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Book Thoughts: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets | The First 100 Pages

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“But you can’t magic me out either–“

“We don’t need to,” said Ron, jerking his head toward the front seat and grinning. “You forget who I’ve got with me.”

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Page 25

And so the magic continues. It was surprisingly difficult for me to avoid this book. I still had finals to study for after I finished Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, so I felt it best to focus on studying before even starting the next one. Although it was agony, it was, in fact, for the best, because I now cannot put the book down.

From what I remember from the movie, I felt this book’s beginning was very different, although I don’t mind it. I don’t think changes in book-to-film adaptations are a big deal so long as they don’t drastically change the plot or remove an important part about a scene or character. The only thing I wish they added in the film that I know they couldn’t have was Gilderoy Lockhart.

Man, I did not think I could be even more annoyed by him. I think he was brilliantly portrayed in the movie, but it certainly doesn’t do the man justice. The nerve of him! He really is the embodiment of vanity. I almost can’t wait to read more just to see how far this guy goes.

One thing I’ve found myself gushing over is the Weasley family, particularly Mr. and Mrs. Weasley. I come from a very small family, so reading about the dynamics of this big family and the giddy exchanges between Mr. and Mrs. Weasley makes me smile. And, can we just take a moment to talk about how cute Ginny is? What a doll.

Reading the book, so far, reminds me more of a computer game I used to have (back when computer games were sold in CDs) of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. From the intro to meeting Lockhart to the Whomping Willow scene to the beginning of the Defense Against the Dark Arts class; it made me want to replay that old game just for fun.

I went into Barnes and Noble to buy the third book, and the cashier asked me if this was my first time reading the series.

We got into a quick conversation about the books, the movies and my blog. Stories really do bring people together.

I’ve just finished the scene with Cornish pixies. I honestly wonder if people would keep reading if it was just a normal kid going to a wizard school, and it was all about his wizard classes.

I’d imagine we would because if all classes were as exciting as this one, we’d be just as interested.

Still, a good story needs an antagonist, and as annoying as Lockhart may be, he’s nothing compared to He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

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