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I just ran across this comment:

Never mind that in HBP case, we know that large swaths of HBP were witten to be in Book 2 (Chamber of Secrets) and then cut out and postponed till Book 6 :)

I haven't heard this before. But it kind of seems like it'd make sense - Chamber of Secrets has always felt a little off, and only really fit in with the overall plot once we learned about the Horcruxes in Half-Blood Prince. If parts were transplanted to the later book, that could explain it.

What parts of the story did Rowling move from Chamber of Secrets to Half-Blood Prince?

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  • something to consider in attempting to answer this sort of question: rowling lies about her past intentions (the early interview stating grindelwald is dead call into question the claim that she planned the story in advance; and most famously, there's gay dumbledore and similar retcons). unless her editor or someone else closely involved with the writing of the book confirms that this is the case, there is no reason to believe this statement.
    – Esther
    Commented Nov 27, 2021 at 3:41

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J.K. Rowling has never exactly laid out what parts of Half-Blood Prince she cut from Chamber of Secrets, but, if I recall correctly, the story about Snape being the half-blood prince was originally slated for Chamber of Secrets.

J.K. Rowling: There is no trace of the HBP storyline left in CoS, rather the link between the two books relates to a discovery Harry made in CoS that foreshadows something he finds out in HBP. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was once, in the long distant past, a possibility for Chamber of Secrets, and from that we deduced that it was genuine. Certain crucial pieces of information in book six were originally planned for Chamber of Secrets, but very early on (first draft of CoS) I realised that this information's proper home was book six. I have said before now that CoS holds some very important clues to the ultimate end of the series. Not as many as six, obviously, but there is a link.

J.K. Rowling - ACCIO QUOTE

I guess this to be referring to Horcruxes. She says the information in question would have been presented too early in CoS; Horcruxes makes sense in this regard. If Harry hadn't learned of the prophecy until OOTP, I might have wondered if the issue in question was that Snape had been the one to take the info from the prophecy to Voldemort. Harry didn't find out it was Snape until HBP. All in all, though, the concept of Horcruxes makes the most sense to me.

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  • Awr, I was indeed hoping for more...
    – Izkata
    Commented Jan 4, 2013 at 1:21

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