Theory about the diary of TM Riddle

    There are some essays at a site hpcompanion.com about the individual book plots. An interesting one concerns The Chamber of Secrets. The author makes the case that Ginny Weasley was not the target of choice for the diary merely the victim of Lucius' anger at Arthur in the book store. The essay lays out the theory that Lucius had planned Harry to get the diary and had been planning that probably for several months. I don't think I've read any fanfic exploring that plot.

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    An interesting question.

    An interesting question.

    I can't help thinking though that in order to divine Malfoy's actual motive one needs to first answer this:

    What exactly did Lucius know about the diary and what it could do? It seems unlikely that Voldemort would have told him it was a horcrux, as I'm sure he'd want to keep that to himself, so I find myself wondering what Lucius actually expected it to accomplish.

    -SC

    rachel's picture

    I agree with that. I always

    I agree with that. I always thought it was Harry. I mean Ginny was a non-entity. You know I wondered why Voldemort didn't try to use Ginny to get Harry during the Deathly Hallows saga. It was like nobody knew what had happened between the both of them. The character really was a back drop for Harry and nobody else. Neither character or plot wise.

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    Why plant the diary on Harry Potter?

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    What exactly did Lucius know about the diary and what it could do? It seems unlikely that Voldemort would have told him it was a horcrux, as I'm sure he'd want to keep that to himself, so I find myself wondering what Lucius actually expected it to accomplish.

    Lucius knew the diary was a school artifact of the Dark Lord and it could open the Chamber of Secrets. If he could get the diary into Harry's hands at worst the Boy-Who-Lived would be discredited, at best he is killed. Now IF the Dark Lord were to return Lucius can claim to have tarnished the reputation of, and possibly have killed, Harry Potter. "No my Lord, I did not suffer Azkaban for you, but I did kill the boy who banished you using your own diary." Lucius did not know what the diary really was or he never would have let it out of his control. What the essay didn't touch on was if Harry had died because of the diary it would have fulfilled the prophecy. The diary was Lord Voldemort!

    The gist of the essay is why did Dobby tell Harry he was in great danger? With just any old body writing in the diary Harry was in no more danger than the rest of the Hogwarts population. But if Harry was the target of Lucius' plot he, specifically, was indeed in great danger.

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    Ginny, Ginny, Ginny...

    rachel wrote:

    I mean Ginny was a non-entity.

    True. A lot of essays before HBP wondered what Ginny's purpose was plot wise. In hind sight I think the character Ginny Weasley was a "Chekov's gun".