Book Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
May 11, 2015
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 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.
As soon as I finished Book 1, I ran to the library to get Book 2 that night. I’m definitely caught up in the Harry magic, and I now get what all of the hype is about. I get excited to have a long car ride right now, because then I can listen to more of the book as I drive. Here are my thoughts on Book 2:
The Things I Love:
- Rowling continues to develop her amazing world. Hogwarts is an unbelievably magical place that I so wish I could visit.
- I still love the characters that Rowling has developed (although this time around I sometimes thought that Harry and Ron were not the best decision makers/problem solvers/kids with the most common sense. Sometimes they made decisions that were simply stupid in this particular book).
- I love how Rowling kept me guessing as to who the bad guy was right up until the end. That’s pretty impressive for a children’s book.
- I so love how the Weasley family embraces Harry and treats him as a member of their family. It warms my heart every time the plot shifts in that direction.
- I listened to the audio version of this one as well, and I just need to make note that I still think the narrator is awesome!
What Wasn’t As Good About Book 2:
- I thought the character of Ginny could have been a little more well developed. Other than her crush on Harry, you don’t really have a sense of who she is yet. I want her to be hanging out with the rest of the gang, and I’m hoping that happens down the road.
- Some of the choices of Harry and Ron were a little frustrating to me, but it did further the plot.
How do you think Book 2 compares to the rest of the series?