Over the last couple of months, I have been re-immersing myself into J.K. Rowling’s wonderful ‘Wizarding World’, by listening to the audiobook of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, read by Stephen Fry. Listening to one or two chapters at a time has made my chores speed along and re-awoken my childhood love of audiobooks.
For those who don’t know, the Chamber of Secrets, is the second book in the series, where we continue to follow the adventures of the famous boy-wizard, Harry Potter, with his lightning scar. Now in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry delights in his magical studies and playing as Seeker for the Gryffindor house Quidditch team. But even after banishing Lord Voldermort for a second time, more trouble lies ahead for Harry and his good friends, Ron and Hermione. When Salazar Slytherin’s fabled ‘Chamber of Secrets’ is said to have been re-opened and ‘mud-blood’ students find themselves the targets of whatever monster lies within!
Being several years since I read any of this series – although I have watched the films many times – it has been great to rediscover all the extra details of Harry, Ron and Hermione’s adventures in this light, fun book. In particular, what I have always loved most about this series is the whole host of colourful, memorable characters and creatures that Rowling has created – All of whom I thought were brought to life brilliantly by Stephen Fry, who cleverly uses subtle changes in tone, pace, pitch and accent to give each character their own distinct voice. Hermione’s voice is particularly funny!
All in all, I found listening to the audiobook of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets extremely comforting and fun. I am looking forward to starting the next audiobook in the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban soon. Great read.
Are you a fan of Harry Potter? Have you tried any of the audiobooks?