Ever since Harry Potter had come home for the summer, the Dursleys had been so mean and hideous that all Harry wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School of 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 girl's bathroom. But then the real trouble begins - something is attacking Hogwarts students, turning them into stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past reveals dark secrets? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects ... Harry Potter himself!(Goodreads)
Just like the first book, reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets reminds me many things that I have forgot, especially the small details. It is indeed fun to find all of them. They filled and completed the story line that left in my mind. Watching the movie right after finish the book become so exciting. I can not help myself to compare them both. Although it is not my favorite book/movie of the series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets still amused me. I can see the whole story about Voldemort Horcrux clearly, however it is not mentioned in the book.
Jump into the characters, the appearance Dobby and Gilderoy Lockhart are remarkable. I still remember how I felt for them when they popped up in the beginning. However I have known how weird Dobby was and the fact beyond it, this house elf was still annoying. Sam thing happened to Professor Lockhart. He was more irritating. How I hate reading how he kept boasting how great he was. When the fact revealed that he knew nothing. Looking at what he did to Harry's arm and the way he taugt in the class. It makes me keep wondering, why would Hogwarts take him as the Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher? I also could not believe my eyes when I knew that Hermione were also charmed with all things about him and also sent him valentine cards. My favorite part from him was the Duelling Club and the few last chapters that told me that he lost his mind. From him, I also find out that the Obliviate spell that was used by Hermione in the movie, was not a new stuff.
I did not forget to mention the Flying Ford Anglia, Whoomping Willow, baby mandrake, Nimbus 2001,Moarning Myrtle, Polyjuice Potion, Aragog, Tom Riddle and his diary, Basilisk and Fawkes. They all got important role in this book. Before reading it again, I admit I forgot some of them.
Something that I also should not have noted were some terms such Squib. Rather than Mudblood, I think it was less famous. While all those wizards and witches who are fond of pure blood, consider it as worst blood status. One thing for sure, it became the reason why Argus Filch disliked the students. I also must not forget about the Howler.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: J.K. Rowling
Age Range: 9 and up
Paperback: 341 pages
Paperbacks; First Edition edition (August 15, 2000)
I read this book for :
- Hotter Potter : A Harry Potter Reading Event
- 2013 Fantasy Reading Challenge
- 2013 What's in a Name Reading Challenge
- 2013 Books in English Reading Challenge
- 2013 Fun With Children's Literature