I was happy to begin the second Harry Potter book, which turned out to be filled with plenty of laughs, but still gives the sense of 'what will happen...moreI was happy to begin the second Harry Potter book, which turned out to be filled with plenty of laughs, but still gives the sense of 'what will happen next?' to the reader. We begin with Harry Potter, who returned to the Dursleys, his uncle Vernon, aunt Petunia, and cousin Dudley, after the end of the school term. But the Dursleys despise Harry, especially now that he has become a wizard, and Harry feels like he's left his own home behind him at school.
This book was a little more serious than the first one. Because, although you get plenty of laughs from the slightly ridiculous characters of Dobby the house elf and Gilderoy Lockhart, the new Defense against the Dark Arts teacher, there is danger in the school. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry and his two friends, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, were the only two students who knew that something strange was afoot at Hogwarts. But in this book, all the students are exposed to the dangers that begin to reveal themselves in the school.
I liked the fact that Ron's wand is broken in the beginning of the book and how, though it caused Ron quite a bit of grief through most of the story, it ended up saving both Ron and Harry from a very sad fate.
In my opinion, Hermione was more of an open character in this book than she was in the first one. I was glad for this because Hermione is one of my favorite characters so far. Her quick thinking resourcefulness is a compete necessity, how on earth would Ron and Harry get through school without her?
And, of course, there was no less of the thoroughly hilarious twins, Fred and George Weasley. Nothing seems to dampen their spirits and simply reading about their mischievous nature makes you want to smile.
The main point to the story was loyalty. How, although Ron and Harry had a good chance of getting killed or, worse in Hermione's mind, expelled, they continued to search for any clues that might help them stop the attacks on the Hogwarts students. How Ron and Hermione stood by Harry when few others would. And even in the face of serious danger, Harry, Ron, and Hermione remained loyal to each other and to the headmaster, Albus Dumbledore.
I definitely thought it was well worth reading and very enjoyable, I am glad that this book was recommended for me to read.(less)
This is probably one of my favorite Harry Potter books. The plot was very twisted and unique and when you think that you've figured it out, it takes y...moreThis is probably one of my favorite Harry Potter books. The plot was very twisted and unique and when you think that you've figured it out, it takes yet another turn. I found my favorite Hogwarts teacher in this book: no other than Professor R.J. Lupin, the new teacher for Defense against the Dark Arts. Lupin is a surprisingly kind character, though firm, and, though sometimes he is absent from teaching due to illness, he seems to thoroughly enjoy teaching his students.
For Harry, the third year at Hogwarts is different, because of two things. One: A dangerous murderer, Sirius Black, has escaped from Azkaban, the wizard prison, and is now on the loose and it looks like Harry Potter is his next target. Two: Dementors, the Azkaban guards, evil creatures who suck all the happiness from you, are coming to Hogwarts to keep Black away. But Harry would rather face Black than the dementors, who seem to effect him more than others.
In this book, Harry experiences a new kind of fear, that of hearing his mother's voice in his head, screaming, pleading to Voldemort, begging him to spare Harry's life. He also experiences frustration, because he cannot leave the Hogwarts grounds due to fact that Sirius Black could be anywhere, and, as always, the mounting hatred toward Draco Malfoy, his arch enemy at Hogwarts.
However, he is not without friends. Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger try to help him as well as they can in everything. George and Fred, the Weasley twins, give Harry a special gift to help him sneak around the castle. Professor Lupin teaches Harry the Patronus Charm, an anti-dementor spell so that Harry can concentrate on Quidditch, his favorite sport.
In this book, I thought, belief was what showed through Harry, Ron, and Hermione's adventures. At the end, two different stories were revealed to them and both were just as probable as each other. It was up to the three students to believe which one they chose to believe. And when the dementors attack someone dear to Harry, he has to believe that he can produce a Patronus big enough to ward them off.
Belief is a major part of everyday life in this world, not only in Harry Potter's world. Because, if you believe…then there is nothing that you cannot do.(less)
I watched Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone before I read the book. And everyone I asked about it told me to read the book because it was better.
S...moreI watched Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone before I read the book. And everyone I asked about it told me to read the book because it was better.
So, one day, I picked up this book and began to read it. I finished it in one day because it was quite difficult to put down. Now I understand why the books are considered better than the movies to many people; because the movie can't possess the excellent writing style that J.K. Rowling has.
I was immediately sucked into the story of Harry Potter, the lonely eleven year-old boy who lives with his monstrous uncle and aunt and later finds out that he is a wizard. Not only is he a wizard, but he is famous and everyone in the wizarding world knows his name. In order to learn how to become a capable wizard, Harry leaves his aunt and uncle to go to a school called Hogwarts, accompanied by the giant, soft-hearted Rubeus Hagrid.
At Hogwarts, he is joined by Ron Weasley, the youngest son of a full-magic family, and Hermione Granger, a smart and sensible young witch who comes from a non-magic family.
And then, of course, there is Draco Malfoy, Harry's arch-enemy at Hogwarts, what is a good book without conflict? Draco is jealous of Harry's fame and will do anything to get Harry expelled from Hogwarts.
And who can forget the infamous Dark Lord Voldemort, whose name is still feared by most witches and wizards. Voldemort is the reason for Harry Potter's fame. When the evil wizard tried to kill Harry with a curse, it drained Voldemort of all his power, leaving Harry unharmed except for a single, lighting-shaped scar on his forehead. But it is believed that Voldemort is still out int the world trying to regain some form to bring him back to power.
Realizing that there is something inside Hogwarts that could bring Voldemort back to power, Harry, Ron, and Hermione set out to find it before Voldemort can get his hands on it.
But what would the story be like without Albus Dumbledore, the school's headmaster. Mysterious Dumbledore seems to know everything that goes on in the school and he appears every now and again to slide some good advice towards Harry.
Not forgetting two of the most loved students at Hogwarts, Fred and George Weasley, Ron's older brothers who happen to be identical twins. Fred and George are known by all students, not because they get high grades, but because they land themselves, sometimes purposefully, into all kinds of trouble. Though teasing and mischievous, Fred and George are caring and cheerful and this book simply wouldn't be the same without them.
In all, I would say that the book was fast-paced and interesting, not too overloaded with excitement but exciting enough to keep the reader locked in the story, straight and easy to understand but with an interesting twist at the end, and a definite good read to the last page. I was quickly pulled into this book and I am eager to read the next one.(less)