Thursday, November 1, 2012

Review : Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secret by J.K. Rowling

Tittle : Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secret (Harry Potter #2)
Author : J.K. Rowling
Publication date : June 2, 1999 by Arthur A. Levine Books

After a fascinating read of Harry Potter #1, I couldn't wait to read the sequel. I think I am now officially a Harry Potter fan. I know some of you may say "did you live under the rocks" or something, well, let's pretend I did. I though watching the movie would satisfy me, but I was wrong. I am a reader, and I believe sometimes a book can be more powerful than a movie.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is still an exciting book to read. The book began with Harry being with the annoying Dursleys (again, this may be the typical on how this series started). As the school started again Second grader (of magic and wizardry school) Harry Potter once again have to deal with dark art creatures. To make matter worse, the enemy was now attacking people he cared about. As the rumor of the chamber of secret was spreading around the student, Harry had to find out whether it had anything to do with the attack.

I have to be honest with you, I much prefer the prequel to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This novel seems to lose its charm. There is no further explanation on how Harry's magic skill improve because the plot seem to focus on the new teacher too much. Yes, we do need an annoying character to color the story however when one is done too much, it would be seriously boring.

It looks like Ron would be my favorite character on this series. He's an interesting and loyal friend who comes from a humble family. He kind of reminds me of Samwise Gamgee in Lord of The Rings with witty and cheerful side added.

I did enjoy my reading experience with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and I have decided to read all the books in this series. I hope the plot and the characters will be more and more complex as Harry gets older because I saw a lot of interesting and jaw dropping scenes in the movies and what were described in book should be far better than that.
3 rating for this novel. Not my highest rating, but many people said that this is the weakest book in the series. At least I have five more books to go and I am sure I would find my favorite among them. Now, your turn, which Harry Potter book is your favorite?

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