Reread: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
This summer, I’ve decided to finally reread the Harry Potter series. I’ve reread most of the books a few times, but this will be my first time reading the whole series, beginning to end, since the 7th book came out. After each book I’ll to do a quick post highlighting things that stood out to me in that reread. It’ll be my own little Harry Potter reading challenge :) Note: There will most definitely be series-wide spoilers in these posts.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is my least favourite book in the series, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t have me glue to its pages until the wee hours. Again, I was amazed by Rowling’s attention to small details that become important later on in the series. In Chambers she starts dishing out some of Tom Riddle/Voldemort’s history. We find out that Tom was an orphan who had a witch mother and muggle father, all of which become important in book 6 when Harry and Dumbledore begin their Voldemort research. And Tom Riddle’s diary! A horcrux before anyone knew what horcruxes were, Rowling gives us a hint at the lengths Voldemort was willing to go to in order to keep himself, or at least his memory, alive.
As Jenny pointed out, the vanishing cabinet is cleverly mentioned for the first time in Chambers. After her tip, I was on the lookout for Filch’s grumblings about it being broken. But now I have another question. At the beginning of the book when Harry accidently winds up in Borgin & Burkes, he quickly hides in a large black cabinet when Mr. Malfoy and Draco enter the store. Is this the second cabinet that the Death Eaters use to sneak into Hogwarts in book 6? On one hand, Rowling doesn’t throw details in carelessly. But on the other – why didn’t Harry vanish when he hid in it? Something to ponder.
Now off to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban where, in my opinion, the series really starts to pick up!