{Effie Reviews} Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Posted August 11, 2014 by Effie in Reviews / 0 Comments

{Effie Reviews} Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

by J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #2
Published on July 2nd, 1998
by Bloomsbury Publishing
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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 Lockhart, 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!

When the Chamber of Secrets is opened again at the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, second-year student Harry Potter finds himself in danger from a dark power that has once more been released on the school.

5 Stars

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, continues off where the first one ended. Harry is back with the Dursleys, having the worst summer of his life. The Dursleys ignore him and took away all his magical items and put a lock on Hedwig’s cage, he hasn’t heard from Ron and Hermoine and he misses Hogwarts terribly. However one day, on the night of a very important dinner, a little house-elf by the name of Dobby, appears in Harry’s bedroom and warns him not to go back to Hogwarts because terrible things are going to happen. Dobby also confesses to hiding all the mail from Harry’s friends in the hopes that Harry might not want to go back to school if he thought that his friends had forgotten him and after refusing to not go back to Hogwarts, Dobby gets Harry in trouble by performing magic, which of course sets off Vernon Dursleys and Harry ends up a prisoner in his own bedroom, with bars on his windows.

Luckily Ron and the twins, Fred and George come to his rescue and take him to the Burrow, where Harry remains until the end of the summer. However more trouble arises when Harry and Ron can’t get to platform 9 3/4 and have to use the enchanted, flying car to get to Hogwarts. And once at Hogwarts the Golden Trio soon realize that there some serious trouble brewing, especially when Mrs. Norris gets Petrified along with dozens of other students and the Chamber of Secrets is opened again, fifty years after the first time it’s been opened and when a student died.

So HP CoS isn’t one of my favourites of the series, but it’s still a good book. We can see the Golden Trio growing closer as friends and also how they evolve as teenagers. Plus the overal adventure of the second book is really nice. And is it bad of me to say that I loved the ending with Tom Riddle coming into play? Because it was and also it’s kind of cute to see the crush Ginny Weasley has on Harry start at such a young age. It’s just adorable.

As for characters, there’s not much to say I still love them all to bits and I still think Rowling is a genius for creating each and every one of them, plus you gotta admit that woman is amazing at coming up with strange wizarding names.

All that being said, I’ll be starting Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in a bit and I’ll be fangirling all the while, because I’m a major Sirius Black fan!


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