Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Reread

The Harry Potter Reread continues, after enjoying myself thoroughly in Philosopher’s Stone, we move on to Chamber of Secrets. (just a heads up that there is a spoiler for the whole series in this post, you are warned, even though what have you been doing not reading the whole series?)

The famed Ford Angela
The famed Ford Angela

I’m again surprised by just how short this book actually is! It’s all over within a flash. But this book is actually very critical to the whole series, we’re introduced to horcruxes! Not only that but Harry being a horcrux was in this book – “So Voldemort put a bit of him in me?” I just love the fact that this was sitting here this whole time. JK’s foreshadowing at its best!

Rereading this book also made me think about some things. How do the ghosts work? Nick is holding a letter? How did he do that? Do they have ghost owls? And ghost paper? Like how does this work at all? And in a later book it sounds like they can change clothes? How does that work? Do they have a wardrobe? And what do they do all day? Just float around? THESE ARE QUESTIONS I WANT ANSWERED.

Another testament to JK is just how more the world could be fleshed out, when it already has been so much. If only Pottermore was more prolific, and targeted these crucial questions!

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One thought on “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Reread

  1. Even when I was reading this at the age of 12 it made me feel like I was just getting through it to get to the good stuff. Thankfully my patience paid off in the third book when we finally got so much of the information we were waiting for and the series was finally set in motion. But so much of this book feels like padding and Lockhart grates on your nerves. In particular, the chapter with Nearly Headless Nick’s rivalry with the other ghost at the Headless Hunt is such pointless, childish Saturday morning cartoon-style comedy that it almost takes you out of the whole experience.

    Not to mention the Deux ex Machinas that kept Harry alive are at their worst here, with the Flying Ford Anglia car and Fawkes somehow being summoned to the Chamber (with Godric Gryffindor’s sword!) being particularly egregious. What’s interesting is this plot armor actually keeps everyone alive in this book, with no fatal victims of the Basilisk in modern times (and we know the plot armor eventually wears off for one of those characters later on).

    We do at least get some of Voldemort’s backstory but we get much more of that later on. Also the whole story just boils down to Voldemort wanting to figure out how he was defeated in the previous book.

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