Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
“It is our choices, Harry, that show us what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets continues the thrilling adventure that Harry, Ron, Hermoine and the rest of the gang at Hogwarts are on. This book starts with Harry spending another miserable summer with his aunt and uncle who are not making life easy on him, and all Harry can think about is going back to school so he can be with his friends. Right before school is about to start Harry is visited by a house-elf named Dobby that warns him not to go back because he will be in grave danger. Harry tries to ignore Dobby, but to keep Harry from Hogwarts Dobby causes major havoc in the Dursley home which Harry is blamed for and is imprisoned in his room for the rest of the summer. Luckily for Harry his best friend busts him out and takes him to school.
Once at Hogwarts Harry starts to hear mysterious sounds that nobody else can hear. Harry still trying to understand the magical world that he is living in goes to the smartest person he knows Hermoine. Even she thinks hearing things that others cannot is not normal. As Harry starts to feel more alone strange things start to happen and students are found petrified. Since Harry’s abilities start to frighten the others Harry Potter becomes more and more isolated. Is Harry the one that is causing the strange things at Hogwarts? Will his fellow students ever trust him? To find out, you will have to read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
The second book in the Harry Potter series dives a little deeper to each characters personality and Rowling takes us a little deeper into the relationship that is developing between Voldermort (main bad guy) and Harry Potter. Once again Rowling does a brilliant job making her magical world believable. The children in her books have the same self-doubt and grow just like a real child. While this story in my opinion is not as good as the first or as griping as the ones to follow it is necessary to bridge the gap into the much darker world she creates towards the end of the series. Unlike most series that are out there Rowling does a wonderful job adjusting her material as her readers got older with each release, which is why I highly recommend having elementary kids start this series and allow their reading ability grow with the series. I give Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets four shells out of five.