It's Friday, my little diary zombies, which means it's time to talk Harry Potter. This readalong of excellence is hosted by Reading Rambo. Be sure to check out her post for hilarity and also links to the other readalongers. Spoilers abound, as they do.
This week we're rationally and studiously discussing the last half of Chamber of Secrets. To that end, here are my bullet-pointed feelings and reaction gifs:
- I would really like to know what Riddle was up to in those years after Hogwarts, spent cavorting with dark wizards and undergoing horrible magical transformations and whatnot. I would read that book.
|Look at him. It's like he knows he's going to lose his nose.|
- Riddle was one of the smartest students Hogwarts had ever seen — I don't really buy that he'd forget phoenix tears have healing properties until it was too late. Another villain caught monologuing. He probably even wears a cape. Amateur.
- Ernie does Hufflepuff proud. A 12-year-old kid is confronted by the boy whose back he's talking behind, and so tells him honestly what he was talking about and why he's suspicious. Later, when he finds out he was wrong, he approaches said boy, apologizes to him, and offers his hand in truce and apology. A 12-YEAR-OLD KID. My heart. I love Ron, for example, but that little punk wouldn't dream of doing such a thing.
- Fred-and-George banter is totally vultures-from-Jungle-Book-banter.
- I think that, given the times, Salazar Slytherin's original reason for wanting to keep Hogwarts to pure-blodded wizards and witches was understandable (though not something I agree with, of course). Magical folk were getting burned at various stakes, y'all. But then, they weren't actually in danger, I guess. Is Harry Potter the series that tells us witch/ards would bewitch the flames so that they wouldn't be harmed, but rather slightly tickled? If so, then I take back my sympathy for ol' Saly.
- "Voldemort put a bit of himself in me?" Harry said, thunderstruck. — She knew so many things I love JK forever.
- I tweeted this to Alice last week, and I feel the need to reiterate it here. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT BECAUSE IT IS VERY IMPORTANT. Dobby is way better than Jar Jar. Instead of flouncing around, being annoying for no reason, he, like Gollum, serves as a litmus test for jerks. (Don't get me wrong, Gollum wins entirely on the actual character front. Way more complex and tragic and wonderful. But in this way, they're the same.) How people treat Dobby reflects their true character. On a related note: suck it, Lucius.
|That's right. I said it.|
I. Am so. Excited for the next book. When I first picked a favourite, maybe 10 years ago, it was my favourite. We'll see if that still stands. I look forward to all your collective thoughts on Sirius. I hope it goes better than the Dobby fiasco. (It's like I don't even know you guys.)