Phobias

Snakes and spiders are two well-known phobias, and in the wizarding world they are not without foundation – the Forest is home to a dangerous family of arachnids, and snakes have long been associated with Dark Magic. Then there are the unexpected fears – such as Hogwarts without Dumbledore

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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Chapters 11-15
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The mystery is slowly unfolding…  Lockheart is so showing off his non-existent teaching skills. Spiders… Follow the spiders…

The love one can have for animals

Hagrid. Such a kind heart but he just doesn’t understand the difference between pet and monster. This is why we love him so much I think. That heart of gold reaches out to everything around him. He is very much like Newt Scamander in that regard.

I am trying to imagine myself breeding a giant spider in a locker in school. Oh god… that would never happen! But let’s look at it from another perspective than “Hagrid’s stupidity”. Aragog does care a lot for Hagrid and shows him incredible amounts of respect. He knows how Hagrid has saved his life and is grateful for Hagrid’s help in bringing him a family. To be honest it is beautiful.

Hagrid was only a boy, but he cared for me, hidden in a cupboard in the castle, feeding me on scraps from the table. Hagrid is my good friend, and a good man. /…/ He even found me a wife, Mosag, and you see how our family has grown, all through Hagrid’s goodness…

Maybe we should remember that even the monsters can be grateful and that showing kindness to everyone actually might do some good. I don’t think the saying “love conquers all” came from nothing.


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Celebrity

Celebrity in the wizarding world is a strange thing. While some – like Lockhart – chase fame, others – like Harry – are far more reluctant. Both have a thirst to prove themselves, but for entirely different reasons.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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Chapters 6-10
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Harry just not giving in to Lockheart has to be the best thing in this whole book! Love it! And can you appreciate enough the way Harry isn’t full of himself? It is amazing how down to earth he is, considering he got fame for “free”.

Mysteries from the start

There is so much mystery in this book, it feel like it sets everything up much more than it did in the first book. They do still have minor adventures (e.g. the Death Day Party) but it’s a lot longer the “something is happening but don’t know what” feeling.

The mystery is also very well done. Dobby showing up at Privet Drive and you know something is wrong. Then the portal to Platform 9¾ closes and boom, the Chamber of Secrets is opened. Overhanging doom already from the start. And then we have Lockheart who just brightens everyone’s day! I hope no one will experience such an incompetent teacher.

! have to be honest, chamber of secrets is not one of my favourite HP books, but oh it can be good! It is surpassing my expectations like crazy!


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Home

Harry was never welcome at the Dursleys, but within a year of discovering he’s a wizard, he has a couple of places to call home. Hogwarts, obviously, but The Burrow – the Weasley’s warm, ramshackle house – has to be a close second.

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Chapters 1-5
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Starting the second book and being back in the wonderful wizarding world. It is a place I’d love to be real, especially the Weasley house. Think of visiting them, they are not rich, but they have hearts bigger than most people. Rereading Harry’s first moments in the Burrow has just made me more convinced that this is my book-family.

The stupidity of flying to Hogwarts

How stupid can you be to fly a car to Hogwarts? And I don’t understand how they (Ron) even got the idea. This is so far out of my comfort zone that I wouldn’t even have dreamed of doing something like that. If I hadn’t been able to get onto Platform 9¾ I would have just waited, and felt very anxious. That was me as a kid.

But flying a car. First, the idea. Already flying it to Privet Drive was stupid (but then there were Fred and George so somehow I can understand that better) but flying to Hogwarts? They honestly didn’t think it through.

Arthur: “But the things our lot has taking to enchanting, you wouldn’t believe…”
Molly: “LIKE CARS, FOR INSTANCE?”
Arthur: “C-Cars, Molly dear?”
Molly: “Yes, Arthur, cars. Imagine a wizard buying a rusty old car and telling his wife all he wanted to do with it was take it apart to see how it worked, while really he was enchanting it to make it fly.”

So sorry for this rant, but I just… THEY ARE 12 YEARS OLD! 12-year-olds shouldn’t even know how to drive? Don’t misunderstand me, I love the chapter and the scene. It is just plain stupid on Harry’s and Ron’s part. Flying a car… I’m definitely with Molly on this one.


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Heroes and Villains

Heroic and villainous acts have both played a part in Harry’s life, but his first year at Hogwarts shows such things are rarely simple. Unexpected villian or unlikely hero, everyone has choices to make.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
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Chapters 16-17
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What they (the trio) go through is unbelievable. Imagine being 11 years old and getting through the tasks made by the professors at Hogwarts! Don’t know if it says more about the trio or the professors abilities. No matter, I still love reading the last few chapters. J.K. Rowling created an amazing end to the first chapter in her amazing story.

Bravery

There is one moment that stands out more than the rest in the end of this book. When Dumbledore gives ten points to Neville. This is a more subtle kind of bravery, and one that is not as acknowledged in our society. Harry’s bravery is something shown on a pedestal, but Neville’s everyday bravery is something we should strive for. It is the small acts that change our world, not the big ones. This is something I will try to remember after leaving this first Harry Potter book. What lessons the Chamber of Secrets will teach this reread I will have to see.

There are all kinds of courage,” said Dumbledore, smiling. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends. I therefore award ten points to Mr. Neville Longbottom.


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Friendship

Neglected and friendless as Harry was at the Dursleys’, it did at least make him resilient. At Hogwarts, Harry finds himself both popular and admired, quickly becoming something of a ringleader within his trio of best friends.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
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Chapters 12-15
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So many adventures! I don’t know if I could have survived a first year at school like that. I’d love to go to Hogwarts, but I’d like to go there without being friends with Harry (well, I’m a Ravenclaw so probably wouldn’t have been). The sneaking around during Christmas, Norbert, the Forbidden Forest… And their interest in and conviction no one but them can stop Snape from stealing the stone. These are some strange kids.

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The Mirror of Erised. I wonder what I would see in it. I think we all do. Ron sees himself achieving everything his brothers’ achieved before him, but him being the best. It feels like a naive, child’s wish. Professor Dumbledore sees himself holding a pair of socks… Which most definitely isn’t him telling the truth. And Harry sees his family. That shows maturity and a search that will continue throughout the books. Where is his family? He will find it surrounding him in friends and father figures. It is possible to find your family, if you aren’t lucky enough to have them around you. That is something to remember.

So what would I see in the mirror? I have my family around me. I knit my own socks. I do tend to achieve my goals in school/university. I’ve been thinking about it a lot. But it is difficult, how do you know what you most desire? Hopefully I’d see myself living a happy life. (Or meeting the Queen herself – J.K. Rowling.)


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