Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second book in the series. I decided to do something a bit different here and last month I was trying out Audible. So with my credit I decided to choose a book that I already own for a couple of reasons.
The first is that I am a fast reader and so I would be able to listen to the audiobook, but be allowed to skip ahead if I liked. I ended up doing that because even though I really enjoyed the narrator, I’m still a fast reader.
The second book allows our characters to breathe a little bit more and it really shows. I also felt like this book was more whimsical and humorous then I remember it being even with all the darkness surrounding it.
We also get a bit more of the Weasley Twins and who doesn’t want a little bit more of them. The two of them are some of my favorite characters from the series overall. We get to see a bit of their smartness and mischievousness as well.
What worked well here is that it didn’t just jump from almost no action to action like in the first book. The suspense building and the pacing of the book just becomes a great combination. We don’t even visit the chamber until chapter 16, but it doesn’t drag at all.
When it comes to themes, I think this book’s is really about how we can get in our own ways. Harry’s bullheadedness impedes him most of all and really allows him to look through a very narrow lens when he shouldn’t be. Every character is guilty of this in some way or another and it is interesting to see how it impacts their character development.
Sometimes it was like Gilderoy was just this roadblock that barely any one saw through. He took credit for so many other people’s accomplishment that it was only fitting that he got his end doing the very same thing. Hermione really though?
I also have so many theories about how Dobby was able to defy his master for a boy he had never met. Then try to get him to never make it to Hogwarts and then leave it. I’m just going to stew on that for a while.
Current Ranking of Series:
- Chamber of Secrets
- Sorcerer’s Stone