Rightly said by the great Albus Dumbledore, “That it is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” Two powerful wizards, Dumbledore and Lord Voldemort chose their own path; one trod towards humanity while the other against it. Flawless and inspiring, Chamber of Secrets is a delightful sequel to the very adorable first book of the Harry Potter series. There are countless reasons to love it; Harry’s escape to the burrow in the flying Ford Anglia, the whomping willow, Fred and George’s hilarious mockery of the Heir of Slytherin, Riddle’s diary, the Howler, and how can one forget Dobby! It was all a work of a remarkable imagination that captivated billions of readers across the countries and continents.
Rowling’s magic was at its best again; as the readers turned page after page, they got acquainted to the alluring ancient history of Hogwarts and the four founders: Godric Gryffindor, Salazar Slytherin, Helga Hufflepuff and Rowena Ravenclaw. Not only did this instalment reveal how the four houses came into formation, but it also gave an insight into the lives of these four great sorcerers of all time. Soon enough, the exciting and intriguing legend of the Chamber of Secrets was also disclosed and the trio were back in action for this new dangerous venture.
Another bewitching facet of the story was the centuries old Basilisk; dangerous and creepy, it lurked in the corridors of Hogwarts hissing menacingly. The mythical creature was quite the show stealer towards the culmination. Harry and Ron’s encounter with Aragog, the giant Acromantula, also appeared to lure the readers quite well. Undoubtedly, Rowling’s magical abilities at wit, suspense, characterization was present throughout the narrative. In the end her brilliance as a writer once again left the audience spellbound and hungry for the next instalment and the boy who wore specs and a lightning bolt scar continued to enchant its readers with his magical wand.