Book Review #1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

`For my book review, I decided to go with Harry Potter: and the Chamber of Secrets, by J.K Rowling (341 pages). The reason I decided to go with this book was just due to the fact that I had recently been gifted the whole collection of Harry Potter for Christmas, and saw that is was one of the options to choose from. Before I even go into the review, I’m going to state that although Harry Potter is easily the most famous books, and generally everyone knows most of what happens because of the movies, reading it is so much better than I had previously expected. If you are someone who is convinced that you do not need to read the books because you already saw the movie and know everything that happens. Please change your mindset, because the words cannot describe the vivid imagery that your brain concocts when reading these books.
Now that my background story has been said, let us actually move onto the book. In the first book of the Harry Potter series, Harry all-in-all has a successful first semester at Hogwarts. Things start to change for him though after the school year ends and is forced to spend the summer with the Dursleys. The Dursleys treat him even worse than before, and at one point lock him in his cupboard room, not allowing him to leave back for school. To make it even worse a little house-elf named Dobby tells him that bad things are going to happen to Harry Potter if he returns to Hogwarts. Luckily though his good friend, Ron, hears about Harrys’ problems and comes to save him from the Dursleys.
Things get even worse for Harry when the train headed back to Hogwarts was blocked thanks to a magical spell conducted by Dobby. Harry and Ron are forced to take Rons’ fathers magical car. Just as they reach Hogwarts, the car starts sputtering crashing into a very sacred tree. Not even have been at the school for less than an hour and Harry is already being threatened with suspension. The big conflict in this book is that someone had opened the chamber of secrets, and a monster was killing students, which put the safety of the school in extreme danger. The only way that Hogwarts were to stay open, was if the monster was caught. Things get even worse when news comes that Dumbledore is to be suspended. A quote I really enjoyed from this book was when Harry is last talking to Dumbledore before he leaves and Dumbledore tells him, “you will find that I will only truly left this school when none here are loyal to me…”(Rowling 264). With Harry in a predicament, he does the only thing that a true legend like himself would, and that is figure out how to close the chamber of secrets. As Harry starts to put pieces to the puzzle together, he finds himself miles below the school, and face to face with the man who made him a hero in the first place, Lord Voldemort.


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