Author: J.K. Rowling
Publication Date: June 2, 1999
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
I cannot express to you how much I love the Harry Potter series. Seriously. I will probably continue doing a yearly reread for the rest of my life, because #yolo and honestly why wouldn’t I want to revisit my favorite series every year? Like?? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
If you saw my review earlier this week of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone then you know that I am in the middle of re-listening to the Audible audiobooks! Even though I just listened to them all last September I see nothing wrong with having read these books twice in 6 months! I am reviewing these books now because even though I have read them all at least five times I haven’t properly reviewed them since I just started getting serious with my blog and reviewing a couple months ago!
The Chamber of Secrets is a great sequel to the Sorcerer’s Stone because not only do we get to revisit our now beloved favorites at Hogwarts but we also get to see and learn about all new locations and so much new magic and new creatures and threats! I COULD GO ON FOREVER, but I digress. We open in the Chamber of Secrets with finally seeing how wizards live! We get to see the Burrow and meet the rest of Ron’s family, like Mr. Weasley and all of his goofy quirks. I mean, who DOESN’T want to enchant a car to make it fly??
I love this book because we get to see some true character development which is incredibly important to any story. If you don’t like the characters or see how they change based on decisions they’ve made previously then how can you ever believe the story? We see Hermione more apt to rule breaking now, since she broke about 50 school rules brewing that Polyjuice Potion and unfortunately turned herself into a cat! Things like this show such wonderful story and character development can be, it adds so much to the story and keeps me engaged.
This book is where we begin to see how nice Voldemort is by always waiting until the end of the school year to begin his battles with Harry. Ten points to Voldemort for letting Harry get his education on. Even though in this one it isn’t *actually* Voldemort but a mere memory of him placed inside of a sekret diary. I wonder if that diary will ever mean something more to Harry Potter, like 4 years later, maybe??
All in all another fantastic story in the world of Harry Potter and I am excited to continue my audiobook re-listen with the Prisoner of Azkaban!