Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by
Series: Harry Potter #2
Published by in 1999
Genres: ,
Pages: 341

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!

My Review:

I don’t really have a “review” as such for this one, but three thoughts struck me that I thought I’d share.

1) Whoever cast Kenneth Branagh as Gilderoy Lockhart was a genius. I don’t care if he’s not like that in real life, his characterization was perfect!

2) The clues were all there. I was just too wrapped up in the story the first time around to see it. It’s nice to read it again and go “wow I was dumb for not seeing that.”

and 3) This really is the filler novel of the series. It’s Harry Potter, ergo it’s good, but it doesn’t stick out. In fact, some days when I’m being particularly thick, I can’t even remember the plot.

On to book 3, my favourite of the entire series!


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  1. Lori says:

    I reread this one this week too! It was a lot of fun the second time around, and like you said its so easy to see the clues, but I didn't figure it out the first time either. Oh and I loved seeing Harry talking with Tom Riddle knowing who it was! Creepy!

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