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

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: June 2, 1999
paperback, 341 pages
ISBN: 0-439-06487-2

Summary: Ever since Harry Potter had come home for the summer, the Dursleys had been so mead 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 who says that if Harry 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 possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects .... Harry Potter himself!

*Although I try hard not to include spoilers in my reviews, because this is the 2nd book in a series it might contain some.

The book picks up near the end of Harry's summer vacation. The Dursley's haven't changed a bit. Although Harry has a few tricks up his sleeve. I enjoyed that part of the book quite a bit. Harry is visited by a house elf named Dobby. Dobby in a vague way is trying to warn Harry not to return to Hogwarts. I felt sorry for Dobby even though he annoyed me a little bit. He seemed very sincere and loyal. However, Dobby's warning does not stop Harry from returning to Hogwarts. He is rescued by Ron, Fred and George in a most particular manner.  Harry gets to spend some time with the Weasleys. I was so glad that he did. I don't know if I've said this before but I want to be adopted by the Weasleys. I love them all especially Mrs. Weasley.  I loved that J.K. Rowling let us spend more time with these characters. Harry, Ron and Hermine return to Hogwarts and all sorts of trouble starts. I love that not only is the story compelling and mysterious but also that Rowling delves deeper into Harry's character. She exposes us to his self doubts and fears. She makes Harry easy to understand and relate to. The author also introduces us to a very ostentatious character, Professor Lockhart. The movie was good but it didn't do Lockhart justice. If you haven't read Harry Potter you should just to get the full Lockhart experience. Rowling definitely gives us unforgettable characters.  Over all I really liked this book. Even though it had spiders in it, it was still a very enjoyable read.

Favorite quote: "Hearing voices no one else can hear isn't a good sign, even in the wizarding world."

I'm reading this book as part of the Harry Potter Reading Challenge

*blurb taken from back cover of book, picture is from Good Reads


  1. Sigh. I'm always so jealous of people who are reading Harry Potter for the first time. I read the series almost once per year, and it's always amazing. Last year, I read it for the first time with the intent of reviewing each book, since I never had before, and that experience, in a way, was like reading the books for the first time again. It's such a brilliant series. I feel fortunate to be alive and literate in a time when Harry Potter books exist - that might sound sappy, but seriously.

  2. Your comment doesn't sound sappy at all. I am really enjoying these books. I can't believe it's taken me this long to finally read them!

  3. Agreed on the Wesley's, they are a fine wizarding family despite Malfoy's thoughts (*grrr at Malfoy although later in the series...nope, won'te spoil it for you). Dobby becomes even more endearing after this book, just wait and see... I definitely need to plan a reread of this series soon. Happy reading!

  4. Marcie ~ I love everything pertaining to Harry Potter. The Dursleys are just people you love to hate (despicable, selfish and cruel people). That's one thing I really admire about J. K. Rowling - she creates the BEST villains!

    Your blog deserves an award so I'm giving you one. I have more than one blog - so I'm going to list the address for you to pick up the instructions for accepting your VERY PERSONALIZED blog award: http://VampireReview.blogspot.com

  5. @GMR Thanks for no spoilers :D You should re-read the series! It's awesome!
    @Vamchoir J.K. Rowling does make some great villains and very interesting characters. Thanks for the award, I go check it out :D

  6. I love reading reviews of the HP books from a first time reader :) I want to be adopted by the Weasley family too!

  7. @Aylee Mr and Mrs Weasley can adopt us all! LOL


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