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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) (original 1998; edition 1999)

by J.K. Rowling

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Title:Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2)
Authors:J.K. Rowling
Info:Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (1999), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 256 pages
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling (1998)

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Description: The Dursleys were so mean that hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls' bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley's younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone--or something--starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects...Harry Potter himself?

Thoughts: Very enjoyable, more so that I remember but I always think its rubbish and then find that it's not.

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Rating: 3.83

Liked: 4
Plot: 3.5
Characterization: 3.5
Writing: 4
Audio: 4

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  leahbird | Jan 20, 2015 |
It's our choices that define us.
  rakerman | Jan 17, 2015 |
Again a magical book, that grips the imagination of both myself and my young daughter, I can see why so many in the world are Harry Potter fans. Five Star !!!!!!!! ( )
  Claire5555 | Jan 15, 2015 |
*Spoiler Alert!*

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second epic novel in the thrilling tale by J. K. Rowling. Harry, who is abused by his aunt, uncle, and cousin, is visited by a house elf named Dobby. Dobby warns him that there is great danger at Hogwarts and begs him not to return. Despite this warning, Harry returns to Hogwarts, for it is the only place where he finds true happiness. Shortly after arriving, someone (or something) begins attacking students and Harry is blamed, even though the clues left behind the crime scenes clearly indicate that the "heir of Slytherin" is the one responsible for opening this "chamber of secrets". The trio (Harry, Ron, and Hermoine) discover that the chamber had previously been opened and that a monster lurked inside. Eventually, they enter the chamber of secrets, discover the heir of Slytherin, defeat the monster (a giant snake called a basilisk), and destroy/seal the chamber forever.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a wonderfully thrilling novel. It keeps you guessing at every turn. Just like J.K. Rowling's first novel in the series, it was riveting and ultimately addicting. Rowling developed the characters and widened the background story. I personally identified with Hermoine and liked that she started to take risks in this book. I also like that Rowling created a hero that isn't 'all about himself' and perfect. If you are interested in magic and adventure, this book is perfect for you! ( )
  MeganS.B3 | Jan 11, 2015 |
Well, I liked this one more than the first one. I would give it 3.5 stars if Goodreads would let me...It's definitely a fast-paced, action packed story. I couldn't wait to see what happened next, even though I already knew what happened next, having seen the movie. And I became totally immersed in Rowling's world. I really think that's what impressed me the most about this book: the creation of a whole other world that's truly fascinating. I thought about taking a break from the series as it's a lot of Harry Potter, but I really wanted to pick up the third one after I finished. ( )
  carebear10712 | Jan 8, 2015 |
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The atmosphere Rowling creates is unique; the story whizzes along; Harry is an unassuming and completely sympathetic hero. But, truth to tell, you may feel as if you’ve read it all before. Rowling clearly hit on a winning formula with the first Harry Potter book; the second book — though still great fun — feels a tad, well, formulaic.

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For Seán P. F. Harris, getaway driver and foul-weather friend.
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Not for the first time, an argument had broken out over breakfast at number four, Privet Drive.
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The Latin translation of this book (Harrius Potter et Camera Secretorum) should NOT be combined with the main work (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), under the "dead languages" exception in the combining rules.
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Harry talks to snakes.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0439064864, Hardcover)

It's hard to fall in love with an earnest, appealing young hero like Harry Potter and then to watch helplessly as he steps into terrible danger! And in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the much anticipated sequel to the award-winning Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, he is in terrible danger indeed. As if it's not bad enough that after a long summer with the horrid Dursleys he is thwarted in his attempts to hop the train to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to begin his second year. But when his only transportation option is a magical flying car, it is just his luck to crash into a valuable (but clearly vexed) Whomping Willow. Still, all this seems like a day in the park compared to what happens that fall within the haunted halls of Hogwarts.

Chilling, malevolent voices whisper from the walls only to Harry, and it seems certain that his classmate Draco Malfoy is out to get him. Soon it's not just Harry who is worried about survival, as dreadful things begin to happen at Hogwarts. The mysteriously gleaming, foot-high words on the wall proclaim, "The Chamber of Secrets Has Been Opened. Enemies of the Heir, Beware." But what exactly does it mean? Harry, Hermione, and Ron do everything that is wizardly possible--including risking their own lives--to solve this 50-year-old, seemingly deadly mystery. This deliciously suspenseful novel is every bit as gripping, imaginative, and creepy as the first; familiar student concerns--fierce rivalry, blush-inducing crushes, pedantic professors--seamlessly intertwine with the bizarre, horrific, fantastical, or just plain funny. Once again, Rowling writes with a combination of wit, whimsy, and a touch of the macabre that will leave readers young and old desperate for the next installment. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson

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When the Chamber of Secrets is opened again at the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, second-year student Harry Potter finds himself in danger from a dark power that has once more been released on the school.

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