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Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Film Poster

The movie Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets closely follows the plot of the book written by JK Rowling.  There are some differences and changes in the movie though, as usual with movie adaptations of books.

In the movie, Harry didn’t do any chores.  The book starts off with the Dudleys getting ready for Vernon’s big meeting with the Masons.  When Dobby starts hitting himself against things, Vernon tells the Masons to not worry about the sound…its just the cat.  That’s a pretty big cat to be making all those sounds….  Speaking of that, I really liked Dobby.  He was so cute, but somewhat pitiful at the same time.  I was really glad when Harry freed him at the end.  Dobby deserved to live better than being Lucius Malfoy’s servant.  Lucius Malfoy is very cruel.

The Weasley boys save Harry with a flying car when he is trapped inside his bedroom at the Dursleys.  In the book, Mrs. Weasey gives the boys a large telling off in the front yard.  In the movie, it is much smaller, and in the kitchen.  However, this does bring me to two of my favorite characters in the Harry Potter movie series:  Mr. and Mrs. Weasley.  I think they’re so cute together.  They make me laugh.  It’s obvious they have a lot of fun together.

Harry travels by floo powder to Borgin and Burkes.  In the book, he witnessed an exchange between the store owner and Lucius Malfoy.  In the movie, there are no Malfoys here.

I did have a question when Harry meets up with Hermione in Diagon Alley.  Why can Hermione fix Harry’s glasses?  They aren’t in school.  Shouldn’t she be getting in trouble here?

While I was watching the movie, I realized that Lockhart was probably histrionic.  Histrionic personality disorder is characterized by excessive attention seeking behavior.  They always want to be the center of attention, and feel comfortable when they are not.  They are lively and dramatic.  They may be shallow.  This, in my opinion, perfectly describes Lockhart.  He always has to be the center of attention.  He makes situations about themselves when they are not.  He likes to act out things he has done, and doesn’t realize how his attention-seeking behavior affects others.  Everything is about him, and he has to make everything about him.  I just found that interesting.

When Hermione is called a Mudblood, Ron doesn’t explain what that means to Harry.  Hermione does.  Also, in a touching moment, Hagrid consoles Hermione because she is understandably upset.

I thought the howler in the movie was smaller.  Mrs. Weasley didn’t scream as long here.  I loved Ron’s reaction though.  It was funny.

Professor Binns is not in the movie.  Instead, Professor McGonagall tells students about the Chamber of Secrets.  I thought her transfiguration was pretty cool.

In the movie, Harry, Ron, and Hermione didn’t need a note from Lockhart to get access to Moste Potente Potions.  It was in the library.  It should have been in the Restricted Section.  I don’t think first years should have access to that book.  It looks pretty disturbing.

In the hospital wing, Harry is woken by that creepy voice, not Dobby sponging his forehead.  I thought the movie did a good job with Harry hearing voices.   It was creepy.

At the Dueling Club, Lockhart didn’t show Harry a weird wand thing.  He just gave Harry good luck.

When Harry, Ron, and Hermione took the polyjuice potion, we only got to see Harry transform.  That was somewhat disappointing.  I would have liked to see all three of them transform.

Ron made me laugh again when he said, “Why can’t it be follow the butterflies?” as he and Harry prepared to follow the spiders in the Forbidden Forest.  I think Ron was cute in this movie in his facial expressions and some of his lines.

There was an interesting moment with Ron and Hermione when the trio were reunited.  Ron didn’t feel comfortable with hugging Hermione.  It was very awkward.  Cool there be some brewing romance there, perhaps?

There is one thing that I like better in the movie than the book:  the ending.  It was so touching seeing all the students clapping for Hagrid.  There really is no Hogwarts without Hagrid.  The books and movies wouldn’t be the same without him.

Overall, my favorite parts in the movie were Lockhart and the ending.  Lockhart made me laugh, and the ending pulled at my heartstrings.  I also really enjoyed Ron’s facial expressions.  He was adorable.

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Book Cover

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Book Cover (US)

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry receives a mysterious warning from Dobby the house elf about terrible events that are soon to transpire at Hogwarts.  Harry ignores Dobby’s warning, and goes to Hogwarts with Ron and Hermione.  He finds that he has a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Professor Lockhart.  However, it becomes clear very quickly that Lockhart is a waste of time, despite all the books he has supposedly written.

Strange things start to happen at Hogwarts, starting with Filch’s cat being petrified and a note being written on the wall saying that “The Chamber of Secrets has Been Opened…Enemies of the Heir, Beware.”  Everyone starts to wonder who the Heir of Slytherin is.  People are petrified, and Harry is suspected as being the Heir of Slytherin after inadvertently revealing that he is a Parslemouth at the Dueling Club.

Harry, Ron, and Hermione try to find out who the Heir of Slytherin is.  They follow many leads and hit numerous dead ends.  Some history about the characters at Hogwarts is also revealed, including that of Hagrid.  Someone close to the Weasley family is taken into the Chamber itself, causing Harry to venture it.

Who is the Heir of Slytherin?  What is causing these attacks?  Will Harry survive the encounter with the horror in the chamber?

Find out in the second book of the Harry Potter series.

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I personally didn’t like that Hermione was absent for a part of the book.  Harry and Ron seemed to wander around trying to figure out what was going on in Hogwarts, and they didn’t seem to be getting anywhere.  That started to irritate me after a while when they were constantly trying to come up with new leads.

Having said that, the book revealed quite a bit of history about Hogwarts that will be used further in the series.  It was quite noticeable to me that Rowling was setting up plot points for later books.  I also noticed within this book how she set up the rest of the book in the beginning.  An example is the Weasley’s encounter with Lucius Malfoy, and Ginny’s schoolbooks.

I did have a question though.  What happened to Mr. Weasley’s car after a notable encounter in the Forbidden Forest?  It just drove off.  Will that be developed later, or is that a plot hole?  Just curious.

Overall, this was a solid sequel to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s StoneI didn’t like that Hermione was absent in parts of it, but it was still enjoyable nonetheless.  I give it three stars.

Running around the Forbidden Forest and the Chamber of Secrets

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The plot thickens.  Hagrid is suspected of opening the Chamber of Secrets because of what Harry learned from Tom Riddle’s diary.  Harry discovers a little later that Tom Riddle’s diary was gone, and the person who stole it had to have been someone from Gryffindor.  Was someone in Gryffindor the Heir of Slytherin?

Harry hears the cold voice again, and Hermione realizes something, causing her go off to the library.  She is then attacked by the monster.  What did Hermione find out that caused her to be attacked?

Things are getting too weird, too fast.  Harry and Ron have to go and see Hagrid to find out if he’s the Heir of Slytherin.  When they get there, however, they find out that others are asking him the same thing.  Cornelius Fudge, Minister of Magic, comes to take Hagrid away to Azkaban as a precaution.  In addition, Lucius Malfoy comes to remove Dumbledore from his post, saying that the Board of Governors decided that he has lost his touch.  How exactly will that solve the problem?  As parting words, Dumbledore says that he is only gone when none who remain at Hogwarts are loyal to him, and Hagrid says to follow the spiders.

When Lockhart boasts that the Heir was caught because Hagrid was taken away, Harry and Ron decide to go follow those spiders to find out some stuff.  This leads them into a large death trap.  Yes, Aragog says that he’s not the monster, but his fellow spiders decide to eat Harry and Ron.  Luckily, Mr. Weasley’s car saves them.  It’s been running around in the Forbidden Forest all this time.

It appears as though Harry and Ron have hit a dead end.  They don’t know of anyone else who could be the Heir of Slytherin.  And Hermione’s petrified.  They can’t ask her.

Professor McGonagall

Professor McGonagall

Harry comes up with a brilliant idea in the middle of the night.  What if the girl who was killed never left the bathroom.  What if Moaning Myrtle was killed by the monster?  Harry and Ron distract Lockhart and venture off to the bathroom, but Professor McGonagall finds them.  Harry comes up with a quick story about going to see Hermione.  Uncharacteristically, McGonagall tears up and lets them go.  While visiting Hermione, Harry and Ron find a piece of paper clamped in her fist.  This paper contains the information she learned before she was attacked, that the monster is a Basilisk, the King of Serpents.  If you look at it in the eye, it kills you.  Spiders flee before it.  It can also kill you with poisonous fangs.  Hermione wrote pipes, indicating it moves through the walls.

This is all great, but they find out that Ginny Weasley was taken into the Chamber.  Lockhart is told to go after Ginny.  Harry and Ron find out later that he is planning on escaping, even though he’s the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher.  They haul Lockhart out to Moaning Myrtle’s bathroom, where Harry and Ron ask Myrtle how she did.  She tells them she saw a great pair of yellow eyes by the sink.  Harry checks it out, and sees a small snake symbol on the side of the faucet, indicating the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets.

Harry, Ron, and Lockhart go down a slimy tunnel and end up underneath the castle.  Lockhart tries to pull something to enhance his fame and say that he found Ginny dead, but he tries it with Ron’s wand.  The wand backfires on him, causing him to lose his memory.  He flies against the wall, and there is a cave in.  Harry runs and finds himself alone on the other side.

The Chamber of Secrets as seen in the second film

The Chamber of Secrets

Harry has no choice but to continue.  He has to find Ginny.  Harry finds a wall carved with two emerald serpents.  He says “open” in parselmouth, and the wall cracks open.  He goes inside and finds Ginny lying there, along with Tom Riddle.  Tom Riddle is the Heir of Slytherin.  He preserved the memory of himself in a diary.  When Lucius Malfoy secretly gave Ginny Tom Riddle’s diary in Gringotts, she started writing it in all the troubles she was having.  This gave Tom Riddle “food” in which to grow stronger.  Eventually, Ginny started to do what Tom wanted her to do, like write the message in blood on the wall.  Tom Riddle apparently is Lord Voldemort.

Basilisk

Basilisk

Well of course, Voldemort wants Harry killed.  He asks Harry why Harry escaped him the first time, then lets the Basilisk go after him.  Voldemort is particularly mad when Harry says Dumbledore is the greatest wizard that ever lived, and not Voldemort.  This causes Fawkes and the Sorting Hat to arrive.  Harry pulls Gryffindor’s sword out of the Sorting Hat and kills the snake with it.  The snake’s fangs sink into his arm when he kills the snake though, causing him to slowly die.  Luckily, Fawkes is there to cry on his wound.  Phoenix tears have healing powers.

Ginny wakes up, and Ron’s cleared the debris.  Harry, Ron, Ginny, and Lockhart fly up on Fawkes’ tail feathers, to the delight of Lockhart, who says, “this is just like magic!”

Fawkes

Fawkes

Fawkes leads them to McGonagal’s office, where Mr. and Mrs. Weasley, McGonagal, and Dumbledore are.  Harry explains the situation, and Dumbledore infers that Lord Voldemort tricked Ginny.  Harry and Ron receive an award for Special Services to the School.  The Weasleys leave with Ginny, and Ron takes Lockhart up to see Madame Pomfrey.

Dumbedore then asks Harry again if he has questions.  Harry asks if he should have been placed in Slytherin.  Apparently, Voldemort transferred some of his powers to Harry the night he died, so Harry is now a Parslemouth.  However, because Harry asked to be placed in Gryffindor, that makes all the difference.  Harry belongs in Gryffindor.  Proof is that he pulled Gryffindor’s sword out of the Sorting Hat.  In one of my favorite quotes from Harry Potter, Dumbledore says, “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

Lucius Malfoy

Lucius Malfoy

On a more positive note, Harry tricks Lucius Malfoy into giving Dobby a sock because Harry sneaks Tom Riddle’s diary into his moldy sock and gives it to Lucius.  Lucius threw the sock away, and Dobby caught it.  Dobby is free.  Lucius Malfoy tries to curse Harry for freeing his servant, but Dobby saves him.

The book ends in a magnificent feast where all the victims of the snake return unpetrified, and Hagrid comes back.  On a side note, Percy Weasley has a girlfriend, much to the delight of Fred and George.  Then, it’s time to go back to the Dursley’s for another summer.

Stay tuned for the book and movie review of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Who is the Heir of Slytherin?

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Slytherin House Crest

Slytherin House Crest

Harry’s life is not going well.  First, Dobby tries to kill him…sorry, *save him*….with his rogue bludger.  Then, at the Dueling Club, Harry saves Justin Finch-Fletchy from being bitten by a poisonous snake.  Only everyone else thought Harry was trying to set the snake on Justin.  Apparently, nobody else speaks Parslmouth, snake language.  That’s bad because Salazar Slytherin spoke Parselmouth, and the symbol of Slytherin House is a serpent.  Everyone thinks Harry inherited this trait from Salazar Slyterin, and that he is the Heir of Slytherin.

Of course, Harry just happens to find himself at the wrong place at the wrong time again.  This time, Justin and Nearly Headless Nick were both petrified.  Is this just a coincidence that Justin is attacked right after Harry tries to save him from the snake?

Professor McGonagal finds Harry at the scene of the crime, and takes him up to see Professor Dumbledore.  In Professor Dumbledore’s office, Harry tries on the Sorting Hat again.  He’s wondering if the Sorting Hat will change its mind and say Harry should be in Gryffindor.  No such luck.  The Sorting Hat still says Harry should be in Slytherin.  Just lovely.  Luckily, Professor Dumbledore doesn’t expel him. Instead, he asks if Harry wants to ask him something.  Harry thinks about being called the Heir of Slytherin, but says nothing.

Meanwhile, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are able to get  a signed note from Professor Lockhart for the book Moste Potente Potions in the Restricted Section.  It takes a while, but Hermione is able to brew up a Polyjuice Potion.  Over Christmas break, while most of the castle is gone, the three plan to go ask Malfoy if he is the Heir of Slytherin.  Hermione isn’t able to go, however.  She turns into a cat.  Apparently she drank the hair of a Slytherin girl’s cat, and the Polyjuice Potion isn’t meant for human transformation.  Poor Hermione…  Although Moaning Myrtle thinks it’s funny that Hermione has a tail.

Moaning Myrtle

Moaning Myrtle

Harry and Ron (transformed to Crabbe and Goyle) meet up with Draco, only to find out he’s not the Heir of Slytherin.  What!?!?  So they’re back to where they started.  Harry’s still being called the Heir of Slytherin, and meanwhile, they have no idea who the Heir of Slytherin could be.  They’re stuck.

They pick up another lead, though.  While Harry and Ron are off visiting Hermione, they find Filch patrolling the area where his cat was petrified.  But this time, there’s a small flood in the hallway coming from Moaning Myrtle’s bathroom.  They go and check it out.  Moaning Myrtle flooded the bathroom because someone threw a book at her.  She’s just a little bit temperamental.

Harry and Ron find the book and see that it belonged to T. M. Riddle.  Ron remembered that T. M. Riddle won an award for special services to the school:  He had to clean off the trophy during detention, when he had a massive slime attack over it.  Hermione thinks that T. M. Riddle got an award for catching the Heir of Slytherin.  But there’s nothing written in the book.  Could it be that Riddle simply didn’t write in it?

Harry Writing in Tom Riddle's Diary

Harry Writing in Tom Riddle’s Diary

No, not really.  Harry just had to figure out what the secret to the  book was.  If you wrote in the book, some invisible hand would write back to you.  Just a little creepy.  So Harry decided to ask T. M. Riddle, or Tom Riddle, if he knew anything about the Chamber of Secrets.  Of course Riddle knew something.

Riddle took him into the pages of the book to show Harry his memory.  In the memory, the school was being ravaged by the horror of the Chamber.  Riddle was an orphan, and was going to have to go back to the orphanage in the summer if the Heir of Slytherin wasn’t caught.  So Riddle caught the Heir of Slytherin:  Hagrid.  Hagrid was apparently hiding a great big spider.  Riddle said that the spider had attacked all of the people.  That caused Hagrid to get expelled, and Riddle to win the award for Special Services to the School.

So, was Hagrid the Heir of Slytherin?  Hagrid clearly had a love of dangerous creatures.  Could Hagrid be evil enough to set one of his “pets” on numerous students?  Was Hagrid now opening the Chamber as gamekeeper?

Or was Hagrid being blamed for something that had nothing to do with him, much like Harry was being blamed for being a Parslemouth?

The Legend of the Chamber of Secrets

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Nearly Headless Nick

Nearly Headless Nick

Through the next part of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, we are introduced to a certain legend about Hogwarts.  We see Draco Malfoy calling Hermione a “mudblood,” meaning a person who is Muggle-born.  They apparently don’t have “pure blood” or the blood of a completely wizarding family.

While doing detention with Lockhart, Harry hears something very unusual.  He hears an ice-cold voice saying, “Come…come to me…Let me rip you…”  It sounds as if someone or something is going to die.  And Lockhart can’t hear it.  Is something going on with Harry?  Is he hearing voices?

Harry, Ron, and Hermione then have to go to a Deathday Party because Nearly Headless Nick had gotten Harry out of a hairy situation with Filch.  Harry was tracking mud around the castle, and Filch was going to give him a nasty punishment for it.  Nick persuaded Peeves to drop a cabinet on top of Filch’s office.  Harry discovered that Filch is a squib, and Filch let him go.  Harry agreed to go to the Deathday Party in return to tell Sir Patrick Delaney-Podmore that Nick is apparently very intimidating and scary.  Sir Property-Decapitated Podmore wouldn’t let Nick attend the Headless Hunt because his head is not properly separated from his head (even though Nick was hit forty-five times in the neck with an axe.

Message on the Wall

Message on the Wall

Anyways, the three go to the Deathday Party, which is downright depressing.  Afterwards, they decide to go back up to the feast, but Harry starts hearing voices again.  Harry goes to chase it down and finds a message written on the wall:

THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS HAS BEEN OPENED.  ENEMIES OF THE HEIR, BEWARE.

Filch’s cat, Mrs. Norris, is hanging by her tail by a torch bracket.  She is stiff as a board and staring.  There’s a puddle of water on the floor.

A crowd of students comes and sees Harry, Ron, and Hermione standing there.  Draco Malfoy calls out, “You’ll be next, Mudbloods!”

Needless to say, this excites the entire student population at Hogwarts.  They all want to find out what the Chamber of Secrets is.  Hermione, regrettably, left Hogwarts, A History at home.  She asks Professor Binns about it.  Reluctantly, he tells the class the legend of the Chamber of Secrets.

Salazar Slytherin sculpture

Salazar Slytherin sculpture

One of the founders of Hogwarts, Salazar Slytherin, wanted to be more choosy about the students admitted to Hogwarts.  He only wanted those of wizarding blood to be at Hogwarts.  He created the Chamber of Secrets, and only the heir of Slytherin would be able to open it.  Upon opening it, the horror within the Chamber would come forth and kill all Muggle borns.

This makes Harry’s stomach turn later because the Sorting Hat had debating putting him in Slytherin.  He protested against it, and the Sorting Hat reluctantly put him in Gryffindor.

Harry, Ron, and Hermione went back to scene of the message.  They found spiders running away and scotch marks on the floor.

Of course, they want to find out who could have opened the Chamber.  Who was the Heir of Slytherin?  Ron and Harry instantly thinks its Malfoy.  Hermione’s not so sure, but she brings up the idea of using Polyjuice Potion to sneak into the Slytherin Common Room and ask Malfoy about it.  Unfortunately, the book that contains the recipe for making the potion, Moste Potente Potions, is in the Restricted Section of the library.  You need a note from a teacher to get a book in there.

It’s obvious that they need to figure out who the Heir of Slytherin is.  They don’t want anyone to die over this legend.  So, can you guess what teacher might be thick enough to give them such a note?

© Amy Burney, Amy’s Fantastical Writings

Lessons from Flying a Car to Hogwarts

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Platform 9 3/4 Kings Cross Station

Platform 9 3/4 Kings Cross Station

Have you ever been hit by a tree?  Probably not.  I expect Harry had never heard of being hit by a tree until he had a run in with the Whomping Willow.  Oh yeah…and Ron got a howler.

Let’s back up to where this all started.  When Harry and Ron were trying to go through the gate to Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station, they discovered that they couldn’t get through.  Weird, huh?  There was still a few minutes before the train left.  What on earth was going on.

Flying a Car to Hogwarts

Flying a Car to Hogwarts

Seeing as they couldn’t get through, they had to decide how to get to Hogwarts.  Oh wait…didn’t Mr. Weasley have a flying car?  Sounds like a great idea!  What a way to get to Hogwarts.  It’s almost like the gate wanted to close for them, just so that they would have a great story for how they got to Hogwarts.

So they decide to fly the car to Hogwarts.  Was that the brightest idea?  Maybe not.  But it was sure fun.  At least for a few minutes.  They had lots of toffees to eat, and they could sail fly over the land in the bright blue sky.  Yay!

And then they realized that the toffees would make them thirsty, and they didn’t have anything to drink.  They also got pretty hot.  Maybe this wasn’t such a good after all.  Plus the invisibility booster was faulty, and a Muggle could have seen them.  Plus the car sounded like it was going to die any second.

Well, they almost got to Hogwarts successfully, until the car decided to completely die.  Oh boy, where’s the car going to end up?

Whomping Willow

Whomping Willow

The car sailed right into the Whomping Willow.  It turns out that this could be the one tree in the world that hits back.  So the car slammed into the Whomping Willow, and the tree decided to do a number on the car.  Great.  And Ron’s wand snapped.  Another great.

When Ron and Harry got out of the tree’s grasp, the car decided to go off into the Forbidden Forest.  Apparently, cars don’t like to fly halfway across the countryside just to get hit by a tree.  I guess Harry and Ron didn’t get the memo there.

The two go on up to the castle, where they are discovered by the last teacher they really want to see:  Professor Snape.  He threatens them, saying if they were in his house, they would expel him.  Some Muggles had seen a flying car, which surprises them in some way.  Not sure why.  I mean it’s just a flying car.  There’s nothing strange there.

Luckily, Professor Dumbledore comes in and doesn’t expel them.  They have to do detention, and he’s going to write home to their parents.  Well, that doesn’t bother Harry.  The Dursleys would wish that the Whomping Willow killed him.

So off Harry and Ron go, feeling like they got off lucky.  They get lots of attention from their classmates, who say people will be talking about this story for years.  Percy and Hermione don’t seem thrilled though.

Howler

Howler

Their lovely little experience ends the next morning.  Ron gets a howler from Mrs. Weasley, and she says Mr. Weasley is facing an inquiry at work all because of them.  Yikes.

And of course Lockhart has to turn this situation all about him.  Lockhart says that Harry has gotten the buzz for fame from him.  Harry is apparently a nobody, and the attention he got from Lockhart went to his head.  After all, Lockhart won the Most Charming Smile Award three times in a row.

Wow.  Lockhart is just a little thickheaded.  No wonder Harry was a little stunned.

So, the lesson here:  If you ever face the dilemma of whether to fly a car to school, it’s probably not a good idea.  You might get trounced by a tree, and Mrs. Weasley might throw a howler at you.  Not to mention that Lockhart will make it all about himself.  It’s probably better to write a letter to the school asking them to get you to Hogwarts.

Yep.  That’s a mighty fine idea.

© Amy Burney, Amy’s Fantastical Writings

Gilderoy Lockhart

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Knockturn Alley with Scabbers...

Knockturn Alley Sign

When Harry gets his new class book list for the coming semester, he sees the majority of books are written by Gilderoy Lockhart.   Some titles include Break with a Banshee, Gadding with Ghouls, and Holidays with Hags.  Fred Weasley thinks the new Defense Against the Arts Teacher is a woman.  That just makes Mrs. Weasley’s day.  She happens to be a big fan of Gilderoy Lockhart.

So the Weasleys plan to go to Diagon Alley with floo powder.  That turns out to be a rather sickening adventure for Harry as he ends up spinning really fast in green flames while being transported off to Diagon Alley.

Except he ends up in a very different place.  He ends up in a store with some rather weird stuff, like human bones and evil masks.  It also turns out that Harry is in the wrong place at the wrong time, as Draco Malfoy and his father are there complaining about Harry.  Draco’s father, Lucius, is planning on selling some…unmentionable items.  Draco almost catches Harry in his hiding spot while wandering around looking for a present (what kind of present would this boy be looking for in such a bizarre place anyway?).

Harry ends up escaping, only to be almost kidnapped by scary looking people.  Hagrid happens to rescue Harry, and takes him off to Diagon Alley.  The Weasley boys of course are thrilled that Harry went in Knockturn Alley…their mother never let them in.

Flourish & Blotts

Flourish & Blotts

So off go Harry and the Weasleys into Flourish and Blotts.  There they find the one and only Gilderoy Lockhart in all of his glory.  He’s got his dazzling smile with brilliently white teeth and blue robes that exactly match his eye color.  A reporter from the Daily Prophet steps on Ron’s toe, and Ron complains about it.  Lockhart then looks up and recognizes Harry, causing him to want a picture with Harry.  He can’t pass up an opportunity to be seen with Harry in the public spotlight!  Oh, and that’s just the perfect time to announce that he’s going to be the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher.  Harry can’t walk into a bookstore without causing attention.  Just lovely.

The crowd whoops and cheers in the little bookstore.  I doubt that the owner of the shop ever had so much enthusiasm in this store over a book.

That excitement continues when Lucius Malfoy runs into Mr. Weasley.  They have a little fight in the bookstore because Lucius insults the Weasley family.  Hagrid has to break the two up.  Mrs. Weasley reprimands Mr. Weasley, talking about what a “fine example” he set for their kids and what Gilderoy Lockhart must have thought.

Gilderoy Lockhart seemed pleased though.  He asked the reporter from the Daily Prophet to work the little fight into his article.

Does everything revolve around Gilderoy Lockhart?  Apparently so.  He can turn a situation that has nothing to do with him into one that boosts his publicity.

© Amy Burney, Amy’s Fantastical Writings