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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) by J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré
Series: Harry Potter #2
Published by Arthur A. Levine Books on July 1st 1999
Genres: fantasy, YA
Source: Own book
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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.
Another quick, fast, re-read.
I definitely enjoy this book more than the first book, but this is the book that got me into the series, so I enjoy reading it just for that reason. Harry, Ron, & Hermoine really start to become fast friends, and you start to see small mentions of other characters that we’ll really get to know in later books. Of course, we start to meet Tom Riddle, get some backstory, see new magic, start to get to know Dumbledore, etc.
There’s lots more character and world building in this one, but the story arc starts to really develop as well.
Just a great, fantastic read, though this book is in the middle as far as my favorites are concerned (5-7 are my absolute favorites; 4 was my least favorite, followed by 1) – this one ties with #3, I think.