Review: “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” – J.K.Rowling

July 22, 2015 Book Review, Potty for Potter 1

Review: “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” – J.K.RowlingHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K.Rowling
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Published on: July 2nd 1998
Published by: Bloomsbury
Pages: 352
Series: Harry Potter #2
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardback

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This book is part of the Harry Potter series. You can find my reviews for the rest of the series below:
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (Harry Potter #1)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5)
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

All Harry Potter wants is to get away from the Dursleys and go back to 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 Lockheart, 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.

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My Thoughts

This was actually the first Harry Potter book I was ever read. Luckily I only heard about 2 chapters of it, so no spoilers, but it made me realise just how amazing the world of Harry Potter is. Once again, I’m not going to be able to talk about everything I love about this book (as my post will be a mile long) so instead I just picked out some of my most favourite parts…

“You will also find that help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it.”

Dobby! He as got to be one of my favourite magical creatures and just characters in the entire series and I loved re-reading this book and being reintroduced to him for the first time. He is kind of innocent in a way, but his dedication to Harry is clear right from the start and it’s so sad the way he has been made to live, having to hurt himself for going against his masters rules to help Harry. Even at the beginning of this book when Dobby is being a bit of a nightmare we can’t help but love him, and he has got to be one of J.K.Rowling’s best written characters.

 “If he doesn’t stop trying to save your life he’s going to kill you.”

Our main three are a year older, and I love how much they have developed even in that short space of time. Hermione with her rule breaking and the production of The Polyjuice Potion in the girls toilets. She is really coming in to her own in this book, and with Harry and Ron’s friendship she is more confident and not afraid to show just how smart she is. Ron as well has grown up in this book and one of my favourite Ron moments is when he stands up for Hermione against Malfoy (although it goes a bit wrong for him!). I also like the development in Harry and Ron’s friendship as Harry is introduced to the Weasley family and for the first time accepted and invited to be a part of a family.

“You will find that I will only truly have left this school when none here are loyal to me.”

We finally get to properly meet the Weasley family in this book after Fred, George and Ron break Harry out of his bedroom at Private Drive. It’s both Harry’s and our own introduction to a wizarding family and J.K.Rowling wrote this one to perfection. Molly Weasley is a beautiful mix of loving and scary (in a motherly kind of way) and Arthur Weasley’s obsession with all things muggle kept me laughing through Harry’s stay at the Burrow (which is an awesome name!). However my favourite thing about the Burrow has got to be the Weasley’s clock, which features a hand for each member of the family and different locations instead of numbers for example ‘home’, ‘school’ and ‘work’ among many others.

“When in doubt, go to the library.”

The new addition of Tom Riddle and his Diary were just incredible. I mean, who even thinks up stuff like that?! It was such a clever plot line which slowly revealed more and more until I was literary yelling at my book like “WHO IS THIS GUY AND WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?!” Re-reading this book was good because I was able to pick up on all the little things I never noticed when first reading, because I didn’t know that they were going to be relevant further in the series.

“Why spiders? Why couldn’t it be ‘follow the butterflies?'”

A few magical additions to this book that I have to mention. Firstly, the Ford Anglia which has been adapted by Mr Weasley to fly and turn invisible and becomes the source of much mischief for Harry and Ron when they miss the train to school. Which leads to my next favourite magical thing in this book, howlers. Basically a letter which when opened will scream abuse at it’s recipient. Very useful for a mother wishing to let her son know just how angry she is at him for stealing the family car. It’s the little things like this which show just how incredible an imagination J.K.Rowling has, and makes the Harry Potter world even more enjoyable for us.

“Of all the trees we could’ve hit, we had to get one that hits back.”

And finally, everything else I loved: introduction to the whomping willow, the singing valentines day dwarves, the ‘heir of slytherin’, Gilderoy Lockhart, quidditch, Harry speaking parsel tongue, moaning Myrtle, ‘follow the spiders’, Ron’s broken wand…. and so much more!!!

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

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Final Thoughts

I know that a lot of people have said that this book is their least favourite in the series but I think you have to get to the end of the series to realise just how important this book is to the series. Also, the whole mystery of the Chamber of Secrets had me a mix of intrigued and scared, and kept me hooked right to the end. You people are crazy, this book is amazing!

Re-Readability: I have lost count of the amount of times I have read this book

I would recommend this book to fans of: Fantasy, Magic, stories about Good vs Evil, stories about family and well, just everyone!

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One Response to “Review: “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” – J.K.Rowling”

  1. chucklesthescot

    I loved the singing dwarf…I couldn’t stop laughing at that. I wish they had put that in the film with a grinning Lockhart nearby! ‘Harry, Harry, Harry…*flash of teeth*’ Love this series so much! Great review!