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The Ron Detail In Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets You Only Catch On A Rewatch

The eight-part "Harry Potter" film series is so intricately detailed that even the most die-hard fans might catch something new after watching it a few times.

A prime example is in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" when Neville's (Matthew Lewis) new Remembrall turns red and he struggles to remember what he forgot. Upon closer inspection of the scene, it's clear what slipped his mind: He's the only student in the Great Hall not wearing the required black robes. Another often-missed detail is, in a "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" flashback, a young Tom Riddle (Hero Fiennes Tiffin) has seven rocks on his windowsill, a foreshadowing of his future seven Horcruxes.

Many fans have noticed a small detail in the second installment, "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," which sees the golden trio of Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) figure out how to stop the Heir of Slytherin, who unleashes a deadly basilisk to kill the school's Muggle-borns. This detail concerns Ron and a clever directorial choice regarding his clothing.

Ron is wearing faded robes to indicate that they're hand-me-downs

From the moment Harry meets Ron on the Hogwarts Express in "Sorcerer's Stone," it's obvious that the second-youngest Weasley doesn't come from a wealthy family. He doesn't have money to buy anything off the food trolley and has all secondhand belongings, including his brother Percy's old rat, Scabbers. Though Ron's money struggles never deter Harry and Hermione from being his friend, it's something he often feels self-conscious about.

In a "Chamber of Secrets" scene that shows Harry, Ron, and Hermione walking through a corridor, Ron's robes look faded and drabby compared to his friends' dark, black ones, subtly indicating that these were passed down to Ron by an older brother because his parents couldn't afford brand-new ones.

A number of fans on Reddit revealed how they previously missed Ron's hand-me-down uniform. Redditor u/mightynoodles said, "I've been binging the series today, and JUST NOTICED THIS TOO! After countless watches." Others questioned why no one used a charm to make his clothes look new, with u/gizmuo adding, "Honestly considering all we learn about magic in those books there shouldn't be a single poor wizard."