Oh my Gooooodness! I’m going to say right now that I enjoyed this book much more than the Sorcerer’s Stone. It was easier to read probably because I now had a basic understanding of the world so I wasn’t focused on trying to remember and learn everything and I could enjoy it. I picked this book up because it was the next book, but after reading The Chamber of Secrets I can. not. wait. to get started on Prisoner of Azkaban.
Also, can I just say that I adored Ginny’s crush on Harry. My eleven-year old self understands.
Start Date: 10/7/16
Finish Date: 10/8/16
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling opens on the summer after Harry’s first year at Hogwarts.
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?
What I Loved:
Fred and George. And Ginny. And Fred, George, and Ron’s love of Ginny. And their friendship with Harry. And my heart is exploding with how much I loved the scene of Fred and George protecting Harry from the cursed buldger in Quidditch. I can’t handle it.
I also really liked T.M. Riddle and the dynamic and twist to the story that Rowling made by bringing him in.
What I Didn’t Like as Much:
I don’t like Dobby, I was feeling secondhand frustration for Harry, but I generally have adverse feelings for needy characters anyways.
I also didn’t like Gilderoy Lockhart, he seemed like a useless character to me, but at the same time I loved to hate him.
A Tiny Taste:
“He missed Hogwarts so much it was like having a constant stomachache. He missed the castle, with its secret passageways and ghosts, his classes, … the mail arriving by owl, eating banquets in the Great Hall, sleeping in his four-poster bed in the tower dormitory, visiting the gamekeeper, Hagrid, in his cabin next to the Forbidden Forest in the grounds, and especially, Quidditch, the most popular sport in the wizarding world”
For Bookshelf or Borrowing?
I said Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was a book for borrowing or Kindle, but Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets is going on my bookshelf for sure. I could definitely reread this book!
About The Author
J.K. Rowling is the author of the beloved, best-selling, record-braking Harry Potter series. She started writing the series during a delayed Manchester to London King’s Cross train journay, and during the next five years, outlined the plots for each book and began writing the first novel. J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees.
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