Even though my final exams are around the corner,they weren’t enough to crash my enthusiasm for writing blogs.So let’s get to the main point,today I am going to review the second book of J.K.ROWLING’S Hp series…
THAT IS- “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”
This book being the second installment of Rowling,brought a beautiful shape to entire series.This book gave us the hints of every little details that become main plot points in the later books.It felt like the book was complete but,it also felt like there is more to it which indeed proved as a plus point for us(potterheads) and resulted in boosting our enthusiasm and curiosity to read the later books.
The book not only brings us readers fantasy and drama but also a lot of humor,like Jk wrote the book in such a way that it was meant to tell us how Harry would understand the world and his perception.Also harry being an adolescent has high emotions of humor,anger and curiosity.In many incidents of the book,the plot was humorous reflecting Harry’s mind-set.
The plot gets even darker than the plot in the first book,like the dark stuff has stepped up a notch which is absolutely brilliant because as Harry grows,he gets to know more about the world and threats that it bears.
Let me talk about my views about this book when I first read it and also I’ll be talking about how my time period of reading it was…
I read this book when I was a child and the reading experience was quite rough and wobbly . I couldn’t properly finish the book when I issued it first from my school’s library as I had to return the book within one wee’s time and I had a hard time reading it at home because I had a very busy schedule including sports and homework.So whenever I reissued the book,I often forgot the previous chapters and their plots and couldn’t quite understand the later chapters.So one day when I went to the library I stole the book by stuffing it inside my shirt( and I also intended to return it later).I issued a “Geronimo Stilton” book because if I didn’t,the librarian would suspect me as I used to issue at least one book whenever I went library(#bookworm)…
I kept the book with me for months and for heaven’s sake, I could finish it.Then one day I went to the library and kept the book back in it’s place :D…
IF YOU ALL DON’T WANT THE PLOT DESCRIPTION,THEN PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO THE NEXT IMAGE :p
The plot itself starts with Harry being mistreated in his stay back at the Dursley’s during his summer break.Then a mysterious creature called “Dobby”(elf) visits Harry to warn that something bad is going to happen at Hogwarts this year and he tells Harry that he mustn’t go back to Hogwarts this year.The elf also hides all the letters that his best friends sent him during the holidays because Dobby thinks if Harry thinks that he has no friends at his school then he’ll stay at home.Harry ignores the warning.
Then Ron comes to rescue Harry from his relatives and later they arrive at the burrows.The Weasleys and Harry visit Diagon Alley to buy their next term books,here Lucius Malfoy(father of Harry’s school mate Draco Malfoy) tosses a strange book into Ginny Weasley’s(Ron’s younger sister) couldron without anyone’s notice.
Then at platform 9 3/4 where all of them had to board the Hogwarts express at King’s cross station,Harry and Ron aren’t able to cross the barrier and are left behind.Ron suggests Harry that they should use their father’s biwitched flying car(this was the most funniest part in the book) and they go to Hogwarts.
Then later we get know that the trio had hard time completing their homeworks and studying the subjects.The best part was Quidditch and in a Quidditch match Harry manages to catch the snich but breaks his arm while doing so.In the hospital wing,Dobby visits Harry and he gets to know that Dobby was the one who barred them from boarding the train and controlling the bludger and intentionally broke Harry’s arm so that he would go back to his house.
Things to Hogwarts turn horrible as Harry hears strange voice running all in and around the castle and many students including Hermoine get petrified(freeze off).Everyone gets to know that the heir of Salazar Slytherin has returned to Hogwarts and has re-opened the Chamber of Secrets that Salazar had himself built when he flied off from Hogwarts and only his Heir could open it.The legends told the chamber houses a giant monster who was petrifying the students.Later Hagrid is taken to Askaban(wizard jail) because he was suspected to open the chamber before fifty years ago and was also suspected to open it this time.Later thanks to Hermione,Harry gets to know that the monster was a giant Basilisk(a snake that could live for hundreds of years and could kill people just by its glancing at them) and it was using the piping to move around the school.Then a scary message is written on the wall stating that Ginny Weasley has been taken into the chamber and her skeleton will lie there forever.
Harry and Ron get to know the entrance to chamber was in a discarded girls washroom that was usually haunted by a girl called “Moaning Myrtle” who was killed fifty years ago when the chamber was opened for the first time.
At the finale,Harry,Ron and Gilderoy Lockhart(Harry’s professor) visit the chamber where Ron is trapped behind fallen rocks that formed a wall thanks to Gilderoy Lockhart whose memory vanishing charm backfires as he had used Ron’s broken wand.
Later Harry gets to the chamber and finds Ginny who was unconscious and was clutching the same strange book that Mr.Malfoy had put into her couldron. Then Harry finds Tom Riddle(The one whose diary Ginny used and even Harry used after Ginny tried to flush it in Myrtle’s bathroom.)
This is the best part in the whole book.Harry gets to know that Tom Marvolo Riddle was none other than Lord Voldemort and his memory(later known to be his soul) was taking power from Ginny to return back into physical form.
Tom said-“Voldemort is my past,present and future.”
Tom seizes Harry’s wand and unleashes the Basilisk and commands it to kill Harry to fulfill his unfinished business 11 years ago.Then Fawks( A creature called Phoenix and Dumbledore’s pet) comes and blinds the snake.Then the hat that the bird brought presents the sword of Godric Gryffindor and Harry manages to kill the Basilisk with it.
Then Harry uses the snake’s fang which bit him to destroy Tom Riddle diary by poking the diary several times and killing Voldemort’s memory.Ginny wakes up finding Harry bleeding due to the bite,then Fawks drops its tears onto the wound and heals it.They all including Ron and Lockhart are taken out of the chamber by the bird.
Later thanks to Dumbledore,Harry gets to know that when Harry got that scar,Voldemort transferred some of his powers into Harry.That was the reason why Harry could talk to and hear snakes.
At the end of the year and the book,all the petrified students are unpetrified,Hagrid returns back and as a school treat Dumbledore cancels all exams making Hermione sad.
Harry gets back to London and returns to the Dursleys to spend his summer break over there.
I personally loved reading this book but I hate to admit that this isn’t the best book in the series(according to me – no offence intended) because there were more better plots in the other parts than in this one.The book tells us new aspect of JK’s writing that is “suspense.”The book brought us fans even deeper meanings and plot which made us wonder how vast was Harry Potter universe
I give this book(as a first time reader obviously)-
AND I RECOMMEND EVERYONE TO READ IT…
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