2007: 101. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


“Not for the first time, an argument had broken out at number four, Privet Drive.  Mr. Vernon Dursley had been woken in the early hours by a loud, hooting noise from his nephew Harry’s room.”

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling

I think that this is my least favorite of the Potter books.  Not that it isn’t good and filled with great details of a fascinating world, but it lacks that little something to make me love it best.  Also, the whole “Dobby is trying to protect Harry by getting him in trouble” bit freaks me out.  And I hate the part when everyone thinks Harry is the heir of Slytherin and no one trusts him! Stressful (but, good practice for later, I guess) BUT, I do love the end, when Harry arranges Dobby’s freedom, and I like the house elves over all, so I’m not complaining, just saying that out of six fun books this is my least favorite...

What I do like - the introduction of Ginny, of Parselmouths, of Moaning Myrtle.  Most of all, I like this scene which never fails to make me laugh.  Pg. 46, hardcover U.S. edition, where Harry explains that he’s never used Floo powder before...

    “Never?” said Mr. Weasley.  “But how did you get to Diagon Alley to buy your school things last year?”

    “I went on the Underground ---”

    “Really?” Mr. Weasley said eagerly.  “Were there escapators?”

HEE! I would totally watch a t.v. program where Mr. Weasley talks to Muggles all day long!!  He cracks me up!

Recommended for:  That one person* who hasn’t read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, after he finally reads it!

*P.S. That person actually just might be my husband.  I know, the shame!!

Date/Place Completed: 7/9/07; D.C.

Category: Fiction; Re-read; Young Adult

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017