Title: Harry Potter (#2) and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: J K Rowling
Genre: Fiction / YA/ Fantasy Pages: 251
First published: 1998
Edition: Paperback, published in 1999 by Bloomsbury Paperbacks
So after all these years I am finally re-reading the Harry Potter series, and you are not going to be pleased with me regarding this particular book. I already knew this was not my favourite of the Harry Potter series and that remains the case. I feel it is the weakest book. The tone is already a bit darker than the first book and I feel it is definitely less fun.
Let’s start with the things I do like. Simply put, I do really like the characters and the overall plot. But to be honest, I want to talk about the things I do not like. I do not like the way Rowling writes her overweight characters. They are always stupid or nasty. She always goes on about Dudley’s fat face or fat neck, same goes for Crabbe and/or Goyle, and even Hagrid, who is written to be not the cleverest of men. There are no nice clever overweight characters as far as I can tell. That would not bother me so much if she did not emphasize the fact that they are fat every time she talks about an overweight character. I found it really bothered me.
Then of course there is the incompetence of the Hogwarths teachers. Why do the students always need to solve all the problems? If Dumbledore is so clever, why is he so blind to everything that is going at Hogwarts right under his nose? The mind boggles.
Overall, I did enjoy the read. Of course, a younger audience would not care about the above issues at all. But for me, this Harry Potter instalment does fall short.
That is not to say I do not like this series as a whole, but this one is just a bit meh.
4 out of 7 stars