A Break with the Weasleys and Foreshadowing 101
Chapter 3: The Burrow
While Chamber of Secrets isn’t the best of the Harry Potter series (as most readers agree), one of its shining moments is the visit to the Burrow. Any time you spend with the Weasleys is time well spent. What’s not to love about the Weasleys, and in turn, what’s not to love about the Weasleys’ home?
The Burrow introduces us to life in a wizarding family. This is a side of the wizard world we haven’t seen up until this point. The Weasleys act as our only true look into the normal domestic lives of a sane, happy full-blood family in the series. It’s a peak into the type of family Harry could have been a party of, if things had worked out differently years before.
Likewise, Mr. Weasley acts as a mirror by which we can see ourselves looking in at the wizard world through his looking out at how muggles live. (Yeah, I’m feeling deep tonight, folks).
Chapter 4: At Flourish and Blotts
“How to figure out who’s trying to kill everyone in Half-Blood Prince“
There’s a lot of foreshadowing in this series. Tons. Too much to catalog here. But Draco standing in Flourish and Blotts
staring gaping gawking at the opal necklace – THE opal necklace – is a foreshadowing smack in the face.
The first time I read Chamber of Secrets, this moment didn’t even register. Draco looking at a creepy necklace – big deal. And when I got to Half-Blood Prince, I couldn’t figure out who could possibly have sent that very creepy necklace to Hogwarts, nearly taking out Katie Bell in the process. It’s so obvious when you go back and reread, but remembering this sort of detail four books later…good luck!
Did anyone pick up on the fact that Draco was behind the poisoned necklace in Half-Blood Prince because of what you read in Chamber of Secrets? Does anyone have that good of a memory for little details like that? Because I evidently don’t.
What I do have, thought, is the tendency to read the Harry Potter series in the worst places, sometimes resulting in embarrassing public reading moments. Anyone whose been following this blog from the beginning may recall my stories of tearing up on the bus to work during Goblet of Fire, or trying not to draw attention to myself tearing through chapters and freaking out at my desk during lunch.
This time, I all but yelled out “IT’S THE NECKLACE!” on a crowded airplane.
I wonder if airplane security has protocol for passengers who overreact to the Harry Potter series mid-flight.