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.
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.”
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.
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.