Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Good day everyone, I hope you had a good weekend. A long time ago (as in maybe a year or so ago) I did a very short review for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I had said back then that I didn't enjoy the first book all that much and that I hadn't intended to continue on with the series. But after a bit of time I decided to go back to it and read it very slowly online by reading at least one page a day (I have a good memory so I was able to keep up with it). Now I am on the fourth book and I think it is time for me to do a review for the books I have read. So for now I will do the second book in the series and the third a little later on and so on.

So Harry is back at Hogwarts after suffering for a summer at the hands of his aunt, uncle, and idiotic cousin. He is joined by Ron and Hermione as he begins his second year as a wizard. With Voldemort now seemingly out of the picture again he is hoping to have a better year. 
Things don't get off to a great start though as the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher is a bit of a twit who is famous for his magic, but doesn't seem very good at it. That doesn't stop most of the girls from going gaga over him, even Hermione.
For Harry, though, life is never going to be easy. It starts out when Harry hears a voice coming from the walls after a detention one day. Soon after he finds blood stains on the wall declaring that the chamber of secrets had been opened and that those who are muggle born (wizards born from human parents) should beware. 
The blame is quickly laid on Harry but he is able to get away since he was with Ron and in detention at the time. Ron also notices around this time that his younger sister Ginny, who has just started school this year, has started acting sickly. 
The group tries to continue with their schooling without incident but when muggle born kids start turning up in the infirmary frozen the school believes an ancient evil is patrolling the school at night. 
Harry finds a journal one day when he and his friends are hiding away in an abandoned girls bathroom where a sobbing ghost haunts the stalls. The journal shows Harry the past and is able to speak with him through the writing on the page.
But as more and more students start showing up frozen and there is no antidote that can cure them at the moment Harry has to start wondering who in the castle had opened the chamber and where it is that the monster is coming from. When one of his friends ends up frozen Harry is determined to stop the monster and end the reign of terror.
What Harry doesn't know is that an old enemy is coming back for him again in the most unexpected form.

I liked the second book a little more than the first book. After getting all of the information from the first one it was more enjoyable than the first. One thing I find with the book compared to the movies is that a lot of the characters are more irritable. 
Malfoy is much more of a dick to Harry, as is Snape who seems even more likely to suddenly kill him in the story than in the movies. Ron and Hermione are also a bit more irritable and seem to be fighting off and on with others and Harry a lot more in the books, not just this one.
But all of this doesn't make the book a bad one. In fact I actually kind of liked it.
Because of his I am giving the book a 3 out of 5 star rating.
Have a great day everyone and happy reading!
- K


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