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Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets - J. K. Rowling

Posted by on August 11, 2011

The version I own ^

Synopsis: As if it’s not bad enough that after a long summer with the horrid Dursleys he is thwarted in his attempts to hop the train to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to begin his second year. But when his only transportation option is a magical flying car, it is just his luck to crash into a valuable (but clearly vexed) Whomping Willow. Still, all this seems like a day in the park compared to what happens that fall within the haunted halls of Hogwarts.

Chilling, malevolent voices whisper from the walls only to Harry, and it seems certain that his classmate Draco Malfoy is out to get him. Soon it’s not just Harry who is worried about survival, as dreadful things begin to happen at Hogwarts. The mysteriously gleaming, foot-high words on the wall proclaim, “The Chamber of Secrets Has Been Opened. Enemies of the Heir, Beware.” But what exactly does it mean? Harry, Hermione, and Ron do everything that is wizardly possible-including risking their own lives-to solve this 50-year-old, seemingly deadly mystery. This deliciously suspenseful novel is every bit as gripping, imaginative, and creepy as the first; familiar student concerns-fierce rivalry, blush-inducing crushes, pedantic professors-seamlessly intertwine with the bizarre, horrific, fantastical, or just plain funny. Once again, Rowling writes with a combination of wit, whimsy, and a touch of the macabre that will leave readers young and old desperate for the next installment.

Review: Chamber of Secrets picks right back up where we left off in Philosopher’s Stone (aka Sorcerer’s Stone). We start back at Privet Drive where Harry has spent his summer holidays back with the terrible Dursley’s being miserable.

We greet the same characters as we did in the first book, Harry, Ron, Hermoine, Hagrid, Draco, Crabbe & Goyle, the Weasley brothers.. but this book also spends a bit more time shedding some light on each of those characters and we start to hear more about Ginny. We also meet Professor Lockheart this year, the new Dark Arts teacher who has some serious narcassism going on!

A little bit darker than Philosopher’s Stone.. students at Hogwarts are getting “petrified” everywhere and no one knows who is behind the attacks. Harry, Ron and Hermoine do everything they can to try and unveil the attacker.

Such a solid story line.. it’s clear that J.K Rowling had this story line set out from start to finish - everything happens for a reason in her books, which I absolutely love. Never once have I read something and had to question why she’s put it in the book, it all explains itself. Brilliant!

It’s really not hard to see why this series is loved all around the world. I am really looking forward to reading Prisoner of Azkaban next!

Rating: 5 out of 5

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