‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ‘ by J. K. Rowling

fab-photo.jpgOn my summer vacation, I read the book Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets written by J.K Rowling.

After a marvellous year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter is stuck spending summer break with his awful aunt and uncle. His summer is going down the drain—until a little house elf from the magical world appears in his room. Dobby, the house elf, warns Harry that danger awaits him back at Hogwarts. No matter how charming Dobby may seem, Harry doesn’t want to believe him. .The Dursleys lock him in his room, but soon afterwards he is freed by Ron and his twin brothers and is taken to The Burrow in an enchanted flying car. It is time to return to school. Harry and Ron try to get through the portal at King’s Cross Station, but find it closed. So they steal Mr Wesley’s car and fly it to Hogwarts, only to crash into the Whomping Willow. They escape being expelled but are given detention. Inside the castle Harry is the only person who hears a mysterious voice threatening to kill. After a Halloween party, Mrs Norris the cat is found Petrified. The students are scared; everyone is talking about the Chamber of Secrets and the monster within. Professor Lockhart starts a Dueling Club. When Draco Malfoy sets a serpent against Harry, the wizard stops its attack by speaking in Parseltongue. The students are terrified and suspect Harry of being the heir of Slytherin. Ron and Harry find an empty diary. Harry is curious and starts writing in it. The diary was enchanted by a boy called Tom Riddle; through it, Harry sees Hagrid, fifty years earlier, accused of setting a giant spider onto a girl and killing her. When Hermione and another girl are Petrified,  During a visit to Hermione, Ron and Harry find a piece of paper in her hand bearing the word ‘basilisk’. Their friend had discovered the identity of the real monster. The teachers panic when Ginny Weasley is abducted, and they send the students home. Ron and Harry decide it is time to act, so they take Professor Lockhart to Moaning Myrtle’s toilet and there they find a secret passage through one of the sinks. The boys and their hapless teacher go down the passageway. Lockhart tries to bewitch them but the curse falls on himself. Ron and Harry are separated, and Harry decides to enter the chamber alone. The young wizard finds Ginny Weasley alive, but he also meets Tom Riddle. The latter admits that he is Lord Voldemort, the last heir of Slytherin, and he sets the basilisk onto Harry. Dumbledore’s Phoenix enters the chamber and drops the Sorting Hat in Harry’s hands, whilst it punctures the basilisk’s eyes. In the Sorting Hat, Harry finds Gryffindor’s sword and with it kills the snake. The wizard destroys Tom Riddle by pushing the basilisk’s poisonous fang into the diary. Back in Dumbledore’s office, Harry tells his story. Lucius Malfoy, furious that the headmaster is back, is accused of giving Ginny the bewitched diary. He is also tricked by Potter into freeing Dobby. The students celebrate with a midnight feast and Gryffindor win the House Cup for the second time.

It is a wonderful book.I recommend this book to all of my friends who love Harry Potter.I rate it 9/10.

Reviewed by Aishwarya Pradeep

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