It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
If I could make a statement to showcase how magnificent the Harry Potter series truly is I have to mention that Rowling has the magical ability to keep the reader entertained, knows how to recap the previous book so that way you don't forget important details, and making the reader feel like you are part of Harry's gang watching all the horror and mystery that surrounds his life and Hogwarts.
I was curious recently to discover which is considered the worst Harry Potter book from the fans and remarkably the overall answer was this book which makes no sense because you get to experience the magic of reading the first book again but it takes a darker turn as horrible events are happening all the time at Hogwarts. I can understand how it's a bit too predictable when it comes to the Chamber of Secrets and it doesn't help that the book cover gives it away but in the end I believe it's a marvelous book.
We begin the story with Harry Potter living with the Dursleys in the summer. They do not know that he can't use magic outside of school so they are careful with how to deal with Harry and they gave him a brand new room! Harry is a bit upset because he hasn't received any letters from his friends Ron and Hermoine and wonders if his experience at Hogwarts was a dream. He cannot send letters through Hedwig because Vernon has ordered the owl to stay locked in its cage at all times.
Later on you discover a new magical creature that is absolutely adorable but a pain in the neck at first named Dobby the House Elf. Dobby tells Harry Potter that he must not return back to Hogwarts because evil lurks at the school and his life is in danger. He refuses to answer anymore because as a house elf he's basically a slave and cannot disobey orders. Dobby makes the awful mistake of using magic to get the Dursleys angry with guest over and making it seem that Harry used magic and got a warning from the ministry of magic.
Uncle Vernon discovers that Harry can't use magic and decides that Harry will no longer be returning to Hogwarts and locks Harry bedroom door and window which sounds like the case of calling social services because it's illegal to keep a child as a prisoner. Luckily for Harry, Ron comes to rescue him in his fathers flying car with the help of George and Fred. Harry escapes Privet Drive and enjoys the rest of summer with the Weasleys.
Once they enter Hogwarts again it's pretty much the same plot as the previous novel with Quidditch, Malfoy acting as a little whiny bi%ch, the same magical courses as last year, and the lovely Professor Snape. We meet a new teacher named Gilderoy Lockhart who is the Defense of the Dark Arts teacher and a pain in the ass for everyone except for his adoring fans. While everything is working smoothly in Hogwarts, an evil lurks around that communicates to Harry and one horrible event leads the school into panic as the Chamber of Secrets has been open and there's a chance that Hogwarts could permanently be closed because of the Chamber of Secrets.
If you haven't read the book then I do not want to spoil the plot for you and even though it sounds like I've written a lot in actuality this is just the beginning of the story. I haven't seen the movie version in years but I believe the first two films stay faithful to the book material and then it goes downhill from there until the Deathly Hallows.
What I love about the first two books is that in every chapter while it may seem tedious learning about daily life at Hogwarts every chapter fills us up with mystery, revelations, and tons of questions that somehow all get answered by the time we reach the ending and makes us ecstatic to read the next book in the series. For the fans who had to wait for years to read the next installment of Harry Potter, I have to commend you on your patience because I would have lost my sh@t if I had to wait 2-3 years for each installment after Prisoner of Azkaban.
Hopefully I can finish the series before Harry Potter and the Cursed child is released so goodbye Chamber of Secrets and hello Prisoner of Azkaban...