Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter
Previous Book in the Series:
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Date Started: June 14
Date Finished: June 18
Format: Hardcover from my shelf
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?
I hadn’t realized how long it’s been since I’ve read these books until I actually read them. I’ve been watching the movies so long that I forget that not everything from the novel got put into the films. Like for instance, the Dueling Club scene goes a little bit differently. Or even the Death Day party, the real reason that Harry wasn’t at ‘dinner’ the night of Ms. Norris’ attack. And my favorite is the moments that you pick up on that deal with future plots. Take for instance, the fact that we learn that Mr. Filch is a Squib in this book. When Harry learns that it’s because Filch has taken Harry to his office to be punished for tracking mud into the castle. A loud noise makes Filch leave – thinking that it’s Peeves (another ghost I truly miss) – and eventually Harry gets thrown out of Filch’s office because of the information he learns about him being a Squib.
The real ghost that made the racket was actually Sir Nicholas and when they meet up Harry notices something that I found completely interesting and would not have picked up on in my first read through.“Behind him Harry could see the wreckage of a large black-and-gold cabinet that appeared to have been dropped from a great height.” At first, I didn’t think much of it, but as I thought about it it hit me. Why would Rowling mention a cabinet just off the cuff like that? And how did the Vanishing Cabinet end up in the Room of Requirement, broken? What if the cabinet that Sir Nick just broke was the Vanishing Cabinet? I mean, it would make the most sense wouldn’t it? Especially since Harry hid int he one at Borkin & Burke’s earlier in the book?
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Normally, I would give this a five, but the action sequence at the end when Harry defeats the basilisk was very blah. Compared to the movie that scene really didn’t take all that long at all.
Bookshelf worthy? I just bought a replacement copy since this one finally bit the dust (the pages are splitting from the binding).