This week, I chose to continue on with last Saturday’s series book and review Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. In the second installment of J.K. Rowling’s award winning series, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are back for their second year at Hogwarts School or Witchcraft and Wizardry. After several strange and life-threatening events, it becomes clear to Harry that someone is trying desperately to remove him from Hogwarts. But who is Harry’s mysterious tormentor? Could it be his arch-enemy Draco, or maybe his least favorite teacher, Snape? The new, flashy, and arrogant Professor Lockheart does seem to take an interest in Harry. Are his motives sinister? Even Harry’s good friend Hagrid no longer seems innocent. With his suspect list and help from a 50-year-old diary, Harry attempts to find the one responsible for the horrible happenings at Hogwarts. But everyone else at Hogwarts is already sure they know who the culprit is, Harry himself. Can Harry find the perpetrator and convince his peers of his innocence, or will his dark past point him towards a dark future?
Once again, Rowling has taken very sophisticated thematic elements and made them more accessible to young readers. Harry adventures at Hogwarts can help teach important lessons of friendship, bravery, acceptance, following the rules, and the importance of the choices you make. While Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a great read for any age, it is great for 7-10 year olds who are looking for advanced reading books to challenge them intellectually, while still being fun and relatable. And when readers are ready for more complicated plot lines, character development, vocabulary, and thematic elements, there are 5 more books in the series that more than fulfill those needs. Series are great for young readers because they get children excited about reading when they can’t wait to read the next book. They also are good for early readers because they require readers to remember different details or events as their importance spans across different books. Harry Potter is a particularly great series for children because it is intellectually simulating, it is relatable to children on many different levels, it helps kids learn to make connections, and it is positively entertaining and fun.
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” -Dumbledore in Chamber of Secrets
Posted by Madison Jones