Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: This logic error annoys fans


"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets": This logic error annoys fans

In the second entry of the "Harry Potter" series, Jason Isaacs shines as a nerd Lucius Malfoy. But the filmmakers have exaggerated it a bit in terms of malice. For the ex-Death Eater grabs his spells clearly in tone.

J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World with its spells and magical items has been expanded and adapted over the years by the author - also to the displeasure of the fans. Still, there is a scene in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" that runs on Sat.1 at 8:15 pm this Saturday, the diehard Potterheads since the theatrical release of 2002 and still busy, and to numerous heated discussions in "Harry Potter "-Foren has led.

This is the sequence at the end of the film when Voldemort follower Lucius Malfoy is asked by Harry Potter for his involvement in the opening of the Chamber of Secrets.


Not only did Harry Potter banish the danger of the basilisk, allowing the hated mudbloods and director Dumbledore to stay at Hogwarts, the young wizard with the lightning on his forehead also causes Malfoy to accidentally lock in his house-elf Dobby releases the freedom. That's too much for the proud Lucius, who suddenly drops his icy cover, reaches for the wand, and wants to speak the killing curse Avada Kedavra. Only of Dobby's intervention finally saves Harry Potter's life.

And here's the big logic error for fans: would Lucius Malfoy really try to kill a 12-year-old in the middle of Hogwarts in front of the headmaster's office in broad daylight? With an Unforgivable Curse that, as we all know, means a lifetime banishment to Azkaban? Would the composed Lucius Malfoy really do that in spite of all the rage?

For many fans, it is clear: no! Accordingly, this forbidden death sentence does not appear in the book template. Generally, the Unforgivable Curses are only introduced two volumes later in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire". Therefore, there is clearly a huge logic error for Potterheads. Despite influence and money, Malfoy would not get away with this murder. Even Voldemort would not have been pleased with Harry's killing, though Lucius had probably already lost faith in his return at that moment. But why is this illogical scene in the movie at all?


The question is especially justified, as "Harry Potter" author J. K. Rowling also shot the screenplay on all the films. So you should have noticed the Avada Kedavra error. In their defense: In various discussion forums is to be read as an answer that the saying was an improvisation by actor Jason Isaacs and therefore was not in the script. As Isaacs has admitted in various interviews over the years, director Chris Columbus has left him a free hand in the scene.

Since Isaacs had read the recently released "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", he had spontaneously invented the killing curse while filming, and that remained in the finished movie. Although we did not come across any of these interviews in our research, this seems to be the common and accepted explanation for the curse-faux-pas. Either that or the creators thought, a totally angry Malfoy would be angry and deluded enough to actually unleash an Unforgivable Curse on a student.

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