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Publisher's Note:

In one of the most hotly anticipated sequel in memory, J.K. Rowling takes up where she left off with Harry's second year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Old friends and new torments abound, including a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls' bathroom, an outrageously conceited professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, and a mysterious force that turns Hogwarts students to stone.…

Overall Book Review:

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second book in the best book series of all time. This is why it received a five-star overall rating. And it is also why you should, if you have not already done so, drop everything you are doing and head to the nearest bookstore. Following this action, definitely spend your entire paycheck on the book series and all of the nearby Harry Potter paraphernalia which bookstores usually provide.

After all of this high praise, you might be surprised to know that Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is actually my least favorite book of the series. Yet it is still excellent in almost every way–which just goes to show how preciously perfect the series as a whole must be.

Why is this particular book my least favorite of the series? I did not enjoy how much wrongful persecution Harry Potter suffered. It got on my nerves a bit. But still (as I said), this book deserves massive kudos.

The best way to read this book is the audiobook version. Jim Dale’s voice is a gift to humanity. The audiobooks of Harry Potter are pure gold.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  It is briefly mentioned that a baby’s parents were murdered, and murder was attempted on the baby’s life as well; a boy threatens to set a hedge on fire; a mythical creature attempts to injure himself several times throughout the book; a gnome bites a human; humans throw gnomes out of a garden, but the gnomes don’t get hurt; a magical object is said to have killed many people; human remains are seen in a couple different places, not gory or violent; two adults have a fistfight and end up with a few cuts and bruises; preteens crash a car but aren’t hurt; a magical large object tries to attack two preteens but they escape; a disembodied voice is heard several times making gruesome threats; headless ghosts and other ghosts are seen frolicking around, a few of them with gruesome previous injuries; a cat is cursed and petrified by magic; an adult threatens to kill preteens; a character gets a broken arm while playing sports; a character has a gruesome injury with a painful recovery; a character tells how he was flogged; a character threatens another character; several students are cursed and petrified by magic; an adult blasts another adult off of his feet with a spell; a student is said to have been killed by a monster; monstrous and frightening creatures threaten and try to eat a couple of students; a monster is said to have abducted a student; an adult is hit by some rocks, but is okay; a student kicks an adult; a long scene where a monster, a magical creature, and two students fight, and there are deaths and bloody injuries.

Sex/Nudity:  A couple of teenagers are seen to have been kissing.

Mature Subject Matter:

Mistreatment/neglect of a young ward by his guardians, teen auto theft, death, murder and attempted murder.

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About the Reviewer

I am devoted to stories. The guest bedroom at our house is themed “Harry Potter.” My dream job is to be a librarian or book editor. I even wanted to name our dog Ender or Julian Delphiki, but my husband put his foot down (which was probably a good idea).