Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling (Harry Potter: Book 2)

9/10 A delightful fantasy story full of magic, mystery and laughter.

J.K. Rowling’s series began with the Philosopher’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets continues the adventures of the young wizard Harry and his friends at Hogwarts.

The Chamber of Secrets begins, as did the Philosopher’s Stone, with Harry once again at home with the dreadful Dursleys. The Dursleys are, to put it mildly, unpleasant and the arrival of the house elf Dobby sets in motion a chain of events that ends with Harry, thanks in no small part to a flying car, happily back at Hogwarts. There are mysterious happenings at Hogwarts and Harry, assisted by his staunch friends Hermoine and Ron set about discovering the truth to the Chamber of Secrets and look for clues to help them understand the attacks on the children at the school.

All the ingredients that made The Philosopher’s Stone a much-loved success are once again here in abundance. This is a rich fantasy tale, fuelled by J.K. Rowling’s vivid imagination and full to the spine with magic, spells, companionship and humour. The humour, in particular, is once again rich in the narrative, a humour that will make both children and adults laugh at loud. Gilderoy Lockhart is a superb character that steals the spotlight from Harry and his friends on more than one occasion.

Cynics may say that the success of the first Harry Potter book made this success of The Chamber of Secrets inevitable. That would, however, be extremely unfair as this is a fine book in its own rights and deserves to be praised every bit as highly as the original. The Harry Potter series is a must read for all children as they are best enjoyed when the imagination is undimmed by age.

The Harry Potter series cannot lay claim to being the most original as J.K. Rowling has drawn on many influences within their construction. The lovely thing is that she pays homage to these influences in her own style and this has made her stories compellingly unique. The ability to completely immerse the reader in a fictional world and make it seem so real is her strongest card and her strong characterisation further enhances this. This is a much darker and adult themed book than its predecessor and this again is well played as the books mature along with Harry Potter.

A delightful fantasy story full of magic, mystery and laughter.

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11 positive reader review(s) for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

362 positive reader review(s) in total for the Harry Potter series


JK Rowling's Harry Potter series

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter: Book 2

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter: Book 4

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter: Book 6

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter: Book 7

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets reader reviews

from India

I enjoyed this book. It was packed with action, fantasy, adventure. My favourite part was Harry going into Riddle's diary... this book made me go into Harry Potter's world. It helped me in my book review.

from Somewhere

Interesting, great twist, great mystery, a few awkward and questionable scenes, but all in all good, but not as good as the others, yet still better than Philosopher’s Stone.

from Ameria

Itthink this is a great book.

from USA

it was good

from India

I really loved Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The snake language, Parseltoungue fascinated me a lot. The Polyjuice potion was just amazing. I enjoyed the part when Harry communicated with Tom Riddle and went 50 years back in time through riddle's diary. I recommend this book to all.

from Chippemham

I love it.

from India

This deserves more than 100 star rating.

from Australia

One word: Amazing.

from Australia

Wow! This book is absolutely wonderful! I loved every part of the book infact i am doing a book review on this book tomorrow to my class. Thanks JK Rowling!

from India


from US

I love this book and it is an excellent book and I recommend it to children as well as adults. I also liked the part of the Polyjuice potion and when at last, Harry Potter fights with the dragon.

from Canada

Wow! It was amazing, there was a thrill throught the book. My favrourite part was the end.

from England

Wow! I love this book, there aren't any boring parts. My faveriot bit is when they take the polyjuice potion :) The books are so unique. I love them :D

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