(Harry Potter #2)
by J.K Rowling
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Publication Date: July 2nd 1998
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Magic
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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! (Goodreads)
If you've read my post for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, you'll know that this year I've challenged myself to read and finish ALL of the books in the Harry Potter series. I read the first four books a few years ago, but never finished the series, so I'm going back and rereading them all, and I'm determined to finish ALL the books before the year is up.
This is my second time reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The first time I listened to it in audiobook format, as I did the first book, but this time I read the actual book, and enjoyed it So much! I love diving back into this world, and I get excited every time I open a new book. These books just get better as time goes by, and I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
One of the things I love most about these books is the friendships. Harry, Ron and Hermione are such great friends, and I love watching their friendship grow more and more throughout the books. They really do have a special bond. There are so many great, well written characters in this series, it's hard not to completely love them all, and I enjoy meeting the new characters as well.
The storyline for this book was just as fun as the first book. I love following my favorite characters as they go on adventures throughout the story. The setting is another one of my favorite things. Can I please go to Hogwarts already?? Like with the first book, I was hooked, and I literally flew through the pages faster than I intended to. I really wish I had read this series when it first came out, I'm really kicking myself for not having done so. BUT, it's never to late to start!
My kids and I are watching the movies as soon as I finish reading the books, and we are all really enjoying those as well. The kids are actually begging me to read faster so that we can continue along with the movies, as we had only ever seen the first movie before now, and they really, REALLY want to watch the rest of them. I guess I need to get my reading cap on. *wink*
Overall; two books down, five more to go! I'm enjoying this journey with the Harry Potter books SO much, and I'm really kicking myself for not having read and FINISHED the series sooner! I have a pretty massive TBR this month, but I'm hoping to squeeze in a few more Harry Potter books as well.