Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Book Review

It took me long to finish Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Well, it doesn’t mean that the book was boring, but I had too many things going around. I just wish I had read this series back in the days when I always had ample of free time to read books.

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Date Published: September 1st 2014
Language: English
Number of Pages: 360
Genre: Fantasy
ISBN: 9781408855669
My Rating: 5

Up ahead is Harry’s second year at Hogwarts.

It is lame of me to write that because everyone knows that the seven books tell the story of the seven years Harry spent at Hogwarts. Anyhow, it’s Harry’s birthday and he receives doomy warnings from a house-elf Dobby. The elf insists Harry to stay at home as his life will be in danger at Hogwarts. Despite of all the obstacles he faces, he is rescued by Ron Weasley from the Dursleys (who are more loathsome than ever) in a magical flying car. At Hogwarts, Harry begins hearing strange whispers through the empty corridors and before he can narrow down on the cause, attacks on students begin and they are found turned into stone.

Can J.K. Rowling ever let her fans down?

The answer is an obvious NO. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is as good as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. In fact, things get even more intense in this sequel and since I have already seen the movie, I know they will keep escalating.

The book begins in a similar fashion with the annoying Durseys and how Harry Potter is yet again stopped from joining Hogwarts; thanks to an additional elf this time. It picks up right there and we read about one of the most exciting things about this book – the flying car. The whispers Harry hear adds up the mystery quotient, which is a cherry on the cake for readers like me.

The characters develop further and Hermione clearly shines as the brain of the group. This book also puts forth the storyline for Ginny Weasley. Although, she has nothing to do in the beginning apart from being star-struck by Harry Potter. Without giving away the spoiler, I would like to say that she has an important role in the further sections of the book.

J.K. Rowling has also added a fair amount of humor in the book. Professor Lockhart had me laughing out loud at several places. Not to forget, Ron is definitely the entertaining one among the trio.

I would like to congratulate Rowling on how balanced this book is in every manner.

The Mystery at the climax of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is stupefying!

I had watched this movie long back and I am quite thankful to my weak memory that I had no clue about it. The whole revelation came to me as a shock. It actually made me love the book even more.

I guess even if we leave that outrageously fantastic climax of the book out, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a great book (I know you have heard it several times already). The book cumulatively progresses the entire storyline and develops every crucial character in a swift manner. You get to learn a lot about Hagrid and Dumbledore while certain things leave you curious to explore further (can’t wait to read the next book).

I absolutely loved the book, which might be a small expression, but there’s nothing much to add. You have to read it to know how awesome it is.

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

“Ginny!” said Mr. Weasley, flabbergasted. “Haven’t I taught you anything? What have I always told you? Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain?”

“When in doubt, go to the library.”

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Anmol Rawat

Anmol Rawat is a writer, which, considering where you are reading this, makes perfect sense. His debut solo book ‘ABCs of Horror’ is a collection of 26 terrifying standalone tales. He thinks Game of Thrones and Supernatural are the best TV series ever made and devours on Nicholas Sparks, Dan Brown, Stephen King & John Green. He would kill for a good cup of Cappuccino, as should all right thinking people.
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