Series: Harry Potter #2
Published by Scholastic on January 1st 1970
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, Young Adult
The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.
And strike it does. For in Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls' bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley's younger sister, Ginny.
But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone—or something—starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects…Harry Potter himself.
Yes, I’m really just discovering this series–as an adult and years after the release. I’m really surprised how much I have enjoyed the books so far. In fact, I felt in a way that I had hit a bit of a reading slump. I felt like I’d gotten to a point where I was just all read out and as I picked these books it just reignited the magic of reading.
Another thing? I’m intrigued by J.K. Rowling’s ability to grow her characters with each book. It’s interesting to see the slow maturing and progression that the characters and how the book gets a little more dark because her characters are a year older. When these books came out, it not only gave her characters time to age but also her readers and it’s fascinating to me that a person has this ability in storytelling.
I know I’m late to this series and I have seen the movies so I do know who ends with whom and yet, I’ve still found myself already shipping the characters I feel should be together. I can pretend not to know how this all turns out. The books really that much fun!
I am totally loving Ginny. Yes, she’s a little love struck but she’s just too adorably cute. She is definitely my choice for Harry and I’m not saying that because I let the movies influence me—I really think she’s adorable.
My daughter is in complete disagreement on this matter. She really wanted Harry and Hermione together and I just can’t get with the idea. Hermione is just such a bossy know-it-all at times! I mean, don’t get me wrong, I appreciate her character. I just can’t bring myself to ship her and Harry because I feel she can be a little overbearing. My daughter says I dislike her because I’m a bit like Hermione. I gave her a death glare and told her I had no idea what she meant before sticking my nose back into my book.
Overall I really enjoyed the character development that has taken place so far. From Dobby’s misguided desire to help Harry to Gilderoy’s boasting and bragging—every single character in this story had an element of humanity in them. I’m just stunned that somehow this little nugget of pure delight eluded me for so long.
This series so far is just a lot of fun and I really look forward to seeing how things play out. Would I recommend this to other adults? Absolutely. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be whisked away into a delightful little world in which you’ll feel the wonder of childhood again. If this is not your experience—well, I guess you’re just a muggle and wouldn’t understand. *grins*