Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets discussion, chapters 10-18
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10. The Rogue Bludger
11. The Dueling Club
12. The Polyjuice Potion
13. The Very Secret Diary
14. Cornelius Fudge
16. The Chamber of Secrets
17. The Heir of Slytherin
18. Dobby's Reward
New readers beware: spoilers for this and other books in the series abound!
So I love the end of this book. I love Riddle and Harry's confrontation. Harry and Dumbledore's chat is, as always, wonderful. It's our choices, far more than our abilities that show who we are. :D (Probably not exact wording ... I didn't look it up to be sure.)
Ron is particularly outstanding this book. He has a lot of really great moments and lines. He is so courageous for following the spiders with Harry when spiders are the LAST thing he would want to pursue. He steps up to doing some mystery solving when Hermione isn't there to lend her skills. The movie didn't do his character justice by half. Book Ron is so wonderful. Movie Ron isn't all that special.
I was thinking about teenager Riddle being told by Ginny all about Harry and how he defeated Voldemort. How interesting it must have been for a past version, who doesn't seem to be omniscient and know of his future downfall, to hear that he will later be conquered by a baby. No wonder diary Riddle was so keen to meet Harry. Voldemort's teen self was probably even more convinced than the average teen that he was invincible. I wondered whether, had Riddle come fully formed out of the diary, what would become of the bit of Voldemort wandering loose? Would there now be two Voldemort souls active? Could the wandering remains have also gained a body so that there were two embodied Voldemorts? There probably aren't really answers, and I'm not really looking for them. Just fun to think about.
In the series, this is the book I reread least often, but I should give it more credit. I had forgotten all the things I enjoy about it. I am impressed by Rowling's ability to give so much information important for later without making these early books sound like setup. They are each so wonderful in their own right in addition to being vital for later story. Amazing! :)
about Voldy, hmmmm....maybe that little bit would be recalled once he had a body?
And, in case anybody was wondering, I am planning to start the threads for Prisoner of Azkaban later this evening.