February 5, 2015 by Bernadette ~ The Bumbling Bookworm
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
Publisher/Year: Bloomsbury, 2 July 1998
Genre: Young Adult, Middle Grade, Fantasy
Source: Mum & Dad bought it for me!
Rating: 4.5 stars!
Other books from author: Harry Potter series, Hogwarts Library series, The Casual Vacancy, Cormoran Strikes series (as Robert Galbraith)
***This review will be spoilery, so I’d avoid it if you haven’t read Harry Potter before***
Harry Potter is a wizard. He is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Little does he know that this year will be just as eventful as the last…
What I Thought…
WHEN I First Read
I first read this in early 2001 – after getting Philosopher’s Stone for Christmas in 2000, I begged my parents for the rest of the available books not long after finishing them. I was lucky enough that they caved, and more Harry Potter goodness was delivered straight to my fingertips 🙂
WHAT I Remember
I remember this being my least favourite book in the series, but I don’t really remember why… It’s not like the life of Harry Potter in the book itself is boring, it’s pretty action-packed which is the norm for him! I don’t think it had the same magic as the first book, and it seemed a bit slow at times trying to solve the mystery of the Chamber of Secrets.
I also didn’t like some of the new characters: Professor Gilderoy Lockhart, Colin Creevey, even Ginny got on my nerves a bit. That being said, I still rated this book a solid 4 stars because it was still pretty damn awesome 😀 The writing was as magical as always and the mainstay characters were brilliant.
WHY I Wanted to Re-Read
Much like Philosopher’s Stone, I hadn’t read this for a very long time, at least eight years. Actually, it had probably been even longer… As my least favourite book in the series, I used to skip over it when reading and jumped ahead to Prisoner of Azkaban. For some reason, I think I used to be a bit bored by this book, and it was a bit of a chore to read it.
HOW I Felt After Re-Reading
While I still found this book a little bit slow, my impression of it was far improved compared to previous reads. Colin Creevey still annoyed me to death, but Ginny was super cute and Lockhart was annoying in a comical way (for me, anyway!). The biggest thing for me was that I was able to savour it and enjoy it, without feeling bored at all. So that was a huge change from previous reads.
I was able to appreciate the developing storyline, and I noticed things that would be crucial in later books which I’d never noticed before. I guess that’s because those books hadn’t been published the last time I read this! All in all, I have a much bigger appreciation for Chamber of Secrets than I did in the past. Also, Dobby FTW.
WOULD I Re-Read Again
Of course! I don’t think I’ll skip over it like I used to either, that was pretty silly of me… Of course, when you think of the Sirius Black goodness to come, it only makes sense that I’d want to skip ahead 🙂
What did you think of this book? Did you enjoy it?