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Discussion in 'TMB Book Club' started by Truman, Mar 5, 2017.
Finished the series for the first time last night. Eager to go back through the thread.
Damn. Wish you would have done a thread.
If I’d had some way of knowing how much nostalgia was involved in someone reading the first time(reading through the thread and already wish I could recapture it), I would have...but I avoided this thread because, 12 years after the last one was published, i somehow managed to spend a giant amount of time in the internet, and still be completely ignorant about the major spoilers of the series.
We need a full recap.
I only read while traveling so the whole series took me about 4 months(with the first couple being the slowest of them...once I was in, I was hooked). As a result, I already don’t entirely remember the sequence of events of some of the early books or in what book what happened.
I’ll hit up the main HP thread with everything I remember but it won’t be nearly as entertaining as this has been.
Well great. I was about to start reading this thread but I see we start on book 2 here. Just finished book 1.
Why does Harry et al take the big risk of seeing off Hagrid's dragon? I'd have made him be the one at the top of the tower. He works for the school, he can just say "school business" whereas they get in big trouble for being up there. I get the book is for kids but it's a little head scratching when the 11 year olds figure everything out over the adults.
(Yes I liked the book and see why it's such a classic and am eager to read the rest)
Please post as you read. It gets so much better
I was pretty surprised it was Quirrel behind the final door trying to steal the Sorcerer's Stone. I knew the inescapable spoiler "Snape kills Dumbledore" and they painted Snape as so evil the whole time that I never suspected anyone else.
I was wondering why tf Dumbledore hadn't figured it out if the kids did, but of course he had.
I'm annoyed that now I have to read another part about Harry hanging out with those horrid Dursleys again. I like that the book started and ended around a school type calendar; wonder if that pattern will hold for each book.
This isn't a real spoiler, but yes. The books essentially run from the beginning of the school year to the last day of the year. Book 1 is written for 11-13 year olds, JK put some very sublte hints in there that it was Quirrell but nothing that really hits you over the head until your 2nd read through. It was not meant to be figured out imo.
I just finished reading it to my son. I’ve read it a million times now, but yeah it’s amazing how much for kids the first book is. She does a good job of growing the books up with the characters.
My son is 4 which may have been slightly early because JK loves to call people stupid and to tell them to shut up, so I had to do some quick changes as I read aloud to him.
I think some of the coarseness may be because it’s British. Also from ~25 years ago at this point
yea, but outside of a lack of diversity, her books are going to age well. Not much in there that is really objectionable that we look back on and need to explain away to the next generation.
Started book 2. Don't shut your ears in the oven door, Dobby!
Please post thoughts as much as possible TC. Another rendition of this thread is the best news I've gotten in almost a year.
Stfu Dobby! You’re gonna get Harry in trouble!
These fucking Dursleys are horrible. Yay, Ron came to rescue Harry!
Ron’s bedroom with all orange
This please. You will be showered with Likes and will bring joy to all who follow along with your journey.
we especially love predictions
Is Draco Malfoy portrayed by the Geoffrey Baratheon actor in the movies? Cause that’s who I’m picturing
Ps Ron got a Howler at school because he flew the car
No but very similar looks wise. You’re spot on w that
Picking up some teaching tips from Gilderoy Lockhart
When Draco called Hermione "mudblood"
I'm so excited to go through this all again. Loved it when Truman did it and now pumped to follow along again with TC
Need some predictions about how the mystery unfolds in this one, Tc. Who is doing all this, who is the Heir?
I just got to the part where the message appeared on the wall. Mrs. Norris
Luckily she isn't dead :3
Something ain't right with this Filch motherfucker. He keeps all manner of whips and chains behind his desk to discipline the students? Yikes
Looking back at the first page of this thread, I'm not nearly as good as Truman at predictions. I'm never the guy that figures out movies before the end
However, I'm kinda thinking the Slytherin heir has to be a first-year? Otherwise, why did the message that the chamber opened just appear this year?
Harry gets blamed for every fucking thing.
Harry, just standing there:
Teacher: That's 10 points from Gryffindor!!!
How do they keep track of that shit anyway? Teachers are always verbally taking points but do they remember to write this up when they go their office?
Apparently the school does keep written records of every discipline infraction, as seen in Filch's office...
Yeah, I don't recall when you specifically learn it but basically the house points are kept in containers next to one another. When a teacher gives or takes away points, the rubies (or other gem stones for the different houses) are added or subtracted based on what the professor says. Basically,
That's also my understanding but I wasn't sure if it was actual canon or some invention of fanon.
I haven't read or watched any fanfic so I'd have to assume I either read it in the books or saw it in the movies (though the movies obviously take some liberties, as all movies made from books do).
My memory of that is from an old Harry Potter video game I rented from Blockbuster
It is canon, it does get mentioned in the books.
I remember it and I've barely watched the movies so it must be from a book
It’s fleshed out in the video games but is also mentioned in the books.
I feel like Harry doesn't make adequate use of the invisibility cloak. He still has that right?
You need a book out of the restricted section of the library -- why go to the trouble of getting a teacher to sign for it, leaving a written record? Slip in unseen and grab it.
You want to spy on Slytherin to find out if Draco is the heir -- why cook a dangerous potion that takes a month to make and requires you to undertake risky missions to steal the ingredients? Turn invisible and spy.
TOM MARVOLO RIDDLE
Easter Egg: Ron had to polish Riddle's Special Services award during detention and kept vomiting slugs on it.
Sirius Black sounds like a rapper’s name
Maybe he killed Myrtle? I'd give him an award for that...
I love pretty much any time a new animal/creature is brought up. The hippogriffs from beast taming class are cool
One day when you move onto the movies, you will get your fill of new creatures in the Fantastic Beasts and where to Find Them movies, as well as a bunch of shitty writing and plot and actor substitutions unfortunately.
Harry was about to win that quidditch match in the storm like a G but a hundred dementors showed up and wrecked him
Need predictions and thoughts every few chapters. Dying for this thread to pick up again.
I just got a ton laid on me in the chapter where Harry goes to Hogsmeade and hears the professors spilling "loads" about his past including how Sirius Black was his parents best man and the one that dimed them out to _______________. Still digesting
That chapter hits hard. From fun throwing mud at malfoy to Oh shit, Black betrayed Harry's parents, killed their friend, and is now after Harry. :ohfuck:
I’m not 100% certain that Black isn’t trying to reach Harry for some good reason? Maybe he doesn’t really want to murder him and this is one of those misdirections.
Wondering why he isn’t negatively affected by Azkaban like others. You gotta be fucked up to just be chilling smiling inside there
Hagrid absolutely hated it.
If I was a wizard I’d just sit around putting Cheering Charms on myself all day. Wizard stoned
Right, so I’ve started talking British since reading this book. It’s happened loads of times. It’s been ages since I’ve talked any other way