Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Posted 25th January 2017 by Emma in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Also by this author: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Series: Harry Potter #2
Also in this series: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing on 28th May 1999
Genres: Love & Romance, Magic, YA Fantasy
Pages: 251
Format: Paperback
Source: I bought it
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Ever since Harry Potter had come home for the summer, the Dursleys had been so mean and hideous that all Harry 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 who says that if Harry 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 and a spirit who haunts the girls’ bathroom. But then the real trouble begins — someone is 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!

I got bought paperback copies of the Harry Potter books with the original Bloomsbury covers. I was so excited I started Chamber of Secrets immediately.

I have to say even 18 years after it was first published this is still an amazing book. I read it in one day. I barely put it down mainly just to eat and sleep.

The world doesn’t need another gushing review of HP so I won’t bore you with the same thing you have read a million times over but I enjoyed this book just as much if not more than when  first read it all those years ago.

JK really is an amazing writer. From the moment you start this book you are thrown back into the world of Harry, Ron and Hermione. From flying cars to petrified students this book has everything you need. With the perfect mix of magic and mystery this story makes you believe that Hogwarts really could be out there somewhere (I know we are all still hoping)

I have decided to read one HP book a month for the rest of the year so look out for more reviews and I will end on the 8th story.

About J.K. Rowling

Although she writes under the pen name J.K. Rowling, pronounced like rolling, her name when her first Harry Potter book was published was simply Joanne Rowling. Anticipating that the target audience of young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman, her publishers demanded that she use two initials, rather than her full name. As she had no middle name, she chose K as the second initial of her pen name, from her paternal grandmother Kathleen Ada Bulgen Rowling. She calls herself Jo and has said, “No one ever called me ‘Joanne’ when I was young, unless they were angry.” Following her marriage, she has sometimes used the name Joanne Murray when conducting personal business. During the Leveson Inquiry she gave evidence under the name of Joanne Kathleen Rowling. In a 2012 interview, Rowling noted that she no longer cared that people pronounced her name incorrectly.

As a child, Rowling often wrote fantasy stories, which she would usually then read to her sister. She recalls that: “I can still remember me telling her a story in which she fell down a rabbit hole and was fed strawberries by the rabbit family inside it. Certainly the first story I ever wrote down (when I was five or six) was about a rabbit called Rabbit. He got the measles and was visited by his friends, including a giant bee called Miss Bee.” At the age of nine, Rowling moved to Church Cottage in the Gloucestershire village of Tutshill, close to Chepstow, Wales. When she was a young teenager, her great aunt, who Rowling said “taught classics and approved of a thirst for knowledge, even of a questionable kind,” gave her a very old copy of Jessica Mitford’s autobiography, Hons and Rebels. Mitford became Rowling’s heroine, and Rowling subsequently read all of her books.


Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • Goodreads Challenge (2017)
  • TBR Pile (2017 )

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