Overview (No Spoilers):
As I had last revisited the Harry Potter series as a kid, I was excited to revisit the series, however I didn’t anticipate how much I would be thoroughly enjoying diving back into this world of wizardry and magic. In late October, I began my second tour of Hogwarts adventures with the reread of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, with enough time having elapsing between reads that much of the minor details and nuances had been forgotten, brewing a delightful mix of rediscovery and nostalgia. This trend continued with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, as I got to relive many iconic scenes that had grown hazy with time. Our three musketeers continued to develop in this second installment, both in depth and friendship, however they are still shadows of what they will later become in the series. Furthermore, new key side characters are introduced, primed to take a bigger part in additional novels, alongside enemy lines being more clearly defined during Harry’s second year in Hogwarts. I remember Tom Riddle’s diary being one of my favorite literary inventions by Rowling as a youth, with my imagination running wild at the time with implications and alternative plots. I wonder if now as an adult, a different innovative creation by the ingenious Rowling will capture my imagination during my reread. Overall, if I ever have children of my own, I can’t wait to introduce them to the magically, fantastic literary realm of Harry Potter, that manages to span and captivate not only children but adults as well.
Additional Insight (Spoilers Abound):
- One of the early scenes we see Nearly Headless Nick is sulking over a letter he received rejecting him from the Headless Hunt. How do Ghosts write letters?
- Who was Gryffindor’s Ghost before Nick? Did he go to Hogwarts?
- Gilderoy Lockhart was such a smooth liar and twisted the world to fit his own perspective. I couldn’t help but draw conclusions to how modern politics is discussed and debated.
- Why didn’t Harry try to talk to or command the basilisk? What did the big snake eat over these long years?
- Would the basilisk know the difference between Tom or Harry?Why did Lucius wait so long to plant the journal? Did he know what he had or did he talk to it?
- Why didn’t Fawkes the phoenix turn to stone during the battle?
- How did Ginny get out of the Chamber of Secrets on previous visits?
- If Tom Riddle had killed Harry, one of the horcrux would have killed off another. I realize Harry did it but I doubt Voldermort would have encouraged this one to kill off another one. Wouldn’t it have hurt Tom to kill Harry?