Audiobook: ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ by J.K. Rowling

What Audiobook Are We Listening To?

This week at Crash Symphony Productions, we’re listening to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the audiobook as read by Stephen Fry. I found these audiobook adaptations to be a really easy way to get back into Harry Potter without having to pick up my old hard copies which are falling apart by now and probably couldn’t handle another read-through. There is no one better to narrate these books than Stephen Fry, whose personality, history, intelligence and sense of humour are at the level where they can do adequate credit to the intelligence, history, humour and personality possessed by the books themselves.

This audiobook follows Harry as he goes back to Hogwarts for his second year, even though a mysterious force seems to want to stop him. In this audiobook, Fry narrates as Harry meets the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, the vain and silly Gilderoy Lockhart, a house-elf by the name of Dobby, and the ghost of Moaning Myrtle. This is also the first book in which Ginny Weasely is properly introduced as a major character in the books.
It never ceases to astound me how much wisdom is contained in these books, even in these earlier ones you find the pearls of wisdom that we will come to see so much more of, and will define the tone of the books to come. When listening to this audiobook one of the lines that jumped out at me was:

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

It’s amazing how much you can re-read these books and different parts will resonate and jump out at you depending on which time in your life you happen to be reading them.