A sleeping evil awakens under the castle of Hogwarts. Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets is the second series of the Harry Potter series. A sequel that gives what we were looking for an solidifies a desire to read the entire series.


In June 1999 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was released. This book is slightly longer than the previous entry clocking in at 341 pages,  J.K. Rowling takes us into another mystery for Harry, Ron and Hermione to solve involving the heir of house Slytherin.


The book was started with Harry Back and Privet Drive and it has been writing to his friends but has not been receiving letters back. Now that he has experienced the wizarding world, he wants nothing more than to return to it. However a house elf named Dobby appears and tells him not to go back to the school and that something really bad will happen there this year. Harry finds out that Dobby has been holding back his letters and chases him. This causes him to interrupt the dinner party his aunt and uncle are having when Dobby uses a hover charm to float a cake over one of the guests head and drop it.  This was the cause by which Harry get trapped in a room but eventually Ron Weasly and his two brothers Fred and George come to rescue him and take Harry back. It also allows us to learn more from several new characters that were not touched on very much aside from names in the previous book.

That was the biggest strengths oof this book. It builds very off the previous book with very little recap needed. The section in Diagon alley for this book tacks on the idea more heavily of celebrities in the wizarding world with Gildoroy Lockheart. An author who has achieved many fantastic tasks. We also see the view of another section of the wizarding world for the first time. This is the darker side, the evil side if you will. It introduces some more of Malfoy’s family and also shows how the wizarding world also has political divides. The return to Hogwarts is handled differently than the past book as well.

This book noticeably does less school lessons with more time devoted to moving the plot of the mystery of the Chamber of Secrets. Harry Potter gets himself in trouble being in the wrong place at the wrong time. This spirals downward and leads to detention and eventually isolation with the whole school no longer trusting him. The derogatory term “Mud Blood” is uttered by Malfoy to Hermione and we get once again a better sense of the bullying and political differences of families in the wizarding world.

The conclusion oof the book is the best with comparison to other book. There are some tropes that can be pulled from the fantasy genre here but at the end of the day, the end of the book pays off nearly all the established questions and leaves me asking for more after a satisfying battle that I am trying not to spoil my review.


The Chamber of Secrets does it is best and good effort of living up to the first ever series of the series. It grows the wizarding world and gives us the reader to be more invested in characters that are not the three main leads. We also get a good idea for where the series is planning on heading in the future as Voldemort is still a major threat to the world. This book meets the goals that J.K Rowling set out to achieve.

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