Monday, December 3, 2012

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling-Review

Continuing my re-read of the Harry Potter series.  Here is the goodreads description:

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 girl's 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?

I am really loving re-reading these books. I think the last time was like 2005. Now that I am reading the second book I find myself not really looking back to the movie in my mind but creating things with my imagination. A few things bothered me.. for one Hagrid opened the chamber of secrets 50 years ago right? And he was like 13? And now Harry is 12.. so Hagrid would be like 75 or something crazy (I am bad at math). Also the Mandrakes! I mean they seem like they have personalities and even have a party in the greenhouse and then they get chopped up and fed to the people and ghost who have been petrified! Seems morbid. haha! These are just some of the things that I noticed while reading.

I also feel a little bad for Lockhart while reading.  I mean it seems like everyone kinda picks on him.  Yes he deserves it but no one seemed even really concerned at the end of the story when he loses his memory.  Everyone is like ... oh well.  SAD!  I love the deathday party for Nearly Headless Nick.  So fun!  I could just picture myself in the room with everyone.  

I am at the hospital everyday with my dad and these books have been the best for this.  Such comfort... Rowling's writing is spot on.   The stories take me straight out of reality and into a new world.  I just love it.  On to the third book!!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and teh Sorcerer's Stone

The crystal ball says:

Sun is shinning!!!  Great day to go outside and read this book.


  1. Haha! I'd never thought about Lockhart that way. But you're totally right. That's kinda how I felt at the end of the first book when Dumbledore announced the winners, then awarded a bunch more points, and then announced new winners and redecorated. Was that really necessary? Wasn't it kind of mean to dangle the prize like that?

    But no one seems to agree with me on that one.

    1. Sometimes I feel that way about that too. I mean why do they get all the points because they just ended up stopping Voldemort?

  2. I need to reread this book series sometime soon as well!

    1. I know.. it is surprising that I always planned to do it but never made the time till now.

  3. Glad you are enjoying your rereads!

  4. Oh yeah, I felt that way for Lockhart too after my reread. And the mandrakes! I mean, they grow full-sized and they look human then they get chopped up... That disturbed me :)) Rereads sure bring a whole new light to the book!

    Thanks for dropping by My Book Musings! :)