Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) by J.K. Rowling Book Review !

I just wanted to mention that this is my 100th post which makes me so happy because it’s been a little bit over a year and I finally made it to my 100th post.

 

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second book in the Harry Potter’s Series by J.K. Rowling which is a young adult fantasy novel that includes magic and the wizardry world that was first published on July 2, 1998 by Bloomsbury.

 

If you haven’t read Harry Potter and the Sorcercer’s Stone , then don’t read ahead because you might get spoiled.

 

I’m going to include a spoiler-free section and a spoiler-filled section.

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★★★★★ 5/5

 

Spoiler-Free:

 

Harry Potter is really excited to leave the Dursleys because they were so mean that summer and head back to Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. While he’s packing his bags, he gets a warning from a strange creature named Dobby. He says that if Harry returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

Harry’s second year at Hogwarts includes a stuck up new professor Gilderoy Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.

Real trouble begins and someone or something starts turning the students into stone.

 

It took me a while to read this book because of the reading slump that Clockwork Princess put me in. But once I sat down and actually read it, I couldn’t stop and I just loved every second.

I feel like since I read the first book, I thought I knew like how to catch the plot twists. But I obviously didn’t because I was shocked and surprised throughout so many parts of this book.

I really recommend this book if you haven’t gotten there.

 

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Spoiler-Filled:

 

So the book starts off with his aunt and uncle are as bad as usual.

Harry also felt lonley because his best friends Hermione and Ron haven’t sent him any mail or anything.

We’re finally introduced to Dobby, the house elf who speaks in third person. He’s so cute and sheltered and he talks about punishing himself. He warns Harry about danger at Hogwarts.

Also, he admits that Hagrid, Ron and Hermione have sent Harry letters but Dobby took them so it’ll seem like Harry has no friends and wouldn’t go back to Hogwarts.

 

Ron and the Weasley’s wake Harry up during the night and they’re in their father’s flying car and they’re going to bring him to their house. During the car ride, they tell him that Draco’s family has been in Voldemort’s inner circle.

The boys didn’t tell their mother what they were doing so when they got home, Mrs. Weasley was outside angry and screaming which was humorous to me.

I love the Weasley family. They’re big and they get annoyed with their parents but they love each other deep down. Their mom is protective but when the dad found out he was like ooo how’d it go?

 

Harry traveled with Floo powder for the first time and he gets lost and shows up in a scary place and Draco and his father is just being sketchy and shitting on Draco’s life. Hagrid gets him out of there.

Harry and the Weasley’s were getting late on the train because there’s so many of them and they kept forgetting things. When Ron and Harry tried to go through the platform because of Dobby so they decide to take the flying car.

I laughed so loud when Ron recieved a howler from his mother which is basically her yelling so loud that the spoons rattled on the table.

Harry’s basically a celebrity because people want photos of him and autographs and Draco teases him about it.

Malfoy calls Hermione a mean word and the Wesleys stand up for her especially Ron which made me so happy.

 

Hagrid looked sideways at Harry, his beard twitching. “Said she was jus’ lookin’ round the grounds, but I reckon she was hopin’ she might run inter someone else at my house.” He winked at Harry. “If yeh ask me, she wouldn’t say no ter a signed-“

“Oh, shut up,” said Harry. Ron snorted with laughter and the ground was sprayed with slugs.

                                                                    -Hagrid – Harry

 

I loved that conversation about Ginny.

 

Harry’s been hearing an evil voice in his head during the times that people were frozen in fear. It happened to Filch’s cat and Filch blamed Harry but Dumbledore doesn’t believe that .

Hermione has an urge to know about the legend of the Chamebr of Secrets. It’s basically a place where if they open it, a strong energy will purge all of the non worthy magic Hogwarts students.

 

“I wasn’t paying attention,” said Myrtle dramatically. “Peeves upset me so much I came in here and tried to kill muself. Then, of couse, I remembered that I’m – that I’m.”

“Already dead,” said Ron helpfully.

                                                             -Myrtle – Ron

 

Moaning Myrtle is so emotional and dramatic that it’s funny.

 

It’s the first Quidditch match of the year and it’s Gryffindor vs. Slytherin. The Slytherin fixed the bludger and it’s trying to kill Harry and the twins are trying to protect him but Harry is determined to win especially because Wood told him to act the snitch or die trying and he tells the twins to stop trying to protect them and now the twins are annoyed with Wood. I’m happy that they’re treating Harry like a brother. Harry ends up getting the snitch but breaks his arm and falls in the process.

Lockhart tried to fix Harry’s arm but instead got rid of Harry’s bones.

 

The Chamber of Secrets was opened and Colin (Harry’s fanboy) was attacked.

Hermione, Ron and Harry are staying for Christmas and so is Malfoy.

Harry finds out that he’s parseltongue which means he can talk to snakes which we kind of saw in the first book. It’s not a good thing tht he’s parseltongue because the person who created the Slytherin houe was also able to speak to snakes.

They call Harry a dark wizard.

Nearly Headless Nick and Justin (the guy that almost got attacked by the snake) are found “dead” and attacked with the same expression.

 

Ron and Harry turn themselves into Malfoy’s friends Goyle and Crabbe and Draco believed it was them. He admits that his father knows what’s happening but won’t tell him because it’ll look suspciously. He also says that if a mudblood dies, he hopes it’s Hermione which pisses Ron off. They run out because they were turning into themselves again.

Hermione also turned herself into a cat and she’s embarrassed so she stays in the hospital wing until she gets back to being herself.

 

“Here I am, minding my own business, and someone thinks it’s funny to throw a book at me…..”

“But it can’t hurt you if someone throws something at you,” said Harry, reasonably. “I mean, it’d just go right through you, wouldn’t it?”

He had said the wrong thing. Myrtle puffed herself up and shrieked, “Let’s all throw books at Myrtle, because she can’t feel it! Ten points if you can get it through her stomach! Fifty points if it goes through her head! Well, ha, ha, ha! What a lovely game, I don’t think!”

                                                                                      -Myrtle – Harry

 

That made me die laughing.

 

Ginny gave Harry a singing valentine and Draco teased them both and she ran away embarrassed.

Harry found Riddle’s diary and he’s able to talk to him through the diary which is really cool. Riddle decided to show him his memory of catching the lasy guy who opened the chamber of secrets. He basically said that Hagrid was the one who opened it.

The Quidditch game between Gryffindor and Hufflepuff was canceled because Hermione and a 5th year were both attacked. Harry brought out the invisibility cloak to talk to Hagrid with Ron. He tells them to follow the spiders.

They do and they find the Weasley’s flying car and the spiders talk to them. They say that Hagrid didn’t do it. The spiders were going to attack them but Ron and Harry got saved by the car.

They believe that Moaning Myrtle was the girl attacked when the chamber was first opened.

 

Harry and Ron go see Hermione and she was holding a piece of paper that said the creature who was killing people was the Basilisk which is a huge snake and that’s why Harry has been hearing voices because he’s parseltongue.

I literally gasped so loud when they said that Ginny was attacked and everyone has to leave early.

Moaning Myrtle doesn’t remember how she died but she did see yellow beady eyes. She tells them that it came from the sink and Harry spoke parseltongue and opened it. Lockhart, Ron and Harry go in there.

Lockhart tries to do a memory charm that makes them lose it but it backfires and it hits Lockhart himself.

 

Harry finds Ginny unconcious and Tom Riddle is there and we find uot that he’s heir of Slytherin. He also tells him that Ginny has been writing to him with the diary and she’s the one who’s been doing everything that’s being going on with the chamber of secrets but she just didn’t know at first.

Also, Ginny wrote her own message before going to this cave on her own but she struggled her life away.

Tom Riddle is fucking Voldemort, like that was a shock since I was thinking maybe there’s different villains but nah.

 

“Not the greatest sorcercer in the world,” said Harry, breathing fast. “Sorry to disappoint you and all that, but the greatest wizard in the world is Albus Dumbledore. Everyone says so. Even when you were strong, you didn’t dare try and take over at Hogwarts. Dumbledore saw through you when you were at school and he still frightens you now, wherever you’re hididng these days-“

                                                                                       -Harry

 

While I read that, I was like Yaaaas Harry, drag him!

 

Voldemort/Riddles sent the snake to kill Harry and Fawkes distracted him. I feel Voldemort should just fight his own battles cause everytime he’s yelling at someone to kill Harry.

Harry gets bit and the tears of the Fawke saved him. Harry used the fang from the snake to burn a hole through the diary and destroyed Riddles.

When Harry was little, Voldemort put a little bit of himself into Harry which makes him a little bit of a Slytherin.

 

Lucius Malfoy was the one who pushed for the removal of Dumbledore and Dobby is there and basically hints that he was the one who sent the book to Ginny.

Harry helped Dobby free himself from Lucius which made me happy.

Percy was being suspicious throughout this entire book but all this time he was just dating a Ravenclaw.

 

-Angie

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