[Book Review] Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling

Rating: 5/5

“Jiggery pokery!” said Harry in a fierce voice. “Hocus pocus — squiggly wiggly —”
“MUUUUUUM!” howled Dudley, “He’s doing you know what!”

This has always been my least favourite of the series until now. Now, this is probably one of my favourites. I don’t know what happened, maybe I just really needed a laugh but I have to say that I have not laughed soo hard in a very long time. I picked up on soo much more this time, I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again. J. K. Rowling is the master of foreshadowing.

Harry Potter is a world renown story; it is rare to find someone who hasn’t read the books or at least seen the movies. So naturally there are a countless number of reviews out here already, if you don’t mind I’d like to write one to.

“Celebrity is as celebrity does.”

If you haven’t read this series, I urge you to please give it a try! I understand the dread anyone who hasn’t read the books must feel, I mean this is probably the most popular book series in the world at the moment, Harry Potter will go on to become a classic series. There’s a lot of hype surrounding this series and most of the people who have read the books, read them as they were coming out, most of use grew up with Harry. So naturally, we are a bit attached to him and definitely very biased. If you haven’t read the books, that’s fine but, please think about picking it up.

The Characters

This is one of my favourite novels character wise, don’t get me wrong Rowling always writes amazing and unique characters but in this book we meet Dobby and the man of the hour, five-time winner of Witch Weekly’s Most Charming Smile Award, Gilderoy Lockhart!

Ron, Harry and Hermione

Ron has anger issues, someone please buy him a punching bag.

Hermione is still brilliant.

Harry is still alive so that’s a plus.

Ginny

We saw her briefly in the first novel but we finally see more of Ginny in this book. A lot of people really don’t like Ginny, especially in this book, But, I think we just need to remember that she is only 11, she’s away from her parents, at a brand new school and has a massive crush on her brother’s best friend. She doesn’t really have anyone to talk to and then suddenly, out of the blue she finds a diary, yes the diary can talk back and that’s a bit weird but Tom seems to understand her so she pours out her soul to him. She’s eleven, alone and parts of her memory are disappearing, guys she is scared. I actually feel quite sorry for her in this book and really love that she goes from being a scared little girl to being the brave young woman we see at the end of the series.

Dobby

“Offend Dobby!” choked the elf. “Dobby has never been asked to sit down by a wizard — like an equal —”

Dobby is a saint. He risked his life to go to Harry and try and stop him going to Hogwarts. Admittedly, he almost killed Harry a few times during Quidditch but he did it out of love. Dobby is a loveable character who would do anything for Harry – their friendship is one of the best in the series.

Lockhart

“Me, Gilderoy Lockhart, Order of Merlin, Third Class, Honorary Member of the Dark Force Defence League, and five-time winner of Witch Weekly’s Most-Charming-Smile Award — but I don’t talk about that. I didn’t get rid of the Bandon Banshee by smiling at her!”

Lockhart is not the most unique sort of character, let’s face it we’ve all met someone like him but honestly, he is hilarious to read about. That is possibly due to the fact that we didn’t have to actually deal with his antics, we just got to laugh about them.

Lockhart is one of my favourite characters in the series, not because he’s a nice guy and I would want to be friends with him but, because he is simple and a laugh. Whenever Lockhart was in a scene it was automatically lighter and more fun.

I think Lockhart is really interesting because he is soo incredibly pathetic. He can barely get a spell right and fails time and time again to prove that he has done the things he writes about in his books. Lockhart lives off of his fame and can’t get enough of the life he has scammed for himself. He doesn’t care about anyone but himself and yet with the way he exits the novel and the way we meet him in one of the later novels (Order of the Phoenix?) you can’t help but feel sorry for him.

I realise that this was more of a character discussion then a review but soo many people have reviewed these books that everything has already been said countless times already. All I can really say is: This is a seriously good series and I can’t wait to keep going with my HP reread!

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