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Discuss Chamber of Secrets

  • Apr 30, 2012 · 7:00 PM
  • La Madeleine

We will continue our re-read of the series with HP2, The Chamber of Secrets. 

   We will discuss the following 7 topics:  characters, themes, plot, overall contribution to the series, extra material we now know, humor and favorite quotes. 

 I couple of members noted that they would like a more specific questions for the discussion.  Feel free to post your questions or discussion topics in the comments.


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  • Affie S.

    What a fun event! It was better than what I expected; everyone was truly engaged in really examining the HP books as a work of literature. It was exciting to be chatting away with an intelligent, passionate group of people on something that I love. I really look forward to other future discussions!

    May 2, 2012

  • G. B.

    We had a vigorous discussion with some demonstrating an amazingly detailed knowledge of the content of the book and keen understanding of the significance of various happenings and the characters involved. Thank you to all.

    May 1, 2012

  • KateKintail

    Here's the website about the trolley so you know what to look for and have the schedule: http://alexandriava.gov/Trolley You'd want the King and St. Asaph stop, which is just one block before La Madeleine, which is on the corner of King and S Pitt. (If you miss it, the next stop, King and Royal, is just one block past La Madeleine, so it's only a 1 block walk from either stop).

    1 · April 30, 2012

  • Affie S.

    Turns out I was able to rearrange things at home enough to give me time to attend this event! Yay!

    KateKintail - Thanks so much for the tip! I know nearly nothing of the VA public transit system besides what WMATA.com has to say. >.o And I almost read King Street Metro Station as "Kings Cross," too! LOL! XD

    April 30, 2012

  • KateKintail

    I just started earreading the book last night. Bad timing on my part. But I'm going to do my best to finish it before tonight! I just got through the Deathday Party scene.

    1 · April 30, 2012

  • KateKintail

    @Affie- if you go to the King Street (I almost just wrote Kings Cross, LOL) METRO station, there's a free trolley that runs up and down the street and you can get off the trolley just before La Madeline.

    1 · April 30, 2012

  • Affie S.

    Curious: Say if I WERE to attend this even, might it be possible for anybody to pick me up from Braddock Road Metro Station?

    April 29, 2012

  • Affie S.

    Sorry for being so long-winded. I hope this helps as fodder for discourse, though! ^_^

    April 29, 2012

  • Affie S.

    Harry looked into the Mirror of Erised in the last book, but what kind of mirror is Harry facing, now? How does Harry, Voldemort, Ginny, Ron and Hermione (clumped on purpose), Hogwarts, Slytherin, Gryffindor, a basilisk made of Dark magic, a Goblin-forged sword, a Gryffindor-colored bird of courage and hope, the Sorting Hat, and Harry's scar all play in this very large narrative mirror? It's no wonder why Harry confronts Voldemort here via diary, a book of "reflective narrative"!

    April 29, 2012

  • Affie S.

    While Harry discovers these facts as well as the Chamber of Secrets itself, his best friends Ron and Hermione stay by his side as he sort of "delves into the depths of Hell," destroys a quasi-Voldemort, slaughters the living hierloom of Salazar Slytherin with an heirloom of Godric Gryffindor (provided by no other than the Sorting Hat!) and whisped away safety by a red-and-gold phoenix!
    (Read on...)

    April 29, 2012

  • Affie S.

    Harry and Voldemort mirror each other in many ways, but both, as we know, are incredibly different. And guess who get's caught in between the two? Ginny Weasley, who we all know to be Harry's future love (as we learn in the later books). I find it rather interesting how CoS not only introduces us and Harry to the darker portions of the Wizarding World and especially of Hogwarts, but also the incredibly dark realization that Voldemort, at one point, was not too different from Harry.
    (Read on...)

    April 29, 2012

  • Affie S.

    He learns this as he delves into the darkest depths of Hogwarts: the Chamber of Secrets. It's this adventure as a Second Year where Harry (and us the readers) discover a number of similarities between Harry and the young Voldemort (Tom Riddle): they were/are both ambitious young boys, both attend(ed) Hogwarts, both were/are popular amongst their fellow classmates, both can speak Parseltongue, etc.
    (Read on...)

    April 29, 2012

  • Affie S.

    Nonetheless, I think a good topic of discussion could be the following:
    The HP series as a whole make up a very powerful coming-of-age story. The first book is very much centered around Harry's realization of his magical talent as a wizard and is introduced and submerged into the Wizarding World. In the second, Harry learns more of Lord Voldemort as well as his relationship towards his archnemesis besides him being the provider of his scar.
    (Read on...)

    April 29, 2012

  • Affie S.

    Turns out I can't join everyone after all. Maybe next time? :(

    April 29, 2012

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