What better way to enter the last pre-exam weeks than with Harry Potter? Since it’s been about 3-4 years since I last read the series, it’s time for another read through.
In The Chamber of Secrets, Harry finds himself being thwarted on a return to Hogwarts by a house elf named Dobby. For reasons he cannot quite figure out, it is too dangerous for Harry to return to Hogwarts. Later, we find out that magical people who aren’t born of magic-born folk are in danger of attacks from someone who claims to be Salazar Slytherin’s heir opening the urban myth Chamber of Secrets. Of course, it turns out to be all too real.
While this has historically been one of my least favorite books (and my least favorite film), I did enjoy it this pass. Maybe it’s the simple act of immersing myself in the Hogwarts world and not focusing on the literary aspects that gave me more patience for one of the slower books. Or maybe it’s the mysterious Tom Riddle who gives hints about the past and future of Harry and his nemesis, Lord Voldemort. Or maybe I was just picturing Jason Isaacs (helloooo, Lover!) as Luscious, er, Lucius Malfoy. I always hated that Orlando Bloom Legolas wig they made Isaacs wear for the movies.
He deserves much, much better than that.
You can also ogle Jason Isaacs on my personal blog, The Universe Disturbed.