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Genre: Series (Harry Potter, #2), Adventure/Fantasy
Start Date: Apr. 15, 2011
Finished Date: Apr. 21, 2011 (7 days)
Where Found: Part of a birthday gift (box set of the first 3 books)
Why Read: I intend to finish off the series by next year. I've only read the first 3 before.
Summary: Upon returning to Hogwarts for their second year, Harry, Ron and Hermione attempt to solve the mystery of the hidden Chamber of Secrets that somehow revolves around the cocky new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher and the mysterious heir of Slytherin.
Boy, this series sure grabs hold you and doesn't let go! I had a blast revisiting this book again. The plot is not as creative as book #1 as there is less to learn about the workings of Hogwarts (pretty much set up in book #1) but more mysteries are revealed and the story is just getting warmed up. Chamber of Secrets doesn't have quite the same level of excitement and wonder that the initial book of the series gave us but answers a few questions left over from The Philosopher's Stone.
I found the mystery somewhat predictable (big whoop--I'm an adult!) but at just the right level of intrigue for children to get excited and feel like detectives, keeping track of all the clues and potential suspects. I love how the characters are becoming more distinct in their personalities, especially supporting players like Professors Snape, McGonagall and Dumbledore. And how adorable is Ginny Weasley? :)
By the end of this book, there are a few conflicts hanging in the balance, making the wait to start book #3 almost unbearable! J.K. Rowling is obviously skilled in luring readers to continue the series by offering a tiny peek at a time into her Pandora's box.
What more can I say that hasn't already been said?
Rank: (A)- Excellent, Highly Recommend