Book Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry receives a mysterious warning from Dobby the house elf about terrible events that are soon to transpire at Hogwarts.  Harry ignores Dobby’s warning, and goes to Hogwarts with Ron and Hermione.  He finds that he has a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Professor Lockhart.  However, it becomes clear very quickly that Lockhart is a waste of time, despite all the books he has supposedly written.

Strange things start to happen at Hogwarts, starting with Filch’s cat being petrified and a note being written on the wall saying that “The Chamber of Secrets has Been Opened…Enemies of the Heir, Beware.”  Everyone starts to wonder who the Heir of Slytherin is.  People are petrified, and Harry is suspected as being the Heir of Slytherin after inadvertently revealing that he is a Parslemouth at the Dueling Club.

Harry, Ron, and Hermione try to find out who the Heir of Slytherin is.  They follow many leads and hit numerous dead ends.  Some history about the characters at Hogwarts is also revealed, including that of Hagrid.  Someone close to the Weasley family is taken into the Chamber itself, causing Harry to venture it.

Who is the Heir of Slytherin?  What is causing these attacks?  Will Harry survive the encounter with the horror in the chamber?

Find out in the second book of the Harry Potter series.

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I personally didn’t like that Hermione was absent for a part of the book.  Harry and Ron seemed to wander around trying to figure out what was going on in Hogwarts, and they didn’t seem to be getting anywhere.  That started to irritate me after a while when they were constantly trying to come up with new leads.

Having said that, the book revealed quite a bit of history about Hogwarts that will be used further in the series.  It was quite noticeable to me that Rowling was setting up plot points for later books.  I also noticed within this book how she set up the rest of the book in the beginning.  An example is the Weasley’s encounter with Lucius Malfoy, and Ginny’s schoolbooks.

I did have a question though.  What happened to Mr. Weasley’s car after a notable encounter in the Forbidden Forest?  It just drove off.  Will that be developed later, or is that a plot hole?  Just curious.

Overall, this was a solid sequel to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s StoneI didn’t like that Hermione was absent in parts of it, but it was still enjoyable nonetheless.  I give it three stars.

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