Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
Harry has spent a miserable summer with the Dursleys (his aunt and uncle and their miserable son Dudley). He can’t wait to get back to Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year. But shortly before the summer is over, an elf named Dobby appears to warn Harry that if he returns to Hogwarts, disaster will surely strike.
Naturally, Harry ignores the warning (otherwise we wouldn’t have a story) and returns to school. Suddenly, students are being turned to stone apparently due to a student breaking into the mysterious Chamber of Secrets created by one of the founders of the school. Who is behind these nefarious deeds? Could it be Harry’s archrival Draco Malfoy, who seems nastier this year than ever before? Or could it be the mysterious gamekeeper Hagrid who was expelled from Hogwarts years before for reasons known only to a few? Or could it be the person that the majority of the student body suspects…Harry Potter!
A light-hearted romp through the world of wizardry and witchcraft unfolds once again in the second volume of the wildly successful Harry Potter series. Rowling sticks with the same winning formula she established in the first book. Harry goes to school, there is a mystery to be solved, and Harry and his friends solve it and save the day! Rowling managed once again to provide a plot twist at the end so that the ending was different from what I expected. While certainly not deep, thought-provoking literature, this book was entertaining; easy to read and often made me chuckle. I believe Harry is going to be at the school for 5 more years. But, Rowling still has plenty of room for character development as Harry enters adolescence.
This book was a thoroughly enjoyable break from reality. I’m off to the bookstore (in my car, not on my broom) to grab the next book in the series.