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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Review

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 341 pages

Published: June 2, 1999

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 0439064864

4 out of 5 stars

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the 2nd book in the Harry Potter series and sadly has been my least favorite from the series ever since I was a kid. Harry returns to Hogwarts for his second year, which is again not going to be quiet or easy.  When the trio tries to gather at platform 9 3/4 Ron and Harry are denied access, forcing them to find a different way to get to school. Once they arrive on Hogwarts it becomes clear an mysterious beast is going around the school petrifying students, and that our trio is in for another heck of a ride.

J.K. Rowling significantly improved on the character and worldbuilding. Everyone is a year older and has slightly more knowledge compared to the year before and new locations are added to our experience of Hogwarts, expanding our view of the magical world. Harry, Ron, and Hermoine are still all incredibly relatable characters despite their situation of being wizards and witches and written in a way that everyone has a character to relate to because of how vastly different they are. I fell in love with them in the first book, and chamber of secrets only made me like them more by showing some previously hidden character treats, but also new characters like Dobby the house elf.

What makes this my least favorite out of the series is that the plot tends to drag between the action, which has been divided all over the book. At times it felt like Harry just didn’t investigate the reason behind the text or voices he’s hearing but instead continues with his life as nothing happened and magically came to a conclusion the moment the new bit of action was due.

These are still the books I’ll be reading and giving to my children when the time comes to pass them the fantastic stories that created my world as a kid, but this is my least favorite one.