Narrator: Jim Dale
Series: Harry Potter #2
Published by Pottermore on 1998-07-02
Length: 9hr and 24min
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Reading Challenges: 2019 Audiobook Challenge
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 Lockhart, 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?
I make no secret of my love for Harry Potter. However y’all I’m so glad I’ve got the audiobooks. Jim Dale is a master narrator! He breathes new life into the series. It’s so good that even my 8 year old son wants to listen to them and asks at random when we can start the next Harry Potter book. Recently we went on vacation which means a road trip. What better way to spend a road trip than listening to Jim Dale read Harry Potter?!
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling is the second book of the series and picks up around the same time the first book does….at Harry’s birthday. Harry has spent a lonely summer with the Dursleys. His friends haven’t written him, maybe they’ve forgotten him. Magic isn’t allowed, but the Dursleys don’t know that 😉 When a house elf by the name of Dobby shows up in Harry’s room warning him not to return to Hogwarts, things go haywire. Luckily for Harry his friends haven’t forgotten him. Ron and his twin brothers show up with a flying car to bust Harry out, but that’s only the beginning….
Harry, Ron, and Hermione are ready to return to Hogwarts. This year Ginny Weasley will join the crew in Gryffindor, and her crush on Harry is unwanted. Then there’s the new Dark Arts teacher, Gilderoy Lockhart, a famous wizard author and his nose so far in the air that he doesn’t notice his students’ disdain. All of these are just annoying for Harry and his friends, not anything they can’t handle. But then mysterious things begin happening and their safe world is rocked.
Harry begins hearing whispers in the wall, speaks Parseltongue (snake speak), and talks to a book….literally. This is all strange, but becomes haunting when students begin to be petrified. It’s only happened once before and it looks like it is happening again. The fabled Slytherin Chamber of Secrets is open. What monster awaits the friends this time?
This is one of my favorite installments of the series. I love the history that Rowling creates around the Chamber. And let’s not forget Hagrid’s friend Aragog. If you enjoy magic and adventures, I highly recommend listening to Jim Dale’s narration of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.