Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Review & Summary of 2nd Book


“It is our choices Harry that show what we truly are,
Far more than our abilities.”
Yes, the choices that we make in our life truly have a great impact .some choices have big consequences and some do not matter at all. When I came across reading books, I think the best choice I ever made in this field was to reading the Harry Potter series.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second book in the Harry Potter series. if you’ve read the first novel then definitely you’ll go for this one because not only this novels house great literature but also are great providers of fun, adventure, love, learning, thrill, and what not .the whole fun and magical of the novel can’t be expressed in mere 600-700 words unless and until you gather up the courage and actually pick up the series and start from the very beginning.

Premise of The Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

The plot follows Harry’s second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, during which a series of messages on the walls of the school’s corridors warns that the “Chamber of Secrets” has been opened and that the “heir of Slytherin” would kill all pupils who do not come from all-magical families. These threats are found after attacks that leave residents of the school petrified. Throughout the year, Harry and his friends Ron and Hermione investigate the attacks.

Summary of The Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry potter and the Chamber of secrets Book Review
Harry Potter is living with his aunt and uncle in their house at Privet Drive in Surrey. He is the one who is not so welcomed at home after he finishes his first year at Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft and Wizardry. A year back he had discovered that he was a wizard and had experienced a marvellous year at Hogwarts.
At the end of his previous school year, he had come face to face with the Dark Wizard Lord Voldemort who had killed Harry’s parents. He learnt new spells to protect his loved ones.
‌This year Harry is desperately waiting for the summer holidays to end because he believes and feels that Hogwarts is his home. One evening when Mr Dursely has to sign an important deal with the Masons, he asks Harry to stay in his room till the asked to come out. He threatens Harry and forbids him to make any sort of noise as he considers a wizard’s presence in the house to be a huge disgrace and shame.
Harry promises so but things do not turn out as he expects them to be and experiences strange warnings from Dobby the house-elf who forbids him to go back to Hogwarts telling him that there is s plot to make the most terrible things happen at Hogwart.
He lands  Harry into trouble by making a mess of the pudding intended for the Masons and making Vernon Dursely punish him. Mr. Dursely locks Harry and takes away all his school possessions.
But soon Harry is rescued by his best friend Ron Weasley and his brothers Fred And George in their Father’s enchanted car,a flying Ford Angelia.
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At Ron’s house, The Burrow  Harry presumably spends the happiest time of his life. This is the first time ever, he enjoys his holidays so much and as the end draws nearer he becomes sad about leaving The Burrow.
As the Weasleys and Harry go to the King’s Cross station Harry finds that the barrier to platform 9 3\4  is blocked and he and Ron can’t get through it .so they decide to fly to Hogwarts through the enchanted car.
As they reach Hogwarts they both receive detention for the wrongdoing but still are not able to explain the mystery of the blocked pillar.
The year goes peacefully until Harry hears strange voice software something intending to kill someone while attending sir Nicholas’s death day party. He soon follows the sounds but Ron and Hermione lay stress upon the fact that they couldn’t hear such noises and then the most dreaded attacks start. People seem to be turned into stone structures. The first one to be petrified was the caretaker’s cat, Mrs. Norris
The wall that was near the petrified cat was all stained red with a bloody message, “The Chamber Of Secrets has been opened,
Enemies of the heir …..beware.”
This comes as a shock to all the people at Hogwarts and everybody scurries back to their dormitories.
As the attacks grow in number so does the fear amongst the students. Harry, Ron, and Hermione suspect Draco to be the heir of Slytherin. They are determined to investigate the matter and make Draco confess the fact of him being the Heir of Slytherin. But there is only one way to get the truth out of Draco and that is to disguise themselves as Crabbe and Goyal (Draco’s best friends). Harry had no idea how to do it but Hermione suggested using the Polyjuice potion. It took one month to prepare the Polyjuice potion and soon  Harry and Ron nipped some hair of Crabbe and Goyal because, in order to change into someone, you needed their hair. Hermione took of some hair from Milicent Bulstrode’s robes and they all drank the Polyjuice potion but it did not do any good to Hermione and her face got transfigured into a cat’s face.on the other hand, Draco confessed in front of Harry and Ron that he was not the heir of Slytherin. Hence all their efforts went in vain.
Hermione soon recovered from her cat’s face and the attacks grew in number so, in order to make stunted learn to cope with any danger that comes their way, professor Dumbledore asked professor Lockhart and Professor Snape to start a Duelling club.
The first pair to duel is that of Harry and Draco Malfoy, Harry’s enemy at Hogwarts. As the duelling commences, Draco fires a cure that produces a Serpent and Harry tries to control it by speaking Parsletongue .soon everybody discovers to their surprise that Harry is a largemouth. soon everyone starts believing they Harry is the Heir of Slytherin.
Harry, Hermione, and Ron prepared the Polyjuice potion in Moaning Myrtle’s  Bathroom .on one such visit to the bathroom Harry comes across a very strange Diary with nothing written in it except just one name that is T.M Riddle. Harry finds the diary strange because, despite the fact that he found the diary amongst a wet surrounding, there was not even a single drop of water affecting it. Harry decides to keep it and at night investigates the diary and tries to reveal if anything was written in it but as soon as Harry starts writing in the diary, it begins to respond.
 Harry asks Tom (owner of the diary )if he knew anything about the Chamber of Secrets to which Tom replies that he could show him. To Harry’s surprise, he is pulled inside the diary and discovers that the Chamber of Secrets had been opened earlier by Hagrid (Hogwarts gamekeeper ). Harry tells this ti Hermione and Ron And they both get surprised.
Soon the next Quidditch match draws nearer and every student is filled with alacrity. Wood starts training the Gryffindor team harder than ever and on the day the match was supposed to be scheduled, it gets cancelled. The disappointed Gryffindors depart from the playground, Professor McGonagall stops Harry and Ron and tell them to follow her.
She leads them to the infirmary, where Harry and Ron are horror-struck on seeing a petrified Hermione.
Harry and Ron think of asking Hagrid about the Chamber of Secrets. As they reach Hagrid’s hut, Hagrid’s is visited by the Minister of Magic and Lucius Malfoy who take away The headmaster, Professor Dumbledore, and Hagrid to Azkaban .at the time of leaving
Hagrid gives Harry and Ron a clue to follow the spiders. Harry and Ron are befuddled at this statement given by Hagrid. But they follow the spiders to the forbidden forest where they come across a giant and dangerous spider who tells them that it was not Hagrid who opened the Chamber of Secrets.
Harry and Ron return to the Gryffindor common room and try to sneak to Moaning Myrtle’s Bathroom to find any clue against the attacker. But on there way they are seen by Professor McGonagall and Harry quickly fabricates a story if going to see Hermione. When Harry and Ron are taken to the infirmary, Ron sees a couple of paper in Hermione’s hand .he tries to take it out and this paper comes out to be of great help in solving the mystery.
They discover that the monster who has been attacking many students is none other than a Basilisk.
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it was a huge king snake and because if the reason that it was a snake, Harry could hear him. They run to the staffroom to tell this to professor McGonagall and discover that the monster had itself taken a student inside the Chamber and had left a message on the wall below the first one. The student is none other than Ron’s sister, Ginny Weasley.
Harry and Ron rush to professor Lockhart and take him along with him to Moaning Myrtle’s Bathroom where they investigate Myrtle about the way she died .she explained she saw a pair of big yellow eyes and died and it was exactly the way the Basilisk killed its prey. soon Harry opens the sink which led to the Chamber of Secrets as Harry reaches the bottom of the pit leading the way, Lockhart tries to wipe off Harry and Ron’s memories because he himself was scared of going inside the Chamber.
But as soon as he fires the curse with Ron’s broken wand the curse backfires and hits Lockhart instead, making him lose his memory the rocks fall by blocking  Ron’s way to Harry altogether. Harry proceeds further to the Chamber, alone and opens it using Parsletongue .when it opens, Harry finds an unconscious Ginny on the floor and sees Riddle strolling around. Harry asks for help but riddle denies it and Harry dis overs that Riddle himself is the Heir of Slytherin.
He tells Harry that he has just a memory that was preserved inside that diary Harry had found. Ginny had found that the diary and riddle had controlled her mind in that way and had made her write all those messages on the wall. Riddle tells him that he himself is Lord Voldemort and intends to kill Harry by the call of the Basilisk as Harry tries to escape the Basilisk, Fawkes (Dumbledore’s pet Phoenix bird )comes in with the sitting hat.
Riddle laughs at this but Harry finds a gleaming sword inside the hat and uses it to kill the Basilisk.
In this process, a Basilisk fang manages to harm Harry and soon the poison starts spreading. Harry destroys the riddle and the diary altogether with the Basilisk fang and soon Fawkes begins to cry shedding tears of sorrow on Harry’s wound but this cures the wound and Harry remembers Dumbledore telling him that Phoenix tears have healing powers.
Ginny regains consciousness and Harry, Ron Ginny and Professor Lockhart make their way out of the Chamber with Fawkes’s help as he flies them out of the Chamber.
When they come out both Ron and Harry receive awards for special services to the school and everybody who had been petrified regains Consciousness with the mandrake potion and Gryffindor wins the house championship and exams get cancelled (to Hermione’s dismay). Hagrid comes back From Azkaban and another marvelous and magnificent year at Hogwarts comes to an end. 
Harry potter and the Chamber of secrets Book review

SOME FLAWS IN THE BOOK  Harry Potter and the chamber of the Secrets

1.At At the beginning of the story when Harry and Ron fly the car to Hogwarts, they are not allowed to attend the feast and McGonagall magicked sandwiches out of thin air.
However, it is clearly stated in the later books of the series that food can’t be magicked.
2.When the traveling by floo powder goes wrong and Harry enters into Borgin and Burke’s, Draco and Lucius Malfoy enter the shop and Draco is talking about Harry at that time .this seems a bit too obvious and monotonous.

AWARDS WON BY THE BOOK Harry Potter and the chamber of the secrets 

Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was the recipient of several awards. The American Library Association listed the novel among its 2000 Notable Children’s Books, as well as its Best Books for Young Adults. In 1999, Booklist named Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets as one of its Editors’ Choices, and as one of its Top Ten Fantasy Novels for Youth. The Cooperative Children’s Book Center made the novel a CCBC Choice of 2000 in the “Fiction for Children” category. The novel also won the Children’s Book of the Year British Book Award and was shortlisted for the 1998 Guardian Children’s Award and the 1998 Carnegie Award.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize 1998 Gold Medal in the 9–11 years division.
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I think this book is worth reading and the plot and characters are just fantastic. The way Rowling portrays the characters is amazing and one can actually feel magic in the air. This story traps your mind and soul and the only thing wrong with the book is that you just can’t put it down .this is a must-read for all those who are a big Potter head and should definitely read it .so I recommend this book to all those who want to get mesmerized and lost in the magical world . HAPPY READING TO YOU!

Some Unanswered Questions of Harry Potter and the Chamber of secrets

Q1. Why didn’t Dumbledore himself went down to the Chamber of Secrets to save Harry?

Ans- Dumbledore didn’t know where the Chamber of Secrets was located, or how to enter it. He was clever, but in this case, Harry had a big advantage that made him solve the mystery first: he was a pursed mouth, who could hear and understand the basilisk’s “voice” in the pipes. Dumbledore might have known some parseltongue*, but he wasn’t a natural purse mouth like Harry. To him, and almost everyone else, the “voice” would sound like hissing that might as well be a wind outside the castle, but to Harry, it sounded like ordinary English.
That’s why he never went down the Chamber himself before Harry did.

Q2.  How did Ginny find riddle’s diary?

Ans- At Flourish and Blotts, Lucius Malfoy dropped the diary in Ginny’s bag of books and this is how ginny came across that diary.

Q3. Why didn’t Hogwarts faculty find the Chamber of Secrets?

Ans- The chamber of secrets was created by Salazaar Slytherin before he left Hogwarts where he kept a Basilisk which could only be commanded in Parsletongue.
I doubt after so many years the teachers even truly believed if the Chamber even exists and didn’t really think of checking the underground sewage or pipes. Everyone thought the Chamber would be an..well actual chamber. Also once Slytherin left the attacks only started when Voldemort came to school and discovered his heritage and realized he too can talk in Parsletongue.
The Chamber could only be accessed by a Parcel mouth and the monster too would only obey the true Heir of Slytherin. I doubt any of the staff or faculty met any of these criteria and overtime just considered the Chamber of Secrets as one of those myths without any backing or proof of its existence.
The Chamber of Secrets was opened by Ginny Weasley, on the command of Tom Riddle aka Voldemort.

Q4. Why was the Chamber of Secrets opened?

Ans- Let me explain.
In Harry’s second year, before the start of term, Harry and the Weasley family went to Diagon alley, to buy books. They entered Flourish and Blotts, where they confronted Lucius Malfoy.
Now Malfoy had a diary, which he tried to sell to Borgin&Burkes….because the diary was a dark object, and he had to save himself from continuous ministry raids.
Now on the book store, a fight occurred between Lucius and Arthur…and Lucius accidentally slipped the diary in the cauldron of the youngest Weasley child, Ginny.
Ginny found it after going home and saw that the diary has never been filled in. So she started to write in it, and miraculously, incredulously, the diary replied her back. She was thrilled, and gradually she started to make a new pocket-friend…the diary.
She told it everything, every small detail and secret she had, to the diary. Knowing all this, the diary became stronger, as she “spilled her soul” on it. So it gradually starts to use them against her, as a weapon.
Now the diary was a Horcrux, made by Tom Riddle, and Riddle enclosed a part of his own soul inside it, which became stronger, feeding on the soul of Ginny.
Now term began, and the soul(diary; all are same), knew that Ginny is in Hogwarts. So it implanted a bit of “it’s soul” inside Ginny, thus being able to control her.
Now Tom Riddle had already opened the chamber 50 years ago, as he was the heir of Slytherin, and he had to unleash the horrific monster(a basilisk), on every muggle-born wizard or witch. So the soul, which belonged to Riddle, decided that it was the time, to repeat history once more. So Ginny went to the abandoned bathroom, spoke parseltongue(the soul inside her), and brought the Slytherin monster once again in the open.

Antra Koul
Antra Koul
For me, writing is something that helps me escape from reality for a while. Even though I am an Engineer, I find my comfort from chaos while I write. I love telling people about my stories, stories that play in my mind only. When I am writing, there is no limit to how far I can go swimming in this deep ocean of words. Reading and writing are the two things that help in organizing my messed up thoughts in a formative way. Come along on this journey with me as I write and you read the stories that I have to tell!


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