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Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets Essay

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When people watch or think of their favorite movie, they don’t usually sit and analyze the underlying philosophical themes within them. However, in reality, understanding the philosophical ideas is an important aspect if someone wants to perceive the movie as a whole. So why do people not catch these important aspects within their “favorite” movies? There could be many reasons, but the two most prominent are that the viewers lack philosophical knowledge or the directors disguise these issues so well they’re almost impossible to notice. One of my favorite films, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, contains many hidden philosophical themes I never detected in a multitude of previous viewings. Although the movie contains multiple philosophical ideas, the most significantly recurring philosophical theme is that there is strength within a community and in our relationships with others. Furthermore, it is important to understand that our relationships with others can ultimately determine our choices.
Before analyzing the severity of this philosophical theme, it is necessary to have a basic understanding of the overall plot of this movie. The movie begins with the protagonist, Harry Potter, spending a dreadful summer with his only surviving family, the Dursleys. During a dinner party, Harry is visited by a house-elf, Dobby. When Harry declines Dobby’s warning to not return to Hogwarts, he turns the dinner into a disaster. The enraged Dursley’s lock Harry in his
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