Book Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: YA, Modern Fantasy
Series: Books 2 of Harry Potter

This review contains no spoilers.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is one of my favorites and it always has been. I really love it and the story, and it’s kind of the last of the stories before they get really dark. The movies especially have Chamber of Secrets being the last one before things get dark and scary and you really realize that bad things are happening. However, reading it this time it seemed to have lost some of the magic that it had in the past. Perhaps that was because it was after one of my favorites and between my very favorite. Meaning that it just wasn’t meeting the expectation that The Philosopher’s Stone had set and I was anxious to start The Prisoner of Azkaban. Regardless it was still really good, and I had to struggle a lot to convince myself to mark it as a four star review rather than a five star.

Despite being the first time a Horcrux is revealed to the audience, Chamber of Secrets is  the last book before you really start to see that theres a much bigger plot at work. It still has Harry, Ron, and Hermione being blessedly innocent of what’s to come and still getting along most of the time (before pubescent crushes/Ron being a jerk sets in). I would still recommend Chamber of Secrets to everyone and anyone and its something that’s worth a read every few years, but is it my favorite like it once was? No.

Gilderoy Lockhart

Pottermore Page

According to Pottermore it’s his mother’s fault he’s so vain. He was the only one of his three siblings to show magic. I also think that he would have been jealous of Harry, because when Harry arrived at Hogwarts people whispered and gossiped about him which was what Lockhart wanted. The fact that he’s a Ravenclaw (like me) makes me rather sad. He wasn’t a bad wizard, just a lazy one, and wanted to direct all the attention to himself with as little effort as possible. So after graduating he only invested his time in memory charms. Despite popular tumblr posts suggesting that Dumbledore only hired Lockhart because he thought it would be hilarious, he actually hired him because he was one of the few people who knew the man  was a fraud and wanted him exposed.

So while I was reading CoS I realized I had forgotten something very important: how much I actually hate Lockhart. He really just drives me up the wall, and even as a child I could never understand why all the girls went for him. For one he’s way to old and that would be creepy, and mostly he’s just really self-centered and even as a child I knew someone that self-obsessed could never be in a good, healthy relationship.

Reading Progress and Updates

  •  02/22
    • marked as: currently-reading
  • 02/23
    • page 17 5.0%
      • Dobby shhhhh
    • page 19 5.0%
      • I wonder if he ever gets his letters back from Dobby?
    • page 21 6.0%
      • What came first, Mafalda Hopkirk or Mafalda Noodles? (not to mention it’s the woman Hermione impersonates later)
    • page 22 6.0%
      • “Would they [Hogwarts] be able to make the Dursleys let him go?” Harry. Honey. They’re MAGIC.
    • page 27 8.0%
      • Ron never once mentioned Draco to Fred and George? I find this hard to believe.
    • page 29 8.0%
      • What exactly is a Warlock? (Perkins)
    • page 30 8.0%
      • I honestly can’t believe they thought “look who turned up in the night!” was going to work.
    • page 34 10.0%
      • So Arthur Weasley works nights? Doesn’t he work days in book five?
    • page 37 11.0%
      • “What Harry found most unusual about life at Ron’s however, wasn’t the talking mirror or the clanking ghoul: it was the fact that everybody there seemed to like him.” I’M HAVING FEELS!
  • 02/24
    • page 43 12.0%
      • Draco needs a life other than just whining about Harry.
    • page 44 13.0%
      • It’s the opal necklace!
    • page 46 13.0% ”
      • Why is Knockturn Alley The only place to get flesh eating slug repellent?
    • page 48 14.0%
      • Do you ever forget how much you hate someone? (lockhart)
    • page 50 14.0%
      • Harry giving Ginny his books is the sweetest thing.
    • page 51 15.0%
      • Fight! Fight! Fight!
  • 02/25
    • page 55 16.0%
      • I can’t decide if Mrs. Weasley is that ignorant about Muggles or willingly ignorant about what her husband is up to.
    • page 62 18.0%
      • “Or maybe he’s waiting to hear why you two didn’t arrive on the school train.” Boys you’re dead, you understand that right?
    • page 63 18.0%
      • Snape is so hopeful
    • page 64 19.0%
      • “It would have been better if he had shouted. Harry hated the disappointment in his gaze.”
    • page 64 19.0%
      • “Snape looked as though Christmas had been canceled.” How would you protect him if he got expelled and wasn’t at Hogwarts?
    • page 65 19.0%
      • So these kids just did something really stupid and you’re saying they disappointed you and you don’t trust them anymore…. and you’re all leaving them alone in Snape’s office who ch is probably full of dark, dangerous things?
    • page 69 20.0%
      • The amazing thing about Molly Weasley, is that before she yells at them for breaking the law and getting her husband into trouble she’s most worried about their safety.
    • page 75 22.0%
      • Oh Colin. Poor Colin.
    • page 86 25.0%
      • I really don;t think a note from Snape should override Wood having booked the pitch, but this is Hogwarts and they just do things their way.
    • page 96 28.0%
      • I had forgotten the Death Day Party!!
    • page 97 28.0%
      • I had forgotten Kwickspell was in this book.
  • 02/26
    • page 97 26.0%
      • “This cat wasn’t hit over the head with a broomstick” You go McGonagall!
    • page 110 30.0%
      • I wanna see Snape and Lockhart fight.
    • page 156 42.0%
      • Hagrid to the rescue!
    • page 159 43.0%
      • Percy the Pinhead! XD
    • page 173 47.0%
      • “Maybe he murdered Myrtle, that would’ve done everyone a favor.” Ron’s thoughts on how Tom Riddle got his award is HILARIOUS because he’s so RIGHT!
    • page 174 47.0%
      • So had Harry’s parents mentioned Tom Riddle?
    • page 176 48.0%
      • Valentine’s at Hogwarts sounds hilarious.
    • page 184 50.0%
      • The book treats it more like Harry thought Hagrid just wanted to play with the monster.
    • page 189 51.0%
      • So it was RON that said ‘When in doubt go to the library’
      • My shirt says it was Hermione.
    • page 221 60.0%
      • I bet poor Olive Hornby feels bad.
    • page 221 60.0%
      • “Very few people know that Lord Voldemort was once called Tom Riddle.”
    • marked as: read

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