Hello everyone! I just finished rereading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling. Again, every time I reread one of her books I thoroughly enjoy it! I am definitely going to make my way through the rest of the series.
So, what do I love about the second book in the series? There are huge new characters that come into play in this one as we delve deeper into the wizarding world. I love that we can learn little extra bits about these characters that perhaps weren’t included in the films.
I took notes as I went through the book, picking up on things I had forgotten, bits I enjoyed reading and extra bits that weren’t in the film.
Okay, so the filmmakers must have had something against Mrs Mason. In the book Aunt Petunias “mountain of cream and sugared violets” falls on the floor as opposed to on Vernon’s business partner’s wife’s head.
After Harry is rescued from the Dursley’s in the flying car, they start to suspect that Draco was the one who ordered Dobby to keep Harry away from Hogwarts (and secretly Draco is one of my favourite characters, so I have to defend him).
Errol is just the most adorably hopeless thing in the world. “…and tried to stand him on it, but Errol flopped straight off again so Ron laid him on the draining board instead…”
When Harry ends up in Knockturn Alley, in a shop called Borgin & Burkes, he hides in a black cabinet – could this be the vanishing cabinet from book 5?
Mr Weasley and Lucius Malfoy have an actual fist fight at Flourish & Blotts!
Page 95 and Page 101
“I mean, a few people have heard of you haven’t they?” “I know, it’s not quite as good as winning Witch Weekly Most-Charming-Smile Award five times in a row as I have – but it’s a start.”
I love Lockhart’s character development in the book. In this bit, he catches Harry before a Herbology lesson and laments his disappointment that the boy has gotten a taste for fame and is now trying be just like Lockhart! So modest (not!)
I enjoyed the entire side story about Lockhart being convinced that Harry is just pulling publicity stunts. (His “Lockhart Quiz” in their first Dark Arts lesson is also hilariously brilliant.)
The Gryffindor team have quidditch practise at the crack of dawn. The early morning sessions make me think of crisp autumn mornings – although Harry himself couldn’t enjoy the calm atmosphere due to Colin scrambling after him and asking him lots of questions!
The heroic trio go to Lockhart to trick him into writing them a note for the restricted section – because they know he is the only teacher dumb enough to fall for it.
“All right there, Scarhead?” – a classic quote that always makes me laugh!
Harry goes off to find Justin Finch-Fletchley when their class is cancelled and overhears some Hufflepuffs talking about him being the Heir of Slytherin. We are introduced to Ernie Macmillan, who does not appear in the film.
Ron remembers the name T. M. Riddle from polishing the award for special services to the school whilst he was in detention with Filch. We later learn that Riddle got the award for “catching” the culprit the first time the chamber was opened – when really he framed Hagrid to keep the blame off of himself.
Harry notices that the diary is from a newsagents on Vauxhall Road in London and concludes that the owner must have been muggle-born.
Harry, at this point, thinks the diary is completely blank. But, for some unexplainable reason, he can’t bring himself to get rid of it. Is this because he feels a connection to it? Because it is a horcrux and so is he?
“Ron read the message, swallowed hard and looked sideways at the empty seat usually filled by Hermione. The sight seemed to stiffen his resolve, and he nodded.” The fact that he swallowed hard suggests that he wanted to cry. Rowling is already foreshadowing their adorable future relationship.
Ginny almost tells Harry and Ron about everything that has been happening with the chamber!
I love it when they find out all the answers and how it all fits together. The spiders fleeing before it and the roosters being killed. Also, how each of the victims never actually did look the monster in the eye. It is all so clever and interesting to read.
Into the Chamber…
It is really cool how Rowling describes a kind of “haze” around Riddle, emphasising the fact that he is still just a memory being brought back to real life. I love the description of Riddle’s calm disposition compared to Harry being so unaware and scared. It gives Riddle an eerie air of control over the situation.
In the book it is easier to understand how Riddle uses the diary to try and return to power. We learn that all through the school year, Ginny has been writing her worries and thoughts in the diary and Riddle has been writing back. It makes it easier to understand that she pours her soul into the diary so that Riddle’s soul can come back to life. She will die and he will live.
“Speak to me, Slytherin, greatest of the Hogwarts Four.” The giant serpent emerges from the mouth of the statue of Slytherin, like the tongue of a snake.
The Importance of Lucius Malfoy
Why did he decide to target Ginny Weasley? Why did he give her Riddle’s diary? Well, I found that I could understand this a lot more in the book. We gain a greater understanding of Mr Weasley’s job, raiding wizards of their misused muggle artefacts. Both Lucius and Mr Weasley work at the Ministry of Magic.
On page 354, Dumbledore points out “The Weasleys are one of the most prominent muggle families. Imagine the effect on Arthur Weasley and his Muggle Protection Act, if his own daughter was discovered attacking and killing Muggle-borns.”
Lucius was trying to destroy the Weasley family and bring Lord Voldemort back all in one.
And there you have it! Those are a few of my insights from rereading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Hope you enjoyed and I will most likely be rereading the next one soon!
Lots of love,