You know how sometimes when you read the first in a series and it turns out so much better than you originally anticipated, it makes you a little apprehensive when starting the sequel? Well, I felt that way before starting this, but I can definitely say that Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is another fabulous installment in the rightfully beloved Harry Potter series!
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – Albus Dumbledore
And while I will admit to not loving it quite as much as its predecessor, I still enjoyed it a great deal.
I think the reason for my not liking it as much can be mostly credited to the introduction of a new character, Professor Lockhart. Lockhart is an annoyingly pretentious wizard who is completely full of himself, and the majority of his teachings were based on his own life and his supposed brushes with death that he escaped only because of his “heroism” and great knowledge of the magic arts. (view spoiler)
In a summary, I didn’t find the story involving Lockhart quite as interesting as Harry’s realization of his true abilities and the escapades of his first year at Hogwarts.