For those who are wondering…yes, i am a Potter virgin and I am slowly working my way through this fantastic story. I have seen the movies and so reading the books is a way for me to connect more with the story.
You can see my book review of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone here.
So back to The Chamber of Secrets…having read a few reviews on Goodreads and on the internet I gather this is the least liked novel. I can’t understand why although I haven’t yet read the others so I will reserve judgment for now!
This book was a great way for us to see Harry become more familiar with the wizarding world and magical family life. When Harry is rescued by the Weasleys and he lives with a magical family for the first time it is wonderfully touching.
We also get to see a lot of Rowling’s humour in this novel, for example: “Ron’s old shooting star was often outstripped by passing butterflies” – I may have laughed out loud on that one! As well as Harry, I was first introduced to Polyjuice potion (the film never made it clear it took months to brew!) and to the concept of a Squib. The deathday party never made it into the film unless I am remembering incorrectly but one I would have liked to have seen dramatised! Poor Nick – he is like the Neville of the ghost world! Rowling continues her villianisation of Snape which is just heart breaking when you know the real story behind it. I am hoping this will be more developed in the books. I can’t help but read these stories and visualise Alan Rickman and Maggie Smith in the key roles. They were just perfect.
One little thing that niggles at me reading these books is how brave / stupid the three children are. I am reading along thinking: OK this is when you need a teacher. Any teacher. Who do they choose? Lockhart. Seriously?!?! What about McGonagall? She would have been far more help than self obsessed Lockhart in the Chamber – please can someone explain why they went with Lockhart?
Mini-rant over – I would love to know if this was your least favourite book of the story and why?
Recommended for: everyone!
Favourite quote: “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities“
Thanks for reading – I hope you enjoyed it!