This is, in a weird way, a book club. On Mondays I host the weekly meeting of said book club of 1 (me). I discuss one/the only book I read in the past week. This is not a book review, but how the book relates to my life. Comments are welcome, especially
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is probably my least favorite book in the series. I think it has to do with how strong the future books are when compared to this. Chamber of Secrets is more a sequel to Sorcerer’s Stone more than a story of it’s own. It is all about Harry still getting comfortable in the magical world.
Here are the things I love about Chamber of Secrets:
- Dobby! I know, this is somewhat controversial, especially with those who only know Dobby from the movie. Dobby is a creature born to slavery and fighting for what he believes in.
- The adults fighting! The movie avoids the intense dislike between Arthur Weasley and Lucius Malfoy. Instead of the physical altercation that happens in the book, the movie reduced it to a passive aggressive exchange of words.
- Gnomes! I know they contribute nothing to the story, but the de-gnoming of the Weasley’s garden is so freaking fun!
- Nearly Headless Nick’s Death Day party! So much of the ghosts was just silly. What is really important is that this party sets the dates for the series. It’s Nick’s 500th Death Day, he died in 1492- thus, this is 1992! Where were you in October 1992? I was 16… Yes, I am 3 years older than Harry, Ron, and Hermione. This is part of my obsession with Cedric, he would only be a few months younger than me… I mean, if he was alive and had been real.
- The introduction of the vanishing cabinet happens in this book. This is the same that will be repaired by Draco to get the Death Eaters. I forgot that it was actually broken in this book when Sir Nick had Peeves break it to distract Filch. Oh, Rowling, you are completely awesome!
Spoilers for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child are coming out. I am not a person who has problems with spoilers. In fact, I find they help me set me level of expectation to reasonable levels. Anyway, there are hints that my beloved Cedric Diggory plays a big role in it. You have no idea how happy this makes me.