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.
Deathly Hallows Part 2 DVD. Does it come out on different dates depending on what country you're from?
It officially comes out on December 2nd according to the HP UK fan page. Then I read somewhere on Twitter that it comes out on November 11th. Does it come out on different dates depending on what country you’re from?