Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter, 2/7
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, MG, YA
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Release Date: June 2nd, 1999

Note: This post reviews the second book of the Harry Potter series. You may like to read the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, before reading this review.

Harry Potter is preparing to enter his second year at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But before the term begins, he is approached by Dobby, a strange house-elf, warning him not to go back to Hogwarts because it is no longer safe. Though he returns to the school, Harry soon sees that Dobby was right – danger has returned to Hogwarts.

Muggle students are being mysteriously petrified left and right, and no one knows who the culprit is. Harry learns in the midst of these events that he can speak Parseltongue – the language of snakes – which makes him a prime suspect as Slytherin, a known muggle hater, was also a Parselmouth. After yet another incident, a threatening message is left on the walls, informing the school that the chamber of secrets has been opened. Harry begins to realize who is really behind the attacks, and must enter the dreaded chamber of secrets to confront an unexpected enemy.

I love this book, particularly because of the way we are introduced to Tom Riddle. It gives more depth and insight to the villain of the series.

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