Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


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

Here is the summary from the back:

“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!”

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*** Spoilers to Follow ***

My memory of this books is from seventh grade when I finished Sorcerer’s Stone in time for the Scholastic Book Fair at my school and I purchased Chamber of Secrets.

I was the only one in my grade reading the Potter series, but it didn’t bother me. I liked what I liked and my friends didn’t tease me for being different. No one knew at the time just how into Potter I was going to be, not even me.

Chamber of Secrets happens to be the movie I watch most often. Whenever I’m in the mood for a Potter movie I usually start with Chamber of secrets. It is the closest adaptation of the whole series. There are bits missing, but that’s what happens in adaptations. Overall, it’s an enjoyable version of the Potter books and not nearly as irritating as some of the later movies.

I’m not here to talk about movies though. This is supposed to be about the books.


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