Book Review: Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

Can I use a quote from Dumbledore for every Harry Potter review I do? I think I might have to, he hits me right in the feels every time, and is one of my favorites thus far! Anyways, we all know that Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second installment in the series. It’s filled with another exciting adventure that ultimately builds on the past of Voldemort. We also see Harry strengthen friendships, and showcase his bravery when he proves to himself that he is a true Gryffindor. The book also has an exciting start when we meet Dobby the house elf. Then the Weasleys break Harry out of the Dursleys, and Harry gets to experience what a real Wizard’s household is like as he finishes out his summer vacation at The Burrow.

After a rough but exhilarating arrival for Harry and Ron, the gang returns to Hogwarts and we are exposed to so many new things! Harry experiences his first duel and the school learns he is a Parseltongue. As the rumor spreads that The Chamber of Secrets has opened, and Harry is caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, he is suspected as the heir of Salazar Slytherin. I really love how much backstory and lore Rowling is creating here. It shows that there is so much more she has planned and that this ‘universe’ is so expansive! The story continues on as Harry, Ron, and Hermione go through various measures to learn more about the Chamber of Secrets and why students keep getting Petrified.

Rowling introduces some interesting new characters. Ginny Weasley has come to Hogwarts for her first year. She plays a major role in this book and crushes hard on Harry. And of course the pompous airhead Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Gilderoy Lockhart. Oh, how he annoyed me but in the end, he had me laughing out loud as he faces some misfortune. The ending was awesome. Harry has an epic battle and we get to experience two badass magical creatures. And as always, Dumbledore gets me all misty-eyed while bestowing some words of wisdom on Harry.

I thought this was a great sequel to the first Harry Potter book. Rowling has set up the foundation for an amazing series. She has created a fascinating world, with fun and relatable characters. I feel like Hermoine is basically me if I went to Hogwarts. I love that she represents a strong independent woman! The emotion this story can make me feel sometimes is crazy, and it still reads like a YA book. I am really looking forward to the books ‘maturing’, as the story gets darker. I know the emotions will be much higher then! I hope all you hardcore HP fans are enjoying my first time reading these books and seeing my reactions as a first timer. If you are reading these reviews and haven’t read the series yet, what are you waiting for!? I promise that you won’t be disappointed.

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