Harry is back for his second year at Hogwarts School of Witcraft and Wizardry, or he will be if he can make it campus. Everything seems to be against him, from his aunt and uncle to his mode of transportation. Even the mysterious creature who warns him not to return to school at all. There are still evils for Harry to face at Hogwarts, but will he and his friends be up to the task?
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second book in J.K. Rowling’s worldwide best-selling Harry Potter series, and arguably one of my favorites if not my actual, outright favorite. My copy of the book has been read and re-read so much that only the last 5 chapters are still attached to the binding. It took me a little longer to read because of the condition of the book – I was babysitting, and you can’t read a book that’s falling apart while holding a baby in one arm – but I finished it!
There are so many great parts in this book. From my favorite quote,
“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
to the introduction of some of my favorite characters (Ginny!), to delving a little deeper into Ron, Hermione, and even Draco’s characters, it is in this second book that we really begin to know them and their motives. The imagery is spectacular, the antics hilarious, and the magic real.
I can’t say I have any gripes about this book. Despite not having re-read the series in a while, I have seen the films a zillion times. The only thing that surprised me was part of the ending. The film has a sort of chase scene, but the book does not, and I’m still not sure which I like better. Overall it’s a masterpiece (and no second book slump!), and I recommend anyone to read it. On a side note, I’m listening to this playlist on 8tracks.com, and the song that just played as I typed that was from the film version of this book, so, that’s pretty awesome.
HHC Rating: 5 Stars
Other reviews in this series:
Book #1 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Book #3 – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Book #4 – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Book #5 – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Book #6 – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Book #7 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The Cursed Child – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Fantastic Beasts #1 – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay