Genre: children's fantasy.
All Harry Potter wants is to get away from the Dursleys and go back to 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 Lockheart, 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.
We’re on to another Harry Potter review! Go check out what other participants in Harry Potter Month are doing, their posts are pretty cool! :) And my review of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is also possibly worth reading.
So, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This one may possibly be my… ugh. I wanted to write “second favourite” but that’s Goblet of Fire (Half Blood Prince is first, in case you’re wondering), but then I also love Deathly Hallows and Prisoner of Azkaban so… Nope, I’m not sorting them. I just really like them all.
The story in this one is awesome. Philosopher’s Stone was all about getting to know the wizarding world and making friends and eating enough food for once but Chamber of Secrets is more sinister, the attacks are putting everyone on their toes and nobody knows who to trust.
But there’s still some comic relief in the form of Gilderoy Lockheart who is, I think, my favourite Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher (SERIOUSLY though, is DADA an acceptable acronym for this? It’s a mouthful!). He’s such an idiot but I love him all the same. I really like his movie version, too, I think Stephanie used the word “smarmy” which is exactly right for him. That duel with professor Snape is hilarious, and that chapter is one of the highlights of the book for me – both for the fun part and the big reveal at the end that Harry is a parselmouth.
As usual, I have to add a little something to balance out this devoted rambling: when I re-read the book this time I noticed something that never bothered me before: out of all the students at Hogwarts, many of whom are much more experienced in magic, Harry and Draco come out as the only suspects for the coveted position of Slytherin’s heir. I mean – of course Harry speaks to snakes and Draco is one nasty little kid (though I always had a soft spot for him) but can’t you at least check out some of the older students?
Also, why do all the Slytherins need to be bad? Do you know how troubling it is that 1/4 of the British wizarding population is thought inherently evil just because some moldy old hat put them in Slytherin? So unfair. Why is ambition thought to be a bad personal characteristic? This is a constant complaint for me – it doesn’t only relate to this book.
But these are minor issues, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets remains a favourite that I will read and re-read – hopefully with Kiddo, too, someday soon!
Do you know which HP book is your favourite? Is it even possible to rank them?
Which DADA (haha DADA! It’s official now!) teacher is your favourite?
I’d love to hear from you! :)