Wow! A lot has happened since I posted last Saturday, both at Hogwarts and here in Homewood! School has resumed, and time for Harry Potter nightly is dwindling. :-(
Tonight I would like to just say a brief something about Harrys "intro" into the world of Dark Wizardry, as I enter the end of Chamber of Secrets. So we know that Harry had his little encounter with trouble at the end of his first year; Professor Quirell being controlled by Voldemort, and trying to take the Stone. This may have wet Harry's lips of Dark Magic, but this is nothing in comparison to the dark, dark magic he will encounter in his future, when it isnt going to end happily with Gryffindor winning the house cup.
In the Chamber of Secrets, Harry is brutally confronted with these types of forces, the petrifying of Hermione driving it home. He sees what powerful wizards are willing to do, and what types of horrific things exist in the magic world.
Also, we begin to see those subtle signs in Harry that clear up in the Deathly Hallows when Harry discovers part of Voldemort is actually living inside of him. One of these that I LOVE is the sorting hat. I think the sorting hat is the coolest thing; it shows us time and time again its ability to dig so deep into a persons soul that even they are confused upon its judgements. We saw it with Neville, and we see it with Harry. I would be interested to hear Draco Malfoy's session with the sorting hat. Although we obviously know he is in Slytherin, I have always thought that there was something more to Malfoy..... Hm...... I am thinking this could be our next poll.
POLL QUESTION: Do You think the sorting hat saw something more than pure Slytherin in Draco Malfoy?
Hermione won the favorite character poll. We will have to have another sometime with different characters.