Author: JK RowlingEdition: PaperbackRelated Links: Sorcerer's StoneRating: 5 Stars
And so I continue with my reread of this wonderful series! Normally, this is one of my least favorite books in the series because very little happens, but that doesn't discount it as a good book, it's just competing against other really good books. Just be warned, there are some spoilers below if you haven't read the book yet (but, seriously, why are you reading this when you could be reading the Harry Potter books?).
In Chamber of Secrets the story picks up near the end of the summer when Harry is visited by a House Elf named Dobby who warns him not to return to Hogwarts and then gets Harry in so much trouble he worries he won't be able to even if he wants to.
My favorite part of this book is either Gilderoy Lockhart, who is a gem of a character and ridiculous in every way. I do wish he had popped back up in one of the later books, if even for a moment. He's too good to waste, really. The other best part is the information we get on both Hagrid and Tom Riddle. I don't think Hagrid gets much more fleshing out, history-wise, as the series progresses, which is a major shame since he's a rather interesting character. Though Riddle does get a much more extensive look at his backstory, this is, for me, where things really begin and get serious.
Other memorable moments: Ginny actually being a major character (yay for Hinny shippers! is that even the name of the ship, though???); Fawkes the Phoenix being badass and awesome and making everyone want a pet phoenix; the sword! because who doesn't love swords?
I'm looking forward to continuing on with my reread, particularly because the next book features so many of my favorite characters (*cough cough* Sirius and Lupin *cough cough* Buckbeak).