Dobby

Harry Potter readalong! R.I.P., Dobby

Yay, it’s Harry Potter Post day!

I’ve been a bit tired, and I read this section yesterday at work while I was fighting off a major headache, so my thoughts are… few. But let’s see what I got.

BAM! Bullet time.

  • Admittedly, the Taboo is a genius idea. By being SO afraid to say “Voldemort” for all those years, the wizarding population actually handed Voldy this weapon, to be used against the very wizards that are out there trying to fight him and keep the rest of them safe. JK, you blow my mind sometimes.
  • It’s really frustrating how much Hermione initially refuses to admit that the Deathly Hallows are important. She herself noticed that symbol constantly creeping up. And even if she doesn’t believe that they exist, the very fact that there are wizards out there who DO believe they exist is really important. On the other hand, it is then kind of annoying how obsessed Harry becomes with the Hallows. These kids need to learn some moderation.
  • I was going to ask why they didn’t all Disapparate when the Snatchers got them, but apparently you have to have your wand to do so? I never realized that, but okay.
  • DOBBY = major sad face. Definitely teared up here.

dobby has no master

comfort food

 

  • So, the Gringotts trip was exciting. That multiplying-treasure spell was kind of cool.
  • Oh no, Voldy knows they’re hunting Horcruxes, AND he has the Elder Wand. DUN DUN DUNNNNN.
  • Riiiiighht… the Dumbledore family drama.

 

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  • Well obviously now I what’s going on… I think the reason I never remember the dealio with Dumbledore’s family is that I kind of just don’t care. It would’ve been more interesting when he was still alive. Now that he’s gone, what does it matter? I’ll probably forget all this again by the next time I re-read the series.
  • Cool that Aberforth has apparently been lurking in the background all these years in Hogsmeade.
  • Neville! And it’s almost Hogwarts battle time! I’m so excited. And scared, because I KNOW THE BAD THINGS THAT ARE ABOUT TO HAPPEN.

 

~Sarah

 

Harry Potter readalong! Chambers and basilisks and diaries, oh my.

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Hooray hooray, it’s Harry-Potter-readalong-post day! And book two is DONE! Which means we get to move on to the slightly more adult book three!

The second half of this book is so much more interesting. There’s a wizard duel and we learn that Harry is a freak because he can speak Parseltongue and *GASP* its because VOLDEMORT could speak Parseltongue. Awesome. The trio drinks the Polyjuice Potion and it goes really badly for Hermione, but luckily her face isn’t stuck like that forever. The mysterious diary finally comes into play, and Harry just KNOWS that something is up with it.

Harry potter, mandrakes

The mandrakes grow up and Madam Pomfrey happily talks about chopping them up and cooking them down to reanimate all the petrified people. Is it only me that feels like maybe it’s kind of wrong to be cutting up mandrakes? I mean, they basically go through puberty and start trying to shack up with each other, it seems wrong to treat them like any other plant… Hmmmm…

Hermione smacks her head and realizes SOMETHING and I love this:

“What does she understand?” said Harry distractedly, still looking around, trying to tell where the voice had come from.

“Loads more than I do,” said Ron, shaking his head.

“But why’s she got to go to the library?”

“Because that’s what Hermione does,” said Ron, shrugging. “When in doubt, go to the library.”

hermione

BECAUSE SHE IS AWESOME

So blah blah blah, Mr. Malfoy is a dick and gets Dumbledore taken away and Hagrid gets whisked off to Azkaban, and then giant spiders in the Forbidden Forest, and then Ginny goes missing. Harry and Ron see Hermione’s note in her hand and realize that she is an epic genius and they force Lockhart to go with them down to the Chamber of Secrets! DUN DUN DUNNNN. And then Harry faces off Tom Marvolo Riddle, who reveals that his name actually spells out I AM LORD VOLDEMORT, and I admit that when I read this book for the very first time I was AMAZED. Apparently word jumbles really impress me. Harry saves the day with some help, blah blah blah.

I love the end of this book. LOVE IT. So much great stuff happens, and there’s Dumbledore’s famous “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities” line which is fantastic and true and something that Harry still kind of struggles with throughout the rest of the series, not realizing that if you’re worried about being inherently evil then you probably aren’t.

ALSO, this:

Dobby is free

“You shall not harm Harry Potter!”

How can you not love Dobby??? He is the best. His loyalty to Harry is so awesome, and he totally knocks Mr. Malfoy on his ass to defend Harry.

So yeah, hooray for book 2 being done. I so cannot wait to start Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban this weekend.

~Sarah

Harry Potter Readalong – book 2, why you so slow?

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Hooray! Dobby is back in our lives!

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I found a lot of good Dobby gifs…

This post might be short-ish, and I might not be able to come commenting a lot today, because I’m at home and the laptop is really messed up. Expect to see more of me tomorrow, where I can be online all day at work. We REALLY need to get this laptop fixed…

Anyways, so the first half of Chamber of Secrets! Some stuff is obviously happening, but I feel like it took FOR-EV-ER to get to the whole “I hear voices” thing. Dobby shows up, generally being loud and hard to deal with, but oh so sweet. In this book we get to see Mr. Malfoy be a little hard on Draco, which I LOVED. Partly because Draco’s a douche and deserves it, and partly because Mr. Malfoy is being hard on him about doing lousy in school, and well you know my whole “don’t baby the children” thing. So yay Mr. Malfoy! You suck, but I enjoyed that! Ron and Harry stupidly (but ever so coolly) fly the Weasley’s car. Lockhart is around… *shakes head* that man is ridiculous. I love Ron’s little jab “Lockhart’ll sign anything if it stands still long enough.” Ron, you are the best. They’re starting to make the Polyjuice Potion, which we know means fun to come. And Harry’s friends think he’s going crazy because he’s hearing voices.

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I really like Chamber of Secrets because even though it’s still kid-ish, we start to see more of the grown-up themes come through, mainly the wizard racism. We saw in the first book that there are some wizards who think full-blooded wizards are better than Muggle-born, and Malfoy really brings that more to light here with the term “mudblood”. The story of Hogwarts formation and Slytherin’s eventual departure shows just how fierce of an issue that really was. And Dobby shows that other magical creatures, the “dregs of the magical world” were horribly treated when Voldemort was in power and that some still are. ALSO, we see a little bit of the class/money issue when we see how the Weasleys really are broke, but their life is awesome and happy. Mr. Weasley and Mr. Malfoy duke it out over that “money isn’t what makes a wizard great” thing. I’m STILL impressed at how Rowling sneaks these issues into the book to show children how unjust it all is, without it overpowering the story itself.

 

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Sooo um yeah. That’s about all of my articulate thoughts. So much cool stuff happens in the beginning of this book, but I kind of forgot because I was waiting around for the voices to start and that whole Chamber of Secrets ball to get rolling.

~Sarah