Ron and Hermione went down into the Chamber of Secrets during the Battle of Hogwarts to collect Basilisk fangs. They could get inside by mimicked parseltongue and gravity, but how could they get out?

Last time they went inside (second year), there was a Phoenix on the campus to carry them out, but how did they get out this time? The Chamber of Secrets was so deep underground (possibly below that lake outside).

  • Are you asking about the books or the movies?
    – V2Blast
    Jul 16, 2018 at 20:36
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    In Book2, JKR conrrived a situation where they were left without broomsticks or wands (Ron's wand was broken, Harry's was taken by Tom Riddle, Hermione's was taken by Lockhart), plus they were second-years. In Book7, none of that applies. How did they get out? Probably the same way Slytherin, the Gaunts, Tom Riddle, the basilisk, and Ginny (presumably she entered the Chamber at some point while under the influence of the diary to let the basilisk out) did. It was the Chamber of Secrets, not the Chamber of No Way Out. Jul 16, 2018 at 20:44
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    @Acccumulation I’m now picturing Slytherin just straddling his basilisk and riding it through the pipes :D
    – ZenLogic
    Jul 16, 2018 at 21:53
  • @Acccumulation Basilisk was a giant snake which could find its way through holes and pipes. Talking about others, they could ride the Basilisk like the previous comment said. There's nothing funny about it.
    – user931
    Jul 17, 2018 at 10:58
  • @The Wasp So you're suggesting that any time any of them visited the chamber, they rode the basilisk out, then sent the basilisk back? Did the basilisk close the door behind himself? Jul 17, 2018 at 14:41

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They used a broomstick to get out. I’m sure broomsticks would not be difficult to obtain during the chaos of the battle.

And then he skidded round a final corner and with a yell of mingled relief and fury he saw them: Ron and Hermione, both with their arms full of large, curved, dirty yellow objects, Ron with a broomstick under his arm.

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Chapter 31 The Battle of Hogwarts (emphasis mine)

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    I wonder how they piloted the broom in pipes.
    – user931
    Jul 16, 2018 at 13:55
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    @TheWasp they didn't need to go up the pipes to get out of the chamber, when they escaped the chamber with the help of Fawkes the Phoenix in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, they flew out of an opening created by the chamber caving in as a result of Lockharts failed memory charm. Therefore they probably just flew out of the cave opening like last time.
    – DannyJames
    Jul 16, 2018 at 14:08
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    @DannyJames Did they not fix that hole between book 2 and book 7? Seems like something the school would want patched up before students get back. Jul 16, 2018 at 14:29
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    @DannyJames That's not true if we're talking about the books (and we should be, the movies are nonsense). The Chamber of Secrets is, by the estimation of Harry and Ron, miles under the school (possibly under the lake). A cave-in sufficient to block the passageway wouldn't necessarily result in a hole they could actually exit through, especially if it is underneath the lake. They return to the school the same way they came in - the pipe leading to/from Moaning Myrtle's bathroom. Jul 16, 2018 at 15:31
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    @TheWasp It's a pipe large enough for a giant snake to travel through, so there should be room for a broom and rider(s). Provided you flew slowly, and had light so you could see the turns (the passenger could hold up their wand after casting Lumos), there shouldn't really be any issues. Jul 16, 2018 at 15:39

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