Gah! The decision to reread the Harry Potter series was a hard one. I’ve got so many ARC’s, backlogged books, and even a manuscript to read – and here I am reading something I’ve already read. But this reread couldn’t have come at a better time. My life has been SO busy lately and these books have been food for my soul.
The second book in the series has always been my least favourite. I can’t even pinpoint why! In comparison to the rest of the books in the series, the tone in this one always felt a little different. It was kind of necessary though. We are moving past the introductions and into the darker stories that are about to come. This reread pointed out a few things that I had forgotten and some things that I really loved!
Weasley Vs. Malfoy
First of all – Arthur Weasley attacking Lucious Malfoy! When they’re in Flourish and Blotts buying their books for the upcoming school year, Lucious Malfoy throws some insults trying to act like a better wizard. Arthur starts off taking the high road and ignore’s him. But then Arthur gives up and attacks. I had such a big smile on my face! I know that fighting back isn’t always the answer, but I still wished he would have taken Malfoy down a peg – especially in front of his slimy son!
Lockhart makes my skin crawl!!!!!
When I think of all the villains in the Harry Potter series, I usually think of Voldemort and Umbridge. But I totally forgot just how much I hate Lockhart!!! He’s such a pompous ass!! Every time he opened his mouth I would immediately roll my eyes. And the Valentines Day scene….. I vomited in my mouth a little.
Death Day Party
This scene isn’t a long one, but it’s still one that I LOVE! The idea of this death day party and the visuals that came from it was probably my favourite scene of the whole book. Nearly Headless Nick is having a Death Day Party to celebrate the anniversary of his death and he invites Harry, Ron and Hermoine. Being that they’re the only living being to attend, it’s not the most comfortable experience for them. There’s a table of food even though they’re ghosts and can’t eat. But all the food was rotten…… maybe the smell reminds them more of food?? I don’t know! And the decorations and atmosphere in the room….. I love it so much! I wish this scene was in the movie!
Yeah, I said it. The Dursley’s are dicks. For Christmas they sent Harry a toothpick….. A TOOTHPICK! Why?? It makes me want to scream! Old socks as a “gift” was bad enough, but a toothpick? Not only did he get that as a gift, but at the same time they also requested that Harry stay at Hogwarts for the summer too…….. I always wondered why in the world they decided to care for Harry in the first place if they loathe him so much?
The tidbits of spells we get throughout this series is like a private gold mine. I feel like every time a new spell is mentioned it’s like finding a golden easter egg. So many different things that wizards and witches can do!
I think that I enjoyed this book a lot more than when I read it a few years ago. But, honestly, at this point, i’m totally biased! I also find it funny that all of the things that weren’t mentioned in the movie were my favourite parts. A sign I watch the movies far more than any woman in her 30’s should? I think so. But that’s my secret. Don’t tell anyone.
Until next time, happy reading!