Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Haris Poteris ir Paslapciu Kambarys (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)

J.K. Rowling

Date: 20 July, 2001   —   Book

product page


Fiction, Fantasy, Juvenile

Harry Potter, second year, more fun at Hogwarts, yadda yadda. If you like the first one, the second one is good— and here's the interesting note: Rowling intended the book to be written at the level of the protagonist. This book has Harry at twelve; therefore the target audience is twelve-year-olds. The moral dilemmas are more complex, and the writing is just a bit more advanced. The sneaky thing to do is to get your child hooked on Harry Potter and merely provide the books; once they get past the first few, they will start reading at a higher level without even noticing.

Rowling has obviously done her research; anyone with a grounding in mythology and Latin will be able to figure out plot twists long before they happen. (Even knowing word roots is enough.) This background gives her world a rich texture lacking from many children's books, and enables a great deal of consistency. Ah, well.

No comments: