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Title: Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Notable: Book #2 in the Harry Potter series
Harry Potter is back for his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Don’t get too comfortable, though–danger lurks yet again for our dauntless hero and his friends. Someone is determined to rid the school of students who are from non-wizarding families. Can Harry, Ron and Hermione stop them before somebody is truly hurt?
This book is possibly my favorite Harry Potter novel (though I’ll have to go through and compare all of them again to judge fairly). The story is fun and charming; the characters are engaging and still fresh; the plot elements are fun and adventurous! If ever there was a satisfying adventure story written for children–this is it!
Chamber of Secrets really capitalizes on the cohesive friendship of Harry, Ron and Hermione, where the first book only touched the surface. In this book the friends really function as a team and figure out how they work best together. Also, Hermione’s character became much less annoying and much more fleshed out.
Speaking of characters, I think that this book really did an admirable job of bringing in some very interesting and entertaining new ones–Professor Lockhart, Moaning Myrtle, and even Dobby. An author should never underestimate the power of good supporting characters, and this story sure does deliver on that front.
As for the story line, it is so much fun–a flying car, the Forbidden Forest, the magical creatures, and the final scene in the Chamber of Secrets–who wouldn’t love it?
If you are familiar with the movie adaptation of this book, you will notice that the book and the movie are nearly identical. It almost feels like you’re reading the screenplay. Of course I know that the book came first, but I can picture the movie scenes in my head. It’s a bit strange.
I highly recommend Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to kids all the way from elementary school up through teens. It’s also a great family read-aloud. The story is timeless and would appeal to many ages.
A Favorite quote:
“’So Dobby stopped us from getting on the train and broke your arm….’ He shook his head. ‘You know what, Harry? If he doesn’t stop trying to save your life he’s going to kill you.’” (p. 184)
Rating: 5 Stars
Until next time…