Book Reviews

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J. K. Rowling (1998). Book 2.

As I knew would be true, the second book to the magical world of Harry Potter was as brilliant as its predecessor. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a wondrous tale of magic, where the reader can find themselves completely involved once becoming immersed in the incredibly imaginative world created by J. K. Rowling. 

The story takes off with the ending of school holidays, and the beginning of a new term at Hogwarts. Our favourite trio, Harry, Ron, and Hermione, have joined each other for another year together, and after what looked to be a bleak beginning for Harry, find themselves amidst another attempt by Lord Voldemort to return wholly to the world of the living. The Chamber of Secrets is open and a Weasley of all people are amongst those recruited to help open it. It’s up to the loveable three to find the answers and save the day, but not before Harry comes face to face with his arc rival Lord Voldemort. It is here in the second series that Harry finds out a few things about himself, such as the ability to speak and understand Parseltongue, as well as his likeness to the Dark Lord himself. Though these revelations produce even more questions which could lead to some very unsettling answers. 

The thrill of mystery and suspense throughout this book provides much joy and delight to readers. J. K. Rowling has added immensely to each of the novels heroes and has produced what has proved to be an amazing adventure that can be enjoyed by all ages. I would recommend this book to anyone with a love for magic and a world “outside the box”. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is an incredible second book to the series and I give it a rating of 10 stars.


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