Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ By J.K. Rowling

‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’

By J.K. Rowling

Date: 1999
Pages: 341
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 20
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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?

As with the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ review, I want to say I’m a little biased because this is the millionth time I am rereading these books, but honestly I just love them and I can’t get enough!

The second book ‘The Chamber of Secrets’ picks up with Harry at the Dursely’s for the summer awaiting the beginning of his second year at Hogwarts. From the get go Harry isn’t really having a good time of it, but really whats new?

Poor Harry can’t catch a break in this book. Which kinda tells you what the next 5 books are going to be like for him. I do feel sorry for him particularly in this book because students and some staff just end up jumping to conclusions which annoyed me so much. I mean the poor kid is like 12, give him a break.

Anyway, we meet a few new characters in this book that reappear later on in the series. One of my favourite introductions is of course Dobby. Such a sweet little house elf.

Overall I think ‘Chamber of Secrets’ is a strong second book in fantastically magical series that I will always love.

Plot: 8/10
Ease of reading: 9/10
Character Development: 8.5/10
World Building: 9/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Overall Rating:   5/5


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