Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Our love for this series only grows stronger as Harry has to face down an old enemy with a deadly pet… while still turning his homework in on time.
Publisher’s Description: 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 Lockheart, 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.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Kat Mandu says…
The second installment in J.K. Rowling’s masterpiece of a series takes it up another notch as Harry enters his second year at Hogwarts. And it’s not particularly Harry’s year… He’s got a house elf trying to sabotage him at random, a new pompous Defense teacher who won’t leave Harry alone, his rivalry with Draco Malfoy only gets worse, and he’s the prime suspect in a bunch of attacks on the students.
But of course, with the help of his friends and a certain phoenix, Harry emerges victorious once again!
I really loved this. J.K. is finally starting to let us in on some more secrets surrounding Voldemort and some of the history in Harry’s world. We get to know about the four founding fathers of Hogwarts – and that Voldemort left a piece of himself within the diary – the first real hint behind the Horcruxes Harry’s got to deal with later.
Here are some of my favorites!
Favorite character: Still Hagrid. You discover he’s had a rough time after being wrongfully expelled. With everyone thinking it’s either him or Harry doing the attacking, you know poor Hagrid would rather just figure out how to tame the basilisk. He’s such a big softie.
Favorite scene: I really enjoyed the fight in the Chamber of Secrets. It shows how twelve-year old Harry is very brave and is just really exploding with the cool action.
Luna Lovebooks says…
Ah year two at Hogwarts! Once again Rowling wrote a novel that will always be in my heart and bring back memories as I reread them throughout my life. Harry and the gang learn more magic and get into more trouble.
I like the fact that the movie still keeps close to the book. However, I do wish they would have kept some elements like the Valentine’s Day events. Dwarves dressed as cupids would be hilarious!
Invested Ivana says…
In Book 2, we start to see how Rowling makes connections between books that make Harry’s world seem so very real.
First, we learn that the incident at the zoo in Book 1 wasn’t a random happening; that Harry actually has a talent for talking to snakes. Also notice that when Harry is hiding in the shop in Nocturne Alley, he encounters the Vanishing Cabinet, the Hand of Glory, and the cursed necklace that appear in later books.
Here is where we get introduced to the Whomping Willow that becomes important in Book 3, and the history of Tom Riddle and Hogwarts upon which much of the rest of the series is built. Ginny’s experiences with Riddle’s diary—an artifact whose significance becomes much more important later—begins a connection with Harry that won’t bloom until much later. These are some of the fantastic little details that you discover after reading, or listening to, the books multiple times.
Plus, there’s Gilderoy Lockheart. He is hysterical. I love how karma gets him in the end.
Agent Annie says…
The second Harry Potter book doesn’t fail to enchant. It’s complex and layered and the characters are more robust. Harry gets better at being a wizard and his compassion for others really starts to come out. So much of the book’s imagery is influenced by the movies in my mind. I now have Dobby’s voice in my head along with Dumbledore’s twinkling eyes.
I often wonder how much of a full series author’s come up with when they write. Do they have the full arc in their minds or do they just write each story as they think of it? Either way JK Rowling did excellent work in leaving clues in book 2 that would end up coming to fruition in the final book.
What I though was most powerful, and done in such a way that young readers wouldn’t know they were being taught a lesson, was what Dumbledore told Harry after he returned with Ginny and had killed the basilisk: “Which makes you very different than Tom Riddle. It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” This theme runs throughout the books and JK Rowling proves what an excellent writer (and mother) she is by emphasizing this idea that choice makes a person.
Again, this book rates a 5!!
Our reviews in this series…
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Book 01
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 02
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 03
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Book 04
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 05
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 06
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 07
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Book 08
- All the Harry Potter companion books by J. K. Rowling