Fantasy, Fiction, Low Fantasy, Young Adults
Harry Potter, Book # 2
July 2nd 1998
November 9, 2019 November 11, 2019
"There is a plot, Harry Potter. A plot to make most terrible things happen at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry this year."
Harry Potter's summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors - and then the attacks start. Students are found as though turned to stone... Dobby's sinister predictions seem to be coming true.
About the book
Second book, obviously, that I read by Rowling. I liked this one way more than the previous. Harry is at home, and he’s unable to go back to school because someone doesn’t want him at Hogwarts. But the question is: he doesn’t want Harry back because he’s in danger or because of something else? Thanks to Ron and his twin brothers Harry is able to escape from his room where his uncle imprisoned him and after a big adventure with a flying car he arrives at school. But here strange things happen, there is a secret room, kids are literally petrified and a new weird teacher is introduced.
As I said, this second book is way better than the first. I liked the “mystery” behind the chamber of secrets and it’s thanks to that that I gave 4 stars.
I can’t stand the fact that both Harry and Ron (and his family) are bullied so much in the first part of the book. It bothers me, very much. In fact, the “many” stars are for the second half of the book, because if it had been all like the first, I would have given 2 stars. It’s stronger than me, when I see so much bullying, it gets on my nerves.
Also in this book, we see how Harry is treated at home, how his uncle and aunt humiliate and mock him. And on the other side, we see how Ron runs to the aid of his friend with his twin brothers (who are phenomenal) and they free him (why social workers don’t intervene? or why Dumbledore always sends him home at the end of each year? Although I think I understand why, but it isn’t specified, yet, in the book, and very likely it will be explained in future books, but still, I think it’s torture even if it’s for that reason). However, I think the friendship between Ron and Harry is the most beautiful thing in the book and the scene of the flying car used for Harry’s escape is the most hilarious.
Another thing that I liked (yes because although I still can’t understand all this buzz behind this story there are really nice parts) is the scene between Molly and her children after Harry’s release. Because in the middle of “now I kill you for endangering your life and your father’s reputation” Molly stops and as if she wasn’t pissed two seconds before, she greets Harry and treats him as if he were God on earth. I find these scenes between Molly and Harry so nice.
I “devoured” the second part in one session (not that it took me long to read the rest). However, when the actual explanation of the “mystery” began, I was no longer able to put the book down, although I still think that it is not a book that “even adults” can read. Maybe they can read it to their children. At least until now, maybe I’ll change my opinion going forward.
And you will say, why are you reading them, then? Curiosity. And because I can find them on Kindle Unlimited . In fact, I think the end of the year will be dedicated only to Harry Potter to take advantage of the three free months. (I’m writing the review on November 13th, but it will be published later, for this reason I say “end of year” and not “last year”).
Anyway, I will continue with the series out of pure curiosity. There are adults who adore Harry Potter and so far I don’t understand why (or rather I understand that they liked it when they were kids, but they say that it is the most beautiful saga of all time and I don’t understand why… because there are other much better series out there. Maybe it’s the memory of what they felt when they read them for the first time, and I can understand that). It is also true that “tastes” are subjective so it is obvious that there are people who have a different vision of this saga from mine. And as I stated before, maybe I read this series too late.