Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Chapter 5 (#PotterheadReadAlong19)

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Chapter 5 finally gets us to Hogwarts, but not in the way you would expect. Let’s go!

The Weasleys remain the most wonderful people on the planet. They all celebrate the last day before school with a good meal and good fun. It makes me so sad that Harry is not used to being treated like a normal kid, much less a magical one. He is so happy to be there and so grateful, dreading what it will be like to go back to the Dursleys. I want to adopt him so bad!

I love their car. The Ford Anglia. Mr. Weasley is so proud of it! He has magically enhanced it so that it is much larger on the inside (Mrs. Weasley doesn’t suspect, and is quite impressed). I think what I like best about Mr. Weasley is his childlike fascination with Muggle objects. He loves driving the car and is thrilled with the idea of trying out the Invisibility Booster so they can fly without being seen.

They get to Kings Cross and head towards the barrier to Platform 9 3/4. They end up crashing into the brick wall and can’t get through. This leads them to make, what I think, is a big mistake: flying the car to Hogwarts. Seriously, boys? You really thought this was a good idea? Ron is worried that if they can’t get through, maybe his parents can’t get back, but really, I would have at least waited a few minutes to see. Mr. and Mrs. Weasley would have to come back eventually to pick up their car anyway. Slow down, kiddos! Just be patient!

Of course, patience is not a teenage boy’s strong suit. They head off, trying to use the Invisibility Booster (which doesn’t work so well), and follow the train to Hogwarts. Trouble is, the car has never flown this far before and starts to break down. In the air! No gonna lie, I would have freaked out at this point. They crash into a tree (breaking Ron’s wand in the process), but turns out, that tree isn’t particularly happy about being crashed into. It’s hard to read the books at this point without drawing comparisons to the films, but I thought the Whomping Willow was so perfect (although I could have done without the flight in the car with Harry almost falling out). I also liked how the car itself is just fed up at this point and takes off. Can’t say I blame it, really.

They sneak into school, missing the Sorting, but realize that Professor Snape isn’t at the Head Table. That’s because he’s RIGHT BEHIND THEM!!! They get lectures galore (due to the car being seen by several muggles) and are threatened with getting expelled. Professor McGonagall also berates them for their actions instead of, oh I don’t know, using Hedwig to send word that they were in trouble. Seriously, I would use owl post all the time if I had an owl. I’d send my husband notes from upstairs all the time. Come to think of it, it’s probably good that I don’t have a magic owl.

Luckily, Dumbledore does not expel them. We know why now, but it does seem unfair that Harry gets away with things so easily. He isn’t really punished at all. Just detention. They even talk their way out of losing House points. Once they get up to Gryffindor Tower, they are lauded as heroes for their daring, except for Hermione, who treats them as the irresponsible yahoos that they are. Hermione, you are my spirit animal. I relate to her so much.

That’s it for this chapter. Tune in tomorrow for Chapter 6!

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday 2/6/19


WWW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Sam at Taking On a World of Words. Three questions, three answers. Let’s go!

What are you currently reading?

So many things! Well, not really, but it seems like a lot by my usual standards. In case you missed it, I am currently reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling for the month of February. This is part of the #PotterheadReadAlong19 hosted by The Perks of Being Noura. I am also currently reading Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. This is book #3 in the Throne of Glass series and I am really enjoying it so far. Things are getting much more complex, the world building more vast. Love it! Also reading Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey, book #2 in Phedre’s Trilogy. Her writing is so beautiful and poetic, and this book is no exception.

Also, both Phedre’s Trilogy and the Throne of Glass series are on my “Complete the Series” challenge list, so that will be two series towards my goal of three to finish this year! Huzzah!

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished a bunch of books in rapid succession, which I am definitely not used to. I finished Crow Flight by Susan Cunningham, an ARC that I received from NetGalley. You can read my review here. I also rushed through Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling in order to try and finish up in January for #PotterheadReadAlong19 – started the book on the 25th and finished on the 30th! Not too shabby! I also finished Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey, book #1 in Phedre’s Trilogy. I was very glad to finish that one. It took me over a month, but that book also has 900 pages. Her books are LONG! Also finished Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas, book #2 in the Throne of Glass series.

What do you think you’ll read next?

There are only three that I can count on reading next, and that would be the next three books in the three series I am reading: Kushiel’s Avatar by Jacqueline Carey (Phedre’s Trilogy #3), Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #4), and in March, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (you know). I also have a few ARCs coming up in March and April, but I’ll talk more about them when the time comes.

That’s it for me! How is your reading going this week?