Harry no longer stayed in the room below the stairs. He was given permission to stay at Dudley's second room on the upper floor, something that his uncle stressed he should be really grateful for. One thing that he was so concerned about had been the absence of letters from his friends. Did they forget about him? He had been quite excited to start his second Hogwarts year, and he really vowed to be in his best behaviour so that his uncle and aunt would allow him to. With such strong resolve, everything should have already been fine. However, Dobby got in the way. What would Harry do? Would he still be able to make it to his magic classes that year?
Discrimination, prejudice, and bias had been at their peak in this book. Would you give muggle-borns a chance? Would you trust a professor just because of his pretty face or fame? Who was a friend and who was not?
This piece had really been worth my while still, regardless of the answers to these questions and countless others.
This books dives a lot deeper into the Wizarding World. We learn a lot more about Ron and his family – where they live etc. We find out more about the differences between magical and non-magical worlds. There’s also a large emphasis on the creation of Hogwarts and its history, how it was formed and the troubles it’s faced. In this book people really start to turn on Harry. We see the fierce loyalty that Hermione and Ron have for Harry which is a strong theme in the series. This book builds (slowly in the beginning) into a fantastic and crushing climax with a feel good ending – I recommend it. More so than the second. This is actually the first Harry Potter book I ever read. Okay I have given you a brief introduction. Go read it!
The second book of this much adored series of YA Fantasy starts off with Harry back at the Dursleys for the summer holidays, but this time, feeling even more unloved and unwanted than usual, a surprising visitor appears in his bedroom. It does not take long for Harry to determine why none of his friends have made contact with him over the break. The truth is, they have, in record numbers even, but the said ’surprising visitor’ has been collecting all traces of contact from Harry’s friends without passing them on.
The visitor turns out to be Dobby the House Elf, who has taken it upon himself to prevent Harry’s return to Hogwarts. He is of the opinion that a murder attempt will be made on Harry if he does, but either out of ignorance, or protection for Harry, the elf is unable to provide any more information. Interestingly, at this point, the elf disappears from the story...
As we all know, friends aren’t friends without faith, so out of the blue, just when Harry needs him most, the much welcome face of Ron Weasley appears at Harry’s bedroom window with the last opportunity for him to escape to sanity (?) and spend the last few weeks of Summer at Ron’s house before returning to Castle Magnificence, also known as Hogwarts School of Witch Craft and Wizardry.
Time passes. Jokes are made. Friendships deepen into something more. And off to Hogwarts we go. Well, some of us. The first glimpse of JK Rowling’s genius occurs at this point in the story, when Ron comes up with the only way for he and Harry to arrive at Hogwarts after the unthinkable happens.
The Malfoys are back, meaner and nastier than ever. Harry and Co are all in their second year now, which means the story has the chance to introduce new characters. Ron’s little sister in one of them, and she (naturally) gets put into Gryffindor, too. Snape is back, but he has lost his position as Darks Arts Instructor. A rather annoying narcissist going by the name of Gilderoy Lockhart (where *does* JK get her character names from???) has got his hands on the plum role but doubts soon rise to the surface of everyone present at the castle of his competence in this area.
Sub plots abound. Jokes are there, too, and of course, fun is to be had by all. Hermoine is still trying to be Hermoine (which is great for her, and great for the reader, since *we* all learn what *she* learns...) and the catalog of spells for the reader continues to grow...
The title of the book is compelling enough, even though the reader may not have realised its pivotal connotations. But with the continued existence and perpetual threat of He Who Must Not Be Named hanging over the School and everything it stands for, it is not too hard to imagine how it might all come together.
So full marks again for Ms Rowling, the woman who put the wonder back into reading, the fun back into learning, and the magic back into Wizardry.
The second book in the Harry Potter series begins with Harry going to Hogwarts School for the second year. Thanks to Dobby, Harry and Ron are unable to get into Platform 9 ¾ and manage to get to the school using a flying car. While the boys get into a load of trouble for this unconventional entry, they have had fun, blissfully unaware of the danger that they could have got into.
This year, there is more to study while the rumour is that the Chamber of Secrets has been opened for the second time in fifty years. A great sense of curiosity and the need to resolve unsolved mysteries leads Harry and his best friends Ron and Hermione into yet another adventure to kill the Basilisk that lies way under the school.
Gilderoy Lockhart – what a realistic character. He’s handsome and women drool over him especially considering the number of his heroic achievements. Along with that is woven his obvious vain nature - simply superb!
Dobby – the house-elf so reminds me of Casper, the friendly ghost. I keep imagining Casper every time I read about Dobby – so cute, so loyal and so painfully helpful.
Then there is Ginny who is terribly conscious of Harry; Tom Marvolo Riddle – as evil as he is handsome; more of Quiddich, Malfoy, Snape, Fred & George.
Then there is Fawkes, the phoenix – totally fascinating. Imagine being healed in an instant by the tears of the phoenix from nothing less than a snake’s venom! I like!
This book made me look forward to the third one eagerly.