Mini Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

April 4, 2016 Review 26 ★★★½

Mini Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
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Narrator: Stephen Fry
Source: Borrowed
Length: 10 hours 8 minutes
Release Date: November 20th, 2015
Series: Harry Potter #2
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Middle Grade
Harry Potter's summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors - and then the attacks start.

After years of being behind the times, I’m finally making an effort to read all the Harry Potter books for the first time. My experience with THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE was pleasant. THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS was also charming, but I don’t think I’ve connected with the book as well as I did the first book which is making this review frustratingly difficult to write.

My lack of connection with the story may not necessarily be because the novel was mediocre. Like I said I enjoyed it. I’m 90% certain the main reason I had issues was because I mostly listened while driving and before falling asleep at night. My car is surprisingly noisy and falling asleep while listening meant I missed things. Missing elements of a plot is never helpful.

Lack of connection is the only complaint I’ve had. The direction the series is starting to take is really intriguing. The characters are starting to get more morally ambiguous and complicated. The writing itself is charming and easy to follow.

HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS was a nice read, but I wasn’t in love with it. I imagine this feeling is mostly due to my connection issues. The story, writing, and narration continue to be incredibly enjoyable but I still wish things were a little darker. I look forward to starting THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN as soon as possible.

Rating Report
Overall: 3.4

26 Responses to “Mini Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”

  1. Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books

    Don’t worry, these books get SO much more complex as they go on! I never listened to them on audio and don’t know if that would have effected my love for them… especially the first time through. I hope you like the next book better…. it introduces one of my favorite characters :)
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    • Bec

      They are getting very complex! It’s great. Overall I really do enjoy the audio. I’ll have to read the physical books one day to compare.

    • Bec

      I haven’t seen many of the movies haha. I’m watching the corresponding movie after I finish the book.

  2. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    This has always been my least favorite installment of the series Bec, so don’t be too hard on yourself – I don’t think you’re entirely to blame here :) I do love this one, but I feel like I was almost like Philosopher’s Stone Part 2 – the characters haven’t quite reached their teenaged years yet and it felt a bit like more of the same to me. I’m really excited to read your reviews for the rest of the series though :D
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    • Bec

      It kind of was. The characters were in an inbetween stage so not all that much happened.

      I’ve been enjoying the other books so far :D

  3. Jackie

    If it makes you feel any better, I’m a HUGE Harry Potter fan, but Chamber of Secrets is probably my least favorite of the series. Also, you asked for darkness, and it’s about to settle upon you! The series starts to take a dark turn with the Prisoner of Azkaban. I’ excited for you to read book number three because it was my favorite book in the series for the longest time!
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    • Bec

      You are not the first person to tell me this! I have a feeling it will be my least favourite too.

      It did get dark and continues to get dark! (I’m up to book 5 now)

  4. J

    I will recommend you keep reading the books and when you get to the final book, you will certainly find it the best. For it is in the final book where you find out who each character really is and which sides they have been playing and how, and who really did start the entire pure blood movement…

    • Bec

      It took me starting the audiobooks to get into them, and the further I get in the more I really enjoy the story!

  5. Maya @ Suddenly Inundated

    Aaaaw sorry you didnt enjoy it more! I myself read Harry Potter 4 years ago… And lets just say I forgot, about, well, everything. *cringes* this just proves how dysfunctional my brain is… Though I definitely will be rereading the series as I loved it the first time, Im planning on buying all the books, I just dont know if Im mentally ready to spend $90 on the box set…

    • Bec

      When we read so many books it’s hard to remember everything about all the books we read.

      The boxsets are so beautiful! Though so much money *sobs*

  6. Cynthia

    Eeeeek! I haven’t read the series either, and the fact that there is a series–well, that makes it tougher to get started. The audio book is a good solution (why hadn’t I ever thought of that?) for those in between moments when you should be reading, but you can’t because you’re doing something else!

  7. Tasya

    Ooh I’m glad you quite enjoyed this book, even though listening while falling asleep XD You should try the hard copy when you have time. And don’t worry, things are about to get darker and complex. The 3rd book (and movie) is definitely my favorite from the entire series, so I hope you’ll enjoy it more!
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    • Bec

      I definitely want to give the physical books a go in a few years. I enjoy the books more and more as I go on!

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