Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Why Follow the Spiders?

You will also find that help will always be given at 
Hogwarts to those who ask for it.” ~ Albus Dumbledore

It was over a year ago that I promised to review Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and this seems like the perfect week to do it. I'm reviewing the books out of order, but since it's my favorite series of all time, I will eventually get them all done!


Harry has had a terrible summer, which is no surprise since he is back with his aunt, uncle, and cousin. To make matters worse he didn’t hear from any of his friends from Hogwarts, not even on his birthday. When Dobby, a house elf, shows up unexpectedly, Harry is warned not to go back to Hogwarts or bad things will happen. Unfortunately, right after that things get a little out of control and end with Uncle Vernon locking Harry in his room for the whole summer. Thank goodness he gets sprung by the wild Weasley boys in their flying car! They take Harry to the Burrow (their house), which is one of my favorite places. Getting back to Hogwarts is rough, but it sets the reader up for year two at the magical school. Soon after classes start, Harry, Ron, and Hermione attend a Deathday party, which isn’t nearly as fun as a Halloween party, but still very interesting. It's also when Harry starts hearing something that no one else seems to be able to hear, and they find Mrs. Norris (Filch’s cat) petrified and dangling from the ceiling. As they search for clues they find out a lot about past incidents at Hogwarts, and they are given a mysterious clue by Hagrid to follow the spiders. What will they find when they follow the spiders into the Forbidden Forest? Who is behind the dangers at Hogwarts? Why does Harry hear something that no one else can hear? Is there really a chamber of secrets, and has it been opened? You will turn the pages faster than Harry can fly to find out how everything turns out, even if you have read it before!

I fell in love with the Harry Potter series as soon as I began the first book. I grabbed book two right away and finished it in a day. Since then I have read and reread each book many times. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was an excellent follow-up to The Sorcerer’s Stone. I was so entertained by Harry’s adventures, and I grew to love the characters even more. It was fun watching the friendship between Ron, Harry, and Hermione grow, and I had a blast getting to know the new characters that were introduced. I can still hear Gilderoy Lockhart in my head, and I would love to try Polyjuice Potion- at least once. This book was full of adventure, and I never knew who or what would be around each corner. I especially liked learning more about Voldemort and his early life. While book two is not my favorite out of the series, it did make me more enchanted with the story and characters, and it made me pick up the next book right away. This is a series I cannot say enough about. I wish I could be a part of these books, and I cannot recommend them enough to others. If there is anyone that has missed them, get yourself a copy today! If you have read and enjoyed them, you may want to try listening to them read by the master, Jim Dale. He is so talented and makes each story come alive. Once you turn the last page you will feel satisfied with Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, but you will need book three at your fingertips. 
Has anyone else read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets? Or have you read any other books by J.K. Rowling? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Reading and Happy Halloween! ~L


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35 comments:

  1. Great book. It might have been one of my favorite in the series.

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    1. Hi Kelly, It's awesome. Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts with us : ) ~F

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  2. Aw, love the review. <3 Love Harry Potter so much :D But ohh. I need to re-read the books. Been years o.O

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    1. Hi Carina, I need to re-listen to them! I love, love, love listening to this series read by Jim Dale. Thanks for stopping by! ~ F

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  3. I love Harry Potter and have read all of the books and seen the movies over and over. I just rematches the spider one! I just got her adult books, too but have not read them yet!

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    1. Hi Patty, Harry Potter is such a great series! Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts with us! Always lovely to hear from you : ) ~ F

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  4. Loved all the Harry Potter series! Plus, Lockhart is so much fun in Chamber of Secrets.

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    1. Hi Cherie, Lockhart is so fun! Thanks for stopping by : ) ~ F

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  5. A long time since I read any of the books, if only there weren't so many books on my tbr pile I'd read them again.

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    1. Hi Tracy, lol- I hear ya! Thanks for popping in to share your thoughts with us : ) ~ F

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  6. harry potter is the ultimate series. lovable, funny, exciting, suspenseful, romantic, has it all!

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    1. Tara, Yes! We couldn't agree more : ) ~ F

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  7. Greetings, my human friend,

    Ah yes, Harry Potter. My human tells me that Harry is a somewhat thinner version of a classic British schoolboy named "Billy Bunter." The books were written by Charles Hamilton who went under the pseudonym, "Frank Richards."

    Happy Howloween! :)

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar!

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  8. I love the enthusiasm in your voice in this post. Makes me certain (as if I wasn't already) about the magical inspirations in books and stories. I haven't read the series, and I know I've said I would. I still will. Grand adventures like this don't come along that often.

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    1. Ugh Claudine! You must read it soon!!! ~ F & L

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  9. Claudine said just what I was going to say! It's wonderful to know someone's delighted by something. I have series I adore, too. I'm in awe of the author. The joy makes us little kids again. :-)

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    1. Hi Lexa, It does! Thanks so much for stopping by to share your thoughts with us : ) ~ F

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  10. First of all, I LOVE this review! Secondly, I think this book is definitely one of my favorites in the Harry Potter series so far (I'm stuck on Order of the Phoenix right now and can't seem to move forward). There were so many amazing parts in it -- ugh, those spiders, though! Oh, Gilderoy Lockhart -- I loved him yet couldn't stand him, haha. This review has reminded me just how much I love this series and may be just the push I need to get me out of my HP slump! ;D Fabulous review!! <3 *hugs*

    ~Katertot @ A Belle's Tales

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    1. Hi A Belle's Tales, Thanks!!! It's such an awesome story and series : ) ~ F

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  11. I’ve read all the HP books; the sorcerer’s stone (called the philosopher’s stone in the UK) and the chamber of secrets are my favourites although I love them all. I read The Casual Vacancy last year but didn’t feel it lived up to Harry Potter – but then I don’t think anything could.
    I really enjoyed your excellent review.

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    1. Hi Barbara, Thanks! Always lovely to hear from you- thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts with us : ) ~ F

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  12. I read the first two books and I have the rest of the series waiting to be read. I liked book 1 best.

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    1. Hi Medeia, Book 3- The Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite. We hope you love it! ~ F

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  13. I really liked this series, but it isn't my favorite. My favorite series is the Redwall series by Brian Jacques. :)

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    1. Hi Erik, Cool- I haven't read that series yet. Thanks for sharing it with us : ) ~ F

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  14. wonderful review of such a famous and kidz favorite series. I didn't read rather i watched the movie of it.

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    1. Hi Kiran, The movies were good, but the books were spectacular, and the audio version was AWESOME! Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts with us : ) ~ F

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  15. A great review! I didn't read any of this series but my grandchildren read them all and loved them. I saw most of the movies with them and enjoyed those..

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    1. Hi Anna Maria, You should definitely read them if you can- I am sure you would find them to be so magical! Thanks for stopping by : ) ~ F

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  16. Okay, now I'm really wanting to go back an re-read these again! One can never get too much Potter :)

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  17. I love the Harry Potter series and have read them many times.

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    1. Donna- They are so fun to read over and over again. :) ~L

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  18. I have read this one, but I found it to be pretty slow and I didn't really like the situation of Harry having all this money and never offering even the slightest to Ron and his family! I know as a child I would've wanted to share and probably would've asked, even if I'd known I was going to be turned down xD But alas, it was a better adventure and story than the previous one!

    I am currently reading the third and you have told me the books really do take off there, so I hope to enjoy it and finally fall in love with the series!

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    1. Olivia- Although I liked The Chamber of Secrets (more after reading it again later when I reread the books that were out before getting the next new book in the series), it was my least favorite of the whole series. I hope that you enjoy the third book more! I really felt that the series picked up from books 3 on!
      ~Jess

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