I don't know how I missed these in my first, second, and third rereading of Harry Potter. I guess this experience just proved to me that there's still something new I can discover when I reread a good book. It may perhaps be because I skipped over that one the first time, or I looked over its significance because I read this while the series wasn't finished yet, or simply, I grew up and became more sensitive to the tiny details in the story.
My first mind-blowing experience with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was during the dueling scene. It was the first time that the disarming charm, Expelliarmus, was used in the whole Potter-verse. (Spoiler alert) And this said disarming charm later became Harry Potter's signature spell. But do you remember who first used the spell? Severus Snape. My Harry Potter fangirl screamed when I realized that. I was like, Oh my god oh my god oh my god! Did J. K. Rowling mean for that to happen? Did she realize that? I bet she did because she's epic like that.
The second moment was when I realized this: Voldemort was awarded a Special Awards for Services to the School for 'catching' the Heir of Slytherin. Fifty years later, Harry Potter earns the same award for the same reason. God, that realization was mind blowing. It is also in this book that Voldemort told Harry Potter that they had a lot of similarities. But J. K. Rowling, in her brilliance, said it through Dumbledore: It is our choices that define us. That is certainly true.
Am I the only one who missed out on these things? Heh, I hope not.
There are a lot of things that can be said about the three friends, Harry, Hermione, and Ron, but this was the first time I truly admired Ron Weasley. I know a lot of people love him, but this was the first time I realized how truly brave and loyal he was. This was displayed when he put aside himself and followed Harry into the forest despite his psychological terror of spiders. I am the same towards cockroaches, and I cannot imagine myself doing the same thing he did for anyone. I'll probably have a mental break down if I find a cockroach as big as Aragog. His act of doing that for Hagrid and Hermione just spoke volumes about him, and I have started to love him for it.
As I said in my opening statement, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets used to be one of my least-liked in the series. But now that I've discovered these little gems, I can safely say it's one amazing book. In fact, with these, I feel like I'm going to be reading the next five remaining books with a fresh set of eyes. I'm ready.
What about you, lovely, what's your favorite book in the Harry Potter series?