Series: Harry Potter #2
Published by Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic Inc. on June 2, 1999
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction, Magic
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The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike
And strike it does. For in Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls' bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley's younger sister, Ginny.
But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone -- or something -- starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects . . . Harry Potter himself?
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second book in the Harry Potter series. This is another re-read for me. It continues in the same fashion as the first book, following Harry through his year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This book is another of the shorter novels in the series but there is a lot of character and world-building that takes place. We see many important objects and information that will help the later book take form. This year when Harry and Ron try to enter the platform for the train to Hogwarts they find it blocked. So their next logical idea? Take a flying car, of course!
There is a monster loose in the school, and its petrifying student left and right. There is a myth about the Chamber of Secrets but none have been able to find the said chamber the entire time that Hogwarts has been open. You find quidditch, adventure, and more inside of the book and it truly adds to the adventure as well as fantasy. My favorite character in this book is Dobby the house-elf. Dobby is a quirky character that is somewhat misunderstood.
This book is rather slow-paced for me. There is a lot going on in it, but I’m ready for the bigger action inside of the series. Haha But you have a build-up to that, and that is what Chamber of Secrets does. Without the Chamber of Secrets, the rest of the books would not possible because of the information that the book adds to the series as a whole.
Overall this book was enjoyable and there was a lot to keep you coming back chapter after chapter to find out what happened next. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series again soon.