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Sunday, January 02, 2011

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

I brought this half finished work with me on the trip to West Memphis. I am glad I did as I not only had the opportunity to finish it, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. There is hope, I think, in me completing my Harry Potter Book challenge.

When I first read this, I was completely uninterested in it. I knew most of the story because I had already read the first part once before. I remember the first time not being so wooed by Dobby or the missed train to Hogwarts...

But it seemed that at some point in time, I forgot the rest of the story based on the movie (and I own the movie!). I think this will be a good thing going for me as I don't remember much else of the rest of the HP movies, so reading the series will be more interesting (I think and hope) to me since I won't be replaying the movie scenes in my head.

I will skip through the first part of the book, since I not only found it uninteresting but I hardly remember the details anymore... when I started reading it again, Hermione, Ron and Harry find the body of Filch's cat, Mrs. Norris. At first appearance, the cat seems dead but soon we discover that the cat is in fact petrified. A message also appears that states the Chamber of Secrets has been open.

Soon, a few more Hogwart's students are petrified. A cure is in the works but first, the Mandrakes must grow before the potion to un-petrify them can take place. In the meantime, Harry is suspected of being the cause for the petrifying...since he inadvertently spoke "parseltongue" when confronted by a snaky situation. Apparently, only a descendent of Salazar Slytherin could possibly speak parseltongue, so Harry is the likely 'heir to Slytherin' and responsible for the petrification of Muggle-born witches and wizards.

Confused? Well then you must not be a Harry Potter fan! :)

In the end, we find out that this is when Ginny Weasley professes her "crush" for Harry, that Tom Riddle is really Voldemart, and that Hagrid has always had a soft heart for monsters.

I am ready to move on to the third year and I look forward to it. I think I will wait to watch the movies until I finish the entire series. Or at least get close to the end...

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