Harry Potter Tuesdays #2: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Posted October 29, 2013 by Bee in Reviews, Special Events / 0 Comments

hp tuesdays banner Harry Potter Tuesdays is a new event here on Istyria book blog. I’ve wanted to re-read the books for a long time and since I finally got to do it, I decided to make it extra special. I’m going to review each book and compare the book with the movie. I was inspired by Jennifer @ The Bawdy Book Blog when she read these books for the first time and reviewed them on her blog!

You can find the other posts here:
~ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter Tuesdays #2: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

by J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #2
Pages: 251
Published on July 2nd 1998
by Bloomsbury Publishing
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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 Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girl's bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley's younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble beings, 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.

4 Stars

This review will, of course, have some spoilers. If you have lived under a rock for the past ten years or so, please join the living again. You should have read these books a long time ago.

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, we meet up again with Harry. Life at the Dursley’s is even worse than before, especially when he finds a strange creature on his bed one night. The creature’s name is Dobby and he warns Harry not to go back to Hogwarts and because of all the trouble the little creature causes, Harry is locked away in his room. Literally. Bars on his window included. But Ron, Fred and George come to free him. In a magical flying car.The rest of the summer he stays with them at their home and all is fine. Until they have to go to the station. For some reason Ron and Harry can’t get on Perron 9 3/4. So they take the car, breaking a lot of rules in the process. After the unusual start of the year, everything seems to go well for a while. But then something starts attacking the students.

So this is the second book in the series and everything gets better and better. The writing has improved (or I just got used to it again) and the characters we know and love are back. Plus we meet some new faces! Some better than others. Of course. We meet Ron’s parents for real this time. We meet the house elf Dobby and there’s a new Defense Against The Dark Arts teacher. Gilderoy Lockhart. God I hate that guy. Even more than Voldemort. Voldemort may be an evil dark wizard without a nose, but at least he has great powers. Mister Lockhart can’t do anything. And he’s so full of himself. I really can’t stand that guy. And Ginny, Ron’s sister, has a bigger role in this one. We saw her briefly in the first book, but in this one, she goes to Hogwarts too for her first year. She’s crazy about Harry of course (aren’t we all?). So many new characters to love. And hate.

This book also comes with new answers, but even more new questions. We learn a bit more about Harry and Voldemort’s past, but that only results in more questions. Not that I care about that. It’s easy to get sucked in this world and I fly through the pages. When I closed this book, I got up, put it on my shelves again and grabbed the third book already. Even though that one will have to wait for a while. If I didn’t have other things to read too, I would’ve gone on that way.

Also, Fawkes. Dumbledore’s phoenix. He’s awesome. I love phoenixes. Such cool creatures. He saves Harry’s butt down in the Chamber of Secrets. Go Fawkes! Kick that Basilisk’s ass! Although it doesn’t even have one because it’s a giant snake, he did kick ass. Hurray for Fawkes. And Harry of course. Gotta love him. And Ron and Hermione too. Poor girl. She was Petrified for a good part of the book. Ah well, it ended good. And for Hagrid too. Oh yeah! We heard about Azkaban for the first time. The prison no one wants to go too. It plays a bigger role in the next book.

So this is a good sequel and I think it lived up to the expectations. These books just get better in my opinion. So yay! On to the next book!

The book vs. The movie


Directed by Chris Columbus
Produced by David Heyman
Music by John Williams
Released on November 3th 2002 (London) and November 15th 2002 (US)

And we’re back for the second movie! This is is my least favorite one, I don’t know why. Again, some things are changed or left out, but it’s a fairly good adaption and there are actual spoken sentences from the book, like in the first movie. This is pretty good and I liked it. The effects were good, the acting was improved. This is the last movie for Richard Harris as Dumbledore, though. He died after this one, so he’s replaced by Michael Gambon. Personally, I like Michael more.

With a new movie comes new characters and yes, there are a few. A strange house elf named Dobby (who is very well done in the movie in my opinion), a stupid self-loving new Defense against the Dark Arts teacher who I hate just as much as in the book, Ron’s dad, huge spiders who give me the creeps and a giant serpent with a deadly stare. And some people we’ve seen briefly in the first film get bigger roles in this movie like Ron’s mom and his sister Ginny. Just move people to love (and hate). But still there is that sad feeling because you know how it all ends and who you’re going to have to say goodbye too.

I can’t say enough how much I love John Williams’ scores of these movies. He’s awesome and I love him. Tum tutu tum tu tu tuum, tum tutu tum tu tuu. Yeah, that’s the melody. Now you’re trying to hum it and you’re going to have it stuck inside your head for at least a day. You’re welcome.

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