Thoughts on Revisiting Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets

November 24, 2015 Fantasy, Readalong, Young Adult Fiction 10

Great Maggoty Haggis, Bookworms!

I’m trying to work that phrase into my lexicon because I like coming up with alternatives to swearing. Not that I have a problem with profanity, because I don’t, I just prefer my language to be a bit more colorful. The Harry Potter books never fail to supply me with entertaining phrases. Which brings me to the point! I’m still trucking along with The Estella Society’s #PotterBinge re-read-along and it has been delightful. Since I had so much fun logging my thoughts with The Sorcerer’s Stone, I thought I’d continue the concept with Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets. Ready?!

  • Oh Dobby! The self flagellation! He’d fit right in to one of those penance parades they had in The Seventh Seal. Yeesh.
  • I love me some lock-picking Weasley twins.
  • I am still desperately ashamed that GIlderoy Lockhart was a Ravenclaw. Ugh.
  • Ginny almost forgot that blasted diary at The Burrow! If only she’d left the darn thing!
  • For some reason imagining a pair of 12 year old boys driving a car on the road seems much more insane than a pair of 12 year old boys flying an enchanted car through the air…
  • Fred and George never got caught with the car despite having taken it out a number of time. It proves, once again, that they are criminal masterminds working for the greater good and general mischief.
  • Oh, Errol. You poor, ridiculous owl.
  • I want to punch Lockhart ALL. THE. TIME.
  • The earmuffs in the mandrake scene made me think of Scream Queens and that girl who always wears fancy designer earmuffs. Apparently there will be a scripted reason for her doing so at some point, but since the actress is Carrie Fisher’s daughter (!!!) they thought the Princess Leia homage would be funny.
  • Alright, you guys. Cornish Pixies. Is it not more correct to call them “piskies” in the Cornish dialect? Did they get translated to “pixies” in the American version or is it like that in the British version too?
  • Peeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeves! That punk never made it into the movies, but I forgot that he was the one who broke the vanishing cabinet Draco ended up fixing to cause all that trouble later on!
  • Even the Hufflepuff ghost is cheery. Go out and hug a Hufflepuff! I bet they give the best hugs.
  • “Great Maggoty Haggis” is my new catch phrase. (See? I’m already putting it into practice.)
  • Hermione steals from Snape. Classic. Badass.
  • Dear Ginny, since when are fresh pickled toads in any way romantic?
  • “When in doubt, go to the library”- sound advice.
  • Dude, Harry can put together crazy clues about the Basilisk and reflective surfaces but it takes him FOREVER to figure out that Tom Riddle is up to no good.
  • Who does wizard laundry if house elves can’t handle clothes? I have a hard time imagining Narcissa Malfoy scrubbing anyone’s under drawers… This has been bothering me for years.
  • A pajama feast is obviously the best way to end a story.

There we have it, Bookworms. My thoughts on the second installment of the #PotterBinge. Is anybody else playing along? I’m seriously pondering this laundry issue, I’d love to hear your theories on it. 

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10 Responses to “Thoughts on Revisiting Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets”

  1. Megan M.

    “Pajama feast” sounds like a great spin on Thanksgiving… why has no one thought of this?

      • Dana

        My local pub used to throw pajama parties for NYE. It was fabulous, mainly because it was super comfortable and I never had to worry about what to wear.

        • Words For Worms

          I went to a bar once in pajamas. It was not a pajama party, it was my SIL’s bachelorette party and someone dared me to go next door and order a beer from the dive bar. Obviously I did it. The other gals came with me, but their sleeping duds were far more unobtrusive than my bright blue penguin printed flannel. Not just the pants either. It was a full two piece classic pajama affair. It was awesome.

          • Dana

            I’ve responded to countless “I’m drunk, come get me” phone calls by showing up in my pjs and strolling through the bar calling the offender’s name. If you’ve had too much to drink, by all means call me and I’ll come get you. But, if you drag me out of bed, you better be waiting on the curb or I will mortify you in public.

  2. Andi

    So I think when I write up my thoughts (50 pages left), I’ll just post and say to come on over here and read this. LOL “Maggoty haggis” got me, too. PAJAMA FEASTS everyday!

    • Words For Worms

      LOL, oh Andi-Roo! I was listening to the audio books and the way Jim Dale said there was a “great maggoty haggis” in the middle of the ghost party just stuck with me.

  3. Athira

    Love your new phrase. I’m still in the first book and need to speed through it. Some day, I need to reread the British and American versions together. Some of the differences between the books are actually funny, like boogers vs boogies (I think).

    • Words For Worms

      Oh, yes, I’ve noticed the boogers vs. bogies thing, though I prefer bogies. I really should get my hands on a British version just for compare and contrast purposes.

  4. Jenny @ Reading the End

    I love that Hermione is the driving force behind making the Polyjuice Potion. She’s always willing to break rules once you can convince her it’s worth it, and I love seeing this eearly evidence of a case where she thinks it’s worth it.

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