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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) (original 1998; edition 2000)

by J. K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

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Member:RobbSatt
Title:Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2)
Authors:J. K. Rowling
Other authors:Mary GrandPré
Info:Scholastic Paperbacks (2000), Edition: First, Paperback, 352 pages
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling (1998)

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(5.9)
  mshampson | Oct 15, 2014 |
Harry's second year at Hogwart's school of witchcraft and wizardry proves to be full of danger for him and his friends. Someone bad from Harry's past tries to reach him through a mysterious journal, Harry also learns that along with his ability to perform magic, he has a very special ability unique to very few. ( )
  Srwhite | Oct 2, 2014 |
There is something about these stories that keep people reading. It must be the dialogue. Total word count per page is so low, pages are constantly turning and a sense of accomplishment is achieved. In addition to all the fantastical that is happening as well. A few notes:

It seems the inside of the Weasley's car is actually bigger on the inside...and it is blue. I think this is another TARDIS. Plain and Simple.

Introducing Fawkes and describing the bird and all its good for is the most obvious Chekhov's Gun and it is only a matter of time before the bird comes to save the day...i blame my youth when I read it the first time, not picking up on that.

A lot of peopl went to the hospital wing...and for extended periods of time. How do they make up the work? Exams were canceled, yes. But how can Colin Creevey possibly be ready for his second yr when almost all of his first yr (a muggle-born at that) was pretrified?

All of the end of book showdowns take place "miles" beneath Hogwarts...perhaps a dungeon or tunnel can magicall be inside a wall, like the car...does it have to be miles below?

The headmaster's initials need to be AD: Armando Dippet, Albus Dumbledore

The scene with the Basilisk is extremely short...i think the description of the Great Hall used more words...I think it could have been stretched just a bit more, as in the movie. Although the movie choreography was rubbish as well.

Book number 2 is down, at least the series picks up a bit from here on out: these characters atually know some stuff now. ( )
  T4NK | Sep 30, 2014 |
Handsome leather bound with protective plastic jacket. Attached on the back board is a print of the wraparound dust jacket art seen on the US trade edition. Gilt page edges complete the presentation. Differing from the Sorcerer's Stone collector's in that there is no original art or facsimile signature from Rowling (of course there was no art tacked in like this edition so perhaps the two cancel each other out).

A shame that this series was not competed with these collector's editions as they look very nice on the shelf. As for the last three in the series with their own collector's edition, it is a shame that treatment was not back tracked to the previous 4 books either. As such, the shelf now has collector's editions of the first two in one style, nothing for books 3 and 4, and then the last three in their own style (vastly different from the leather bound version). ( )
  T4NK | Sep 30, 2014 |
Summary: Despite the best efforts of a house-elf named Dobby, Harry Potter returns for his second year at Hogwarts. This year is more dangerous than the last; the unknown Heir of Slytherin has opened the Chamber of Secrets, and is Petrifying students at the school. Harry, Ron, and Hermione investigate, but when Hermione becomes the next Petrified victim and Ron's sister, Ginny, is taken into the Chamber, it's up to Harry and Ron to save the school. Harry faces down the living memory of Tom Riddle, the Heir of Slytherin who grew up to be Lord Voldemort, destroys the diary that brought him back, and saves the day, just in time to return to the Dursleys' for the summer holidays.

Review: This book is definitely more intense and a bit scarier than its prequel. It is action-packed and exciting, and though a bit dark, it all ends well. This second volume in the Harry Potter series is another excellent escape from reality, that makes the reader excited for the third book!

Central Idea of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Things are not always as they seem. ( )
  jlampr1 | Sep 30, 2014 |
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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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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

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:58:46 -0400)

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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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