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

Series : Harry Potter #2
Edition : Paperback (384 pages)
Publisher : Bloomsbury Childrens (September 2014)
Genre : Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy
Source : Bought from Amazon
Date Read : March 2015
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Harry Potter can’t wait for his holidays with the dire Dursleys to end. But a small, self-punishing house-elf warns Harry of mortal danger awaiting him at Hogwarts. Returning to the castle nevertheless, Harry hears a rumour about a Chamber of Secrets, holding unknown horrors for wizards of Muggle parentage. Now someone is casting spells that turn people to stone, and a terrible warning is found painted on the wall. The chief suspect – always in the wrong place – is Harry. But something much more terrifying has yet to be unleashed.

My Thoughts

A house-elf named Dobby appears in Harry’s room before the start of his second year in Hogwarts. Dobby warns Harry about the terrible things that will happen and that it is not safe for Harry to return to school. Being locked up inside his room by the Dursleys, Ron, Fred and George with the help of their father’s fyling car come to rescue him and ends up staying at the Weasleys before the school starts. Everything turns out normal in Hogwarts until horrible events start to happen.

I enjoyed this book more than the first one. The characters are still admirable, interesting, smart and funny at the same time. I got to know more of the Weasleys and how wonderful their family is. I like that Ron shows how brave he is for facing one of his greatest fears. (I remember Rupert Grint’s facial expression in the movie. It’s priceless). It was compelling to learn more about Voldemort’s past story and how he is somehow related to Harry. I think Gilderoy Lockhart was introduced in this book just to annoy the readers because that’s what I felt during his scenes.

Captivating writing style and great storyline. Full of magic, plot twists and amusing characters. I’m really glad that I’ve decided to read the book because there were a lot of essential scenes that were not inluded in the movie like Nearly Headless Nick’s Deathday Party and also, Peeves the Poltergeist. I’ve read that a scene with Peeves was filmed but sadly, it was never released.

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

Like what I’ve said in my Philosopher Stone’s review, it’s still not late for you to grab a copy, start reading the series and experience the magic.

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My Rating5stars

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