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review 2017-09-12 19:35
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré

My reread of CoS this time included the audiobook (read by Jim Dale) and the illustrated version. 

 

The audiobook is great. I'm not sure how I feel about the illustrated version. The illustrations are beautiful, but sometimes they don't match up with my own vision of Diagon Alley or Hogwarts or even the characters. I think they're nice as a supplement to the original series, but I don't feel any need to own these copies (the books are so large that I found reading this copy awkward). 

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review 2017-08-03 08:00
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré

The review below was based on my first read of the Harry Potter books, ages ago and in Dutch. Updated reviews will follow after a reread (in English) I plan to do.

 

When I first read the Harry Potter series, almost ten years ago now, I was mostly looking for what made people think it was a great series. I never read a lot of fantasy as a child, and was only slowly starting to appreciate the genre.

I think this is what I was still a bit feeling when I read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I remember it as quite nice but also still quite slow and quite childish. It's already listed for reread (and very few books are) because I would like to get a better view of the book, also more in perspective. Hope to do it somewhere in 2017!

But what I've always liked best about the Harry Potter universe is everything surrounding it. That a whole generation grew up with it and will get your references, some of things fans have created around it. I think that is great.

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review 2017-07-15 00:00
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling Finished reading this for the umpteenth time as part of the July 15th #ReadathonByZoe 24h readathon. Never gets old.
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review 2017-07-14 00:00
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Stephen Fry,J.K. Rowling Once again Stephen Fry's narration was a delight! This book shows the continued plight of Harry under the tyrannical rule of his muggle relatives. It also shows the bond and camaraderie between specifically Harry and Ron, and also between the Gryffindor trio of Harry, Ron and Hermione. I love the Hermione is still a know-it-all, but less obnoxious about it. I love that Ron will always back Harry up and that he's so protective of his friends. I wish he had gotten a chance to punch Malfoy in the nose. It's refreshing to see them all still so innocent. Harry is blindly brave and so willing to sacrifice himself for his friends--for anyone really. This is all before he really notices how Dumbledore favors him (with good reason), but I feel later in the series Harry takes advantage of that.

I just love everything about the story; the mystery, the build-up, the friendship and bravery. In this book you begin to see that there are more forces than Voldemort working against Harry. I think I like the earlier books more because later, each book become darker and darker. Now, even though there is adventure around every corner, they still have innocence left. They still get to joke around and worry about stupid things. It's nice to see when you know what is to come.
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review 2017-05-29 07:11
Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets by J.K.Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling

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