Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - JK Rowling book review

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Author: J.K. Rowling

Series: Harry Potter #2

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication Date: June 2, 1999

Goodreads Synopsis: 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?

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I’m back this week with my review of book 2 of the Harry Potter series, The Chamber of Secrets. As I’ve said before, this is my first time reading the Harry Potter series. I know I’m a bit late to the party, but this community has really shown me the importance of reading these books. So thank you!

I started by reading the first book at the beginning of January (a link to that review is at the bottom of this page), now I’ve just finished the second one. Now, I’ve heard that this book isn’t really a favorite. That the series gets better after this one. Well, I hope so. I enjoyed this book, but not to the extent that I thought I would. Honestly, it’s just okay. But let me tell you why.

P.S I’m sorry if there are any spoilers.

Things I Like:

  • Muggle Comedy

Now, maybe I should be offended by this. However, it is too hard not to laugh at the jokes made about muggles. I mean we are all muggles, and this stuff resonates with us, but it’s funny because we all know it’s true. For example, missing keys. We all lose them. Some more than others, but the Weasley’s make fun of it as “muggle-baiting”. When wizards enchant keys to shrink and being that us muggles don’t want to believe in magic we just “insist [we] keep losing it.” I found this to be really funny.


  • World Building

The world just keeps getting better! I thought the descriptions in book 1 were good, but they were definitely better in this book. If the trend continues, I’m sure I’ll be sucked into the book itself and become a part of the wizarding world! (Doesn’t that sound great?!) I love the way J.K. Rowling describes both the wizarding and muggle worlds. It is something that I look forward to in this series.

  • Invisibility Cloak for the WIN

I want one. That’s honestly all I have to say. An invisibility cloak is such a great item to have that I want one. It helps Harry solve so many of his problems and it’s just the best. If anyone knows where I can obtain one of these wonderful items, please contact me through one of my contact channels! 😉

Things I Don’t Like:

  • The Dursleys

There is something seriously wrong with the Dursleys. They shouldn’t be allowed to raise Harry. NOT AT ALL. I know they’re supposed to be terrible people that hate the wizarding world, but to treat a child like that…No. And for Dumbledore or anyone at Hogwarts to allow this is unfathomable. They continually send Harry back to them and allow the abuse. It’s simply not right.

  • Schooling

This book focuses a lot more on the schooling aspect than in book 1. However, that doesn’t make my understanding of it any better. They seem to have all the same classes together, but not together and with other houses and then being walked to classes but still having the same order of classes. My brain hurts and I can’t honestly figure out how it works. So, I’m not going to worry about it anymore. I mean I’m probably thinking way too hard about it, but I’ve made myself confused. Sorry for that rant. It’s something I just needed to get off of my chest.

  • Movie Comparison

I’m sorry, but I will never not compare these to their movies. This has no influence on my rating, but just a simple fact that I watched the movie and can’t help but picture the scenes and characters as those from the movie.

Overall, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a good continuation of the Harry Potter series. I found that the world building is even better in this book. And I yearn to know more about the wizarding world. I still don’t like the Dursleys, and there are plenty of good reasons why. I’m interested in knowing where Harry’s journey will go next and can’t wait to start book 3! I give Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

3.5 star rating

3.5 stars!

What’s your favorite Harry Potter book? Did you like this one? Let me know in the comments below!

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To see my review:

Book 1 – The Sorcerer’s Stone

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8 thoughts on “Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling

    1. I agree! I’ve owned the books for years. Its definitely time to sit down and read them. I’m working on them slowly though so I don’t get overwhelemed reading the series all at once.

  1. The jokes about muggles are great! They always make me laugh! There’s a reason why Harry has to keep returning to the Dursley’s. You’ll find out later on. I’m not sure which book but I think it’s one of the later ones that explains it all. It’s not the best situation at all but J.K. Rowling always has a reason.

    1. Well I don’t like it! *crosses arms and stamps foot* haha I’m glad to know there is a reason and that we do find out about it though. Makes me feel slightly better! I think there needs to be more muggle jokes to counter all of the crazy stuff happening in these books!

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