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My Favorite Scene: Chamber of Secrets

Currently, I’m rereading the Harry Potter series and instead of writing a review (because we all know amazing the books are) I’m writing about my favorite scene and why. Last week, I picked my favorite scene from Sorcerer’s Stone. Now its time for Chamber of Secrets!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

15881Synopsis: The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone–or something–starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects…Harry Potter himself.

My Favorite Scene:

My favorite scene is when Harry goes to The Burrow for the first time. He finally gets a true sense of family and I love the camaraderie and love between the Weasley family members.  I love that Mr. Weasley was so excited to hear how the car flew and when he had to look outraged when Mrs. Weasley gave him a nasty look. The Weasley is the best example of a loving and supportive family.

Also, you feel Harry’s strong desire for his own family and maybe possible that the Weasleys can fit that bill. At times, throughout the series, Ron has been jealous of Harry; however, it is Harry that is jealous of Ron. His family, his home… that is something Harry never had.

If you’re curious, here’s the scenes from Chamber of Secrets.

“Harry?”  said Mr. Weasley blankly. “Harry who?”

He looked around, saw Harry, and jumped.

“Good lord, is it Harry Potter? Very pleased to meet you, Ron’s told us much about – ”

Your sons flew that car to Harry’s house and back last night!” shouted Mrs. Weasley. “What have you got to say about that, ed?”

“Did you really?” said Mr. Weasley eagerly. “Did it go all right?” I – I mean,” he falterd as sparks flew from Mrs. Weasley’s eyes, “that – that was very wrong, boys – very wrong indeed…”

Then he turned to look at Ron, who was watching him almost nervously, as though waiting for his opinion.

“It’s a bit small,” said Ron quickly. “Not like that room you had with the Muggles. And I’m right underneath the ghoul in the attic; he’s always banging on the pipes and groaning…”

But Harry, grinning widely, said “This is the best house I’ve ever been in.”

Ron’s ears went pink.

What is your favorite scene from Chamber of Secrets?

 

Harry Potter!

My name is Kendal. I’m 45 years old. And I love Harry Potter!

I have decided to re-read the Harry Potter series for the umpteenth time. Instead of writing reviews, I going to write about my favorite of each book. I will write about the what and the why it’s my favorite scene.

My kids are finally old enough to read Harry Potter; however, they feel they need to rebel against their mother and said, NOPE! I even bribed them $50 to read Sorcerer’s Stone. Still… NOPE. Recently, Amazon had a sale where I got the entire paperback set for just $25. My youngest daughter uses the set as room decoration. At least that’s a step. Right?!

My next thought was… how about I re-read the entire series where they can see me react to every and LOVE every word of Harry Potter. I hope that I can tempt them to take the dive into the most amazing world of Harry Potter!

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Synopsis (like we don’t already know): Orphan Harry Potter is miserable in an under-stairs closet. Dursleys – his witch mother’s sister, husband, Dudley – held no birthday party for Harry in 11 years. Owls fly notices to attend Hogwarts School. Wizard Harry flies on broom, hides under Cloak of Invisibility, sneaks past 3-headed dog with friends Hermione and Ron. A great destiny awaits if Harry can survive.

My Favorite Scene:

My favorite party is NOT the Mirror of Erised. Actually, it is when Hagrid gives Harry is first birthday present ever…Hedwig. I can just envision the face of pure joy. For your 11th birthday (and first every birthday present), you receive a beautiful snow white owl. So completely AWESOME! But Hedwig becomes so much more.

Hedwig is Harry’s constant connection to the magical world. She is so loyal. She, also, represents Harry’s freedom from the Dursleys. She is a magnificent creature and she helped Harry through so many times of complete loneliness and abandonment.

For Hagrid to give him such a precious gift, is a complete turning point in Harry’s life. It represents the beginning of his life as a wizard and one of his truest and most loyal of companions.

I love Hedwig and to me she was his anchor in the wizarding world.

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SCENE FROM SORCERER’s STONE? 

Book Blogger Hop (14) & FF Friday

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The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012.

Luckily, Billy from The Coffee-Addicted Writer has relaunched the Book Blogger Hop. Each week the hop will start on Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt just like before. The hop’s purpose will remain the same as it will give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

Q: What was the last book you re-read? Or what book would like to re-read?

A: 8667848

The last book I re-read was The Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I’m a huge fan of the All Soul’s Trilogy!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

Q: Happy Mother’s Day! Who is your favorite mother from fiction?

A: Molly Weasley from the Harry Potter Series. She is ferociously protective of her children. Her words to her Bellatrix Lestrange were amazing!

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Book Blogger Hop (8) & FF Friday

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended December 31, 2012.

Luckily, Billy from Coffee Addicted Writer will relaunch the Book Blogger Hop. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt just like before. The hop’s purpose will remain the same as it will give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

 
Q: What are your thoughts on verification codes?
 
A: My answer is very simple. I don’t like them. If I have to verify that I’m not a robot when making a comment then I won’t comment. It’s that simple.
 
 


The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

 
 
Q: Tell us about the most emotional scene you’ve ever read in a book – how did you react?
 
A: The first thing that came to my mind is in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows where Harry is walking in the Forbidden Forest with his family to meet Voldemort and he knows he will die. I remember I was 8 months pregnant and sitting at my kitchen table with my 2 year old daughter. I just started crying and I couldn’t stop. Every time I read that scene I break down. It was so powerful to me.
 
 
 
 
 

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