• Book: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Author: J.K. Rowling
  • Genre: Fiction (Modern Literature)
  • Year of Release: 1998
  • Read 251-page hardcover edition in May 2013.

Book Description: As Harry Potter suffers through a long summer holidays with his terrible cousin and mean aunt and uncle, he longs for school to start again so he can go back to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  However, before he returns, a house elf brings him a warning, that something terrible is brewing at Hogwarts, and it may be too dangerous to go back at all.  When Harry finally gets to Hogwarts, his friends Ron and Hermione join him in trying to discover just what is going on.  But when students start getting attacked, and other strange occurrences happen, they realize the danger is more serious than they ever thought possible.

Book Review: This second novel by J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter series was truly an excellent sequel to her debut novel from the year previous.  Rowling has taken the time here to expand on the characters she introduced, and has added more depth and interaction between the characters in the story.  That being said, although some effort was made to begin opening up the universe to more magical properties, history, and more characters, one minor downside is the book does not go into as much detail in some areas and characters, and more insight from some scenes and situations which were briefly presented would have been nice.  However, being marketed as a children’s book, that is probably the main reason for the book’s shortened length from what it could have been. On a more positive front, Rowling was freed up from introducing many people and places here, allowing us to see firsthand the true imagination Rowling has for her universe. and has given more time to exploring in greater detail some of the amazing places, objects, and people in her magical world.  She has also introduced some new characters and magical creatures in this book, allowing it to be as original and fresh as the first novel in the series.  As well, suspense and action are even more a part of this book than the first one, making it a truly exciting read.  The key to this book’s success though, lies in Rowling’s ability to relate to the three principal children in the novel.  Her descriptions of young Harry are truly insightful and believable, and they make the novel something that anyone, young and old, can relate to honestly.  The character interactions of Harry, Hermione, and Ron are equally well written and interesting, making for a very powerful core group of characters that the readers can really care about.  Rowling’s mix of strong characters, amazing imagination, and heightened suspense and action make for a truly amazing novel!

Overall: 4 stars out of 5