like the first two Potter books a bit less than the rest, but there
is one thing I really enjoy in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of
Secrets” when I revisit it. This is Professor Lockhart and how he
serves as a foil for Severus Snape.
are drawn as complete opposites physically. Lockhart is a “very
good-looking” wizard with blond hair, blue eyes, and dazzling white
teeth. Snape on the other hand has dark hair and eyes, is described
as hook-nosed and sallow, and has yellow teeth. The contrast in their
natural physical endowments is further emphasized by their very
different attitudes towards their appearance. Lockhart dresses in
colorful outfits that enhance his appearance, and sets his hair in
curlers to make it curl just so. Snape habitually wears black, and
his hair is worn straight and is often described as greasy,
suggesting he makes no effort with it.
addition to the contrast in their outward appearance, there are
marked differences in their behavior. Lockhart cultivates his
celebrity, making the students buy his books, and speaking often of
his accomplishments and the recognition he has received for them. He
makes an effort to connect with Harry because of Harry’s fame. Snape
on the other hand never speaks of himself or his accomplishments, and
is anything but impressed with Harry’s celebrity.
uses Lockhart, and the contrast with Snape, to excellent comic
effect, most notably in “The Duelling Club”, though other
funny moments with these two characters include the sight of Snape
smirking at portraits of Lockhart in curlers, and
Lockhart’s suggestions of how Snape might join in Valentine’s
But I think there was a serious point to this
as well. Lockhart in the duel is very showy, dressed in the
special costume, and holding forth at length about his expertise.
Snape just blows him off the platform when it is time to duel. It’s
substance over show. Similarly we see Lockhart talk a big game about
the monster, but clearly he could not care less about Ginny. Snape
says nothing, but we see the brief moment in which his knuckles
tighten on the chair-back when the teachers learn the news. Finally,
we learn during the climactic sequence of this book that Lockhart is
not the dashing, brave adventurer he tries to appear. He is instead a
coward who has stolen the accomplishments of other witches and
wizards, together with their memories of them, and he will stoop to
the murder of Ron and Harry to maintain his reputation. We do not
have this confirmed until far later in the series, but Snape, too,
proves different (and unlike Lockhart, better) than he appears. His
facade of cruelty and love for the Dark Arts hides that he is an
immensely brave man committed to keep Harry safe and work for
Dumbledore against Voldemort at any cost to himself.
“there’s the silver lining i’ve been looking for,” she whispered, and then she was kissing him as she had never kissed him before, and harry was kissing her back, and it was blissful oblivion, better than firewhisky; she was the only real thing in the world, ginny, the feel of her, one hand at her back and one in her long, sweet-smelling hair.
Hogwarts Library; Quidditch through the ages, Fantastic Beasts & Where to find them, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard.
I just ended up writing down how I got into Harry Potter.
Alright. I should probably let you know that I have YET to read the Harry Potter books. It sucks to be me, I know. I suck. But anyway! For a Drarry fan, I wouldn’t consider myself a HP fan since I’m so stupid to not read the books.
But I did plan on reading it the summer…until I found out that they discontinued Philosopher Stone, Chamber of Secrets and maybe Prisoner of Azkaban of HP’s First Adult Edition. And do you know how sexy they look? I fell in love and been heart-broken. SO–I went on and ordered the hardcover second adult edition. It’s been almost three months since I ordered and I’m going insane. You have no idea how much I need to read it. I mean, I had to learn most of my HP facts from all the Drarry fanfictions I’ve read. I know I bought the HP DVD set, but I’m not risking to rage quit just to see Harry and Ginny all cozy and in love. NO. My love sticks to Drarry.
How I got into Drarry.
Do you want to know how I got into Drarry? Well let me tell you because it escalated far too quickly. So I ran out of fanfictions to read of my previous fandom and I had nothing else to do. That hour, my mom turned on the TV and HP was playing. The scene was of the last movie in the Room of Requirements and the fire thingy (I still got alot to learn. Don’t judge!). That moment when Harry saved Draco in ROR, I just stood up, clapped once and made a bee line to the computer to read Drarry fanfics. Yeah. Just like that. It was amazing.
I actually remember my first Drarry fanfiction. Must Love Quidditch. It took me maybe another couple of fanfics to find out what Quidditch really was. I know I’m stupid. Just be proud that I’m getting into the fandom. If I remember correctly, I barely knew the characters as well. Pansy’s portrayed as a good character in there–which I didn’t know who the hell she was then…especially Scorpius. My God. My reaction to Scorpius. I DID NOT KNOW DRACO HAD A SON. EXCUSE ME FOR NOT BEING KNOWLEDGABLE (sp?). It was pretty weird. Overall, after my reading my second fic, Chains of Earth, HP has changed my life.