Harry Potter Challenge that ends next month! Rather than do actual reviews, I wanted to pose questions that I've had about the stories, and see if anyone can help me out. Before I do that, let me just give a really quick run down of what is in the first two books:
In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry is introduced to the magical world, his own past, and his rivalry with Voldermort. He faces off with the weakened, yet still powerful Dark Lord as they battle for the Sorcerer's Stone that had been guarded there at Hogwarts. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, he returns to Hogwarts to continue his studies, only to be surrounded by the mysterious turning to stone of fellow classmates and residents of the school. Harry and his friends learn about the opening of a curious chamber, that a giant basilisk serving the Dark Lord resides, and where Harry would eventually go to save a dear friend.
I don't need to go on and on about how amazing and utterly engaging these novels are. Really, I don't. This is one case where hype doesn't seem to ruin the reading (at least it didn't for me). However, I do want to talk about the things that confuse me, and have me asking questions. I thought I'd post my questions here, and see if anyone has answers or theories for me!
- In Book 1, Harry and his friends seem to know more about the Sorcerer's Stone and its location than many of the other faculty. Is that just what we're seeing from our side of the story, or do you think more people know about it? In other words, are the faculty privy to information about the stone?
- How can anyone "rig" the Quidditch games by putting the spell on Harry's broom, and the crazy bludger? If they're so smart, couldn't they just put a charm over everything in the game to prevent that sort of interference and cheating?
- In Book 2, I don't understand how no one ever seems to know that Harry and his friends are sneaking off to learn more about the secrets at Hogwarts. With all that magic, wouldn't someone catch them up and about the castle? This sounds like a silly question, but I always wonder how they get away with exploring the school so much.
- Correct me, or at least set me straight. Dobby is part of a powerful, old magical community of elves. Their magic is powerful, but can be kept by people as servants. Are wizards just the natural, top of the food chain, so to say, when it comes to magic?
- How in the world does Tom Riddle/The Dark Lord not know about the phoenix and his magical properties? For being the most powerful wizard, I'm always curious how he forgets so much? Was it because he was in the body of Tom Riddle for this particular scene, and as such, doesn't have all of his knowledge?