Even today this series can fascinate me. This young boy is one you love right from the start. It isn´t only because of what he is and what he becomes over the years. It is because he always has an open heart. No matter what. But most of all it is the fascination young children feel when they dive into the magic world of Harry Potter. No matter if they read it alone or are snuggled up to you while they listen to your voice.

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
by Joanne K. Rowling
Harry Potter Series #2
Publisher Bloomsbury on September 1, 2014
Genre Children 8+
Pages 384
Format Paperback
Source Purchased

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. Students are found as though turned to stone. Dobby's sinister predictions seem to be coming true.
Harry just got through the summer holidays and is already looking forward to starting school at Hogwarts. In a cloak-and-dagger operation, Ron gets Harry out of his barred room in Privet Drive, with the help of his two brothers Fred and George. Since all Hogwarts students need books, powders, tinctures, and the like for the new school year, the whole Weasley family takes Harry to Diagon Alley, and he learns how a wizard or witch normally travels: Using a chimney and flea powder. In an adventurous way, Harry arrives at Hogwarts this time, and everyday school life begins again. One day, when strange things happen and a mysterious beast begins to wreak havoc, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are once again in the middle of a new adventure. A lot of spiders cross Harry's path and the walls are smeared with blood causing unrest among the Hogwarts students. And Harry finds that somewhere within him lies the solution to the riddle of the Chamber of Secrets. Finally, in a fantastic final battle, he stands up to Lord Voldemort and learns what it means to be a Gryffindor.

Joanne K. Rowling's style is as simple as it is effective. A skillful mixture of reality and fantasy. Funny dialogues, sometimes longer, sometimes shorter, dominate the plot, and although the author refrains from lengthy explanations as far as magic is concerned, the reader always knows exactly when a spell is cast by one of the characters or when a character only is thinking.

The individual characters are presented clearly and without superfluous words and show the reader the world of magic in an impressive way. In this volume, Harry Potter struggles with self-doubt and the fear of hearing things that no one else seems to be able to hear but him. Joanne K. Rowling shows her protagonist to be extremely sensitive and still managed to captivate her readers with imagination and to make the individual characters simple, varied, and amazingly profound. Even the character of Ron Weasley, who usually has a rather big and casual mouth, is surprisingly anxious and his panic about spiders comes across wonderfully.

Joanne K. Rowling has once again written an exciting and imaginative children's and young people's book that also quickly enchants adults and guarantees lovely reading pleasure.

Happy reading

J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling ©Mary McCartney

J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories, translated into 73 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films. She has also written two small volumes, which appear as the titles of Harry´s schoolbooks within the novels. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages were published by Bloomsbury Children´s Books in March 2001 in aid of Comic Relief. In December 2008, The Tales of Beedle the Bard was published in aid of her Children´s charity Lumos and quickly became the fastest-selling book of the year.


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