Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling

Harry, Hermione and Ron return to Hogwarts for their second school year. There’s a new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, Ginny Weasley has taken a shine to Harry… but the real trouble begins when a number of Hogwarts students are “petrified” and rendered immobile. The heir of Slytherin is suspected to be behind these attacks, but who is the heir?

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

These first few books kinda feel like we’re laying the groundwork for the “real” story, which is on its way and will take place from book 3 onwards. I think that’s why I view Chamber of Secrets as my least favourite in the series. The first book is special because it’s the beginning, we’re discovering Hogwarts and the magical world of Harry Potter… but then the second book just isn’t as enjoyable as I view it as merely a stepping stone to the real meat of the story. It's still pretty great though... I mean, there isn't one HP book I dislike!

One of my favourite aspects of the Chamber of Secrets is finding out more about Voldemort’s background. The scenes in the chamber itself are great as more tidbits are unravelled and he reveals exactly what has been going on. Another highlight of Chamber of Secrets is the introduction of Dobby!! He has a big heart and means well… even if he almost kills Harry in the process. Oops. Once again, Hermione is the MVP and proves yet again that those two would have not got very far without her. Hermione is basically the Samwise Gamgee of Harry Potter. I also like how Malfoy seems to have a bigger role in this story, he’s fun to hate at this point. This book also introduces us to Gilderoy Lockhart – his narcissism literally cracks me up and I love that Hermione harbours a little crush for him. Colin also slays me when he is obsessed with Harry!

I just love how much I actually snigger to myself when reading these books. It’s such a testament to Rowling’s writing that she has created this story that will fascinate children of all ages, and yet you can equally enjoy it as an adult. Harry Potter transcends all ages! And that is truly magical. 4 glittering sparkly stars!


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