Friday, December 30, 2016

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter Series #2) by J.K. Rowling

Star Rating : 5 out of 5

Content Rating : MILD

Back Cover :
" The Dursleys were so mean that 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 Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls' 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”

My Thoughts :
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, second book in the Harry Potter Series, is just as whimsical and fun as its preceding book by J.K. Rowling. Once again, Rowling creates a story that is fun for kids to adults to read. Though I watched the movies before I read the books, I was quite pleased that the movies are so similar to the books so I do not have to choose between the two in order to decide which I like better. Out of the two books that I have read so far, I preferred Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Not because the second was not as good as the first, but the first is kind of like going to Disney for the first time versus the second time, still fun but not as awe inspiring. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars because it is STILL A MUST READ!

I gave it a MILD rating because there is some violence and bullying but no language. There was also one instance that suggested someone was walked in on “doing something” and a few chapters later explained that it was only kissing.

What I liked :
  • Hermione – I can always love a girl who loves her books. Did anyone else notice that she solved the many of the questions about what was happening at Hogwarts weeks before Harry and Ron? A girl with a book can do anything!
  • Ordinary Harry – At the end of the book, Harry is made out to be nothing special by Tom Riddle; but Dumbledore reminds him that it’s the choices he makes that make him special. I believe this was a good lesson for those that read it: that they need not be famous to make a difference. 
What I didn’t like :
  • Reward and Punishment – Though it makes for a fun story and never knowing what will happen, Harry and his friends constantly break the rules; but instead of being punished properly, he and his friends are rewarded. Now don’t get me wrong, I would not have wanted Harry kicked out either, but I think it could have been written differently since so many kids read these books.
  • Why a bathroom? – I know that on the Pottermore website there is more reason given as to why the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets is in a bathroom; but, I would have liked to have more of a reason given in the book. I mean it just kinda weird to have it in the bathroom.
What others are saying :
“What makes the Harry Potter series so successful? Maybe it's the fact that J.K. Rowling doesn't write children's books, she writes children's stories, more in the tradition of the Brothers Grimm than Dr. Seuss. The exploits of Harry and his friends captivate even the shortest attention spans by engaging the imagination with vivid characters and fast-moving action, instead of trying to merely catch the eye with colorful pictures or pop-up effects. Not surprisingly, the Potter tales sound wonderful read aloud, and adapt to the audiobook format extremely well. Broadway actor Jim Dale's impressive vocal range gives each character in the book its own distinctive voice--a considerable task, given the pantheon of witches, warlocks, ghosts, ghouls, dwarves, and elves that Harry encounters in his second outing. And thankfully, since the book is read unabridged, no one's favorite character is omitted. Engaging for children without being childish, the audio version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is worthy addition to the deservedly popular series.” --Andrew Nieland an Amazon review

Reviewed by Jennifer Snow

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