Title – Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets.
Author – J.K Rowling.
Publication date – 2nd June 1999.
Publisher – Bloomsbury Publishing.
Series status – 2nd book in the Harry Potter series.
(Click here to read my review of the first book).
‘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?’
“There is a plot, Harry Potter. A plot to make most terrible things happen at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry this year.” – Dobby.
*may contain minor spoilers.*
Going into this book I was surprised with how much I re-learned about the Harry Potter universe. I’ve lost count the amount of times I’ve re-read the series, but I honestly cannot imagine ever getting bored of it.
Aw, Dobby, I love him! He was so cute and protective of Harry. He tried so hard to keep him from harm even if he didn’t do it in the best way possible.
Again, I love all the details I forget about when I haven’t read the books in a while, and the things the films leave out (you can read that post here!). I love how we learn so many new things about Hogwarts and the characters in this book.
I loved visiting the Burrow and reading about all the magical things Harry hasn’t experienced before. It was lovely to find out more about Mr and Mrs Weasley and Ginny too. I loved Mr Weasley’s enthusiasm with everything muggle related like for example a telephone. I’m fascinated by all the entire Wizarding world so a telephone is super boring compared to that. I love Ginny, and I hate how the films hardly feature her and and we don’t get to see the Ginny we know and love from the books.
I really loved how Mr Weasley’s car had a mind of its own and how angry it got with Harry and Ron for making it fly so far. It got so angry it spat them out and drove off into the distance. However, I also loved how it came back in their time of need.
My first impressions of Gilderoy Lockhart was he was so full of himself. He just seemed to get more and more annoying and self-absorbed as the story went on. Sometimes I wanted to reach through the pages and punch him in the face!
I never really noticed all the similarities between Harry and Voldemort when I first read the books. However, over the years I’ve picked up different bits each time I’ve re-read it. They were both brought up by muggles, both stubborn and determined, both orphans. The only difference they didn’t share was that Harry had good in him and had friendship and love around him, something Voldemort would never know because he was so obsessed with power.
I’m excited to get back into the 3rd book and discover more I’ve forgotten! This book series honestly has my whole heart and I don’t know what I ever would have done without it!
Have you read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets? If so, what did you think of it?