecause no one did look it in theeye. Not directly at least...

(in a rush)Colin saw it through his camera.Justin -- Justin must've seen theBasilisk through Nearly HeadlessNick! Nick got the full blast ofit, but he's a ghost -- hecouldn't die again...

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HARRY (CONT'D)... And Hermione... had themirror! I bet you anything shewas using it to look roundcorners, in case it came along.

RONAnd Mrs. Norris? I'm pretty sureshe didn't have a camera or amirror, Harry.

HARRYThe water... there was water onthe floor that night. She onlysaw the Basilisk's reflection...

(scanning the page again)

The crowing of the rooster isfatal to it! That's why Hagrid'sroosters were killed! Spidersflee before it! It all fits!

RONBut how's the Basilisk beengetting around? A dirty greatsnake. Someone would have seen...

HARRYHermione answered that too.

Harry points. Scribbled, in Hermione's hand, is:"Pipes."

RON(aghast)

Pipes...? It's using theplumbing.

HARRYRemember what Aragog said? Aboutthat girl fifty years ago? Shedied in a bathroom. What if shenever left.

RONMoaning Myrtle!

Harry nods. Just then, McGonagall's VOICE ECHOESthroughout the castle, magically magnified.

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PROFESSOR McGONAGALL (V.O.)All students are to return totheir house dormitories at once.All teachers to the second floorcorridor. Immediately.

125 INT. SECOND FLOOR - CORRIDOR - DUSK (MOMENTS LATER) 125

McGonagall stands before the desecrated wall, surroundedby the rest of the staff. Harry and Ron creep up thestairwell.

PROFESSOR McGONAGALLAs you can see, the Heir ofSlytherin has left anothermessage. Our worst fear has beenrealized. A student has beentaken by the monster. Into theChamber itself.

(as the teachers react)

I'm afraid we shall have to sendthe students home. I'm afraid...this is the end of Hogwarts.

GILDEROY LOCKHART(bursting in cheerily)

So sorry. Dozed off. What have Imissed?

SNAPEJust the man. A girl has beensnatched by the monster, Lockhart.Your moment has come at last.

GILDEROY LOCKHARTMy m-moment?

SNAPEWeren't you saying just last nightthat you've known all along wherethe entrance to the Chamber ofSecrets is?

GILDEROY LOCKHARTD-did I? I don't recall...

PROFESSOR McGONAGALLThat settles it. We'll leave itto you to deal with the monster,Gilderoy. Your skills, after all,are legend.

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GILDEROY LOCKHARTV-very well. I'll -- I'll be inmy office, getting -- gettingready.

PROFESSOR McGONAGALLThe rest of us should go andinform the students what hashappened.

PROFESSOR SPROUTWho is it the monster's taken,Minerva?

PROFESSOR McGONAGALLGinny Weasley.

Ron's knees give way. As Harry catches him, the staffscatters, revealing what is written on the wall:

Her skeleton will lie in the Chamber forever.

126 INT. CORRIDOR - NIGHT (MOMENTS LATER) 126

Harry and a very upset Ron walk with desperate purpose.

RONShe knew something, Harry. She'dfound out something about theChamber of Secrets. That's whyshe was taken. I mean, she was --is -- a pure-blood. There can'tbe any other reason.

HARRY(pulling him away)

C'mon. Let's go see Lockhart. Hemay be a brainless git, but he'sgoing to try and get into theChamber. We can tell him what weknow...

RONHarry. D'you think there's anychance at all she's not, youknow --

Harry glances over, studies Ron's tortured eyes.

HARRYWe'll find her, Ron. Ginny'sgoing to be fine.

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Ron nods, smiles shakily, and looks away. As he does,Harry's face changes, looks troubled.

Even he doesn't believe what he's just said.

127 OMITTED 127

128 INT. GILDEROY LOCKHART'S OFFICE - NIGHT 128

Harry and Ron DASH inside.

HARRYProfessor, we've got someinformation for you --

Harry and Ron stop dead. Lockhart's office is strippedto the shelves. Two LARGE TRUNKS stand open.

HARRYAre you going somewhere?

GILDEROY LOCKHARTUm, well, yes. Urgent call.Unavoidable. Got to go...

RONWhat about my sister?

GILDEROY LOCKHARTWell, as to that -- mostunfortunate. No one regrets morethan I --

RONYou're the Defense Against theDark Arts teacher! You can't gonow!

GILDEROY LOCKHARTI must say, when I took the job,nothing in the job description --

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HARRYYou're running away? After allthat stuff you did in your books?

GILDEROY LOCKHARTBooks can be misleading.

HARRYYou wrote them!

GILDEROY LOCKHARTMy dear boy, do use your commonsense. My books wouldn't havesold half as well if people didn'tthink I'd done all those things.No one wants to read about someugly old Armenian warlock, even ifhe did save a village fromwerewolves. He'd look dreadful onthe front cover. No dress senseat all...

HARRYYou're a fraud! You've just beentaking credit for what a load ofother wizards have done!

GILDEROY LOCKHARTHarry, Harry, Harry. There waswork involved. I had to trackthese people down and ask themexactly how they managed to dowhat they did. No, it's not allbook signings and publicityphotos. You want fame, you haveto be prepared for a long, hardslog.

RONIs there anything you can do?

GILDEROY LOCKHARTYes, now that you mention it. I'mrather gifted with Memory Charms.Otherwise, you see, all thosewizards would've gone blabbing andI'd never have sold another book.I'm afraid I'll have to do thesame to you both, lest you do thesame.

Lockhart lifts his wand, but Harry is quicker.

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HARRYExpelliarmus!

Lockhart BLASTS backwards, toppling into one of the opentrunks, his wand flying across the floor.

HARRYLooks like those Dueling Lessonscame in handy after all,Professor.

129 OMITTED 129

130 INT. GIRLS' BATHROOM - NIGHT 130

Lockhart walks ahead of Harry and Ron, their wandspointed at him. Moaning Myrtle floats above the cistern.

MOANING MYRTLEWho's there? Oh...

(smiles, flirty)Hello, Harry. What do you want?

HARRYTo ask you how you died.

MOANING MYRTLE(flattered)

Oooooh, it was dreadful. Ithappened right here. In this verycubicle. I'd hidden because OliveHornby was teasing me about myglasses. I was crying, and then Iheard somebody come in.

HARRYWho was it, Myrtle?

MOANING MYRTLEI don't know! I was distraught!But they said something funny. Akind of made-up language. And Irealized it was a boy speaking.So I unlocked the door, to tellhim to go away, and... I died.

HARRYJust like that? How?

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MOANING MYRTLENo idea. I just remember seeing apair of great big yellow eyes.Over there...

Myrtle points to the bank of sinks. Harry and Ron hurryover, examining the pipes below, the tile above, then...Harry sees it: etched on one of the COPPER TAPS is aTINY SNAKE.

HARRYThis is it, Ron. This is theentrance to the Chamber ofSecrets.

RONSay something, Harry. Saysomething in Parseltongue.

Harry stares off self-consciously at the tiny snake.

HARRYOpen up.

Ron shakes his head. Harry's spoken in his regularvoice.

RONEnglish.

Harry concentrates harder this time, staring so intenselythat the snake almost looks alive. When, finally, hespeaks, it is more like a HISS. Parseltongue. Thecircular group of sinks OPEN and a LARGE, OPEN PIPE isexposed.

GILDEROY LOCKHARTExcellent, Harry. Good work.Well then. I'll just be going.There's no need for me...

HARRYOh, yes there is. You first.

Harry points his wand at Lockhart, then the opening.

GILDEROY LOCKHARTNow, boys. What good will it do?

RONA bloody lot of good if it's atwo-hundred-foot drop onto jaggedrocks.

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Lockhart steps grimly to the dark, gaping hole. Rongives him a shove and he topples headfirst and out ofsight. They wait. Finally...

GILDEROY LOCKHART (O.S.)It's really quite filthy downhere.

HARRYAll right. Let's go.

MOANING MYRTLEOh, Harry... if you die downthere, you're welcome to share mytoilet.

HARRYThanks, Myrtle.

Harry turns. Jumps. Seconds later, Ron follows.

131 INT. PIPE - NIGHT 131

Harry and Ron slide wicked fast, in a hair-raisingvertical plummet, catching glimpses of other, smallerpipes branching off in all directions, twisting andturning until the pipe levels off, dumps them onto thedamp floor of a stone tunnel.

132 INT. TUNNEL - NIGHT 132

Lockhart stares miserably at the muck dripping from hisrobes. Harry takes a TORCH from the wall, poises hiswand.

HARRYLumos!

The torch blooms with a BRIGHT ORANGE FLAME.

HARRYRemember. Any sign of movement,close your eyes straight away.

Harry leads the way down the tunnel. CRUNCH! They lookdown: a rat's skull. All around them, the ground islittered with TINY SKELETONS. Ron squints, seessomething HUGE and CURVED lying ahead. When he speaks,his voice is hollow with dread.

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RONWhat's that? Up ahead?

GILDEROY LOCKHARTThat looks like a... snake.

Terrified, Lockhart quickly HIDES HIS EYES.

HARRYMaybe it's asleep.

Ron draws his wand as they approach, squinting. Harryshines his light, revealing... a gigantic COIL of EMPTYSKIN.

RONBloody hell. Whatever shed thismust be twenty feet long. Ormore.

THUD! They turn. Lockhart has passed out.

RONHeart of a lion, this one.

Ron kneels by him, when... Lockhart's eyes open and,quick as a fox... he snatches Ron's wand and scrambles tohis feet.

GILDEROY LOCKHARTThe adventure ends here, boys!But don't fret. The world willknow our story. How I was toolate to save the girl. How youtwo tragically lost your minds atthe sight of her mangled body.I'll even bind a limited editionin this snake skin. Say goodbyeto your memories.

(raising Ron's wand)Obliviate!

Ron's WAND EXPLODES like a small BOMB, BLASTING LockhartOFF HIS FEET and SPITTING great JETS of FIRE into therock above. As RUBBLE RAINS, Ron LEAPS one way and Harrythe other. Harry sits up, squints through the settlingdust. A SOLID WALL of BROKEN ROCK seals the tunnelbetween him and Ron. INTERCUT Harry and Ron.

HARRYRon? Are you okay?

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RONI'm okay. This git's not, though.He got blasted by my wand.

Lockhart sits up, dazed. Ron picks up a rock and CONKShim on the head. Lockhart PASSES OUT. Ron calls toHarry.

RONWhat now?

HARRYWait here. I'll go on. I'll goon and... find Ginny. If I'm notback in an hour...

He leaves it there.

RONI'll try and shift some of thisrock. So you can get backthrough. And, Harry --

HARRYSee you in a bit.

Harry glances at the snake skin at his feet, moves off.He steps carefully through the shadows until he reaches aTOWERING STONE WALL, carved with TWIN SERPENTS.

HARRY(Parseltongue)

Open.

The serpents part and the GIANT WALL SLIDES OPEN. Harryremoves his wand and ENTERS.

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A vast chamber stretches ahead. Along the path are rowsof STONE SERPENTS. The serpents rest in pools of blackwater. Ahead is an enormous STATUE of SALAZAR SLYTHERIN.Several feet in front of the statue, Ginny Weasley liesmotionless. As Harry dashes and takes her into his arms,her head lolls to one side, cheeks white as marble. Apale hand clutches TOM RIDDLE'S DIARY to her chest.Harry DROPS the torch, RACES to Ginny, places his wand onthe floor and kneels beside her. (BOLD ITALICS INDICATEPOSSIBLE FLASHBACKS.)

HARRYGinny! Please don't be dead.Ginny! Wake up! Wake up!

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TOM RIDDLEShe won't wake.

Harry spins. Tom Riddle stands nearby. He is strangelyBLURRED around the edges, as though Harry was looking athim through a misted window.

HARRYTom... Tom Riddle? What d'youmean, she won't wake? She'snot...

TOM RIDDLEShe's still alive. But only just.

HARRYAre you a ghost?

TOM RIDDLEA memory. Preserved in a diaryfor fifty years.

Harry looks to the diary in Ginny's hand, then places hisown hand on Ginny's arm.

HARRYShe's cold as ice. You've gotto help me, Tom. There's abasilisk --

TOM RIDDLEIt won't come until it's called.

Harry looks up, sees Riddle twirling a wand in hisfingers.

HARRYGive me my wand, Tom.

TOM RIDDLEYou won't be needing it.

HARRYListen, we've got to go! We'vegot to save her!

TOM RIDDLEI'm afraid I can't do that, Harry.You see, as poor Ginny growsweaker... I grow stronger.

HARRYBut she's dying!

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TOM RIDDLEYes. I'm afraid so. But then,she's been in so much pain, poorGinny. She's been writing to mefor months, telling me all herpitiful worries and woes. Ginnypoured her soul out to me. I grewstronger on a diet of her deepestfears, her darkest secrets. Igrew powerful enough to startfeeding Ginny a few secrets, tostart pouring a bit of my soulback into her...

Riddle, growing less vaporous by the second, grinscruelly.

TOM RIDDLEYes, Harry, it was Ginny Weasleywho opened the Chamber of Secrets.

HARRYNo... she couldn't -- shewouldn't.

TOM RIDDLEIt was Ginny who set the Basiliskon the Mudbloods and the Squib'scat. Ginny who wrote threateningmessages on the walls.

HARRYBut... Why?...

TOM RIDDLEBecause I told her to. You'llfind that I can be verypersuasive. Not that she knewwhat she was doing. She was,shall we say, in a kind of trance.Still, the power of the diarybegan to scare her and she triedto dispose of it in the girls'bathroom. But then, who shouldfind it... but you. The veryperson I was most anxious to meet.

HARRY(getting angry)

And why did you want to meet me?

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TOM RIDDLEGinny told me all about you. Iknew I had to talk to you, meetyou if I could. So I decided toshow you my capture of thatbrainless oaf, Hagrid, to gainyour trust.

HARRYHagrid's my friend. And youframed him, didn't you?

TOM RIDDLEIt was my word against Hagrid's.Only Dumbledore seemed to thinkHagrid was innocent.

HARRYI'll bet Dumbledore saw rightthrough you.

TOM RIDDLEI knew it wouldn't be safe to openthe Chamber again while I wasstill at school. So I decided toleave behind a diary, preservingmy sixteen-year-old self in itspages, so that one day... I wouldbe able to lead another to finishSalazar Slytherin's noble work.

HARRYWell, you haven't finished it thistime. In a few hours MandrakeDraught will be ready and everyonewho was petrified will be allright again.

TOM RIDDLEHaven't I told you, that killingMudbloods doesn't matter to meanymore? For many months now, mynew target has been... you.

(grinning)Imagine my disappointment when Ilearned Ginny had stolen the diaryback from you.

HARRYGinny stole the diary from myroom? But why?

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TOM RIDDLEShe was afraid. Afraid you'dlearn how to work the diary.Afraid I'd tell you just who itwas that had been strangling allthose roosters.

Horrified, Harry glances at Ginny, growing more PALE,then back to Riddle, who is growing more SOLID.

TOM RIDDLECome now, Harry. Don't look sodisappointed. Had Ginny succeededin destroying the diary, she wouldhave destroyed me. And wecouldn't be having this littletalk. And I have so manyquestions for you.

HARRYLike what?

TOM RIDDLEWell, how is it that a baby withno extraordinary magical talentmanaged to defeat the greatestwizard of all time? How did youescape with nothing but a scar,while Lord Voldemort's powers weredestroyed?

HARRYWhy do you care how I escaped?Voldemort was after your time.

TOM RIDDLEVoldemort is my past, present andfuture.

Riddle pulls Harry's wand from his pocket and begins totrace it through the air, writing three words: "TOMMARVOLO RIDDLE." Then, with a wave, he re-arranges them:"I AM LORD VOLDEMORT."

HARRYYou. You're the heir ofSlytherin. You're Voldemort?

TOM RIDDLESurely you didn't think I wouldkeep my filthy Muggle father'sname?

(MORE)

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TOM RIDDLE (CONT'D)No, I fashioned myself a new name,a name I knew wizards everywherewould one day fear to speak, whenI became the greatest sorcerer inthe world.

HARRYAlbus Dumbledore is the greatestsorcerer in the world!

TOM RIDDLEDumbledore's been driven out ofthis castle by the mere memory ofme.

HARRYHe'll never be gone! Not as longas those who remain are loyal tohim!

Suddenly, MUSIC... EERIE and UNEARTHLY... ECHOES deepwithin the chamber and a small, swift SHADOW ribbons overthe rock. Flying from above is FAWKES, the Phoenix. Thebird SWOOPS into the chamber, clutching a RAGGED BUNDLEin its golden talons.

HARRYFawkes.

Fawkes flies toward Harry, drops the ragged bundle, whichis the SORTING HAT, at his feet. Riddle picks it up.

TOM RIDDLE(giggling)

This is what Dumbledore sends hisdefender! A songbird and an oldhat!

Riddle tosses aside the hat. He turns to the statue ofSalazar Slytherin and speaks in Parseltongue.

TOM RIDDLE(Parseltongue)

Speak to me, Slytherin.

Suddenly, the stone face's MOUTH OPENS. There is aRUMBLING SOUND, followed by the sound of SLITHERING.Harry turns away. The Basilisk, A GIANT SERPENT, spillsout, uncoiling heavily to the floor. Harry turns to thewall. The shadow of the serpent is visible on the wall.PAN TO Tom Riddle, looking at Harry.

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TOM RIDDLELet's match the powers of LordVoldemort, Heir of SalazarSlytherin, against the famousHarry Potter, shall we?

Riddle turns, to serpent, speaking in Parseltongue.

TOM RIDDLE(Parseltongue)

Kill him!

The HISSING SERPENT shoots forward. Harry turns, RUNS away.

TOM RIDDLEParseltongue won't save you now,Potter. The Basilisk only obeys me.

HARRY(to himself)

Don't look. Don't look into itseyes.

Harry RACES along the stone path, but the giant serpentis FASTER. Harry TRIPS. FALLS. The Basilisk RISES.Harry looks to the wall, sees the serpent about to strike.

Suddenly FAWKES SCREECHES, soaring toward the Basiliskand circling its blunt head, confusing it. The SNAKESNAPS furiously, when... Fawkes drops like a knife,driving its talons deep into the serpent's glitteringeyes.

As Harry watches the angry play of shadows on the wall,the BASILISK ROARS, HISSING in pain. Fawkes wings away,its talons dripping with blood and Harry turns, LOOKS:the Basilisk's eyes are a blind, bloody mess.

TOM RIDDLEFool! Think you're safe! It canstill hear you!

As Harry flees, the serpent thunders after, STRIKINGBLINDLY as its whipping tail SHATTERS a Slytherin STATUE.Harry dodges and ducks, then, seeing the snake about tostrike again... LEAPS CLEAR, stumbling toward a SIDETUNNEL.

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Harry RACES HEADLONG into the shadows, then looks back,sees the snake eclipse the light at the far end of thetunnel and SLITHER QUICKLY inside.

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Thinking, Harry DUCKS INTO AN ALCOVE, puts his hand overhis mouth and waits, desperate to remain STILL andSILENT. The snake slides heavily by, then... SLOWS.TURNS BACK.

The snake's head weaves inside, only INCHES from Harry'sface. Harry trembles as the snake's head cocks to theside, then... finally... WITHDRAWS.

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Harry DASHES back into the main chamber. Ginny looksfrighteningly pale. Riddle GRINS cruelly, almost SOLIDnow.

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TOM RIDDLEYes, Potter. The process isnearly complete. In a fewminutes, Ginny Weasley will bedead. And I will cease to be amemory. Lord Voldemort willreturn. Very much... alive.

Harry moves toward Ginny, then suddenly... the BASILISKSHOOTS OUT of the TUNNEL, HISSING directly in front ofHarry. Trapped, Harry glances around, then --impulsively -- LEAPS upward, begins to scale the statueof Salazar Slytherin. The serpent strikes madly, butHarry continues on, CLIMBING BOLDLY until he reaches thetop. He turns. Sees the Sorting Hat. Sees whatglitters within: the RUBY HANDLE of a SWORD.

Harry WHEELS, sword in hand, and fends off the slashingserpent like St. George and the dragon. In a mad rush ofcourage, he PITCHES HIMSELF onto the serpent, SLIDES DOWNits back and rolls up, SWORD RAISED. Too tired to flee,Harry simply waits. The serpent rises and, FANGSBARED... STRIKES.

Marshalling every ounce of strength left to him, Harrydrives the sword upward, deep into the roof of theSERPENT'S mouth. It HISSES in PAIN, thrashing MADLY asit drives a FANG into Harry's arm. Harry clutches hisarm in agony, stumbles back and falls to the floor,watching as the serpent THRASHES briefly... then goesSTILL.

Harry peers down, sees the FANG that pierces his arm, theblood soaking slowly into his robe. As he yanks the fangfree, Riddle steps forward, almost fully whole now. Hiseyes shine at the sight of Harry's wound.

TOM RIDDLERemarkable, isn't it? How quicklythe venom of the Basiliskpenetrates the body? If you haveany final words, Potter, you'dbest speak them now. I'd guessyou have little more than a minuteto live.

Harry blinks heavily, watching as the skin of his forearmturns a troubling gray.

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TOM RIDDLESo ends the famous Harry Potter.On his knees in the Chamber ofSecrets. Defeated at last by theDark Lord he so unwiselychallenged. You'll be back withyour dear Mudblood mother soon,Harry...

As Riddle talks, Harry glances at Ginny, nearly whitenow, a small ghost, the only evidence of life theTREMBLING OF A SINGLE FINGER. Harry studies the fingerand what lies beneath it: Tom Riddle's diary. Harrybegins to crawl toward her.

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TOM RIDDLEFunny, isn't it? The damage asilly little book can do?Especially in the hands of a sillylittle girl.

As Harry reaches Ginny, he places his hand on hers,then... slips the diary free.

TOM RIDDLEWhat are you doing? No. Stop...

Riddle's face creases in fear. He LUNGES FORWARD. ButHarry is too quick. Raising his hand high... he PLUNGESTHE FANG into the book. Instantly, BLACK INK SPURTS fromthe pages.

TOM RIDDLENo!

Riddle SHRIEKS, writhing in pain. His body begins towither instantly, growing BLURRY once more. As the inkruns off Harry's fingers to the floor, Riddle VANISHESaltogether. Harry sinks back, then... hears a FAINTMOAN. Ginny STIRS, color blooming in her cheeks. As shesees Harry, she SOBS.

GINNYHarry. It was me! But I swear, Ididn't mean to... Riddle made me.He wrote to me... took me over...I didn't even know whose diary itwas. I found it inside mycauldron. The day we all went toDiagon Alley and... Harry. You'rehurt...

HARRYGinny. You need to get yourselfout... Follow the chamber...You'll find Ron...

There is a RUSH OF WINGS and Fawkes circles down, layshis head onto Harry's arm.

HARRYYou were brilliant, Fawkes. Ijust... wasn't quick enough.

Then Harry blinks, looks down. Thick pearly TEARS aretrickling down Fawkes' face and onto his arm. Almostinstantly, his wound... begins to heal itself.

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HARRYOf course. Dumbledore told me.Phoenix tears have healing powers.

(looking up at Ginny)It's all right, Ginny. It's over.It's just a memory...

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With Fawkes gliding gracefully ahead of them, Harry andGinny make their way back. Up ahead, SHIFTING ROCK canbe heard and a jagged fissure of LIGHT GLIMMERS. Ron'sface appears.

RONGinny!

Ron wriggles through, rushes forward and hugs Ginny.

RONYou're alive. I can't believe it.

GINNYI'm going to be expelled, I justknow it!

RON(to Harry)

Remind you of anyone?

HARRYWhere's Lockhart?

Harry eyes Lockhart, sitting by himself, HUMMINGplacidly.

RONHis Memory Charm backfired.Hasn't got a clue who he is. Ikeep having to stop him wanderingoff. He's a danger to himself.

GILDEROY LOCKHARTHello. Odd sort of place, this,isn't it? Do you live here?

RONNo.

Ron turns, raises his eyebrows at Harry. Harry looksupward. There is an opening, hundreds of feet up. Justthen, Fawkes circles back, fluttering in front of Harry.

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RONWhat's with the bird?

HARRYI think... I think he's telling mehe can take us out of here.

134A INT. ROCKY TUNNEL - NIGHT (LATER) 134A

A CURIOUS, GLIDING SHADOW RIPPLES across the cavernouswall, and then Harry, Ron, Ginny and Lockhart soar out ofthe darkness, linked hand in hand. Fawkes is flying themhome.

GILDEROY LOCKHARTAmazing! This is just like magic!

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135 INT. DUMBLEDORE'S OFFICE - DAY 135

Harry and Ron, covered in muck and slime -- stand inDumbledore's office. Fawkes perches on a pedestal behindDumbledore, who sits at his desk, examining the charreddiary. He looks up, regarding Harry and Ron gravely.

DUMBLEDOREIngenious. Simply... ingenious.

(looking up)Of course, Tom Riddle was probablythe most brilliant studentHogwarts has ever seen. I taughthim myself fifty years ago. Afterhe left, I would occasionally hearstories of his activities -- darkrumors -- but after awhile, eventhe rumors stopped. When hefinally resurfaced as LordVoldemort, most people hadcompletely forgotten the cleverHead Boy he'd once been.

GINNYI didn't know whose diary it was,sir. I swear. I found it insidemy cauldron.

(to the others)The day we all went to DiagonAlley.

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Hearing this, Harry frowns in thought, recollecting...

GINNYBut I understand if... given allthe trouble I've caused... ifyou!--

DUMBLEDOREWiser wizards than you have beenhoodwinked by Lord Voldemort, MissWeasley. No, I think you'veendured enough. I would suggest abit of bed rest, however. Andperhaps a large mug of hotchocolate. I always find thatcheers me up. Minerva, will youshow Arthur and Molly up to thehospital wing?

PROFESSOR McGONAGALLCertainly, Albus.

As they exit, Harry and Ron watch them go. Mrs.Weasley's VOICE carries:

MRS. WEASLEYA diary that writes back to you!Honestly, Ginny! What were youthinking? Haven't I always toldyou? Never trust anything thatcan think for itself if you can'tsee where it keeps its brain!

Harry and Ron turn back. See Dumbledore regarding themgravely.

DUMBLEDOREYou two realize, of course, thatin the last few hours, you havebroken perhaps a dozen schoolrules?

HARRY/RONYes, sir.

DUMBLEDOREAnd that there is sufficientevidence to expel you both?

HARRY/RONYes, sir.

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DUMBLEDORETherefore, it seems onlyfitting...

(eyes twinkling)That you both receive SpecialAwards for Services to the School.And -- let me see -- yes, I thinktwo hundred points apiece, which,I believe, should be more thanenough to secure Gryffindor theHouse Cup.

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HARRY/RON(grinning)

Thank you, sir.

DUMBLEDORENow, Mr. Weasley, if you would,have an owl deliver these releasepapers to Azkaban. We need ourgamekeeper back.

Ron nods, takes the envelope and exits.

DUMBLEDOREFirst, Harry, I want to thank you.You must have shown me realloyalty down in the Chamber.Nothing but that could have calledFawkes to you. Secondly, I senseyou're troubled by something. AmI right?

HARRYIt's just, you see, sir, Icouldn't help noticing certainthings. Certain similarities.Between Tom Riddle and me.

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DUMBLEDOREYou can speak Parseltongue, Harry,because Lord Voldemort can speakParseltongue. Unless I'm muchmistaken, he transformed some ofhis own powers to you the night hegave you that scar.

HARRYVoldemort put a bit of himself inme?

DUMBLEDORENot intentionally, but... yes.

HARRYSo the Sorting Hat was right. Ishould be a Slytherin.

DUMBLEDOREIt's true, Harry. You do possessmany of the qualities Voldemorthimself prizes. Resourcefulness.Determination. A certaindisregard for the rules. Yet theSorting Hat placed you inGryffindor.

HARRYOnly because I asked it to.

DUMBLEDOREExactly. Which makes you verydifferent from Voldemort. It'snot our abilities that show whatwe truly are, Harry. It's ourchoices.

(smiling at him)If you want proof that you belongin Gryffindor, Harry, I suggestyou look more closely at this.

Dumbledore hands the bloodstained sword to Harry. AnENGRAVED NAME glimmers above the ruby-encrusted hilt.

HARRY'Godric Gryffindor.'

DUMBLEDOREOnly a true Gryffindor could havepulled that out of the Hat.

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Suddenly, Lucius Malfoy enters, dragging... Dobby by theear.

HARRYDobby! This is your Master? Thefamily you serve is the Malfoys!

Dobby nods, chagrined. Lucius Malfoy brushes past Harry.

LUCIUS MALFOYOut of my way, Potter.

(to Dumbledore)So! You've returned!

DUMBLEDOREYes. When the governors heardthat Arthur Weasley's daughter hadbeen taken into the Chamber, theysaw fit to summon me back.

(a wry smile)Curiously, several of them seemedunder the impression that youwould curse their families if theydidn't agree to suspend me in thefirst place, Lucius.

LUCIUS MALFOYFrom the beginning, my onlyconcern has been the welfare ofthis school and its students.I assume the culprit has beenidentified.

DUMBLEDOREOh yes. It was Voldemort. Onlythis time, he chose to act throughsomeone else. By means of...this.

As Dumbledore nudges the diary toward Lucius Malfoy,Harry sees Dobby nod meaningfully from the diary toLucius.

DUMBLEDOREFortunately, our young Mr. Potterdiscovered it.

(a chill to his voice)One only hopes that no more ofLord Voldemort's old school thingsfind their way into innocenthands. The consequences for theone responsible could be...severe.

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Lucius Malfoy stares icily at Dumbledore, then turnsaway.

LUCIUS MALFOYCome, Dobby. We're leaving.

As Dobby scuttles toward the door, Lucius Malfoy KICKSHIM through it, then exits himself. Harry stares at theempty doorway as DOBBY'S PAINFUL SQUEALS ECHO from thecorridor.

HARRYSir? I wonder if I could havethat.

Dumbledore looks up, follows Harry's eyes to the diary.

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As the elevator opens, Harry dashes out.

HARRYMr. Malfoy! I have something ofyours.

Harry comes up running, thrusts the diary into Malfoy'shand.

LUCIUS MALFOYMine? I don't know what you'retalking about.

HARRYI think you do, sir. I think youslipped it into Ginny Weasley'scauldron that day in Diagon Alley.

Malfoy shoves the diary into Dobby's face, then leansclose to Harry and, with a nasty grin, WHISPERS:

LUCIUS MALFOYProve it!

He turns away. As Dobby looks sadly back, clutching thediary in his hand, Harry mouths the words: Open it.Dobby looks down curiously. Inside... is a SOCK. HeGASPS.

LUCIOUS MALFOYDobby, come! Dobby!

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DOBBY(in wonderment)

Master has given Dobby a sock.Master has presented Dobby withclothes. Dobby is... free!

LUCIUS MALFOYWhat? I didn't --

He wheels, sees Harry standing with one leg crossed: Hisright ankle is bare. Instantly, Malfoy charges forth.

LUCIUS MALFOYYou've lost me my servant!

DOBBYYou shall not harm Harry Potter!

Dobby steps between and -- BANG! Malfoy flies backwards,lands in a crumpled heap. Rising, he stares murderouslyat Harry.

LUCIUS MALFOYMark my words, Harry Potter.You'll meet the same sticky end asyour parents one of these days.They were meddlesome fools too.

With that, he turns, storms off.

DOBBYHarry Potter freed Dobby! How canDobby ever repay him?

HARRYJust promise me something.

DOBBYAnything, sir.

HARRYNever try to save my life again.

Dobby grins then and -- CRACK! -- is gone.

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137 INT. GREAT HALL - NIGHT 137

Fear and suspicion banished, the House tables abuzz withexcitement and anticipation... all except the Slytherins,who do not share the general feeling.

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Seated at the tables, are the formerly petrified, revivedstudents. Justin Finch-Fletchley joins his fellowHufflepuffs. Colin Creevey SNAPS photos of theproceedings.

At the rear of the hall, standing near the entrance,Filch is reunited with Mrs. Norris. Then... Hermioneenters, searching the room for Harry and Ron. Finally,she sees them. Smiles. Runs forward and embraces Harry.

HERMIONEYou solved it! You solved it!

HARRYWith loads of help from you.

She turns to embrace Ron. They pause, an awkward momentbetween them and... shake hands instead.

RONWelcome back, Hermione.

McGonagall taps her goblet. Dumbledore stands.

DUMBLEDOREBefore we begin our feast, let'sgive a round of applause toProfessor Sprout and MadamePomfrey, whose Mandrake Juice hasbeen successfully administered toall those who had been petrified.

Everyone applauds.

DUMBLEDOREAlso, in the wake of recentevents, as a school treat, allexams have been cancelled.

Everyone cheers, save for Hermione.

HERMIONEOh, no!

At the rear of the Hall, the great doors OPEN. It'sHagrid. He enters. Stops. Looks around. The roomfalls SILENT. All eyes upon him. He glances around.Nervous. Embarrassed.

HAGRIDSorry I'm late. The owl deliverin'my release papers got all lost 'nconfused. Some ruddy bird namedErrol.

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Ron exchanges a nervous glance with Dumbledore. Hagridlooks at all of the faces staring at him. He turns toHarry.

HAGRIDI jus' want to say... that if itwasn't fer' you, Harry... you an'Ron... and Hermione... Well, Ijus' want to say... Thanks.

HARRYThere's no Hogwarts without you,Hagrid.

Just then... Dumbledore gets to his feet and... slowly...brings his hands together. The others join him. Soon,everyone is on their feet and the Hall ROARING. As thestudents surround Hagrid, he blinks, wipes at his eyes,and...

CAMERA PULLS BACK, THROUGH the window, leaving thecelebration. WE CONTINUE TO CRANE BACK... BACK... TO aWIDE SHOT OF HOGWARTS... glittering gloriously in thenight.

FADE TO BLACK.

THE END

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