Number of Pages: 341
Publication Date: June 2, 1999
Rating: out of 5
Themes: Loyalty, Friendship, Bravery, Good vs. Evil
Harry cannot wait to leave the dreadful Dursleys and go back to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As he is anticipating his second year, a curious creature named Dobby warns to not return to Hogwarts because bad things are certain to occur.
Ignoring the little creature’s warning, he returns to his beloved school and, indeed, odd things do start to occur: a rogue bludger that can’t stop chasing Harry, secret voices that only Harry can hear, but worst of all something is causing certain people to be Petrified, leaving them immobile as stone. Who is responsible for this? More importantly, can they be stopped before things get worse?
What can I say? I love the Harry Potter series. The creative world that J.K. Rowling develops is simply fantastic. She has this delicate way of allowing the reader to learn Harry’s world as the young boy discovers it himself without leaving the reader feeling overwhelmed.
The characters here are well-developed and easy to fall in love with. Harry, so bold and brave while being so young; Ron, so loyal and devoted; and Hermione, so intellectual and resourceful. Though these qualities are mature ones to have, all show their young ways of thinking, making them all likable and relatable. I would have loved to have the trio as my friends growing up!
The comic relief in this story is, of course, the self-centered and self-absorbed Gilderoy Lockhart. He still makes me laugh and roll my eyes just like the first time I read this book!
The plot has a great balance of seriousness, comic relief, and anticipation that any reader would look for. It brought back so many memories for me.
Overall, I loved re-reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and can see myself revisiting it in the future. Can’t wait to start re-reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban!
Click on the links to see my reviews of other books in this series:
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s (Harry Potter, #1)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
While re-reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, there are some observations that I’ve made and would like to share:
- When I read this book before, I didn’t realized how dark it actually is
- Ginny was kidnapped and thrown in a basement – left to die.
- People were petrified and put into a comatose state.
- Hagrid was thrown into jail for a crime that he didn’t commit. When he returned, it was just glazed over.
- The first Horcrux was introduced even before we knew what it was
- Harry was still questioning if he belonged in Gryffindor since learning what being a Parselmouth entails, but by the end, with Gryffindor’s sword, his questioning has decreased
- The Weasleys car was amazing! After being beaten up by the Whomping Willow, the car came and rescued Ron, Harry, and Fang from the Aragog’s family!
- Dobby’s strength after he’s been freed was awesome – loved reading how he pushes Lucius done the flight of stairs!
- One question, though – why wasn’t Lucius arrested since he took part in kidnapping and almost murdering a child (a.k.a. Ginny)?
Just love it! Thank you, J.K. Rowling!