“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
Being the sequel to 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone', this book had high expectations to live up to and it definitely did!
The book begins with Harry and Ron missing their train to Hogwarts and right from the get go, it is absolutely hilarious. However, gradually this book takes a dark turn when kids and pets are petrified and bloody writings appear on the wall.
“You know what, Harry? If he doesn’t stop trying to save your life he’s going to kill you.”
This book is also undoubtedly one of my favorites, but, it featured one of the characters I grew to loathe, within the confines of this book alone - Dobby. Oh, how he made me so livid with rage! I never thought 12 year old me would be capable of so much anger.
Dobby is so annoying! Despite his eagerness and will to help, he always manages to ruin everything. Everytime something went wrong in the books, I'd mentally facepalm and mutter 'Dobby'.
'Master has given Dobby a sock!'
This scene made me secretly rejoice, despite hating Dobby with every fiber of my being. I still maintain that he was a bumbling busybody, but, that doesn't mean he deserved all those cruel punishments that the Malfoys inflicted on him.
”You are Muggle-born?”
“Half-blood, sir,” said Riddle. “Muggle father, witch mother.”
Another reference that went over my head, was this one. I never realized it but, Rowling was subtly referring to Racism. The books are filled with such subtle nods to other, more important topics, which most of us fail to notice, at first glance.
"”Voldemort put a bit of himself in me?” Harry said, thunderstruck.”
Another small spoiler to the end of the books, that Rowling hid with so much cunning in the second book of her series itself. Simply astonishing!
This book was a lot more scarier to me and I may have had a few nightmares. (I'll never fully admit to them! Shhhh!) But, in the end, it was a worthwhile read and as expected Dumbledore didn't disappoint.