Book two of the Harry Potter franchise has come and gone beneath my fingertips!
And I have to say…
It was even better than the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (or Philosopher’s Stone)
The second novel picks up right where the first left off, with Harry right back home during the summer with the dreadful beings that are The Dursleys (I cannot even tell you how much I instantly loathed them in the Sorcerer’s Stone!). I believe the reason why they despise Harry so much, and Harry’s parents, James and Lily Potter, is revealed in the recently released Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, however, I have a loooong way to go before picking that one up!
I found Chamber of Secrets to have even more of a mystical element to it, and maybe because it is the first sequel to the initial book, that I found it so.
This is the novel where I believe Harry’s good nature and good-willed curiosity (no matter how much danger it lands him in) really begins to come into play and I found him, along with Hermoine and her high wit intelligence, and Ron with his insatiable appetite for food and helping out his friends, to be all the more dearing and interesting
I love the friendship that these three share and I’m hoping that there’s no strange, random romance that comes out of nowhere to ruin that, though I’ll see as I continue to finish the series!
Plot wise, there was a lot of action and a generous amount of suspense in Chamber of Secrets, as Hogwarts gains a new (and very obnoxious) Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, and horrendous attacks begin to leave students dumbfounded and fearful for every turn.
Of course, Harry is right in the middle of all the chaos, and its up to him, along with Ron, Hermoine, Hagrid, and the ever so helpful delivery services of Hedwig, to discover not only what is behind these vengeful attacks, but who.
My only con about this book is that I feel that Malfoy, and his henchmen, get away with too much. While reading, I snarled every time I saw his name appear upon the pages, although I suppose as a writer, you have to make your readers truly despise the villains and J.K Rowling has got me on that one.
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
What are your thoughts on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets?
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