The Chamber of Secrets (#6/50)

So, I decided it would be a good idea to read three books at once. First, I started what I can only describe as a theology textbook (Although, I was that girl who actually read her textbooks for fun. Don’t judge me.), and it is – understandably – a little too dense to read for long stretches of time. So, to break it up with something lighter, I returned to the greatest series of all time: Harry Potter. I am almost done with my theology book and hope to have that review posted by the end of the weekend. My third book is a sort of self-help book about positivity in the workplace. I am reading that during my lunch breaks at work, so it could take some time…Stay tuned.

Title – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Author – J.K. Rowling

Page Count – 341

***No major spoilers ahead – just minor plot details*** Skip to the quote at the end if you haven’t read the books and don’t want to spoil the fun 🙂

The Chamber of Secrets is the second book in the Harry Potter series. This installment continues Harry’s story as he learns about the legendary “Chamber of Secrets” allegedly hidden within Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. We learn more about the history of Hogwarts (because we, regrettably, can’t borrow Hermione’s copy of Hogwarts, A History) and the dynamic of “pureblood” versus “muggle-born” witches and wizards.

There are so many interesting things that happen in the books that didn’t make it to the movies! Peeves and S.P.E.W. aside, one of my favorite cut scenes is the Deathday Party for Nearly Headless Nick (Sorry *ahem*…Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington). This is actually where we were supposed to be introduced to Moaning Myrtle (NOT in her toilet), and we get to see more of the backstory for Nick’s beheading and quest to join the Headless Hunt. The ghosts, as a group, is an element I wish could have been bigger in the movies, but I suppose time and CGI budget constraints wouldn’t allow for it. (Also, I just realized how weird this all might sound to someone unfamiliar with the Harry Potter universe. Which, at this point, should be NO ONE. It’s a great series. Go read them. Read them all.)

Favorite quote:

“It is our choices, Harry, that show us what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

The reason I like this quote is that is touches on the idea that how we treat others and how we interact with the world is more important to – or at least more telling of – our character than our natural abilities or the circumstances we’re born into. Perfect example: Neville Longbottom. He might not be the most skilled wizard or have the most ideal home life, but his choices – particularly at the end of the first and seventh books – show that he is bold and truly brave.

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