Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: J K Rowling
Summary: Harry can't wait for his holidays with the Dursley's to end. But a small, self-punishing house-felf warnsHarry f mortal danger awaiting him at Hogwarts School. Returning to the castle nevertheless, Harry hears a rumour about a chamber of secrets, holding unknown horrors for wizards of Muggle parentage. Now someone is casting spells that paralyse people, making them seem dead, and a terrible warning is found painted on the wall. The cheif suspect - and always in the wrong place - is Harry. But something much darker has yet to be unleashed.
My Rating: 8/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: I liked this a lot more then the first, and I like this book a lot more the second read through. You do apprechiate it more, once you've read the sixth book, and then read this one. Although some criticism of this book are the antics of Harry and Ron, and at times the slow moving parts of the book, overall it was well written, and it indroduces one of my favourite characters - Lucius Malfoy. He is just a character you love to hate, or just love to read about. He doesn't appear much, but when he does - hes great. Fred and George bring alot to the story, cheering Harry up. But the light shine's mainly on Harry. The main issue with his charcter is that at times, Harry isn't to bright. He's slow to get things, and as it's pointed out in the future books "has a saving people thing" I mean when he figured out where Ginny was, why didn't he get one of the proffesors? They could have helped (Lockheart doens't count) they could have summond Dumbeldore. Harry could have opened the chamber for them...but if that happend of couse there would be no story, but Harry gets himself in so much dnager because he doesn't think beyond what's in front of him. What I like a lot about htis story is how it gives you more insight as the stroy as a whole, a lot of history is given here and a lot of what's to come happens here. But you miss most of this stuff reading it the first time through. That's why it's important to re-read this series again (and again) because there is a lot of information here, that is important, and you don't realize it at the time, and this isn't just the diary. Over all very good.
Would I recommend it to read: Of course! I'm an avid Harry Potter fan, and you need to read this book to get on the series, although you could read book one and skip to book three. Hell you could read book three on its own. And never read another HP book. But who would do that? In order to appreachiate and love the seires, you need to read this book. You also need to RE-READ this book along with the others, because it draws alot of connections.
What to read next: The rest of the Harry Potter Series, also the Goldan Compass and Wrinkle in Time. They are vastly different then HP but they are both Childhood Classics, ALL children should read, and adults young at heart!