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


Blurb from Goodreads: 

“There is a plot, Harry Potter. A plot to make most terrible things happen at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry this year.”

Harry Potter’s summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors – and then the attacks start. Students are found as though turned to stone… Dobby’s sinister predictions seem to be coming true.


5 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


I am here for more Potter indulgence! I listened to the audio book by Jim Dale, for me to familiarise and enjoy the Wizarding World and the characters of the story. It took me only 4 days to finish the entire story, because I was totally immersed in the world, excited to know the ending of the story and to relish the small details that made you happy and teared up. The last time I listened to the audio book was on November 2015 and I knew that I needed a recap of the story.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is honestly a wonderful story and for me, it is even better that the first book! In this book, we meet Harry who is a year older, the plot gets darker and old mysteries are revealed. As a reader, you will be much delighted when a favourite story of yours is expanding with in-depth plot and mature characters. As a person who have only read this once, rereading or re-listening to the story is a wonderful feeling because you get to experience and discover the details all over again.

I also forgot that how hilarious the characters and dialogues in this book are and you will definitely find yourself laughing upon their jokes and actions. The friendship between Harry, Ron and Hermione is unbreakable as the three of them are very supportive of each other, loyal and honest with their own opinion. I think that is a major drive to a successful friendship. They always rely on each others strength and share their love. 

This second book starts with the appearance of Dobby, a house elf, who came to warn Harry that bad things will happen at Hogwarts of his second year of school. We are introduced to Gilderoy Lockhart, a new professor of the Defence Against the Dark Arts. Many were baffled by the decision of Professor Dumbledore to invite him for the post as Lockhart is portrayed as the vain, hungry-for-publicity man. However, Dumbledore quoted this,

‘There is plenty to be learned even from a bad teacher: what not to do, how not to be’.

Indeed, Professor.

Not to mention how hilarious it was when Lockhart organised a Valentine’s Day Party and decorated the whole school hall with pink decorations such as hearts and cupids on February 14. Many including professors were disgusted by that idea. *laughing out loud*

Together, Harry, Ron and Hermione started their investigation regarding the Chamber of Secrets. It first started with Mr Filch’s cat, Mrs Norris was petrified on Halloween’s Night. The news scared the whole school and gossips were delivered saying that the Chamber of Secrets has been opened again by the Heir of Slytherin. Harry concluded that Draco Malfoy might be the heir, since his whole lot of family were sorted in Slytherin.

They took the risk of brewing an illegal potion, Polyjuice Potion inside a girl’s lavatory, to be disguised as Crabbe, Goyle and Milicent Bulstrode. They planned to ask Draco on who really is the Heir of Slytherin. They then built a connection with Moaning Myrtle, a ghost in the bathroom who was the victim of the Monster of Slytherin, a basilisk.

My favourite moment in this book is when Harry arrived at the Weasley’s house, The Burrow. Harry experienced his first encounter with a magical adapted home. Even it was not that much of a proper house, it felt like heaven for him.

The opening of the Chamber of Secrets is an eye opener to Harry. Harry realised that even though he shared most of Lord Voldemort’s power, it does not make Harry any bad. Harry’s action proved that he is indeed selfless and loyal to Gryffindor. 

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

All in all, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is indeed a thrilling read for you guys to enjoy. Look at me, I am COMPLETELY engaged to the story since I was a lil kid (now I am 20), and I don’t want to go out of it! ❤ I truly recommend you guys to continue reading the series if you find yourself bored reading the first one, because adventure is calling you in this second book!





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