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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
1998
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After some people from Hogwarts are discovered petrified, Harry, Ron and Hermione try to discover the reason behind this mystery, which leds them to a hidden room named the chamber of secrets.


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A great copy-paste sequel
By Jack Anderson on September 4, 2017
 (8/10)

SPOILER ALERT

COPY-PASTE SEQUEL
"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" is almost the same book as its predecessor, "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone".
In both books:
- Harry Potter starts his journey by the Dursleys,
- Harry is having trouble going to Hogwarts,
- We are being led to think that one of the secondary characters is behind it (Snape in the first and Hagrid in the second),
- Harry is going to the forbidden forest and facing a dark situation,
- Voldemort is behind the all story,
- Voldemort is acting throughout someone else,
- A Deux Ex Machina appears at the very end, Dumbledore in the first, Dumbledore's bird (Fawks) in the second,
- Voldemort loses,
- Dumbledore is giving huge extra points to Griffindore,
- Griffindore wins the yearly contest.

So, structure-wise, "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" is not only similar, but really a copy-paste of the first book. J.K. Rowling simply reused the same magic potion of the first book and applied it to this one.
The result is still quite positive. It is so similar to the first book that it is logically getting the same kind of review.

MORE COMPLEX PLOT
The difference is that the plot and hence resolution of this book are more complex than in "Philosopher's Stone", which is positive, although it can be sometimes a bit hard to remember all the sub-plots.

NEW CHARACTERS: BAD AND GREAT
This novel introduces two new characters, Dobby and Gilderoy Lockart. While the first one (Dobby) is terribly childishly annoying and hopefully just around in two scenes, the second (Lockhart) is irresistibly funny! Every single of his apparitions is simply hilarious!

THEME
Meanwhile, the main theme of the book is excellent: mudblood/half-blood/full blood.

SUMMARY
To summarize, "Chamber of Secrets" is, like the first book, a great and fun read. It is a delight to find a new adventure with Harry, Ron, Hermione and all the characters we have come to love.

I give "Chamber of Secrets" a 7 (Superb!), even though very similar to its predecessor, it is a excellent book.
At the time of this review, I haven't read the next Harry Potter books and clearly hope that the next ones will push the boundaries of the series and reinvent themselves. If not, I will feel as if those books are only cluedo at Hogwarts.




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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 0
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 0
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 0
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 1998
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009

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