Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Review

I have now finished two of the Harry Potter books—–Chamber of Secrets focuses on Harry’s 2nd year at Hogwarts. New dangers await and new characters exist.

Harry’s second year at Hogwarts is rife with fresh torments and horrors, including an outrageously sutck0up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.

But these seem minor when the real trouble begins, and someone- or something- starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally revealed? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects………Harry Potter himself!

Home to flying cars, new ways of travel- such as Floo Powder, new monsters, new dangers, and new students. Now The Chamber of Secrets is open once again- who knows what lurks down there- how deadly the creature is. In this one, we learn more about Harry Potter and Voldermort- about some of their similarities and Voldemort’s original name. About Fawkes and Godric Gyrffindor’s sword.

The Golden Trio

Turns out, they have another challenge to figure out- who opened the Chamber of Secrets. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are incredible friends, in many ways. From the Polyjuice Potion to Forbidden Forest to actually entering the Chamber of Secrets and fighting the creature. Took a lot to figure this out.

New Characters

Dobby- love this House Elf despite telling Harry not to return to Hogwarts. I don’t know what it is about him that I love

Ginny- the younger sister of Ron

Lockhart- Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher; but once again not a good one

Lucius Malfoy- Darco’s father; one of my least favorite Death Eaters

All my Tale of the Cattail Forest Characters

It is true I have MORE than one WIP, but I have one main one. That one is Tale of the Cattail Forest, a story about an unlikely friendship between Fairy Frogs and Toads. Below is my Summary Blurb.

After moving to Fairy Creek where the Fairy Frogs live, Sparkle explores her new surroundings to pursue her craft. She is always looking for adventure and new places to draw, but when she ventures out beyond Fairy Creek into Graysloup, she encounters some toads, meets new challenges, and makes unlikely friendships. The friendships all begin when she decides to befriend a young toad named Marge.

Things become challenging after encountering Sarge, leader of the toads, who tries to prevent all the friendships. Will the courage and cleverness of the Fairy Frogs stop Sarge from breaking up these new friendships? The frogs and toads learn how to use their talents and explore new ways of developing compassion and friendships.

The Characters- Possible Spoilers

Fairy Frogs (all are clever and compassionate with translucent wings and spring green)

Sparkle (12 Years Old)

She is my protagonist, who has blue eyes that sparkle in the sun, magenta translucent wings with gold trim, and a multi-colored artist beret. She always carries around a silver and gold backpack with a pink “S” in the middle. She is naturally gifted in drawing, a craft she discovered at age 3, which she is deeply invested in. She is rebellious, adventurous, courageous, stubborn and doesn’t listen well to authority. Best friends with Misty

Misty (12 years old)

She is a major character, who has light blue translucent wings with gold trim, hazel with more blue eyes, and a white dress with yellow flowers on it. Naturally gifted in singing, and discovered late (as in age 5). Protective of her best friend, which is why it is hard for her to find time to invest in her craft, as in writing her music and performing it.

Celeste (8 years old)

One of my two minor FF characters. She has pink translucent wings with gold trim, hazel eyes with more green, and an apron with pieces of pottery on it. Naturally gifted in pottery- at an exciting time in her life because starting at age 8, you really can start experimenting with your craft. Her major flaw though is borrowing Felipe’s woodcarving tools and forgetting to return them or accidentally loosing them.

Tweetsie (5 years old)

Another minor FF character. She has lilac wings with gold trim, light blue eyes, and has a pink bow. She is still trying to figure out her natural talent. She is extremely energetic, which can drive Sparkle nuts. Part of that energy comes from her age, and part might have to do with what she is naturally gifted in.

SPOILERS- IF YOU WANT TO KNOW

There is a lot more to Tweetsie than one might think. You even are able to discover her natural talent- performance, a tough talent to find, which usually takes a while to discover. Meaning she will be a triple threat. For a while, you might think she is just energetic, but that isn’t the case. She has some courage inside of her- first standing up to Sarge in Fairy Creek- and second heading to Graysloup. For some reason, she had some intuition at a moment- when Sarge “kidnapped” the toads at night- she knew something was off and alerted Sparkle (due to that, she was allowed to look for them).

Aries (In his 30s)

Another major character in the book. He has orange wings with a gold trim, green eyes, and wears a red construction hat with a white “A” in the middle. He actually serves as three things in the story- uncle to Darcy, head construction leader, and leader of the Fairy Frogs. So, his talent is in construction. He is a confident and good leader despite doubting himself at times- he sometimes asks his nephew for advice at times. He has one very important rule “don’t enter Graysloup or interact with the toads”. He knows to keep a close eye on Sparkle- knowing in the past she has gotten in trouble a lot.

Darcy (15 years old)

He has red wings with a gold trim, green eyes, and wears a woodcarving belt with pieces of abstract sculptures on it. So, his craft is in sculpture. He has to ask his uncle advice at times. Darcy, actually, is next in line to be leader of the Fairy Frogs. He is best friends with Felipe (the two are quite similar, but at the same time different in some ways).

Felipe (14 years old)

He has navy blue wings with light green eyes, and wears a woodcarving belt with a woodcarving effect on it. So, he is gifted in woodcarving. As a matter of fact, sometimes he gives some of his woodworking to Darcy (for part of his sculptures).

Toads (the color of gray green; male- darker, female- lighter)

Sarge (17 years old)

He is actually my antagonist. He is the darkest in color with pitch black eyes and physical scars. He is dealing with emotional scars from his past- most of which came his abusive father, who abused him from 4-13 years old. After his mother left him when he was 4, he was left with his father (unlike his uncle, who was loving). He is conflicted, confused, broken, more lonely than he realized, and has an anger problem. Growing up, he found on place of comfort, which was found in The Bog, the one place his father didn’t know existed. This past led him to have nightmares, which were actually memories, which don’t help things but makes things worse. Oblivious to compassion, love, and kindness—-he ended up bullying others, in particular his younger cousin, Marge (who got the better father). Supposed to be the toad’s leader, but not doing a good job of it.

SPOILERS

Something surprised me—–in the novel, he does get worse and worse. As in trying to break up the friendship more and more. But a moment comes when everything falls apart, and he has this “aha” moment, and soon enough redeems enough. He eventually needs the help of Sparkle- I never once thought my protagonist would help my antagonist.

Marge (12 years old)

She is one of my major characters, who serves as the catalyst character. The reason why the story even kicks off. Deep down she loves her cousin, but doesn’t know how to show it due to being his easiest target. Growing up, she wasn’t allowed to see her uncle to keep her safe—-her father had a struggle (he wanted to help his nephew, but he still had a daughter to protect). Due to the way, Sarge was treating her and the toads, she knew how bleak the situation in Graysloup was, and was able to gain an amazing part of wisdom. She was able to tell Sparkle what was going on—-that was the start. Despite Sarge being her cousin, she still kept on standing up to him.

Norg (19 years old)

Another major character, who does act as a secondary antagonist. I find him to be one of the most interesting characters in the story. He has an incredible character arc (SPOILERS)- going from Sarge’s spy to eventually siding with the Fairy Frogs (a result of Sarge blowing up on Norg). He always remembered Sarge’s father- he didn’t know how. Sarge somehow trusted him—-he somehow forgot about the short friendship they used to have.

Claude (15 years old)

He does show that the toads in Graysloup act up not because they want, but because Sarge demands them to. He soon befriends Darcy and Felipe, two Fairy Frogs around his same age.

Effa/Rudy (10 years ago)

They are identical twins, who I like call peas in a pod. Originally, I wanted them in the novel so that way Marge wouldn’t be the only girl toad, but as I was writing the novel, I finally found their purpose. Effa and Rudy are two other minor characters- soon becoming friends with Celeste.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Review

So far, I have reread three series this year, as in series I read back when I was kid- as in middle and elementary school. Narnia, Percy Jackson, and now Harry Potter- they played an important part in my life.

Till now there’s no magic for Harry Potter. He lives with the miserable Dursleys and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry’s room is a tiny closet beneath the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in eleven years.

But then a mysterious letter arrives by owl messengers: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place called Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. And there he finds not only friends, flying sports on broomsticks, and magic in everything from classes to meals, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him…….if Harry can survive the encounter.

The first book in any series is pretty exciting. It makes you actually know if you will love the series or not. It really helps set everything up- it makes you start to get to know who the major characters and locations are. Especially in the world of fantasy. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is a pretty magical and enchanting novel. Even from the first page, you are hooked. The story gets stronger once you really start to feel the magic of the Wizarding World.

The Locations

Diagon Alley

You really start to feel the magic here. You are seeing different shops filled with brooms, spell books, robes, wands, cauldrons, and the wizarding bank. Harry truly starts to feel the wizarding world there- not so much at the Dursleys.

Hogwarts

So much fun and magic here. Even from the train ride to get there is magical- Platform 9 and 3/4 and the candy you buy on the train. First years have a magical way to enter the castle, which is by the boats. The sorting hat is pretty interesting- how does it seem to know the students- they are only 11 after all. Qudditch- such a fun sport played on brooms. The ghosts and the various kinds of steps. Even the kinds of classes are fascinating. The Forbidden Forest- despite being so creepy, it still is interesting.

The Characters

Harry Potter- as the protagonist, I love him. An orphan, who lost his parents tragically, and grew up with an abusive family. Imagine his surprise when he finding out he was a wizard. Brave and an incredible friend

Ron- loved how he become Harry’s first friend

Hermione- true, it took a while for HP and Ron to warm up to her, but glad they did; smart, which proved to helpful in many ways

*Talking about all of the ones I love might take a while*

The Plot

This was an incredible fantasy in many ways. A book filled with incredible friendship, magic and suspense, and discovering the nature of the setting of this world. Each chapter makes you want to continue into the next- found some amazing cliffihangers.

Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter

At the moment, I am rereading the Harry Potter series, which is my 3rd reread series of the year. Eventually, I will reread Lord of the Rings, which will follow with other Tolkien books. In my opinion, I think Rowling got inspired by Tolkien due to some parallels.

The Golden Trio and Sam/Frodo

The Golden Trio in HP consists of Harry Potter, Ron, and Hermione, who are best friends. These three go through many trials and challenges throughout the series. They stay loyal towards each other the entire time, which is especially during their quest to find the horcruxes. Harry wanted to go alone, but his best friends wouldn’t let him—-there was no way of knowing where to find them (they could be any object).

Would Frodo have made it without Sam? Frodo needed Sam every step of the way. At the end of Fellowship of the Ring, Frodo almost left alone to continue on his quest to destroy the ring. But just like HP’s best friends, Sam made sure Frodo wasn’t alone. Due to the power of the ring, Frodo needed Sam’s help at times- especially at Mordor.

Fred/George and Merry/Pippin

These are two sets of troublemakers. Fred and George are twin brothers of Ron. They always liked to play jokes, so troublemakers basically. Same thing applied to Merry and Pippin- one might wonder why were they are a part of the fellowship- they kept on slowing things down due to the troublemaker side of them- you don’t realize their purpose until Two Towers, but at least they provide comic relief.

Dumbledore/Gandalf

These two characters are very similar, if you think about it. Both are powerful and old wizards—–who are mentors at times to some of the other characters.

Two Dark Lords

The antagonists of HP and Lord of the Rings are Dark Lords- that is exactly what Voldermort and Sauron are.

Horcruxes and the Ring

Those are objects in HP and Lord of the Rings that NEED to be destroyed. Both have the power to corrupt anyone who has them. If the horcruxes aren’t destroyed- Voldermort would never be able to die. If the Ring isn’t destroyed, Sauron will always have his power.

Two Big Spider Attacks

There are two massive spider attacks in both series. It is scarier in Lord of the Ring because Shelob is creepier especially after she attacked Frodo- that is why Sam had to be ringbearer for a little bit- he had to be the one to rescue him from the orcs. Aragog in Chamber of Secrets—–he may have helped Ron and Harry, but then had the intention to kill both boys, but at least they got away, but still pretty scary.

I actually recommend HP fans to read or watch Lord of the Rings

The Golden Trio and Sam/Frodo

Today, I decided to talk about a character parallel in the book world. In my opinion, I think Rowling got some inspiration for Harry Potter from Lord of the Rings. There are several similarities.

The Golden Trio

In Harry Potter, The Golden Trio consists of Harry, Hermione, and Ron. They are best friends, who go through many trials and challenges throughout the series. Whenever something “bad” happens at Hogwarts, it always seems to involve them. Their toughest challenge was finding the horcruxes —–they can be any object and there is no way of knowing where they are. Harry wanted to do this challenge alone, but his best friends wouldn’t allow it—-they really are that loyal to each other.

Sam and Frodo

Just like the Golden Trio, Sam and Frodo are also best friends. Sam was one of the members of the fellowship. It was Frodo’s job to destroy the ring, an object that can easily corrupt and weaken the ringbearer. At the end of the first book, Frodo was going to leave everyone, but Sam wasn’t going to leave him. He stayed with him on his entire journey.