Wednesday, 27 August 2014

"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" by J.K. Rowling | Review

SOURCE: Borrowed from Katrina (Chased By My Imagination)
TYPE: Hardback

TITLE: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
AUTHOR: J.K. Rowling
SERIES: 2/7
PAGES: 251

AVERAGE GOODREADS RATING: 4.29/5
MY RATING: 5/5

BLURB: 
Harry can't wait for his holidays with the dire Dursleys to end. But a small, self-punishing house-elf warns Harry of mortal danger awaiting him at Hogwarts School. Returning to the castle nevertheless, Harry hears a rumour about a chamber of secrets, holding unknown horrors for wizards of Muggle parentage. Now someone is casting spells that paralyse people, making them seem dead, and a terrible warning is found painted on the wall. The chief suspect - and always in the wrong place - is Harry. But something much darker has yet to be unleashed.

INITIAL THOUGHTS: 
I was super excited to read this after I finished the first book! I'd seen the film so already knew the jist of what happens.

OPENING: 
As with the first book, this novel starts at the Dursleys house, and poor Harry Potter is being constantly put-down and punished. It's a strong opening, as with the first book, because you get a great sense of Harry's desperation to leave and it's pretty clear why he'd want to!

CHARACTERS:
As with the first novel, the three lead characters are heroic as ever. I felt that Ron really got his moment in this novel, even though Harry Potter was the real hero of the hour.
Lockhart was irritating, but his constant reminders of how great he is were quite amusing.
As ever, Dumbledore and Hagrid were great, although I felt that this book was missing Snape quite a bit.
Most importantly, we are introduced to Dobby the House Elf in this novel. He's literally my favourite character (in the film and the book) because he's so damn cute!

SETTING:
The juxtaposition between the muggle world and the wizarding world is strong, and the fact that we got introduced to a few new places as well as revisiting some of the old ones was really nice.
The book is set over Harry's second school year and I felt that there was a good proportion of each part of the year, so the novel itself didn't feel rushed.

OVERALL: 
I gave this little gem 5/5 because it's as good as the first book, if not, better! The characters are super cool and entertaining and the entire world that Rowling has created is very interesting to read about.
I'm super glad I decided to pick up these books and cannot wait to read the next installment!


2 comments:

  1. I didn't read this review because well, I haven't read this yet! But because of you picking up the first one in the series I have just delved into it myself. So far it's okay. I hope it lives up to all the praise it gets D: I wouldn't want to be the only one who actually doesn't like Harry Potter...

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    1. My sister said that they get better as they go along so I'm trusting her judgement!
      I hope you end up enjoying them!

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