Review: Harry Potter en de geheime kamer, J.K. Rowling

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Ever since Harry Potter had come home for the summer, the Dursleys had been so mean and hideous that all Harry wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature who says that if Harry returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.
And strike it does. For in Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor and a spirit who haunts the girl's bathroom. But then the real trouble begins - something is attacking Hogwarts students, turning them into stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past reveals dark secrets? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects ... Harry Potter himself

Joanne Rowling was born in July 1965 at Yate General Hospital in England and grew up in Chepstow, Gwent where she went to Wyedean Comprehensive. She studied at Exeter University, where she earned a French and Classics degree, her course including one year in Paris. As a postgraduate she moved to London and worked as a researcher at Amnesty International among other jobs.
She started writing the Harry Potter series during a delayed Manchester to London King’s Cross train journey, and during the next five years, outlined the plots for each book and began writing the first novel.
She married in October 1992 and gave birth to a daughter in 1993. When the marriage ended, she and Jessica returned to the UK to live in Edinburgh after living in Portugal for a few years.
As well as an OBE for services to children’s literature, J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees including the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, France’s Légion d’Honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and she has been a Commencement Speaker at Harvard University USA. She supports a wide number of charitable causes through her charitable trust Volant, and is the founder of Lumos, a charity working to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.
J.K. Rowling lives in Edinburgh with her husband and three children.

It is funny how your memory can trick you. I really had the feeling that the first three Harry Potter books where still within certain excitement boundaries and the real fireworks started at the 4th installment. How wrong was I.
This part is way scarier than the first part of Harry Potter. I do not know if it is because of the spiders or the focus on the real scary things that are going to happen or because this book is more focused on the mystery that is going on. There are a lot of things happening in the book that will not be explained and cannot be explained until you get to the end. This makes that ones you speed up and get pulled in you just want to read till you get there. Even for me, knowing how the book would end, it still pulled me and I really had to finish the book and make sure if everything would be fine in the end.
It is nice to see that Harry is still very young and the author manages to keep him young too. Often after a first book a character suddenly seems to understand the whole world but Harry is still awed by his new life and all the experiences. I really love that.

Harry Potter en de geheime kamer
Author: J.K. Rowling
Publisher: De Harmonie
ISBN-10: 9076174121
ISBN-13: 9789076174129
Pages: 254
Format: Paperback
Original title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Series: Yes, Harry Potter #2
de Harmonie: Hardcover| Paperback
5 star review
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10 February, 2013 delete

This always used to be my favourite potter book!