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HP Challenge: Chamber of Secrets

I’m going to start off this post by being brutally honest. When I’ve decided to re-read the Harry Potter series before, I’ve either skipped over the Chamber of Secrets or just watched the movie. :/ It might make me a crappy fan, but this book just isn’t my favorite.

When I really think about it, there’s nothing wrong with the book. It follows the same kind of format as the first novel: Harry learns more about the wizarding world and his mysterious past while defeating dark forces that are continually set against him, all in a charming, funny, engaging package. But, I guess it’s just not as light as the first book, with the students (especially half-bloods) living in fear that the deadly chamber monster will be sicced on them by the unidentified Heir of Slytherin.

I think its the general feeling of discord and the sense of constantly looking behind corners. Ughhh and could Gilderoy Lockhart be any more annoying?? Mr. I Know Everything- I love the literary justice that he gets served though. Especially when Harry, Ron and Hermione see him again in Order of the Phoenix. :)

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Some Important Points of Foreboding:

  • Harry and Ron experience the Whomping Willow for the first time (and not their last)
  • Lucius Malfoy is caught red-handed with dark magic from Voldy himself
  • Harry sees his first glimpse of the young Voldy aka Tom Riddle and sees their physical and magical similarities
  • Harry sees Cornelius Fudge for the first time
  • Dobby becomes a free elf

AND- the most foreboding point of all that I never noticed before:

“You can speak Parseltongue, Harry,” said Dumbledore calmly, “because Lord Voldemort- who is last remaining ancestor of Salazaar Slytherin- can speak Parseltongue. Unless I’m much mistaken, he transferred some of his own powers to you the night he gave you tha scar. Not something he intended to do, I’m sure…”

“Voldemort put a bit of himself in me?” Harry said, thunderstruck.

I think this is my first time re-reading this series after having finished all the books. I love how much I’m seeing with fresh eyes this time around. Plus, I think I’ve come to finally appreciate the Chamber of Secrets through the  Harry Potter Challenge.

Maybe the next time around when there isn’t a challenge to contend with, I’ll make sure to read this book instead of watching it on-screen. Maybe…

Next Goal: Finish Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by Oct. 22nd. The books now start to get thicker and thicker, but I know we can do it!

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • http://www.jessica-workman.com Jessica Workman

    I used to feel the same way about Chamber of Secrets. It was always my least favorite book of the series … but something happened when I reread this time. I liked it. I really liked it. The characters became much more complex and I was able to recognize how deep some of the plot lines really run. I think it’s because I have more patience than I had as a teenager. I can identify with things a little better, I think.

  • Lisa

    I agree with you completely, Jessica- just writing out that “foreboding” list made me really think about how well everything works together in these books. It’s amazing!! It’s so cool to see the threads of the story being woven in front of you!

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