Author: J.K. Rowling
Read: September 2018
I am rereading the Harry Potter series and listening to the audiobooks. I read Chamber of Secrets during the month of September while the Emojiathon was happening. This is a readathon hosted by Dylan from the booktube channel dylanisreviewing, along with a few more hosts as well: Spencer from Common Spence, Jay from Jay G, and Brittany from brittanysbooknook on Instagram.
I don’t read middle grade anymore. I’ve tried to read it recently, but I just don’t like it as much. I don’t want to say that I’m too old for MG, because I know there are plenty of adult readers who love MG, but I think that I personally grew out of it.
When I rank the Harry Potter books, my two least favorites are Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I’m not sure which one is my least favorite. (Probably this one tbh.) It’s not that they’re terrible books, they’re just not as good as the later ones. I like the series as it gets more serious and it becomes more emotionally heavy. These first books just don’t do that for me. Honestly, when I first read the series, it took me so long to get past these first two books. I’ve read them more times than any of the other books in the series. It’s not even because I like them! It’s because I didn’t like them so much that I didn’t want to continue with the series. Then I’d have to go back a reread because I forgot everything that happened.
I like them for what they are, the first two books in the series, but that’s it. And I like that Chamber of Secrets is a little more dramatic. The plots start to evolve and get deeper, but only slightly. I think that this book does a good job of starting that darker trend for the series. It’s not just a book about a kid finding out about this entire magical world that he’s now a part of, one that he’s famous in. I know that there is more than just that in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, but it is the most light/positive book in the series. Chamber of Secrets still has a lighter feel to it, but it does have some darker aspects throughout.
I know that this series starts out as a children’s book series. I know that these first few books are about younger kids, meant for younger readers. So there are some things that aren’t going to be included in these books. They’re more light-hearted. They’re more suited for those younger readers. I get that. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. I like that we get to grow up with Harry and the other characters and that the atmosphere matches that growth. Obviously, as we grow up, we begin to see more of the world. We become more aware. And this series does a good job of that. Everything matches the tone as Harry becomes more aware, more a part of the fight against the evil.
In these first books, it’s obvious that Harry will always be a part of that fight. He will do whatever it takes to be able to keep the evil from winning. And apparently, he’s always going to be reckless about it? He basically acts on his emotions for everything. I don’t understand the logic behind any of his decisions ever, but whatever.
I’m still listening to the audiobooks, and I’m irritated by the narrator. In my Sorcerer’s Stone review, I mentioned that the voice for Hermione was kind of annoying. And it is. But, his voices for pretty much all the girls in the series are annoying. He made Hermione sound super whiny and it just irritates me whenever she talks. Why did they decide to have an old man narrate this story about kids? Where it’s mostly told from the thoughts from a child and conversations between him and his friends? Why does an old man need to narrate this?
Anyways. Other than that, I’m glad that I listened to it. (read: I’m glad that I’m done with it.) I actually listened to it in one day and that was fun. I was just trying to get through these first couple of books, so that I can get to my favorite one: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! Yay!
How do you feel about Chamber of Secrets? Which Harry Potter book is your favorite? Have you ever listened to the audiobooks? Let me know down below!