Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Joanne K Rowling

Harry's muggle life is brutally intruded by Dobby, a house elf who tries to prevent him from putting himself in great danger. In fact, as a bizarre series of attacks take place, the School threatens to close down as the mysterious Chamber of Secrets is opened again. There is a monster loose in the School. It is only with the help of Tom's Diary that Harry will understand what is really going on, but his search for the truth will not be easy. Hagrid, the groundkeeper, will also be able to claim his innocence after many years of injustice.

The second year will be marked by a series of attacks, and the reasons behind them. But also secrets from the past will come back to light, as well as a reason why Rubeus Hagrid was banned from the school.
Some characters, like Lucius Malfoy, will be developed, and Harry will discover that powerful wizards have powerful weapons when they need them. In this book he will discover that wizards, when they fight, are ferocious opponents.
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Fairy tale and moralism in Harry Potter
The author uses a common fairy tale structure, with two worlds, but she also brings in a message about who we are and that our decisions are more important than our birth, and about the nature of evil. Her message is not neutral, and clearly criticising conservatism, racial ideologies. ("You place too much importance...on the so-called purity of blood! You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!" (The Goblet of Fire, page 708) )
Harry Potter as a character evolves slowly from a muggle childhood, to the wizard he was forecast to be, often breaking the rules, but still showing weaknesses and through taking difficult decisions.


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