Series: Harry Potter #2
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication date: June 2, 1999
Format: Audiobook, Length: 9 hours and 24 minutes
Narrator: Jim Dale
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
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 Lockhart, 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?
Hey there! While I wasn’t successful in the Re-Read Challenge in 2016, I did find that I loved the recommended format of the reviews so I’ve decided to keep it for my re-read reviews going forward. It looks a little different than my typical reviews, and I’m ok with that. 🙂
WHEN I First Read
2000ish — and roughly 8 times since
First Re-Read: August – September 2017 (Audiobook)
WHAT I Remember
I’ve read this book — and seen the movie — so many times that I remember all of it. These books helped shape who I am today so I think I’ll always remember them on a cellular level.
WHY I Wanted to Re-Read
I wanted to re-read because it’s Harry Potter and it’s been ages since I re-read the series. I’ve watched the movies a million times this year alone. That’s barely an exaggeration, by the way. They’ve become my coping mechanism for 2017 and all the things going on in the world. That said, I feel like lately I have muddled the lines between the books and the movies, so I really wanted to get back to the original story. Plus, I’ve been dying to listen to the audiobooks for these because I’ve heard so many great things about the narrator. Who is, naturally, amazing.
HOW I Felt After Re-Reading
Full disclosure: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets will never be my favorite book of the series. I thought it was a dreadfully boring book the first time I read it and, honestly, it wasn’t until Half-Blood Prince that I understood its importance. It was better on future re-reads. Even if it isn’t the most action-packed book of the series, it lays the groundwork for so much of the story to come AND it’s beautifully-written, so I enjoy it. The audiobook was entertaining. It was nice to continue the series in the early, more innocent years since I know how dark things are about to get. I feel like, detail-wise, the movie for this one stayed pretty close to the book, so I didn’t have any big “Aha! That’s not how that happened in the movie!” moments. All that said, I’m ready to move onto book three.
WOULD You Re-Read Again?
Oh yes. I think I’ll wait until all the illustrated editions are out and do another reread then, in fact.
“I’ll be in my bedroom, making no noise and pretending I’m not there.”
“When in doubt, go to the library.”
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
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