Sequel September #5 – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Review

Happy Sunday everyone!

With September almost over I have had one last push and managed to read two more sequels this week. After spending time a lot of time reading I haven’t had much time for blogging so hence why my reviews haven’t been up. Here is my review of Book 5..


The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone — or something — starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects . . . Harry Potter himself?

It is very hard to review a book that is already loved so much and is so well known by everyone but I will give it a go. Yet again we are given a fantastic read from J.K. Rowling. The Chamber of Secrets brings back many much loved characters as well as a few new ones. Filled with lots of laughter and scary creatures I can see why this book appeals to children as well as adults.

I felt so sorry for Ron throughout the book, his poor broken wand with spells backfiring everywhere. The slug curse was particularly horrid! I liked that Ginny and Percy Weasley seemed to have more of a feature especially when you compare it to the film. There were also a lot of answered questions about how Voldemort managed to reform as his 16 year old self. Overall the book provided a lot of details that I hadn’t realised were missing.

I still have a lot of love for Hagrid and his love for creatures great and small, not sure I would have Aragog as a pet though! He is the epitome of a BFG (big friendly giant) who is loyal to all those he cares about. How could you not love a character like that? Gilderoy Lockhart on the other hand is one character that I can’t stand.  He is pompous, annoying and completely in love with himself. I’m glad that he only features in one of the books as if I have to read that he’s a five times winner of Witch Weekly’s Most Charming Smile again I might scream!

Overall this was a great, quick read with lots of action and mystery. Once I had put it down I wanted to move straight onto the next one. For me each book just keeps getting better!



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