- Release Date:1998-07-02
- In-universe Date:1992
- Series:Harry Potter
Between the new spirit spooking his school and the mysterious forces that turn students into stone, Harry has a lot on his mind as he begins his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
As I’ve said before, the Harry Potter series is different than any other fantasy series I’ve ever read. Therefore I am omitting the pros and cons in this review because the only con I can think of is that the book is perhaps a little too simple which is really what the author intended. However, it is not too simple as to take away from the rest of us who have grown out of childhood.
Harry Potter now knows that he is a famous wizard and is ready for his second year of training at Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry. But when a small creature who calls himself Dobby the house-elf arrives, he is told that dark things will be happening at Hogwarts and that he should not return. Regardless Harry returns to Hogwarts and begins another exciting year.
His stay at the school, however, may be short lived. Not long after arriving at the school he learns of a place called the Chamber of Secrets, a hidden room in the castle where a dark monster of terrible power is fabled to reside. The chamber has apparently been unleashed and several students are attacked. The chamber can only be opened by someone who is the direct descendant of Salazar Slytherin, one of the original founders of Hogwarts. With this knowledge the accusations fly. Who is the heir of Slytherin? How can they stop this monster before the school will be forced to close its doors.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a fitting sequel to the first book in the Harry Potter series. The idea of a secret chamber in a castle is very gripping and appealing to young readers, not to mention older readers. The threat of being attacked or of closing the school provides enough suspense and drive to create a gripping story.
The characters remain much as they were. They are very easy to relate to as most of us probably know someone somewhere who is exactly like each character. Each is also unique and it is difficult to imagine the same author writing each separate character when each one feels so different from the other.
Once again J. K. Rowling has astounded us with her simple language and gripping style. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is sure to appeal to any and all readers and fantasy lovers alike.