POTTERTHON DAY #2 !
The Chamber Of Secrets had been opened.
Enemies of the heir, beware.
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Joanne Kathleen Rowling ( pen names-J.K Rowling, Robert Galbraith) is a British author who was born on 31 July, 1965 in Gloucestershire, England. Besides being an author, she is also well known as a philanthropist, producer and screenwriter. She is best known for the Harry Potter series which having sold more than 500 million copies, is the best selling book series in history. Her life as both an author and an individual is an inspiration and continues to be a beacon of hope for all. She is undoubtedly, my favourite author of all time.
Fantasy fiction, young adult fiction, drama, mystery, thriller, bildungsroman. [Courtesy of Google]
( According to Wikipedia, Bildungsroman is a literary genre that focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood in which character change is important.)
MY THOUGHTS ON THE BOOK:
So, today I’m going to be reviewing the second book in the Harry Potter series! If you haven’t read the first book’s review, no worries! You can check it out here! I don’t see the point in mentioning the same aspects again and again. So, given below is a list of all the common features of all the 7 (I didn’t really like the eighth book) books.
➡Highly imaginative and vivid descriptions.
➡Sarcastic and casual language.
➡Suspenseful and captivating read.
➡In depth descriptions of each and every character.
➡Wise quotes and values making every book fit for adults and children.
➡ Every character is super sassy in their own way(or audacious, if you prefer a more formal word).
Lockhart cuffed Harry merrily on the shoulder. “Just do what I did, Harry!” “What, drop my wand?”
Now moving onto ‘Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets’, the book features a 12 year old Harry (who was 11 in the first book) and picks off from where it ended in the first book. So, we meet Harry who is at the Dursleys anxiously awaiting his return to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It is about this time when we are introduced to the adorable (but miserable) Dobby who is a house elf and trapped in servitude to an important but evil wizarding family. He is awfully concerned for Harry and tries to prevent Harry from returning to Hogwarts through a lot of cruel schemes (but all with good intention).
If he doesn’t stop trying to save your life he’s going to kill you.
Despite Dobby’s efforts, Harry manages to return to(and not get expelled from) Hogwarts after a lot of hardwork and a particularly sharp telling off from both, Professor McGonagall and Professor Snape (read the book to know what they did.) Soon, their second year at Hogwarts commences and the adventure begins, this one luckily that the reader too can embark on.
It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
J.K Rowling has done a fantastic job in introducing the reader to yet another year at Hogwarts and has marvellously described Harry’s school life which is obviously way different(and extremely fun) than the muggle(non-wizard) alternative. Oh well. The descriptions of each lesson that Harry and Ron have to go through make for a delightful and humorous read. And yes, there is no Hogwarts without Quidditch. We read quite a bit about the Quidditch matches. The rivalry and competition between the four houses; Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin and Ravenclaw (names in alphabetical order) are also evident.
Because that’s what Hermione does,” said Ron, shrugging. “When in doubt, go to the library.”
Hermione (one of the trio and resident nerd) and Ron’s twin brothers, Fred and George Weasley have also been made to play their parts really well. Of course, we see Dumbledore return to his post as The Headmaster of Hogwarts and we get to read a lot of wise and eye opening quotes. Apart from the usual characters, we are introduced to yet another hilarious character, Gilderoy Lockhart, the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, dumb but handsome. He is so engrossed with himself and his conceit is off the charts! Oh dear! How could I forget? We also meet Moaning Myrtle, a ghost who despite her name keeps us amused with her silly antics. In contrast to her current situation, her past is tragic and we learn more of her death as the story nears its end. She ends up being helpful(more or less) to Harry as they attempt to unravel the secrets behind the mysterious happenings at Hogwarts.
“Oh, well… I’d just be thinking… if you had died, you’d have been welcome to share my toilet,” said Myrtle, blushing silver.
As soon as things start happening at Hogwarts, the story takes a more suspenseful and sinister turn with everyone casting their suspicions on Harry who is always seen at the place of the crime. Harry, Ron and Hermione begin investigating and stumble upon a lot of random bits and pieces. Harry finds a diary that can talk(write), Dumbledore is told to leave and Hagrid is sent to Azkaban(Wizarding prison).
You will also find that help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it.
The story is breathtaking and the struggles and joy of school life have been portrayed beautifully with Draco Malfoy reprising the role of a bully along with his two mates, Crabbe and Goyle. The author has effortlessly included the themes of discrimination (which led to murder), racism, kidnap, fraud etc. contained in a fascinating story that is guaranteed to make its readers mesmerised beyond limits.
It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.
The author has flawlessly explained everything making use of past happenings and fusing the past and present seamlessly to give the reader knowledge of such things that the characters are unaware of. This book proceeds with a gentle but thrilling flow and ends with Harry emerging victorious and Dobby being freed.
Well, that’s all, guys! See you soon!
And together they walked back through the gateway to the Muggle world.