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

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Harry Potter’s summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors – and then the attacks start. Students are found as though turned to stone… Dobby’s sinister predictions seem to be coming true.

I am well and truly infatuated with Hogwarts and magic. Going into the second book felt so comforting and friendly. I felt like I was being welcomed.

I think this book is the perfect sequel. On one hand, I still find these books daunting. I have 5 more and one of them is 800 pages long. I’m going to be trapped in Hogwarts for a while yet! But on the other hand, my eagerness is definitely still there for this series, and I don’t want to leave anytime yet.

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are…”

This book might feel comforting and like being welcomed by an old friend, but it also includes a lot of newness, and I hope this continues with the next books. It includes so many scenes that contained so much fun! I love the collection of new characters we meet and the chemistry between the familiar and brand new.

Can I also talk about Harry? I love his thought processes! That might seem like a very strange thing to say, but he actually battles with his own inner demons in this book and I think it’s great that that is discussed in a book aimed at children.

“…far more than our abilities.”

I feel like I’m bursting with so many more thoughts, but I’m going to have to wrap up and tell you guys that I read this book in like, 3 days?! I feel like I’ve been reading pretty slowly recently so it’s really exciting that I’m managing to get through these so quickly. I think it proves how much I enjoyed this book!

Why did I read it so quickly? Well, this book kept me so on edge! I really wanted to know what was about to happen to these characters I now hold so close to my heart. The mystery is intense and exciting, what can I say.

I’m going to force myself to stop rambling now, and rate this book a well deserved…

★★★★★

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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