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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

harry-potter-2Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: J. K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #2
Published: September 2014 (originally 1998) by Bloomsbury
Genre: Fantasy; Young Adult; Fiction
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Links: Goodreads || Book Depository || Amazon
Goodreads’ Rating: 4.36/5 stars
My Rating: 🔺🔺🔺🔺🔺
Goodreads’ Synopsis:
Harry Potter can’t wait for his holidays with the dire Dursleys to end. But a small, self-punishing house-elf warns Harry of mortal danger awaiting him at Hogwarts. Returning to the castle nevertheless, Harry hears a rumour about the Chamber of Secrets, holding unknown horrors for wizards of Muggle parentage. Now someone is casing spells that turn people to stone, and a terrible warning is found painted on the wall. The chief suspect – always in the wrong place – is Harry. But something much more terrifying has yet to be unleashed.

My Review:

I have definitely left reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets for too long. In fact, I should have read the whole series many many years ago..I apologise. I have seen all of the movies and loved them, but so far the books in the series are so much better (as always).
As I only had the movie to go on, I was pleasantly surprised by a number of scenes that were left out of the movie, and although the movie worked, the book worked so much better.
The only thing I think that surprised me more was the length of the scenes of Harry in the Chamber itself. I remember that in the movie, those scenes seemed to go forever, it was the bulk of the movie, however, in the book, it was relatively short and to the point. I think I preferred this more. There were no epic chases between Harry and the Basilisk, the big events (Fawkes coming to the rescue and blinding the monster, the sorting hat presenting the Sword of Godrick Gryffindor for Harry to use) were all there and brilliantly told. 
I think that J. K. Rowling is an amazing storyteller and it is no wonder that she has done as well as she has. She has such talent, and I am in awe of her.
The characters were brilliant, as always, and she did an amazing job of making Professor Gilderoy Lockhart so absolutely infuriating. He drove me crazy, as he was meant to and that is a job well done. 
All in all, this book had everything, and I absolutely loved every page. I can’t wait to get to the rest of the series!

About the Author:

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Rowling was born to Peter James Rowling, a Rolls-Royce aircraft engineer, and Anne Rowling (nee Volant), on 31st of July 1965 in Yate, Gloucestershire, England. As a child, Rowling often wrote fantasy stories, which she would usually then read to her sister. (Goodreads)

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Goodreads’ Reading Progress:

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Thank you for popping in to read my review of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! I would love to discuss the book with you, feel free to leave me a comment, I always comment back 🙂 Until next time, happy reading!

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5 thoughts on “Book Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    1. I should have read them years ago but I think the size of them was a little daunting. I am determined to read them all now I just love the stories so much from the movies so the books will be a million times better!!

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  1. Harry’s time in the Chamber is very short in comparison to the movie. I felt the same way about Voldemort’s return in The Goblet of Fire. I really enjoyed reading your Goodreads updates — that is such a clever idea! I agree, Lockhart is much more annoying in the books, although I love Kenneth Branagh’s portrayal of him. Great review!

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    1. Thank you for your comment!!
      Yes Kenneth Branagh did an amazing job portraying him in the movie.
      Thank you! I thought it was something different to add into the reviews.
      Thanks again 😊


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