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Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets by JK Rowling - Book Review

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Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
JK Rowling
Bloomsbury Publishing

Fiction-Net Rating 5 Star Rated Book

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Harry Potter is a wizard. He is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Little does he know that this year will be just as eventful as the last.

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Harry's back! After a dismal summer with the dreadful Dursleys, Harry finally gets to return to Hogwarts after a stop-off at the Weasley household. However, this time he doesn't travel on the school train, the Hogwart's Express. He arrives by an alternative, though equally enchanting mode of transport.

So begins the second of Harry's adventures. Sorry to be so boring and agree with absolutely everybody else on this but Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets is wonderful. And yes, I found that I couldn't put it down.

JK Rowling has such remarkable descriptive powers that reading her books seems almost like a visual experience. As events unravel and characters are introduced I become convinced that I am able to see them clearly. That Joanne Rowling is able to stimulate the imagination of her reader so intensively is testament to her great talent.

This book is possibly even better than the first. Meeting the characters again is like catching up with familiar friends and foes. There is no explanation or scene setting needed so we are thrown straight into the plot and consequently, the pace is faster. Also, Rowling seems to be a little less cautious and the dramatic climax is nothing short of terrifying.

Harry himself is transforming into the very best of mythical heroes. He is almost developing a darker side, which allows him to flout the rules and gain more power but he uses his gifts only for good purposes. This is the moral thread being developed in the book through the action and without resorting to a preaching tone.

There is a certain amount of jealousy in the writing world regarding the earnings of JK Rowling. To those who are feeling green - take a look at what she's given to millions of children and see if you can put a price on it.

Review by: Rachel Taylor

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