March 24, 2011

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

Title:  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author:  J. K. Rowling
Format:  PB
Pages:  341
Genre:  Juvenile Fantasy
Publisher:  Scholastic, 2000
ISBN-13:  978-0848710682
Series:  Harry Potter, Book 2

Favorite Quote:  "Got a sock," said Dobby in disbelief.  "Master threw it, and Dobby caught it, and Dobby --- Dobby is free."

Synopsis (Amazon):  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 is does. For in Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageous stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, 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?

Review:  I liked this book much better than the first one.  It was exciting and had plenty of scary creatures to worry about.  I didn't know who the real bad guy was until it was revealed.  The secret of the Chamber of Secrets was kept until the very end.  It may also have helped that I don't remember ever seeing this movie.  I think the last book was possibly ruined since I already knew what happened.

Once again, I love Harry's best friend, Ron.  All the main characters are well-written and likable, but Ron just is funny.  He always makes me laugh.

I will certainly be watching this movie soon, now that I've read the book.  I'm curious if they stuck to the storyline as closely as they did in the first one.  Maybe I'll review it if I get a chance.

Rating:  4.5 / 5

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