Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling
Author: J.K. Rowling
Published: 2004 (originally published in 1998)
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction
Ever since Harry Potter had come home for the summer, the Dursleys were so mean and hideous that all Harry 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 and a spirit who haunts the girls' bathroom. But then the real trouble begins--someone is 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! (via Goodreads)
Thoughts: I really liked it. I liked how Rowling moved the story along, while also leaving in the whimsy of the first book. I found that during this book one got a sense of looming darkness that the books seem to get as the story progresses along. While the main characters are starting to mature, you also see that they are still children in some senses. They are still children and have that curiosity, but they are also keenly aware of the fact that they are growing up and that things will change as they grow up. Another excellent installment in the series.
4155 / 15000 pages. 28% done!