Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: J.K. Rowling
Pages: 366
Published: 2004 (originally published in 1998)
Challenges: 2012 Harry Potter Reading Challenge
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Edition: Paperback and audiobook
Source: Purchased and library
Rating: 5/5

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: Felt that this story was a little more developed than the previous story, especially since there are allusions to the story of Tom Riddle In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (I suppose reading it basically a month ago doesn't hurt and therefore allows one to understand how each of the first six books aid in the final book and its final plot).  I felt that the story did have its element of light-heartedness in the form of Gilderoy Lockhart and the fact that he really wasn't what he said he was.

Bottom line: An excellent continuation of the first book and one gets to understand why Hagrid is the gameskeeper at Hogwarts.  I also liked the developing relationship between Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, and some of the other students at the school.  Its still on the light-hearted stuff and isn't as scary as the latter books and is good for those who are probably in grades 4 and above.  Language is still on the simplistic, but you can see that darker themes are being introduced.

Pages for 2012: 1632


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