Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The Basilisk, Slytherin's snake, was killed by Gryffindor'…more You point is definitely valid, but it lacks in symbolism in comparison with Rowling's plot.
The Basilisk, Slytherin's snake, was killed by Gryffindor's sword. Only the heir of Slytherin can control the snake. Only a true Gryffindor can pull Godric's sword out of the sorting hat. I think it was important that Harry Potter defeated the basilisk as a Gryffindor(his own soul), rather than a Slytherin(the fragment of Voldemort's soul in him).
Furthermore, even though Harry Potter and the diary were both Horcruxes(in other words, had fragments of the heir's soul), the latter was created by choice when Riddle's soul was still intact, whereas the horcrux in Harry was created by accident, beacause Voldemort's crippled soul was too unstable.
Moreover, out of all the inanimate horcuxes, the diary was the one that seemed to have more complex thought and it was the only one that communicated with people like an actual human being(the other horcruxes tried to deceive or corrupt by sounds or visions, while the diary held actual dialogues).
So one might think that the diary was a more powerful horcrux, or that it had a larger or more stable fragment of Vordemort's soul, therefore even if Harry tried to stop him in parseltongue, Tom Riddle's "phantom" might have a better chance of controlling the snake.
Finally, I agree with an answer that I read, that the diary was an inanimate object and a pure vessel of Tom's soul, as opposed to the other horcrux which coexisted with Harry's soul. The entirety of the diary consists in Voldemort's soul. Harry Potter is a living person with feelings and thought of his own -a true Gryffindor, as the sword proved. (less) (hide spoiler)]
Okay DUH 5/5 stars. I actually liked this book more than I remembered! This used to be my least favorite of the Harry Potter books and, while that still might be true, I was more entertained than I expected! I always forget how different Book Ginny is from Movie Ginny (way better all around) and how she has such a bigger role in the books than the films.
NOW ONTO HP AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN!
Notes: A bit bland at times, with less wonder and discovery than before, but finishes well with a more satisfying conclusion.
"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."
What can I say that hasn't been said before about this series? What words can do this book justice? I've felt at a loss on how to explain my feelings for these books as I've read them. I didn't experience them as a child and therefore my experience is clearly different than ...more
The reason I hate Ginny is---well, never mind. I don't want to start another shipping war here, the last one was terrible enough, so let the reason for my ...more
Notes: A clever conjuration, it's a cozy castle mystery, a creature-fest, and Ripper-esque: lit by monsters, ghosts, and history. ...more
Okay, I'm going to do a little *spoilery* in this review so those of you that haven't read the book then you might just want to look at the pictures. I have picked a ton of pictures from the book but believe me, there are plenty more beautiful ones in the book. Plus, if your a Harry Potter fan you will be getting the book anyway if you haven't already!
So poor Harry is stuck back with the Dursley's on Privet Drive. And even though Harry is a relative, they still treat him like ...more
And here I go with another one of my short “My thoughts about this book” reviews. I can’t believe that I forgot so many things. Like for instance the fact that Dumbledore actually was a Transfiguration teacher before he became headmaster. Kinda suitable that this is McGonagall’s role now. ;-)
1.) ”Harry Potter asks if he can help Dobby … Dobby has heard of your greatness, sir, but of your goodness, Dobby never k ...more
Bedtime reading for my daughter (and second reading for me). It is once again exciting to wander across the Hogwarts halls, observing the mysterious facts that involve the protagonists, just like we were there too. This is Rowling's rare gift: making sure that we see through the eyes of Harry, Ron and Hermione.
The summer holidays have passed, and the new school year is about to start at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry'...more
3rd read (May - June 2018):
Listened to the audiobook (Stephen Fry) and again it was amazing. amazing. amazing. Especially his narration of the howler from Molly Weasley. Priceless.
I really enjoyed this one (as did millions of others, obviously) and, with this installment, I am definitely seeing why this is such a beloved series. The magical wizarding world of Harry, his friends, and the folks at Hogwart's is just FUN to read about.
I am in LOVE with Fawkes the phoenix and I adore Dumbledore...And now I am ...more
"The best of us must sometimes eat our words,"
Every time you loved the first book of a series, and then start reading the second - eagerly waiting for the story to continue - there's always the apprehension, that things might not be as great as the first. Well, Chamber of Secrets will convince you otherwise: everything keeps getting better.
"Have you ever heard of a plan where so many things could go wrong?"
I was glad to find everything I loved abou ...more
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, is a fantasy novel written by British author J.K. Rowling, and the second novel in the Harry Potter series.
The plot follows Harry's second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, during which a series of messages on the walls of the school's corridors warn that the "Chamber of Secrets" has been opened and that the "heir of Slytherin" would kill all pupils who do not come from all-magical f ...more
Quick thoughts on the things that stood out to me:
Wow, the Dursleys were even more loathsome in this book than the first.
I love the Weasleys even more than I already did.
I am so glad my mother never sent me a Howler.
I thought Dobby was annoying in the movie (which I saw when it came out over a decade ago, not having read the book) but I thought he was awesome in the book. In fact, we rewatched the ...more
Let's take this book for example. Harry goes back to Hogwarts. Now enter Gilderoy Lockhart. A fame enamored charlatan, who knows nothing about anything, except memory spells. So clearly a Kardashian. Now some might ask: do Kardashians know memory spells. And the answer i ...more
I made myself a promise not to use any stills from any Harry Potter movies in my reviews for any book of the series, but I have to make an exception today January 14, 2016 thus the image above.
Even people who somehow managed to avoid reading the books and seeing the movies can guess that this book is about Harry Potter's second year the School of Wizardry, Hogwarts. Before he gets there though he had to fight ...more
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets begins when Harry is spending a miserable summer with his only remaining family, the Dursleys. During a dinner party hosted by his uncle and aunt, Harry is visited by Dobby, a house-elf.
Dobby warns Harry not to return to Hogwarts, the magical school for wizards that Harry attended the previous year. Harry politely disregards the warning, and Dobby wreaks havoc in the kitchen, infuriat ...more
I haven't read this book since the first time I read it in 5th grade, but I loved it! I never would have thought before that CoS was one of my favorites from the series but I stand corrected. ...more
Re-read #??: November 29-December 3, 2016
While this is probably one of my least favorites of the series, it's still a fantastic book. I can't say for sure why I don't love it as much as the others, but it's just never stood out to me.
However, upon rereading it, I am reminded again how great Rowling is at developing a story arc! There are so many hints to later parts of the series in this book! Especially with Tom Riddle showing up, the diary, hints of Ron's affect ...more
& thousands more
this one is Beyond AMAZING!
Delightful! Mysterious! & Cute!
My favourite book in the middle grade-ish side (1, 2, 3) of HP.
I enjoyed every moment of it, every time. every page has something new.
& Always my first TOP favourite. (above OotP & GoF)
& I'm always wondering why this beautiful, cute, exciting, mysterious, full of backstories & plot-twist book is so many people's least favourite one in the series :(
it is the cutest & no one can tell me otherwise. :D
second read: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 // buddy read with ines!
this book was absolutely brilliant!
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 stars
Lead Male Character: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★/ 5 stars (everyone)
Lead Female Character: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 stars (everyone)
Plotline: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 stars
Genre: fantasy, middle-grade, wizards
Will I recommend this book to others?: YES
Will I reread this book?: YES, I already did LOL
Overall story summed up in one word: BRILLIANT
Last read of 2016!
Which house are you in? I wo ...more
That being said, this is my least favorite of the early books (I'll let you know whether it's my least favorite overall after I reread HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX).
The reasons are LEGION:
1. Gilderoy Lockhart is a prat and I hate him.
2. Deathday party. It's creepy and gross.
3. Poor Ginny.
4. The trouble Harry and Ron get Mr. Weasley into stresses me out.
5. I don't like snakes ...more
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Although she writes under the pen name J.K. Rowling, pronounced like rolling, her name when her first Harry Potter book was published was simply Joanne Rowling. Anticipating that the target audience of young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman, her publishers demanded that she use two initials, rather than her full name. As she had no middle name, she ch ...more