Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (paperback)
by J.K. Rowling
In Chamber of Secrets, Harry and his friends return to Hogwarts after a lonely summer. As it turns out, someone was intercepting mail, and Harry thought his friends had deserted him, but that changes when he’s rescued from the Dursley’s by an enchanted car (see cover). Harry and Ron find themselves in a ton of trouble, and one more rule broken will result in their expulsion from Howarts. We meet Ginny, Ron’s sister, as well as a dopey new professor of the Dark Arts. In the end, Voldemort makes his return through a different manifestation, and Harry once again defeats him. However, we learn a lot about both of them in this story, including Voldemort’s past, Harry’s second language, and how the two enemies’ lives are intertwined.
What I liked about this book was the continued character development. After spending time with Harry and his friends for two books, we learn more about the history of Voldemort, Hermione’s fall from girl power, and Ron’s hatred of spiders (I’m with Ron). You also see their loyalty. Even when Hermione didn’t agree with Harry or Ron, she continued to risk getting into trouble to help solve the problem. Harry also risked his life to save Ron’s sister, and Ron went into the forest with massive spiders, and stuck by Harry’s side. The themes of friendship and loyalty are well-developed.
What I didn’t like about this book was that it never stood out in my mind as being my favorite. I think that often happens with second books- the first was so good, the second pales in comparison. I thought the end was complicated and confusing, and students will miss important details. That’s not to say it wasn’t well thought-out and detailed. I understood everything, but I think it might take someone setting the book down and thinking about the details to get them straight. The third book was my favorite, so let’s see if that is still true!
Book 3 of 20 (summer goal)
(Book 49 of 2018)