Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


Please note that this review may contain spoilers for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. You can read my review of this novel [here].

It’s my 250th review. Hooray for me! To celebrate, I think it’s about time to continue my look at the Harry Potter series. As I said in the 200th anniversary post, please note that this is more of retrospective than a true review and so there are likely to be spoilers. You might want to stop reading here if you’ve never read the book.

Anyway, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was written by J.K. Rowling and first published in 1998. It is preceded by Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997) and followed by Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003), Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2005) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007). Since then, the series has been further expanded by a sequel play titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (2016) and several companion books which provide further details about the magical world.

After his thrilling first year at Hogwarts, Harry finds it difficult to return to the Dursleys. Although his family are afraid of his new powers, they still find many ways to make his stay utterly miserable. As Harry’s best friends haven’t even bothered to write to him, he feels all the more isolated. Yet when Harry is visited in the night by a house elf named Dobby, he learns why. Dobby has been keeping Harry’s mail from him to make him believe that he is unwanted. The elf claims that this is because there are new dangers at the school, ones that will threaten Harry’s life if he’s to return.

Yet this isn’t enough to keep Harry from his studies. Ignoring Dobby’s warnings, he returns to school and is happy to resume to his classes. Everything seems as safe and normal as one would usually expect from a magical school until Harry starts to hear a sinister voice that no one else does. Shortly afterwards Mrs Norris is attacked and a threatening message appears on the wall, warning any muggle-borns that the Heir of Slytherin is out to get them.

As more people are attacked, it soon becomes up to Harry, Ron and Hermione to discover who is guilty. Yet things become more complicated when Harry unearths evidence that implicates one of his closest friends…


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