J. K. Rowling Writing Styles in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Point of View

Rowling narrates "The Chamber of Secrets" through a third-person omniscient narrator. This means that we as readers often know more than the characters, and this creates suspense as we wait to see when the characters will discover what we already know. A good example of this is the character of Gilderoy Lockhart. Lockhart brags to the other characters throughout the novel that he is the best wizard at defeating the Dark Arts—something we know as readers to be untrue. He is finally put to the test when told to find the chamber and solve the problem of the attacks. We know he is incapable of doing this and are kept in suspense to find out how he escapes from the situation.

Although the narrative style is third person, we often identify with Harry and see the story through his eyes. We clearly identify with Harry...

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