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

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)
Author: J.K. Rowling
Daniela’s rating: 5 stars

Daniela’s review:


The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny. But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone, or something, starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects: Harry Potter himself?

And we continue this amazing journey. Rereading Harry Potter it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

“When in doubt, go to the library.”

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second book of the series in which Harry will have the opportunity to go back to Hogwarts, the place he now calls home, but there might be someone who doesn’t want him there. Danger will follow him to the school, he says. But how could Harry not go back? This is where the flying car and a fight with a huge tree that fights back come in. New amazing things will be lived in this school year, but with them, new dangerous and frightening things will come too. This is where you fin out that memories can be powerful, they can carry and push someone to do things he/she wouldn’t normally do.

Well, like I’ve said before, these books mean the world to me, and even though this one in particular took me a while longer  to read (this second time) than I expected, I enjoyed every single page. There’s something about these books, these characters, that pull you in and won’t let you see the world in the same way you did before. The second book of the HP series gives us the chance to enjoy some time with our favorite characters and see how much they’ve grown. It also makes us deal with those we’ve come to hate, and it gives us the opportunity to understand a bit better where they come from and what they are. For those of us who’ve read the books, seen the movies, and know the story by heart, will see how some things that are not explained until the last couple of books start to make some appearances. How is it that a memory can survive years in a book? How is it that a memory can control its surroundings?

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

One again, we get to learn so much along with Harry. He’s just a kid who’s had to suffer so much, and still, his heart remains good and pure. He manages to show loyalty to the right people and that gives him just the help and the strength he needs to face whatever shows in his way. He’s persistent and trust-worthy and I absolutely love his need to defend his and the people he loves’ honor. If there’s something these books have is that, no matter how many times you read it, it will make you feel happier than the last time, and not only that, but you will understand things in a whole new level, and see things you might have missed before.

I adore this series and I will never get tire of reading it <3.



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