Sunday, February 20, 2011

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

JK Rowling

The famous Harry Potter longs to be back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, only something is trying to stop him from going back. When he finally get's to school he learns that a mythical chamber may have been opened, and a monster is attacking muggle born students. Now Harry must discover who is behind these attacks before a student dies and Hogwarts is shut down forever.

Chamber of Secrets, in my experience, tends to be the book that people have the most varied opinions on. When I was still a kid it was my favorite in the series (until Half Blood Prince came out). Now, my blind love of the second installment in Rowlings series has been tested. Harry is still a great character. One of my favorite things about Harry is that he doesn't really know who he is. He struggles with not knowing his parents, or anyone else in his wizarding family, and because of this for a brief point in time he thinks he could be the heir of Slytheran. Ron and Hermione don't have the same kind of  growth that Harry does. We get to see Ron's fear of spiders in action, and learn more about his family, but there isn't a real moment where we discover something about Ron. Hermione is still used as the know it all exposition here, and she spends the latter part of the novel petrified.

Really I'm just grasping at straws. The only real reason I don't like Chamber of Secrets as much as the rest of the series is Lockhart. It would be easier if everyone hated him, like they do Umbridge later in the series, but because Hermionie and Mrs Weasley love looking at him I just get annoyed.

Overall, it is a very important book the the series and a good, fun read. There are flying cars, wizards duels, feasts, ghosts and giant spiders. Rowling packs her 341 pages with information and wonder. I'm looking forward to the development and characters Prisoner of Azkaban will bring!


BookQuoter said...

Hi. Thanks for your well wishes sometime last week. I had a good time and is back catching up on the posts I have missed, Glad to see you are rereading the HP books, again! Love that. Can't read it enough, right?

Avid Reader said...

I just finished re-reading this one and I'd forgotten how much a disliked Lockhart. There's something truly awful about a person who steals other glory and is willing to destroy their lives to do so, yet he's not really a villain. It's never been my favorite book, but definitely still a fun re-read.