Sunday, 2 May 2010

Book #30


Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling


Harry Potter is a wizard. He is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Little does he know that this year will be just as eventful as the last even getting there is an adventure in itself! The three firm friends, Harry, Ron and Hermione, are soon immersed in the daily round of Potions, Herbology, Charms, Defence Against the Dark Arts, and Quidditch. But then horrible and mysterious things begin to happen. Harry keeps hearing strange voices, sinister and dark messages appear on the wall, and then Ron's sister Ginny disappears.


This was just as delightful as the first, full of mystery, intrigue, and most of all, heart!

I've noticed with the first and second books that I have a light feeling of freedom and safety, because I know what is to come. The wizarding world doesn't seem as terrifying and dangerous as I know it will in books to come. Although this is a nice feeling to an extent, I can't help but dread coming events! I am getting more and more into it, and it's quite exciting.

The title of this particular Potter book has incited some wonder across the world about the meaning behind it. There is a theory that Rowling is bringing back memories of her childhood sexuality by sending Harry into her 'chamber'. Reviewers then go on to say that Rowling is fulfilling her sexual desires by writing the novel in such a way. Personally, I find these ideas ridiculous. Freud does not feature in everything, and this is a children's book. If this was Rowling's intention (whether concious or not), I'd rather not think about it.

Again, it's just wonderful how many hints to the final book are lodged within these pages. I find it amazing that Rowling had the entire plot, not to mention subplots, all worked out from so early on.

Time for Book Three!


30 / 66 books. 45% done!

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