Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)
By J.K. Rowling
Originally Published July 2nd, 1998
Single POV, Third Person
A friend of mine is doing a Harry Potter reread and I said I would join her. Harry Potter holds a very near and dear place in my heart due to the escapism I was able to achieve as a kid growing up in a not so happy childhood. I absolutely hate what Rowling has become, a beacon for intolerance, when she was once an author that brought me great joy and peace and shaped a lot of my happiness in my childhood. I do not support such base and cruel comments or ideals. It pains me to even say that the characters Rowling created would be ashamed of her too. While I do not condone what she has said and how she has hurt so many, and I will not and have not been supporting any of her work after the Deathly Hallows, I refuse to let her taint Hogwarts for me. I understand some might wish for me to literally burn my books (as I saw some people doing), I will not. However, I also do not wish to upset anyone, so I will keep my posting to a bare minimum and only post my reviews. I understand if you choose to skip these reads.
The Chamber of Secrets was my favorite book in the series growing up, and is my favorite movie out of all the Harry Potter films. I'm not going to go into detail about the plot; you know these stories and characters, but here are my thoughts after reading this for the first time in years.
The Sorcerer's Stone kind of upset me when I reread it before this. It was jarring, being able to see the blatant abuse and questionable behaviors from characters that I had completely missed or not thought was abnormal (even more disturbing a thought) as a young kid or teen. In The Chamber of Secrets, I feel like a little of that shock had worn off by the time I started its reread, as well as there simply being a little less of the sketchy development Rowling was writing. The Chamber of Secrets is darker than its predecessor, and, if I remember correctly, the books get darker as they go. But the plot is tidier, stronger, and establishes even more developmental world building and magical history (which are my favorite things about this series). All in all, I really enjoyed rereading this one and it maintains its place as my favorite HP book...so far...