This is my first time reading Chamber of Secrets since the original release and I really enjoyed it! Through this re-read experience I have really begun to realize many of my touchstones with this franchise come from the movies, which leads to really fresh experiences when reading through the books again. I forgot how much I loved these books.
This book in particular really stirs up the spooky feelings for me and gives me the Halloween vibes I’ve been looking for this time of year. Moaning Myrtle and the hissing whisper of the basilisk create such a wonderfully dark atmosphere that had me feeling like I was sneaking through Hogwarts alongside our protagonists.
This book really shows the cast settling into a sort of rhythm in their wizarding lives as they enter their second year at Hogwarts. We start with Harry still dealing with life at the Dursley’s and, thankfully, we don’t linger there too long. Harry is ultimately rescued by Ron and goes to stay with his family until the school year begins. This is one of my favorite moments in Harry Potter because of what it means for Harry. He is able to begin embracing the wizarding world and coming into his own without the threat of his aunt and uncle bearing down on him. There is such a stark difference between the dreary life at the Dursley’s and the wonderfully, whimsical life at the Weasley’s.
The story picks up as Ron and Harry arrive at Hogwarts in another of the most iconic sequences in all of Harry Potter, crashing the flying car into the Whomping Willow. They then end up settling into a routine at Hogwarts in what looks to be a pretty normal second year for everyone. Until we start seeing instances of students being attacked and petrified by some mysterious source leading everyone to believe the Chamber of Secrets has been opened once again.
One of the main things I was surprised by with this re-read was how quickly everything wraps up. I had what felt like only 20 pages left before we had even entered the Chamber of Secrets. It might be due to the fact that I think of the movies first and foremost, but I always thought that the chamber scene was so much longer and drawn out. Regardless, I really enjoyed experiencing this story again and looking back on what was one of my favorites growing up.
I really loved re-reading this one and it has me excited to work my way back through the series. I am planning to keep working my way through these books and am really excited to see how they all hold up. It is a weird time to be a fan of the franchise and I covered a lot of the controversy around the author in the previous post in this series, there really isn’t any way to talk about the franchise anymore without at least acknowledging that.
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