Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
by J K Rowling
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
251 pages; ISBN: 0 7475 3848 4
Rating: 10/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Ben Goodale
We are promised seven Harry Potter books in all as Harry makes his way through school. This second one, a test after the wild success of Harry Potter and the Philosopher`s Stone, proves that the formula works wonderfully. We have "more of the same" in the sense of Hagrid`s bizarre pets, the awful Malfoy, the dreadful Dursley`s, Owls, Quidditch (sort of football on broomsticks), and the ghosts at the school.
Of course there`s a new mystery, this time a secret chamber which can only be opened by the true heir of Slytherin (one of the school houses). As the rumours of the chamber being opened spread, school pupils begin to suffer terrible fates (some hilarious), ending up in the infirmary.
A wonderful injection of new hilarity is the brilliant Gilderoy Lochart (Order of Merlin, third class, Honorary member of the Dark Force Defence League, and five times winner of Witch Weekly`s Most Chaming Smile Award) , the schools new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. The banter between Gilderoy and Harry is just wonderful, particularly Gilderoy`s benevolent advice that Harry shouldn`t be giving out signed photograph`s of himself just yet; our Gilderoy is a tremendously characterised self-publicist and published author, if a little light on the real magic side.
Like the first, you won`t put it down, it`s a real romp.
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