Author: J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter, #2
Harry’s summer has been very dull, none of his friends from Hogwarts have written to him and life with the Dursleys has never been more miserable. Then a magical creature pays Harry a surprise visit, warning him that he is in danger if he goes back to Hogwarts. But the only place Harry feels at home is Hogwarts, so despite the warning, Harry goes back to school.
When someone begins attacking students and warnings are found written on the walls, Harry is forced to accept that Hogwarts may not be safe. With the help of his friends, Ron and Hermione, Harry must find out who is trying to rid the school of Muggle-borns before it is too late.
“It felt as though he was being sucked down a giant drain. He seemed to be spinning very fast — the roaring in his ears was deafening…he closed his eyes again wishing it would stop…”
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets features one of my favorite fictional families: the Weasleys. They may not have a lot of money, but they are so rich in love. Though they are pure-bloods, they show no prejudice against Muggles or Muggle-borns and I just love everything about this family. I love Mrs. Weasley and how she instantly takes Harry under her wing and Mr. Weasley’s fascination with Muggles is completely endearing.
The second book in the Harry Potter series introduces us to a few new characters. Everybody’s favorite house elf, Dobby, makes his first appearance and the ridiculous, yet charming Gilderoy Lockhart is kind enough to grace us with his presence. I actually found myself laughing more with this book than The Sorcerer’s Stone because of how silly Lockhart truly is.
The story feels more mature than its predecessor. Unlike the first book, Harry struggles inwardly, discovering new things about himself that causes him to question his place at Hogwarts. This book also deals with prejudice and here is where I think Ron shines. He is a direct contrast to Malfoy, who is also a pure-blood, but Ron doesn’t hold the same biased views. Ron is really a defender of those he loves and I love him so much for it. Hermione’s friendship with Harry and Ron has brought out the rule-breaking side of Hermione, which I think is actually a positive rather than a negative influence.
Rereading this second installment was such a delight!