If you’ve been following this blog, you know that some time back I checked out and reviewed the Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone Audiobook. Back then I only meant to check out one Harry Potter book on audio, just to get an idea of how it feels to listen to this series, as opposed to read it.
But after all these years I should have known better. I should have known that when it comes to Harry Potter I can never stop at one, and so here I am, binge-listening to this entire series on audio. Yes, I’m hopeless, more so when it comes to this book series.
Anyway, today I’m here to talk about the latest book I have completed in the series (on audio) – Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets.
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets – Audiobook Review
Okay, so to keep first things first – a lot of what I said about Book 1 holds good for this book too (and I’m pretty sure that will be the case with the next books in the series as well) – it was wonderful to reconnect with some of my all time favorite characters, follow their journey all over again, and relive some of my favorite childhood literary moments.
Having said that, as I am reading this book for what seems like the millionth time (which means some of my brain space is now free to dissect it) and also ’cause I’m reading this series after a break of some years, I couldn’t help viewing some of the things that happened in this book in a different light, and it’s made me question some things which I’d otherwise ignored/overlooked.
So that’s essentially what this post is about, me sharing some of my thoughts about this book, and also a question that cropped up in my mind as I re-read this book.
Which means that this is not a review post, it’s more of a discussion. So if you are looking for a review of this book – here are 3 words for you – read it now! 🙂 I am serious, go get Book 1, and start reading now. Oh and stop reading this post, because the next section will contain spoilers.
Now that that is out of the way, 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.
Anyway, those were my thoughts when I re-read/listened to this book this time, and now onto the question that I’d really like to hear your thoughts on as well.
So as I was listening to this story, I was wondering if Lucius Malfoy knew about Voldemort’s horcruxes, and the fact that there was a teenage Voldemort alive in the pages of the book that he put with Ginny’s things, or was he just taking a wild chance sending something that the dark lord possessed back to Hogwarts.
The latter scenario seems unlikely for someone like Malfoy, so I think he was either aware of what the book was capable of (if so – how?) or was ordered to send the book back to Hogwarts with Ginny (if yes, then – by whom? because it couldn’t have been Voldemort, as he was merely a shadow of himself at that time).
What do you, fellow Potterheads, think?
That’s all from my end, folks. I would love to hear from you. Have you listened to this series on audio? Or any of your old favorites on audio? How did you find the experience?
Oh and for people who haven’t yet started with audiobooks, I feel like listening to your old favorites is a great place to start. You already have familiarity, so you don’t have to worry about not being able to understand or losing track, and it also gives you a chance to reconnect with your favorite books and characters while you do your household chores. Win-Win!
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