Title : Book 2 - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author : J.K.Rowling
Publisher : Bloomsbury
The journey which began in the Philosopher's Stone moves forward in the second book - the Chamber of Secrets. It is fun to be a part of the transition as Harry's unsure steps of first year become firmer this time round and as his innocent babyish expressions give way to looks of an assured boy. The wide-eyed boy who was ignorant of any other world than the wretched one provided to him by Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon now has his own world, where he truly belongs.
But this wizarding world is not devoid of challenges, especially for Harry and second year is no exception either. The year begins with a fearful rumour that the Chamber of Secrets has been opened again and this piece of information is enough to give sleepless night to even the seasoned witches and wizards. Harry is tricked into reading an enchanted diary which belongs to Tom Riddle, who uses the mind of Ron's innocent sister to give shape to his evil plans. But who is Tom Riddle and what relation does he have with the particular chamber in question?
Harry has his trusted friends Ron and Hermione by his side, in his pursuit to unravel the mystery behind the deadly attacks on half-blood wizards. Mystery and the intrigue continues to stay much longer in this book than in the first. The climax in the end is indeed very thrilling with Harry and his valor, bravery and positivity winning over all odds.
For me the highlights of 'Chamber of Secrets' are - elf Dobby who has strange ways to warn Harry against the dangers in Hogwarts, Ron and his brother's daring attempt of freeing Harry from his uncle's house arrest, Harry's experience of being at Weasleys - a complete wizard house, the exciting dungeon scene and Dobby's freedom in the end.