Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets... the novel...

The second book after Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This book is slightly thicker. 251 pages compared to the first of 223 pages, but still... it's not THAT long... =)

It all starts with the Dursleys again. A house elf arrives to warn Harry that he will be in mortal danger if he returns to Hogwarts, confessing that he has been intercepting Harry's letters to make it seem as though his friends had forgotten him. The Wesleys rescue Harry and take him away. They stole the car and flew to Hogwarts but crash into the Whomping Willow and damaged Ron's wand. Trouble started when Harry and his friends find the caretaker's cat, Mrs. Norris, petrified after they visit Nearly Headless Nick's death day party. Harry then finds a blank diary belonging to Tom Riddle and decides to keep it. Hagrid said beforehand to Harry and Ron before he was sent to Azkaban is to follow the spiders. The two of them go into the forest only to come across and their leader, Aragog and many other spiders. They then found the entrance to the Chamber, Lockhart reveals that he is not the hero he pretends to be. He attempts to use Ron's broken wand to erase Harry and Ron's memories, but the spell backfires on him, erasing his instead. It is this fragment of soul in the diary which has set loose the basilisk that attacks Harry. Harry draws out the mystic sword from the sorting hat. Fawkes blinds the basilisk, destroying its fatal gaze, and Harry slays it with the sword. As a school treat, all final exams are canceled, much to Hermione's dismay.

I like the last part the best, where Harry slays the basilisk. After reading all the books again, I must watch all the movies over again... A movie marathon =) My moms gonna kill me if I do that. I wonder whether the movie left out many details like the movie Twilight.. I can't seem to remember how was the movie like.

"Very well," Professor McGonagall prompted him, as he paused, "so you found out where the entrance was - breaking a hundred school rules into pieces along the way, I might add- but how on earth did you all get out of there alive, Potter?"
Taken from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Rating of this book: 7/10

Genre: Fantasy

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