I had a favorable experience with J. K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It was fun, and I had to agree with so many others that it wasn’t just for kids, or for parents to read to their kids at bedtime. And I have to say that I have similar feelings for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I wouldn’t say I enjoyed it as much as the first (isn’t that so often the case), but I certainly got to a point where I wanted to keep turning the page to see how it all turned out.
Of course there were parts where I found myself groaning (much like Hermione) about risks Harry (and Ron) took (seriously, stealing a flying car to get to school?!) But I find that I do that with characters beyond those in children’s and young adult books so I won’t put that just on being a “responsible” adult. And of course where is the adventure if risks aren’t taken and rules aren’t broken.
I know these characters have grown up since there are seven books in the series, and this is only Book Two, but even between Books One and Two, I see and like the character development. Rowling also knows how to build suspense and adventure that makes me want to keep turning the page (and get creeped out – like by giant spiders), and then jump into the next book. I have only seen part of the first movie as well, so really I don’t already know what’s going to happen, and it’s sort of fun.
I am really quite happy that Galleysmith is hosting this challenge that gave me the nudge to read this series. Thanks Michelle!
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: J. K. Rowling
Published: August 15, 2000 (paperback)
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks