It is a long time since I wrote a post about Harry Potter. In fact, I am surprised I don’t write about it more often, given that it is my favourite series of books, and I read them countless times.
So in light of that, I have decided to choose one chapter from each of the seven books, which I particularly love to read.
The Sorting Hat
Chapter 7, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
The reason I like this chapter so much is that it is the first time we see Hogwarts, and the sheer magic and splendour of it. We read about the Great Hall and feast for the first time. There is the sorting ceremony, where Harry gets sorted into Gryffindor in a tense and defining scene.
No matter how many times I read the book, the first time we enter Hogwarts is a special moment, not to mention being reminded of the words to the school song!
The Heir of Slytherin
Chapter 17, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
This chapter is great because of the confrontation between Harry and Tom Riddle, and the realisation that he is actually Lord Voldemort. There is so much tension; Harry is up against the Basilisk, while Ginny is lying on the chamber floor and about to die.
The events of this chapter – with Tom Riddle’s diary being a Horcrux – are critical to events towards the end of the series, and Rowling achieves such a good balance between action and cutting-edge dialogue.
The Marauder’s Map
Chapter 10, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
What is there not to like? Harry is given the Marauder’s Map, which is such a cool accessory, and unbeknown to him, its writers will become so central to the story.
He uses it to get to Hogsmeade, and he finds out that his father and Sirius Black were the best of friends, and hears that Black betrayed his parents. This chapter is so well written, and I always look forward to re-reading it!
The Four Champions
Chapter 17, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
This is all about Harry’s realisation that his name has come out of the Goblet of Fire, and that he will have to compete in the Triwizard Tournament. He is given lots to come to terms with, and then finds out that Ron suspects him of putting his name into the Golblet.
I like the chapter for a number of reasons. It poses a lot of interesting questions, and really sets up the rest of the book.
The Centaur and the Sneak
Chapter 27, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
This is the chapter that contains the passage that sums up just how awesome Dumbledore is. Harry is being questioned about the DA by Professor Umbridge and Cornelius Fudge, but Dumbledore covers for him by claiming that he formed the group.
There are so many great pieces of dialogue. We have Dumbledore outsmarting Umbridge on her Educational Decrees; we have Professor McGonagall’s sarcastic remarks; and the shock of Dumbledore telling Fudge that he had indeed been plotting against the Ministry.
To finish off the chapter, Dumbledore evades arrest by jinxing the Ministry employees, and disapparating with Fawkes. This part of the book was absolute perfection!
After The Burial
Chapter 22, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
What makes this chapter really entertaining are the effects of the Felix Felicis, as Harry tries to procure the Horcrux memory from Professor Slughorn. Felix makes him unpredictable and intuitive, and this is very fun to read in particular.
Slughorn finally hands Harry the memory after an impassioned speech. Above all, this chapter always makes me wish I could drink some Felix, just for one day!
The Prince’s Tale
Chapter 33, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
What can I say about this chapter? This is where we find out everything. Snape loved Lily. He really is on Dumbledore’s side. Harry has a piece of Lord Voldemort inside him.
It is also such an emotional chapter. Some of the quotes are forever memorable, and when Harry leaves the Pensieve, he knows that he really is *meant* to die.
Are there any particular chapters or moments in the Harry Potter series that you especially love to read? If so, please leave a comment!