Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second novel of the Harry Potter (HP) series out of the seven books. This book continues that summer when Harry was mistreated at The Dursleys and all he wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. As he was packing his bags to leave, he received a warning from a strange looking creature named Dobby who said disaster will strike if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts. For his second year, there were fresh torments and horrors arise which included the new outrageously stuck-up Professor Gilderoy Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom and the unwanted attentions from Ginny, Ron Weasley’s younger sister.
I think the second book signified the importance of Hermione’s role in the group as it was her guidance and research that allowed them to figure matters out. She was hospitalized as she was attacked by the monster, Basilisk, while in the library trying to give the confirmation of its existence to Harry and Ron. Without Hermione, Harry and Ron were unable to continue with their pursuit of the heir of Slytherin as they believed the connection between him and the opening of the Chamber of Secrets. Even while she was gone momentarily, her notes allowed them to stop the death that was happening in the school.
I feel that Professor Lockheart was a laughingstock of the book as his characters and actions were mostly comical. But at times, I felt that he was incompetence as he was supposed to be the professor against the dark arts and his teachings were not beneficial to the students. His lies caught up with him by the end of the book when he revealed the books he wrote were not his experience.
I feel that this book has covered some of the missing information such as why Hagrid was expelled from Hogwarts and the continuation of Lord Voldemort past at the school itself. It is an easy book to read with great flow and character development. I like how Harry helped Dobby to be a free elf by the end of the book. Also, I feel that this book explained how Harry truly belonged to Gryffindor due to his courage. I would recommend this book to readers of all ages as the nature of the book is about friendship, loyalty and many other great attributes that can be learn from it.