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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
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it was amazing
bookshelves: young-adult, audio-books

Turns out The Chamber of Secrets, book number three in the series, is better than The Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone! I enjoyed it so much more. I am on board with the characters and found the plot lot more interesting.
I listened to The Chamber of Secrets as an audiobook read by Stephen Fry. I think he did an exceptional job all things considered. There were only a couple of odd moments for me when he was doing female voices, which is something I am sensitive too. But I soon forgot about it which I think is a testament to the terrific job he did narrating, and also to the wonderful plot and characters (thank you J. K. Rowling!).

Despite seeing the movie many times with my kids, I missed WHY exactly Harry and Ron had to drive-fly the car to Hogwarts that day early in the story. The 9 and 3/4 Platform had closed up for them - and now I even know why! In my defence, while watching the films, I was probably up and down regularly getting snacks and drinks for young children. A lot of plot holes and confusions are being rectified for me now that I’m reading the books.

One of the great things about the series is the protagonists. The mains - Harry, Ron and Hermoine are fabulous but Hermoine fast became a favourite for me. I dig her forthrightness, that she’s smart and doesn’t give a damn, and just..well, you know how she is! :P

Hagrid is another favourite of mine. I love him - he’s so funny sometimes and though he’s a little bumbling, he has such a big heart. It was entertaining getting to know Nearly Headless Nick better in book two and I found the Deathday party, and his not quite being headless enough, highly amusing.

On the dark side, (view spoiler). I felt my blood boil with some of his smart-arsed comments in the showdown between him and Harry. Then, the Dursley’s…oh, gosh. Horrid, horrid, backward, nasty people. Yet, a wonderful addition as characters.

I’ve already ordered book three, Harry Potter and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, on audiobook. Rowling’s series is well-suited to audio so I’m running with it. I really wish I'd shared the audiobooks with my kids when they were young.

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Reading Progress

October 16, 2019 – Started Reading
October 16, 2019 – Shelved
October 17, 2019 –
October 18, 2019 –
26.0% "Somehow, while I watched the movie several times with my kids, I managed to miss WHY Harry and Ron ended up drive-flying the car to Hogwarts that day. That the 9 and 3/4 Platform had closed up for them! In my defense I was probably up getting snacks or drinks for someone. :P Now it makes more sense."
October 19, 2019 –
October 20, 2019 –
68.0% "I like this second book more than the first one...will I have to adjust my rating for book 1? Hagrid is now my favourite character. I love him. The Deathday party and Nearly Headless Nick getting left out of the 'Headless Hunt' was very funny."
October 21, 2019 –
October 22, 2019 – Finished Reading

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