Most Potterheads Are Wrong About This Chamber of Secrets Detail, and We're Tired of Pretending They're Not
Even after all these years, most Harry Potter fans still believe this one thing even though it virtually can’t be true — all thanks to the movies that got it wrong!
The Chamber of Secrets follows Harry Potter ’s second year at Hogwarts which also happened to be Ginny Weasley’s first. While Harry was already at home there, the little girl had possibly the worst welcome imaginable: instead of getting to socialize and study, she became possessed by one of Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes and almost died!
Tom Riddle, who was a senior student back when he created his Diary, left a self-conscious fragment of his soul there and started communicating with Ginny. As she opened her soul for him, Riddle became more and more powerful, and at some point, he was capable of possessing the girl for short periods of time.
The Horcrux used this power to make Ginny release the Basilisk from the Chamber of Secrets, set it up for the successful genocide of Muggle-borns, and leave scary messages on Hogwarts walls. This is where a common misconception lies: the vast majority of Potterheads think that Ginny wrote those messages in blood.
This happened thanks to the movies: to add some drama, the director decided to make the messages look bloody. The books, however, never specify either the color or the origin of the paint on the walls; furthermore, if read carefully, they also explain that there was no way that Ginny used blood to write those threatening texts.
Many fans remember that Tom Riddle made Ginny kill the Hogwarts roosters and assume that the little girl used their blood. But the roosters were strangled, not sliced, and when she woke up, she found feathers and not blood all over her.
Also, since the rooster murder and the writing of the messages happened on different days, Ginny would’ve had to accurately extract the blood from those poor feathery fellows, collect it, and store it somewhere safe. This makes such a feat next to impossible in itself even if we ignore that there was no mention of blood loss on the roosters’ part.
For all we know from the books, the messages on the walls could’ve been painted blue or green, and there are literally no reasons to assume they were written in blood. And for all the disgusting things Riddle made Ginny do, at least the little girl didn’t have to bathe her limbs in dead animals’ blood, so that’s a plus.