Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

This is my review for Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling, the second book in the Harry Potter series.

Ahhh!! Another great book! I’m glad that what I remembered from the movies wasn’t overpowering the experience of the read. Anyways, let’s get on with this review!

First, let’s start off with a quick synopsis!
We find Harry miserable as ever during his time with the Dursley’s for summer break. No magic allowed. Even the mention of the ‘M’ word is forbidden. Not having heard from his friends Ron and Hermione all summer, and having his birthday being all but forgotten, it’s safe to say Harry is a bit sullen. Counting down the days he has till he can return to Hogwarts, he is visited by someone warning him not to return, for his life is in grave danger if he does (dun, dun DUN!) SCREW THAT! Through events and circumstances, Harry finds himself back at Hogwarts. Harry learns the origins of Hogwarts and the four founding wizards and witches who started the school. An ever present divide is brought to light regarding pure-bloods and half-bloods. Dangerous and mysterious occurrences are targeting muggle-born students, and Harry is being suspected! But he has other terrible matters at hand to deal with; Gilderoy Lockhart.

Let’s make some magic!
I LOVE MAGIC. From Expelliarmus to Lumos. From beginning to end, I was in awe of the charms, bewitching, spells, potions, magical creatures..AH! There’s some seriously intense magic going on. I loved the Dueling Club  and of course the Polyjuice Potion chapters. The whole world building of Harry Potter, and how fully realized J.K. Rowling creates this magical world is amazing!

Some history lessons…
There is some insight and look into the history of Hogwarts and characters. I feel Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a setup of what’s to come in the next books. We get to see the threatening and questionable (basically evil) intentions of the Malfoy family. Hagrid’s past, and some insight to a Mr. Tom Riddle. New characters are also introduced including a self-involved Defense of the Dark Arts teacher, and some Harry Potter fan girls? Characters are really interesting and there’s a range of personalities between them! (Oh Gilderoy, you git).

Why plot, we meet again.
Hello plot! In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, we really get into the meat and potatoes of the plot almost halfway through the book (not that the Deathday party wasn’t a hoot). I did really enjoy the main conflict of the plot. It was mysterious and engaging, but did hold a slower pace till the climax.

With that being said..
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a readable! Between the first and this book, I’ll say I did enjoy the first one better. Chamber of Secrets is full of mystery, development of the plot and insight into some major characters. I will say though it did need more Dumbledore.

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