Rated of 5
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Book review by Abbas Panjwani
This is the second book in the Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling, about the young wizard Harry Potter, his best friends Ron and Hermione, and their adventures at Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Harry is no ordinary wizard. When he was a baby, the evil Lord Voldermort tried to kill him after he killed Harry’s parents. Mysteriously, the spell rebounded, and Harry survived, with just a scar on his forehead. He then lived with his “muggle” (non magical) aunt and her family, but when he turned eleven, started to attend Hogwarts, which became this home. There he met Ron and Hermione, who became his two best fiends.
Ron is the youngest son of the Weasley family, who have been witches and wizards for generations. Although they do not have much money they are very good hearted people. Ron is a happy go lucky character, who is a little in awe of Harry, but keeps it to himself. He always supports Harry and values their friendship.
Hermione is a muggle born witch and is the cleverest witch of her age. She is very disciplined, studious and always gets top marks in exams and homework. She helps them with their homework, and gets sure they revise for their exams.
These three, although very different, are best friends, and this friendship gets them through everything that is thrown their way.
The story begins when Harry is visited at his aunts by a house elf, Dobby, who warns him not to go back to Hogwarts because of a “plot to make most terrible things happen”. However Harry loves Hogwarts and no-one is going to stop him. But when at school, strange things start to happen – Harry hears a strange voice, nobody else can hear, threatening messages appear on the wall and students are attacked and petrified. It is soon discovered that a secret part of the school, the chamber of secrets has been re-opened. The book tells the story of how the three friends find what is petrifying the students.
In my opinion this book is amazing. I give it top marks because it is exciting, full of suspense, rich in detail, and of course, filled with magic. In this book we learn more about the world of magic, see the friendship between the three friends strengthen, and have another encounter with Lord Voldermort. We are also introduced to new characters that play an important part in this, and future books, such as Dobby and the Weasley family
Rowling has written a book loved by adults and children. Every page is exciting to read. She has created a very strong central character, and setting, through which the reader ends up believing in this magical world. I have read the book three times, and have found something new each time. I have read the series 3 times and can’t wait for the next book.