Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Review)

September 19, 2010

Book cover for "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" by J.K. Rowling.Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Author: J.K. Rowling

Publication Year: 1998

Pages: 251

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy

Source: From the bookshelf in my classroom

From the cover:

Harry, Ron, and Hermione are back for their second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Soon the threesome are immersed in the daily rounds of Potions, Herbology, Charms, Defence Against the Black Arts, and playing Quidditch. But then, terrible things begin to happen … Harry hears voices, and sinister messages appear on the walls. Even worse, everyone thinks it’s Harry’s fault!

(This is the second book in the Harry Potter series, after The Philosopher’s Stone.)

I liked this book, but not as much as I liked Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Or, at least, in different ways.

A lot of what I missed in this book, but enjoyed in the first volume, was related to the magic: my favourite part of The Philosopher’s Stone was learning about the magical world that Rowling had created, and about Hogwarts, and things like that. There was less of that in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – necessarily, since we didn’t need to find out quite as much background information as before – but it still felt like something had gone away that I really enjoyed. I’m hoping that some of the magical bits resurface in the coming volumes, with less ongoing intrigue that doesn’t have much of a “fun, magical” element to it.

I’ve heard from a lot of people that The Chamber of Secrets is their least favourite of the series; since I still enjoyed it, though, I have high hopes for enjoyment of the rest of the Harry Potter books!

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2 Comments

  • Iris September 20, 2010 at 5:34 am

    The Chamber of Secrets is my least favourite. I need to reread it sometime and get over my prejudice maybe? But you’re up for one of my favourite books in the series (as well as one of my favourite movies in the series): The Prisoner of Azkaban! You’re in for a treat, I’d say 🙂

  • zibilee September 20, 2010 at 10:23 am

    I think the only book out of this series that I didn’t really like was The Half Blood Prince. All the others were really very good, in my opinion. We live in Orlando and they just opened the Harry Potter theme park ride at Universal Studios a few months ago. So far, we haven’t been able to get there, but I am hoping that we do soon!

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