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


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Published by Scholastic Inc. on July 2nd 1998
Genre(s): Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction, Middle Grade
Page Count: 341

The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the 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 Lockhart, 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?


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I Enjoyed:

  • Dobby. I love Dobby. Everybody should love Dobby. He's so pure and wants nothing more than to help Harry Potter stay alive. It makes me sad. I wish I didn't know how this series ended. It just makes more even more sad. Also, listening to Stephen Fry do Dobby's voice is quite entertaining.
  • I like how similar they point out Harry and Tom are in the book. They don't really do that in the movie. We learn more about Tom's background.
  • All the eye rolls I had for Gilderoy. I rolled my eyes about him more than I ever did for my own parents. I don't actually hate him as a character. I know he's garbage for lying, I just can't help but to be entertained by him. Especially at the end of the book. "Do you live here?" I died. Stephen Fry did an amazing job making him sound very annoying. Loved it.
  • I love the teamwork between Harry, Ron and Hermione in this book. They work so hard trying to solve this mystery of muggle borns getting petrified. They obviously break a ton of school rules and seem to not actually get caught in this one.
  • The end scene, the important scene. I definitely like this better than Sorcerer's Stone's ending. It was more of a fight and Harry didn't just have to "touch" the Basilisk to kill it. He had to work really hard to save himself and Ginny.

I Didn't Enjoy:

  • It really bothers me in Tom's flashback, they obviously put Hagrid's story in as well. It's not the book I have a problem with. I'm just really kinda mad that they didn't point out that Hagrid was a student and that Dumbledore was just a teacher then.

Overall Thoughts:

Chamber of Secrets will almost always be up there in one of my favorite Harry Potter books. It's the first book that gets dark. I feel like The Sorcerer's Stone didn't get anywhere near this dark. I think it's a good representation of how the rest of the series is going to play out.

This is the book where you find out Voldemort is not going to be easy to get rid of. This book shows you more characters that you get to watch grow throughout the series. I just loved it so much!

5/5 Stars


  1. Very informative review. I enjoyed it! I never thought about them not really being clear with the flashback. Poor Hagrid, though :(

  2. I don't think I even remember them saying he was ever expelled in the movies....


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