Harry no longer stayed in the room below the stairs. He was given permission to stay at Dudley's second room on the upper floor, something that his uncle stressed he should be really grateful for. One thing that he was so concerned about had been the absence of letters from his friends. Did they forget about him? He had been quite excited to start his second Hogwarts year, and he really vowed to be in his best behaviour so that his uncle and aunt would allow him to. With such strong resolve, everything should have already been fine. However, Dobby got in the way. What would Harry do? Would he still be able to make it to his magic classes that year?
Discrimination, prejudice, and bias had been at their peak in this book. Would you give muggle-borns a chance? Would you trust a professor just because of his pretty face or fame? Who was a friend and who was not?
This piece had really been worth my while still, regardless of the answers to these questions and countless others.
2017: Re-read (obviously!), though it's my first time on audio. Listening to the Jim Dale version, and LOVING it! This 'review' will essentially consist of my thoughts on the audio experience, and just random insights from re-reading Harry Potter after all these years.
I’ve admit that the first thing that really struck me this time, while I was revisiting this book again, was the not-so-tiny detail/fact of how old our favorite trio were (or rather how young). Yes, I know, I know, it’s common knowledge that they were 11 when this series started, but hear me out…
When I first read this book series, I was 13, so 11 seemed like an acceptable age to be fighting trolls, basilisks & monsters of all sorts really, not to mention the most powerful dark wizard of all time. But now that I’m older and wiser (mostly just older) with a 5 year old of my own, it seems overwhelming how much these kids went through (and conquered) at such a young age. Funny how time can completely change our perspective, right?
Secondly, it was interesting to see the seeds of the Ron-Hermoine relationship being sown as early as the second book. Mostly because when I first read the book series, I was kinda bummed that Harry & Hermoine were not together, as I felt like they would have made the ultimate power couple. Of-course that changed, and over time I was completely on-board the Ron-Hermoine ship, because that pairing just felt right. But now reading the beginning of their relationship again, it makes me wonder how I never saw that Ron & Hermoine were always meant to be together.
This books dives a lot deeper into the Wizarding World. We learn a lot more about Ron and his family – where they live etc. We find out more about the differences between magical and non-magical worlds. There’s also a large emphasis on the creation of Hogwarts and its history, how it was formed and the troubles it’s faced. In this book people really start to turn on Harry. We see the fierce loyalty that Hermione and Ron have for Harry which is a strong theme in the series. This book builds (slowly in the beginning) into a fantastic and crushing climax with a feel good ending – I recommend it. More so than the second. This is actually the first Harry Potter book I ever read. Okay I have given you a brief introduction. Go read it!