Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets Book Review
Favourite Quotes From The Book:
“The Chamber Of Secrets had been opened. Enemies of the heir, beware.”
“Azkaban – the wizard prison, Goyle.” said Malfoy, looking at him in disbelief. “Honestly, if you were any slower, you’d be going backward.”
“Gilderoy Lockhart, Order of Merlin, Third Class, Honorary Member of the Dark Force Defense League, and five times winner of Witch Weekly’s Most Charming Smile Award. But I don’t talk about that; I didn’t get rid of the Banden Banshee by smiling at him.”
“Yes, yes, I know what you’re thinking! ‘It’s all right for him, he’s an internationally famous wizard already!’ But when I was twelve, I was just as much of a nobody as you are now. In fact, I’d say I was even more of a nobody! I mean, a few people have heard of you, haven’t they? All that business with He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named!” He glanced at the lightning scar on Harry’s forehead. “I know, I know — it’s not quite as good as winning Witch Weekly’s Most-Charming-Smile Award five times in a row, as I have — but it’s a start, Harry, it’s a start.”
“When in doubt go to the library.”
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
Where to begin, ey? The obvious answer to that would be the beginning so I’ll start there.
The story starts off with Harry having a mostly uneventful summer filled with boredom and passive aggressiveness from the Durselys. That it is the case until Harry stumbles upon a house elf, Dobby, who warns Harry (much to the detriment of his physical wellbeing) of the strange and dangerous happenings that are going on in Hogwarts and pleads with Harry not to return there. Does Harry Potter heed Dobby’s warning? Of course he bloody doesn’t!
Dobby’s predictions seemed to have come true as a few students at the wizardry school (and Mrs Norris) mysteriously turn to stone, and with an ominous message written on the wall it seems that theres a dark magic brewing in Hogwarts and its up to Harry Potter to solve it.
I absolutely loved book two and dare I say a slight bit more than book one (which I didn’t think could be possible). Surprisingly, this book had me laughing at loud in more places than once and yes, that was mostly due to the brash and slightly self-obsessed new Defence Against The Dark Arts professor, Gilderoy Lockhart (who was also a five time winner of Witch Weekly’s Most-Charming-Smile Award, but he never really makes mention of it in the book). I know the ending of Chamber Of Secrets makes it highly unlikely that he’ll return throughout the rest of the series but I can still hope!
Honestly, the whole plot with Tom Riddle and his diary had me hooked and there were definitely twists and turns in this book that had me off guard. Although the Harry Potter series are technically classified as children’s fiction I feel like the world in which Rowling creates is so immersive it transgresses any age category. I’m also glad that my little sister is experiencing the whole magical journey of Harry Potter too (she’s halfway through Philosopher’s Stone at the moment and she told me Hermione is her favourite character which definitely makes me proud) 😊
What I’d like to know from any of you who have read the series (or watched the movies even) who your favourite character is. Hope you guys have a great week! I’m currently battling the flu *sniffles* 🤒