Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)


Concept featured in film: Skeletal System
Location of clip: DVD: Chapter 16 0:57:57 - 0:59:14


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Summary of clip: Professor Lockhart attempts to repair Harry's broken arm, but removes the bone instead.

Connection of flickclip to concept: This clip is an engaging way to show the importance of the skeletal system in movement and structure. This clip could be used to start a leaning cycle on the skeletal system.

Suggestions to teachers:
1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. What bones does it appear were removed?

b. Harry's arm maintains it's basic shape pretty well. Do you think this would be the case if bones were really removed from an arm? What do you think it would look like? How is the skeleton involved in maintaining structure?

c. Harry still has all his muscle and nerves, but seems unable to move his arm himself. What role does the skeleton play in movement?

d. Are there any natural physical proceses that can remove bones? In Roger Highfield's The Science of Harry Potter, Clinton Rubin suggests that perhaps Lockhart's spell activated and accelerated the action of osteoclasts, that destroy other cells? What are real conditions (medical or environmental) that can result in bone loss?

2. The next scene in the movie depicts Madame Pomfrey using Skele-Gro to replace the missing bones. Have students research and describe real-life scientific treatment options for bone loss and bone repair.