Literary Musings · To Read or Not to Read?

Harry Potter Reread. Book 2, Post 1.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was the first Harry Potter book I ever read and it’s been my favorite ever since. And so I’m super happy that, just as I started rereading it, I got a chance to purchase the illustrated version and it’s gorgeous!

So here’s the recap for Chamber of Secrets, pages 1-130.

  • Honestly, why was no one watching the Dursley house to make sure that Harry wouldn’t be mistreated during the summer? And did none of the neighbors notice or question it when Vernon suddenly had bars installed on windows?
  • Dobby, Dobby, Dobby. Just like Hermione, he started out like a little annoyance and became so beloved.
  • Fred and George Weasley are awesome. And Arthur is one of the best literary fathers ever. That is all.
  • I know Harry and Ron are only twelve but honestly how stupid are they not to think of any solution other than flying a car when they get locked out of Platform 9 3/4? Yet another example of why the Sorting Hat didn’t consider putting Harry into Ravenclaw.
  • Gilderoy Lockhart. Narcissist. Liar. Not very good at teaching. Still one of the better Defense Against the Dark Arts professors Harry had. (And by the way, how did he ever get decent at DADA? I know Remus Lupin was awesome but that was only one years’ worth of actual good learning. I guess this is one of those cases that’s proof that “on the job training” can be more useful than a traditional education.)
  • And speaking of Lockhart, Ron is being super perceptive in regards to his shadiness. Barely one meeting in and Ron’s saying he doesn’t believe Lockhart did everything he says he did.
  • I really wish Peeves would have made it into the movies.

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