woensdag 24 februari 2016

J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Hi everyone

This would be my fifteenth(-ish) time reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
I got the first three books in the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling as birthday gifts from my husband and I absolutely adore this beautiful edition.
This copy has 360 pages.

                * SPOILERS *

Harry’s heroic deeds in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone have made no change in his circumstances at home. The novel starts with harry completely alone, sad and surrounded by people who nearly hate him. It’s a heartbreaking start.

I absolutely love the moment Harry sees The Burrow for the first time. He adores it because it is truly a home filled with love, while Ron is a bit ashamed by how small and messy it is.
Even though our three protagonists come from very different backgrounds, they all have their own problems; Harry is an orphan, hated by his remaining family, Hermione is an only child from well-to-do parents and Ron feels inferior to his brothers and he’s the son of parents who only just get by. They can share those problems with the other two without feeling mocked by them for their unimportant feelings. That’s real friendship. And I love how it makes the novel into something deeper and more thoughtful then other children’s books.

The characters develop realistically, friendships grow and we get to know a few new characters. Rowling’s characterization in general is amazing.
Gilderoy Lockhart is a stupid, crazy narcissist and he is hilarious. Everyone else’s reactions to him are especially funny. Unfortunately he is too stereotypical to be truly loved by me.

I do not think this book predictable like some other reviewers seem to think. As a grownup I would have seen the plot twist coming (or so I like to think because I cannot be sure) but I remember that as a child I was very surprised by the developments at the end.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a hilarious book, it’s suspenseful, magical, thrilling, funny, unique and a parody on celebrities. It is also much darker then the first book.

There’s a lot of foreshadowing in this novel. A few things are introduced in this novel that will become important plot elements in future books. It’s subtle, but on rereading the books they are definitely there. I always love that in books.
Like Terry Pratchett, Rowling ‘hides’ moral messages in her novels. The unimportance of race and heritage in this case.

I positively love this series.


Happy reading!