Tuesday, 19 April 2016
Audiobook Review: Harry Potter & Chamber of Secrets [Harry Potter #2] by J.K. Rowling
I was late to the phenomenon that is Harry Potter, and missed the publication of the first few books, so when I finally did read them, it was a binge read to get ready for the publication of book 5, and I haven't really picked them up since. Getting to listen to the books lets me revisit this world at whatever time I want, when travelling, cleaning, and even at night. Chamber of Secrets is the second book in the Harry Potter world. Harry is in his second year of Hogwarts, but his return to school isn't as easy as he expected, especially with the unwanted help of a house elf called Dobby.
Chamber of Secrets brings a whole new element to this world in the form of a diary belonging to Tom Riddle, and something mysteriously petrifying students, ghosts, and animals. We learn about the history of the school and a hidden chamber that no-one could find. Harry also learns more about his past, and an unwanted ability he has been left with...but one that comes in very handy.
A new teacher has also been employed for the Defense Against the Dark Arts lesson, Gilderoy Lockhart. Not only is Gilderoy a waste of space, he is extremely self-centered and thinks he can do anything and everything, but he also makes for some funny reading, especially when his suggestions are quickly quashed, and unwanted tasks are given to him easily.
Once again, Stephen Fry is the narrator for Chamber of Secrets, and he does a fantastic job. I really enjoy the different accents and voices he does for the characters, and occasionally Gilderoy Lockhart did sound like David Frost.
Chamber of Secrets was a book I really enjoyed, I love everything about this world, and the narration just fits with is perfectly. I loved getting to spend another year at Hogwarts and catch up with some old friends. I can't wait to make a start on the next book.