Thursday, December 10, 2009

CBR #12: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter has spent the summer with his horrifically abusive and demented aunt, uncle and cousin, the Dursleys. The only thing keeping the Dursley family from keeping Harry locked in a room all summer is their fear of his magical abilities. One evening, while Harry is supposed to be hiding in his room from the Dursley's company, Harry is visited by a house-elf named Dobby. Dobby begs Harry not to return to Hogwarts because something bad will happen to the young wizard. In trying to convince Harry not to go back to the wizarding school, Dobby exposes the truth about Harry being unable to use magic while away from Hogwarts, resulting his imprisonment in the Dursley home.

Fortunately, Harry's friend Ron Weasley and his twin brothers, Fred and George, retrieve Harry from his prison and transport him to their home. Harry spends the rest of the summer with the Weasley family before making the trip back to Hogwarts. Before Harry can even get on his return train to the school, strange things start to happen. The platform to the train to Hogwarts closes itself, forcing Ron and Harry to find an alternate route to school. Once at school, Harry begins hearing a strange voice and people, and a cat, turn up petrified.

I really enjoyed the second installment in the Harry Potter series. There was less time spent with the unsavory Dursley family and more time spent in the wizarding world. Harry wasn't spending as much time getting used to his new surroundings, which was nice. Rowling is able to craft a complex story that appeals to a wide audience. Even my five year old who, as far as I know, can't read, knew that it was a Harry Potter book that I was reading. She wanted it read to her aloud and I had no qualms about doing that. Anyway, excellent book and I'll be finishing the series during this Cannonball Run. I suck at reviews.

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