Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets discussion, chapters 1-9
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1. The Worst Birthday
2. Dobby's Warning
3. The Burrow
4. At Flourish and Blotts
5. The Whomping Willow
6. Gilderoy Lockhart
7. Mudbloods and Murmurs
8. The Deathday Party
9. The Writing on the Wall
As always if you are new to the series, expect spoilers for this book and the other books in the series!
I love that Ron Fred and George came to find him and the hairpin trick! Molly's reaction to thier shinanigans and Arthurs interest in how the car ran
The burrow sounds like lots of fun, just the kind of house I like
I also wonder if Madam Pomfrey's pepper-up potion would work on muggles? We know of course that they are susceptible to spells and charms but what about potions?
oh and as regards potions working on muggles why didn't Mr Filch go to Mde Pomfrey to cure his illness? he may hate the students but not the magical community in general
The Burrow is exactly like my house growing up, except for the magical bits. I am one of 6 kids and we always had extra people in the house in addition to the 8 that lived there. The something-happening-somewhere-always, the noise, the commotion of people coming and going, always being able to find someone to do something with -- all of these Burrow things make me smile because it is how I grew up and I loved it. :)
Lockhart is such a pill. Great character, but man does he make a pain of himself. I love Harry for trying to stay out of the spotlight as often as he can. Having Lockhart around puts Harry's shyness in stark contrast -- I love it!
When leaving the Burrow, Ginny has to go back to the house to get her diary. I am sure this is actually Riddle's diary. What if Mrs Weasley had said too bad there isn't time to go back for it!
#8 So great! This is such a special series. :)
- I've never understood why Mr. Weasley goes through the barrier to Platform 9 3/4 just after Percy. I can understand Mrs. Weasley wanting to go with Ginny and get her settled, but it doesn't make sense to me that Mr. Weasley wouldn't wait and make sure all of the kids got through the barrier all right. I mean, not that he would have been expecting it to seal itself, but it is implied that if a person is too worried about crashing, they will crash. . . . Oh, well. I guess he had to go in and leave the boys to follow for the sake of the story.
- I love the scene where Harry and Ron are looking in the window of the Great Hall and speculating on what has happened to Snape, and then he proves to be standing right behind them! Possibly my favorite scene in this book.
- Percy takes 5 points from Gryffindor when he finds Harry and Ron "investigating" Moaning Myrtle's toilet. In a later book (OotP) we're told that prefects can't take points away (at least, not until Umbridge gives the Inquisitorial Squad the power to do so). Inconsistency? Or can prefects take points from their own houses, but not from other houses?
I must be feeling nitpicky tonight. I am enjoying this reread, now that I've gotten around to it!
its true that it seems odd that the Weasleys would leave the two boys to follow especially in an area full of muggles. You'd think that Arthur would have stayed till last to clear up any problems, maybe Dobby used his magic to confund them?
It does seem that anyone using floo powder for the first time would need help, someone should have gone with him!