There’re books that mean a lot to me, and the Harry Potter series is definitely there in that category. Each book in the series happens over one school year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and this book, the second one, focuses on the second year.
The ending of the first book shows that the evil that most people once thought was vanquished is still around, though only Harry and few others know this. When Harry doesn’t get any letters from his friends during the school break, he begins to feel alone, but later finds that those letters were stopped by a house elf. Dobby, the house elf claims that it is dangerous for Harry to return to school. Though Harry doesn’t believe him at first, other happenings, only some initiated by Dobby, leads him to think something is afoot. A message says that a long forgotten chamber, its location said to be known only to Slytherin’s heir, is open again. And then the attacks start… What lies ahead?
If the first book sets the tone for the rest of the series with its end, this book picks up on that end and pushes forward with it, while being careful not to make the return of that evil very prominent. Perhaps one could say… same evil, two forms. And how it’s interlinked was something that made me go wow when I read it for the first time many years back. I liked Rowling throwing in a crush too, because it added to the feeling of a school enviromnent. It’s during that age when that happens after all.
New characters like Ginny, Dobby or Colin Creevey are interesting; the persistent Colin being my favorite from this book. I didn’t like Gilderoy or Lucius, and I had a feeling Gilderoy would end up how he ended up, though not exactly in that manner. The book however focuses on the trio’s adventure again, with others like Dumbledore and Hagrid sharing the spotlight. Like the first book, this book too is a page-turner, and flows very quickly. And the events add to the character sketches too, or bring part of it into the limelight. And the Quidditch matches begin to get an extra edge with an old rivalry now shifting onto the field too.
The book brings yet another favorite quote, “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” And one that I remember always. Like I said in my thoughts on Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, it’s quite a different experience reading a book for the first time, and rereading a book for the nth time. But I love it, and it feels as fresh in my memory always.
|Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets|
|Series: Harry Potter Series #2|
|Author(s): JK Rowling||Genre: Fantasy|
|ISBN/ASIN: B019PIOJY0||Publisher: Pottermore|
(© Vinay Leo R. @ A Bookworm’s Musing
21st February 2018)