Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


Book: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
Publisher: Scholastic, 1998
Genre: Fantasy, Magic-Oriented
Source + Date Read
: Own + Every Year since I received it in 2000 when I was 10 years old.
Recommend: Seriously, it’s Harry Potter folks. Duh.
Book Con’s: My only regret is that I did not have a chance to punch Lockhart myself.

Summary: The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.
More Information: GoodReads x Pottermore


Favourite Line: “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” Dumbledore

“Of all the trees we could’ve hit, we had to get one that hits back.” Ron Weasley

“Ginny!” said Mr. Weasley, flabbergasted. “Haven’t I taught you anything? What have I always told you? Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain?”

“But why’s she got to go to the library?”
“Because that’s what Hermione does,” said Ron, shrugging. “When in doubt, go to the library.”

Obligatory Warning: This is going to be an incredibly biased review filled with unicorns, rainbows and magic. If you don’t like Harry Potter or want any spoilers, please, I beg you, click onto another post. I’m not good at censoring myself. It will also be filled with memes.

My friend sent me this picture stating: “This is you when you talk about Harry Potter”

After devouring the Philosopher’s Stone in no time my father, whilst still in Barbados managed to get a copy of The Chamber of secrets for me which I also devoured in, like, no time. I’ll publish my thoughts on the series later and will endeavor to be a grown up and make this review a “proper” one.

The Chamber of Secrets takes off with the same tone and aplomb as the Philosopher’s Stone following Harry as he attempts to mitigate preteen life whilst battling evil creatures that would seek to destroy him with puddings. Err, not exactly pudding but a lot of bad things do happen to sugary confections in this book, and bones. No one seems to want to keep their bones. However, Rowling manages to keep the overall tone of the second installment of this series quite consistent with the first one whilst expanding on the magic universe. We meet more people from Hogwarts, new teachers (if you’re willing to call Lockhart a teacher) and new drama.

My reaction when I finished this book for the first time at 10.

I personally enjoyed the extension of the plot, not catering to a strictly Voldemort styled attack or something that the Dark Lord orchestrated himself, but rather an attack organized by his henchmen. It keeps continuity and excitement going without falling into stereotypes and tropes. Favourite new character? Dobby, by far! This magical elf is a brilliant inclusion because it is the start of a whole new level of tension that Rowling talks about frequently: Discrimination. Indeed, instead of finding an ethic/racial/cultural utopia, Rowling invents a whole new stigma to aptly convey the injustices that we impose on our fellow muggles, wizards, witches and magical creatures. This whole notion of blood purity was fascinating and both sad, as I asked to myself, what then of the muggle borns if Dumbledore wasn’t Headmaster? Would they have ignored Hermoine and lose, potentially, the best witch of their age? As a biracial and confused 10 year old, this was something that helped me muddle through a time of serious transition for me.

But you bet I’ll try to figure it out!

All in all, I love this second edition and would highly recommend this book (duh). I’m writing this review as part of my Harry Potter ReRead initiative started by The Book Journey so everyone can expect a number of posts coming up!

Read other Harry Potter posts.

Did you like the Chamber of Secrets?



About Claire (BWB)

It's Claire (aka Quirky) from Bitches With Books, an online book blog that serves up a healthy dose of book reviews, lists + literary madness.
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11 Responses to Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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  4. writersideup says:

    Claire, I loved this review 😀 And I’m TOTALLY like you and Gizmo when I talk “Harry”! Yay for us! lol

  5. Jackie G. says:

    Of all the Harry Potter books, Chamber of Secrets is my least favorite, but after my most recent re-read (just a few weeks ago, actually!), I discovered a new sort of appreciation for this book. Book three and beyond tend to tackle darker subjects, so the comical Lockhart and even the awkwardness of Nearly Headless Nick’s Deathday Party are refreshing. Plus, this book introduces sooooooo many things that become SUPER important later on, like the vanishing cabinet, Tom Riddle’s diary, Dobby, and the Sword of Gryffindor. That…is awesome 🙂

  6. Seriously, I need to rearead them too! I love these books so freaking much, and I’ve seen the moves a million time, maybe it’s time for a reread! I actually can’t even remember how much I liked “The Champer of Secrets” while reading. but here, I remember that the plot about Voldemort really hit off and made me anxious for the next!

  7. Tara says:

    I did like Chamber of Secrets! I don’t think that I liked it as much when I first read it, probably because I was like, “NEXT BOOK! I NEED BOOK THREE! NOW! PUT IT IN MY HANDS PLEASE!” But after reading the whole series, I really liked the second book because Rowling plants so much information there that she gives more depth to later in the series. I need to re-read books 6 and 7, so maybe reading your Harry Potter re-read enthusiasm will inspire me to finally get on that?!

    • Claire (BWB) says:

      Oh please do! I’d love to hear your thoughts on them! There is something so innocent about the first 3 books in the series that I have to love and appreciate. Then it goes completely down hill.

  8. I did like Chamber of Secrets! I don’t know that I loved it when I first read it (probably because I was like, “NEXT BOOK, NOW, IN MY HANDS PLEASE!” and rushing through it all). But I know I liked it even more after reading the whole series, because there is so much information planted in the book that gets explained even more as time goes on. I need to re-read books 6 and 7, so maybe seeing your reread will inspired me to get on that?

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