Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: J.K. Rowling
Publication Year: 1998
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: From the bookshelf in my classroom
From the cover:
Harry, Ron, and Hermione are back for their second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Soon the threesome are immersed in the daily rounds of Potions, Herbology, Charms, Defence Against the Black Arts, and playing Quidditch. But then, terrible things begin to happen … Harry hears voices, and sinister messages appear on the walls. Even worse, everyone thinks it’s Harry’s fault!
I liked this book, but not as much as I liked Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Or, at least, in different ways.
A lot of what I missed in this book, but enjoyed in the first volume, was related to the magic: my favourite part of The Philosopher’s Stone was learning about the magical world that Rowling had created, and about Hogwarts, and things like that. There was less of that in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – necessarily, since we didn’t need to find out quite as much background information as before – but it still felt like something had gone away that I really enjoyed. I’m hoping that some of the magical bits resurface in the coming volumes, with less ongoing intrigue that doesn’t have much of a “fun, magical” element to it.
I’ve heard from a lot of people that The Chamber of Secrets is their least favourite of the series; since I still enjoyed it, though, I have high hopes for enjoyment of the rest of the Harry Potter books!
- 63/100 for the 1010 Category Challenge