Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second book in the Harry Potter series, and I love this book as much as I love the first one (maybe a little bit more). In this volume, we get to meet our beloved characters once more as well as the new characters, Gilderoy Lockhart and Dobby the House Elf. The premise of this story is that this is Harry's second year at Hogwarts and the summer was absolutely dreadful at the Dursley's. He was even disappointed that Ron and Hermione didn't contact him all summer (especially on his birthday)... Well, to his surprise Ron and his brothers help him to escape the Dursley's. He ends up spending the rest of the summer with them and having the time of his life.
They soon embark on a trip to Diagon Alley once more to get their school supplies. It's here that we meet Gilderoy Lockhart and find out that he will be the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Let me just say, this dude is straight up slimy. But he's at least a character that is there to fill the void and to break up the dichotomy between the professors.
Once the school year starts, something crazy happens... and you guessed it, it has something to do with the Chamber of Secrets. Now, I don't want to give it away (for those who haven't read this book), but it's full of adventure, intrigue, and gives a back story to who Lord Voldemort was before he became 'The one who must not be named'. Of course, it also reveals the incident that Hagrid has been keeping secret (why he was really expelled from Hogwarts). Which when the reason's revealed, it just makes you love him even more as a character. Hagrid really is a character that is good, he sees beauty in creatures that most people don't find beautiful. I feel he has this quality because of who he is, a large, very large man who's often seen as a monster himself. This is what makes him one of my most adored characters.
I just really love this book. Reading the nuances, intricacies and development of the characters are enjoyable. The characters feel real and relate able. You can see yourself, your best friend, your relative in these characters. Despite all of the magic and fantasy aspects to this series, you as the reader are growing up with these characters who feel really real. It's why I love this series so much.
J. K. Rowling made these characters real enough to where they become part of the reader. They don't just live in the books and in the movies. They live within the characters. It's why this series has done so well and for so long, because it has lived in each reader and continues to live in every new reader that picks up the series.