Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Books | Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure / General
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the summer after Harry’s first year at Hogwarts has been his worst summer ever… the Dursleys more distant and horrible than ever before. But just as he’s packing his bags to return to school, a creature named Dobby the house-elf announces that if Harry goes back to Hogwarts, disaster will strike. And it turns out, Dobby is right. Harry and Ron miss the Hogwarts Express, so they fly to school in a blue Ford Anglia, crash landing in the notorious Whomping Willow. Soon other worries accumulate: the outrageously stuck-up new professor Gilderoy Lockhart; a ghost named Moaning Myrtle, who haunts the girls' bathroom; the strange behavior of Ron's little sister, Ginny Weasley; rumors about the "Chamber of Secrets," a cavern buried deep below Hogwarts; and a magical diary owned by Tom Riddle, a Hogwarts student of long ago. Harry is also shocked to discover that he can speak Parseltongue, the language of snakes - a rare ability that Lord Voldemort also possessed - and that anti-Muggle prejudice exists in the Wizarding world, even affecting Harry's friend Hermione. But all of these seem like minor concerns when someone starts turning Hogwarts students to stone: an evildoer said to be the fearsome Heir of Salazar Slytherin, on of the founders of the school. Could it be Draco Malfoy, Harry's most poisonous rival? Could it be Hagrid whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one person everyone at Hogwarts most suspects: Harry Potter himself?
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"4/5. I found this book extremely light! The audiobook made it more enjoyable as I have struggled to reread the series multiple times. The voice actor seriously helped the tone of the characters, and he made them feel lively again. I do wish there was more explaining of the conflict as it occurred in the next to last chapter, but ultimately, Chamber of Secrets is a good book. I will always use the audiobook now!"
"All of the HP books will obviously be a re-read, but I still have some things to say. Firstly, it is so obvious how much better JK gets at writing these books (and only at that, we ignore any other parts of her life) as they progress. This book, more than any of the others I would say, is written as a mystery novel. I love the way she laces many different mysteries and won't let any of them be fully solved until the last pages of the book, from Percy's strangeness, to Ginny's fears, to the Chamber of Secrets, to Harry's very identity. She balances things like schoolwork and deep sleuthing so well that the story, however magical and far-fetched, seems so much more real. Like any mystery, re-reading it gives the audience the ability to want to kick the characters for not realizing what now seems so obvious, but only because of the way that the clues were so carefully laid out. My one true complaint is that the end is so neatly tied up and in so few words. After the beautiful storytelling throughout the chapters, the climax is the second to last chapter and everything happens so quickly. I honestly think the movie does a better job making the scenes in the Chamber more exciting, as it takes Harry a full 10 minutes to defeat Tom Riddle, while in the book it takes him about 3 paragraphs. Everything had been building for so long to a point that I feel could've been so much more exciting. It's really only in the re-read that I can see how unexciting it was, since I know how much better she gets at telling those stories. "
"This book (and series) is what got me hooked into reading constantly"