The story continues…
‘So sorry— dozed off— what have I missed?’ is what everyone who hasn’t read any of the Harry Potter books could repeat after Lockhart. I would say that they miss a lot and should try to catch up as soon as possible.
A second year at Hogwarts proves to be as full of events as the first.
Spending the summer with the Dursleys, Harry Potter didn’t expect much from his holidays. Nonetheless, when a house-elf Dobby appears in his room, claiming that it is too dangerous for Harry to return to the school, he cannot face spending a whole year in his uncle’s house. With the help of the Weasleys, he runs away and finds his way back to Hogwarts. But the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is not the same place. A mythical Chamber of Secrets has been opened, and the Slytherin’s monster roams the castle’s dark corridors. Harry, Ron and Hermione will have to solve the puzzle from the past to escape the dangers of the present.
‘The Chamber of Secrets has been opened. Enemies of the Heir, beware.’
The series gets immensely darker with the second instalment. The atmosphere of mystery and danger is magnified by the rumours about a monster living in Hogwarts and his master— the Heir of Slytherin, bound on killing students. As the fear spread through the school, the plot touches on the subjects of tolerance and race. We find out that the Wizarding society is as diverse and divided as our own. Some wizards feel superior because they are ‘pure blood’— they come from a family of wizards and witches, and they enjoy humiliating those who were born as Muggles. This attitude is criticised, and equality is promoted.
Being darker than the first novel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is also full of humour. If anyone can steal this show from Harry, it is definitely Gilderoy Lockhart, with his shiny hair, perfect smile and enormous ego. He is an author of a series of bestselling books, a Wizarding World celebrity and a new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. He is also, in my opinion, one of the funniest characters in the whole series. Lockhart is a brilliant actor, using confidence and a pretty face to convince everyone about his greatness. His insistence on teaching Harry to deal with fame leads to numerous hilarious situations. But let’s sum up his career in his own words:
‘Am I a Professor?’ said Lockhart in mild surprise. ‘Goodness. I expect I was hopeless, was I?’
Who is your favourite Chamber of Secrets character?
I rate this book at **** 4 out of 5. It still gets better afterwards.