Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Book 16: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

NUMBER: 16
TITLE: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
AUTHOR: J.K. Rowling
STARTED: April 3, 2007
FINISHED: April 7, 2007
PAGES: 341
GENRE: Fantasy/Juvenile

FIRST SENTENCE: Not for the first time, an argument had broken out over breakfast at number four, Privet Drive.

SUMMARY: [From barnesandnoble.com] The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the 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!

REASON FOR READING: I'm on a mission...

THOUGHTS: This is still my least favorite book in the series, but I can't honestly figure out why. I think it's because I don't like Ginny. No real reason, I just don't like her. As always, however, I was highly amused and entertained.

Keeping in tune with my review of Sorcerer's Stone I noticed the language. In fact I noticed that they language aged with the characters. I'm sensing a trend - it will be interesting to see if, as I read the rest of the books, the language continues to grow with the characters.

MISCELLANEOUS: Chamber of Secrets = My Closet

KEEP/SHARE/CRINGE(?): Keep
RATING: 7/10 [Very Good]

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