Book Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: J.K. Rowling
Published: 1998
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Synopsis: All Harry Potter wants is to get away from the Dursleys and go back to 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 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.

My Rating: red-starred-starred-starred-star

I continue with my reread of the Harry Potter series in audiobook format which I have been enjoying immensely. The Chamber of Secrets is one of my least favorite of the series and the reread has confirmed it. This is still a great book, it still holds that enchantment that the first 3 books bring.

What I enjoy most about this particular book is the massive set up that it has for the final books, this book is essential in laying out the larger picture of the Harry Potter series. Without us knowing it, we get a glimpse of the Deathly Hollows and at the connection between Harry and Voldermort. You have to admire Rowling because she’s a master crafter. Every scene, every relationship, everything comes full circle. This book also sets up the love stories that are to come even if they’re at their very innocent stage since the kids are only 12 at this point. Lucious is deliciously evil as always, Draco is a brat (I’ve never been much of a Draco sympathizer), Doby constantly tethers between annoying and lovable, Dumbledore is mysterious and vague and Harry is perpetually determined to do the right thing.

I also had forgotten how fucking hilarious Lockhart is especially in all of his scenes with Snape and McGonagall. Also this reread confirmed my dislike of Snape. When the final book came out and the spoiler of Snape hit the internet showering it with millions of fangirls I never understood it. Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand his hapless story but I never forgave him for his fowl treatment of Harry because Snape was filled with so much hate towards James that he took it out on a innocent child. He’s a complex and ambiguous character and I appreciate him for it but his delight in this book to get Harry into trouble and to try to get him expelled just feels constantly wrong because he’s an adult behaving like a teenager.

All in all, precious book – very much enjoyed it. I’m number 7 in line for the 3rd book at my library so it’ll be a while before I can read the next installment but either way, looking forward to continuing the series.

 

 

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