Chamber of Secrets Guest Post by Michelle
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I’ll be honest: The first time I read Chamber of Secrets, I was a little disappointed. It felt like the first book, just with a different obstacle. Since then, I’ve watched the movie a few times and have been persuaded to write about the book from a more forgiving light.
Yes, the second book is similar to the first, but there are several redeeming qualities, as shown through five quotes:
1. “Dobby wants to save Harry Potter’s life! Better sent home, grievously injured, then remain here, sir! Dobby only wanted Harry Potter hurt enough to be sent home!” — Dobby is introduced in Chamber of Secrets and remains one of my favorite characters (though Hagrid holds the top spot). He means well, but his efforts are so misguided. In trying to save Harry Potter, he nearly kills the boy wizard. His reasoning, at least in this quote, isn’t terrible. It also reminds me of the ways people can have good intentions but still produce bad (or unintended) results.
2. “Hearing voices no one else can hear isn’t a good sign, even in the wizarding world.” — For as much as the second book mirrors the first, it becomes clearer how dark Harry’s situation is. On top of dealing with being an adolescent, he must wrestle with wanting to do the right thing while having dark tendencies. What’s even more maddening, at least from my perspective, is that Harry didn’t choose these tendencies; they were infused in him.
3. “Honestly, if you were any slower, you’d be going backward.” — Because of all the heavy events and themes of Harry Potter, it can be easy to forget how funny the series is. I don’t think I’ve read another series or an individual book where the young characters have such sharp wits. It’s definitely one of my favorite aspects of the series and serves to keep the characters well rounded.
4. “You will also find that help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it.” — Aside from the comedy, another of my favorite aspects about this book are the lessons, as this quote demonstrates. I tend to cut out “at Hogwarts” in this sentence to give it a more universal quality. Want something? Just ask. It often comes in a way you don’t expect, but you get what you need.
5. “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” — Going along with quote three, although Harry wrestles with darkness, he wants to make good choices. And like the previous quote, there is a lesson here. Everyone has tendencies toward some darkness, but we can all make sound choices and help produce decent outcomes.
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Now it’s your turn: What are some of your favorite quotes from Chamber of Secrets?