Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
By J.K. Rowling
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter is forced to spend his summer with his muggle family outside of Hogwarts. While staying at his muggle family’s house, he gets a surprise visit from little Dobby, who is the house-elf at Hogwarts. Dobby warns Harry to not return to Hogwarts for school this year because Dobby knows of terrible things that are going to be happening that would put Harry’s life in danger. But being the courageous person everyone knows Harry Potter as being; he decides to ignore Dobby’s warning and returns to Hogwarts as planned. When Harry returns to Hogwarts and has spent some time there, there are strange things going on and something is definitely not right. Harry starts hearing mysterious voices from inside the walls. Multiple Muggle-born students are being attacked. Ron’s little sister is kidnapped from Hogwarts and there is a message written in blood on the wall of the bathroom saying, “The Chamber of Secrets has been opened. Enemies of the heir, beware”.
There are quite a few reasons why some parents may not want their child to pick up and read this three hundred and forty-one page book. One reason is Harry potter practices disobedience and lying multiple times in the book. He repeatedly lies to avoid explaining what he has done and is always keeping secrets from his elders. Some parents might think that for a hero like Harry Potter to lie would promote lying to their children. Harry also has a muggle family that lives outside of Hogwarts that he hates and says that it is impossible not to hate them. Since he has no family at home, he finds family at Hogwarts. Some parents might be a bit skeptical about this because every time they discipline their children, their child could want to run away to Hogwarts to find a better and more welcoming family. There is also a good amount of “bathroom humor” in the book. J.K. Rowling decided to make the scene where the mystery of the chamber of secrets is solved in a bathroom. There is also a lot of violent content in the book. The monster in the Chamber of Secrets speaks to Harry and says, “Come… come to me. …Let me rip you. …Let me tear you. …Let me kill you.” Some people are not okay with reading about violence so they might not be okay with reading the book.
Why is this book “dangerous?”:
The book tends to really keep people glued to the page. J.K. Rowling talks about a boarding school that is populated with ghosts and monsters, and also explains the crazy lives that the students live that attend Hogwarts. The plot of the book always keeps the reader on their toes. It consists of a giant man-eating spider, a ghost who lives in the girls’ bathroom, time travel, magical-transformation potions, near death experiences of many of the most important characters, and a confrontation with the most evil, evil wizard, Voldemort. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a book that pulls adults and children into another world, which is sometimes just what everyone needs.