Book rating: ★★★★ 4/5
My review on HP book 1 can be viewed here: http://www.polyvore.com/book_review_harry_potter_philosopher/set?id=60218138
It’s been about 10 months since I read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Only now I got round to reading book two!
(I’m not sure if there’s a point in me reviewing this because probably everyone knows what happens in it but anyway I’ll just carry on.)
In the second instalment of the HP series, Harry once again spends another miserable summer at the Dursleys that all he wanted to go back to Hogwarts. A strange creature called Dobby appears in Harry’s room and warns him that he must not go back to school, otherwise disaster will strike at Hogwarts. Harry disregards Dobby’s warning, stating that Hogwarts is his home.
As Harry’s second year at Hogwarts begins after managing to use Mr. Weasley’s car to fly to school with Ron and almost getting expelled, a lot of strange events have been happening. Firstly Harry mysteriously begins to hear voices that only he can hear, this leads him to seeing a cat (Mrs. Norris) hanged with a message on the school’s corridors that “the chamber of secrets have been opened.” This is the cause of the heir of Slytherin who kills students who are not from all-magical families. As a result of these strange events, students are left ‘petrified’ (frozen). There is a threat of Hogwarts being closed down if the culprit is not found. Harry, Ron and Hermione try to discover who’s behind these attacks.
There were so many great parts in this book and again, I had lots of flashbacks of what happened in the film! The new character introduced – Gilderoy Lockhart who is the new teacher for the Defense Against the Arts, but he was the least good part because he was a useless teacher and only concerned with his achievements and fame.
I loved the opening of the book when Ron, with his brothers Fred and George saved Harry from the Dursleys in their flying car – I thought that was a pretty cool scene. When Harry, Ron and Hermione suspects that Malfoy is the heir of Slytherin, so they used the Polyjuice potion to change themselves into Goyle and Crabbe in order to find out more information. I thought that was hilarious, especially when Malfoy was saying what’s wrong with you two?! For some reason I was imagining Hermione as this big furry ball cat! It was really interesting how Rowling wrote that scene where Harry went into the diary to experience that exact scene to see who opened the Chamber of Secrets 50 years ago. Tom Riddle’s diary was a very interesting part of his book and played a major part at the ending.
The pacing is written very well because it didn’t feel as rushed as it did in the first book. There was so much mystery and towards the last quarter of the book and all the puzzles fitted together. Everything made sense, with the help of Hermione - after she was petrified, Harry found a screwed up paper held tightly in her hand and this that them that the Chamber of Secrets is hidden in the pipes of the girls’ bathroom. Leading to the scene where we find out who the true culprit was behind these attacks. OH SNAP. I knew it was Voldemort disguised as Tom! It was him who possessed Ginny into opening the Chamber of Secrets through the diary. As revelations start to unravel, Tom/Voldemort through speaking paseltongue sets a Basilisk to kill Harry. He bravely tries to defend himself with the sword from the sorting hat, with the help of Fawkes the phoenix however he got hurt in the process from defeating the Basilisk and destroying the diary. I loved how Fawkes flew in to heal Harry’s injuries to his arm by using its tears. Fawkes, what an awesome bird.
At the end of the book, Harry was concerned on whether if he is meant to be a Slytherin. The sorting hat wanted to put him in Slytherin because he would have been great in that house, but Dumbledore said: “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” What made Harry and Tom Riddle/Voldemort completely different is that Harry chose to not be put in Slytherin. Dumbledore also noted that only a true Gryffindor would have been able to pull the sword out of the sorting hat.
I really enjoyed reading the Chamber of Secrets. I finished it in a matter of days! I don’t think it was as good as the first book but it was still enjoyable. It was so magical and I was so intrigued to finding out who opened the Chamber of Secrets! It’s been such a long time since I saw the second film that I’ve forgotten how the story went but it’s a nice feeling reading it and wondering what’s going to happen.
I don’t really...have a bad word to say about this book. The writing probably isn’t the best I’ve read. I think authors can write so beautifully but sometimes I want the author to just tell me the story, like how J.K. Rowling has, she’s a really great storyteller and I loved how she wrote this book. I felt like she did “show and not tell.” There were many great elements that made it a worthwhile read. I loved the characters; they are so brave that you forget they Harry, Ron and Hermione are only 13! There was some really great humour that made me laugh! Along with the mystery, that kept my eyes glued, wanting to read on.
Right now I am quite lazy with reading book series! At the moment I prefer stand-alone novels. I will read the Prisoner of Azkaban but not straight away, I like having a break between reading book series to read other books. I intend to read all the books but boy I’ve got a long way to go! I don’t know I wasn’t reading this series when I was 10.
Film rating: ★★★★★
What can I say about the film? I re-watched it and all I can say is that it was AWESOME all the way through! It was the last HP film I saw as a school trip. When I was 13 I never understood it but having finished reading it, now I completely understand everything about it. This film reflected on the book so perfectly. When I watched it, I often wondered it how it was made and that must have been such an amazing experience to be part of that.