Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Harry Potter #2
Author: J.K. Rowling
Reading Level: Middle Grade
Released: June 2nd 1999
Review Source: Scholastic Inc.
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?
The second year back at Hogwarts is turning into a nightmare for Harry and Ron. Hermione’s out of the game, temporarily paralyzed (they hope). Who’s attacking the students? Who could possibly be the heir of Slytherin? What makes all eight gigantic spiders legs shake in fear??
Book two is a lot more interesting than the first book, moves right into the action and I like it. Harry’s second year is a hard one I think for him, he is still the odd man out as the Boy Who Lived, and everyone suspects he is the one responsible for all the incidents at Hogwarts. With everyone out to get him, he can’t get much done, everyone’s watching.
The worst is when sweet Hagrid is carted off to Azkaban, while the Headmaster is driven away from the school, all in the same day! The book has a lot of funny moments, they hired a crack pot writer for their Defense Against the Dark Arts position, and he’s more interested in PR than teaching.
Having read this book so many times by now it’s nice to come home to Hogwarts.