I did not see that coming, I’ll be honest.
I did have a sneaking suspicion we would eventually find out Snape was not out to kill Harry (well in this book at least…) and steal the Philosopher’s Stone, but never did I suspect p-p-p-poor st-stuttering P-P-Professor Quirrell! Not the timid young thing who would faint at the sight of his own shadow and blanch at the mere mention of goblins and the like.
Well played Ms. Rowling, well played.
It was a fast-paced and action-packed ride today, on what was day 3 of my Harry-Pott-A-Thon. Each of the six remaining chapters of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone revealed new magical mysteries, sinister secrets and curious creatures. We encountered a mirror that would reveal your heart’s deepest desire, saw the hatching of a rare baby Norwegian Ridgeback dragon and entered the Forbidden Forest to track a unicorn killer.
As the end of the school year neared, our young heroes were busy with exam preparation, Quidditch practice and their ongoing feud with Malfoy. But they didn’t forget about the hidden object, now known to be the Philosopher’s Stone, and the three-headed dog. Evidence was mounting that the would-be-thief was getting nearer and nearer to his opportunity to steal the Stone and thus live forever with endless amounts of gold. Harry knew he would have to get to the Stone first.
But getting to the Stone wasn’t simple, there was some flute music, a game of chess, a quick flight on a broomstick, bird chasing and puzzle-solving to get through first.
Harry eventually came face-to-face with the criminal mastermind – Quirrell/ the embodiment of the evil spirit of Voldemort.
Battle – sparks – magic – evil voices – blistering skin – Harry wins and lives to fight another day, or another six books.
Quick questions for the day:
Favourite character: Neville. Why is it that I’ve never heard of Neville? The troublesome trio really should be a famous four. I love an underdog, and when he was awarded the final ten points to give Gryffindor the House Cup win over Slytherin, I couldn’t help but cheer for him.
Favourite magical creature: The unicorns! Well they were dead, but still. I wasn’t expecting to find unicorns in the Forbidden Forest!
The line that stumped me:
“And you could ask your parents if they know who Flamel is,’ said Ron. ‘It’d be safe to ask them.’
“Very safe, as they’re both dentists,” said Hermione.
Favourite Dumbledore words of wizarding wisdom:
“Always use the proper name for things. Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”
I have been suitably impressed by the first Harry Potter book.
Tomorrow I will start reading the next in the series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. See you then!
Want to catch up on previous days of Harry-Pott-A-Thon?
Day two of Harry-Pott-A-Thon saw me venture forth through Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone from chapter seven to 12. The first night at Hogwarts saw the…
It’s the end of Harry-Pott-A-Thon day one and I am 120 pages deep into Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Being a complete Harry Potter novice, I…