A review featuring Bit (Bibliophile in Training), age 6
Bit and I have now finished book 2 of Harry Potter. Her excitement had me reading even with a cold that made reading aloud actually painful. Ah, the things we do for our kids.
Harry's back for his second year at Hogwarts, where the infamous Chamber of Secrets has been opened for the first time in 50 years. The monster that is unleashed is literally petrifying Hogwarts students (turning them into stone, that is), and who is the primary suspect? Harry Potter himself. Add to this some enormous spiders, a Deathday Party, a ghost named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls' bathroom, and lots and lots of suspense, and you'll soon find yourself engrossed in another terrific tale in which magic does exist and good eventually triumphs over evil.
I liked this book but not as much as the first one because that one doesn't have giant spiders or snakes. Some parts were a little scary. I thought some parts were funny too. I think Dobby was really funny. I am not allowed to read the other books until I'm older but I wish I could.
Bit's not very loquacious today because she has a cold now and her grandparents are here. Too many distractions. Again, I enjoyed the experience of watching Bit enjoy this book for the first time. While still a very good book, this is one of my least favorites of the series. Some of that is because I too don't like the giant spiders (I have never actually watched that part of the movie). There is a lot about this book to enjoy and love: Dobby, Gilderoy Lockhart and his Valentine's Day craziness, the Polyjuice Potion, and the awesomeness that is Fawkes. I am now wanting to reread the rest of them but that would just be a cruel thing to do to Bit.