So I decided to do a mini-series called Operation Return to Hogwarts. These won’t be reviews. Instead they’ll basically be my thoughts, things I remembered, parts I completely forgot, anything I feel like talking about when it comes to each book.
Right after Sorcerer’s Stone, I immediately jumped into Chamber of Secrets. I never – never – read series back-to-back, but this time I just couldn’t wait to get back to these characters!
QUIDDITCH IS SO SHORT I don’t know if this is where the movies have affected my memory, but I was shocked by how short the Quidditch matches were. Like, a page or two max. And Harry can do no wrong, ha. He’s able to catch the snitch within seconds, boom, game over.
LOCKHART + COLIN CREEVEY + PEEVES YAY. UGH. YAY. Chamber of Secrets has some of the worst characters (Colin) and some of the funnest (Lockhart, Peeves.) I hate, hate Colin with a passion. Hate him to the point where Chamber of Secrets might be my least favorite book in the series, even though he was petrified for a good portion. Lockhart though…oh, Lockhart. He’s fabulous. And Kenneth Branagh was absolutely wonderful. I completely forgot all about the little song Peeves sang (oh, Potter, you rotter~) Why on earth was he cut from the movies??
ARAGOG Oops. In the initial recap, I mentioned that, while I forgot some of the minor details, the Big Pictures were still clear in my mind…and then mentioned how I knew for sure Aragog was introduced in Prisoner of Azkaban. Um. He’s not. He’s in this one. Whoops! Looks like my memory wasn’t so great as I had first thought! (Sorry, Hagrid ♥)
RECAPS As I’m going through these books I’ve noticed something: JKR does an absolutely fantastic job at recapping the story! Because I’ve been jumping right into the next book, these recaps are a little grating, but they would have done wonders while the books were still coming out. A year or two since the previous book and you can bet those recaps came in handy.
When I first announced I was starting Chamber of Secrets Matt, his aunt, and a few others immediately said they weren’t a fan of this one. At all. Matt said it felt as though this one didn’t really add to the overall story, that it was just kind of there. While I definitely agree it wasn’t as great as Sorcerer’s Stone, I’m not completely opposed to it as others are. It’s still a great story with great characters.
you are here! → Chamber of Secrets
Prisoner of Azkaban
Goblet of Fire
Order of the Phoenix
Half Blood Prince