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Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (original 1998; edition 2011)

by JK Rowling

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Title:Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
Authors:JK Rowling
Info:Bloomsbury UK (2011), Edition: Signature ed, Paperback, 256 pages
Collections:Your library, ebook, Reads 2011-2012

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling (1998)

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series- grade 6- 2nd book in HP series
  RachelHollingsworth | Feb 24, 2015 |
I had a great time reading this book to our 6 children as we drove across the USA, camping and visiting historical sites. We got hooked into the Harry Potter series and enjoyed each and every book, as well as the movies based on them. We recommend these fun, adventuresome books into this magical world to children, families...and adults who just love children's books! ( )
  CILLYart4U | Feb 16, 2015 |
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Review ... or, the alternate American title, Harry Potter and the Sewer Tunnel of Secrets.
There are so many goddamned spoilers in this review. You have been warned.
The second book in the Harry Potter series started off so damn well, with nifty shit like evil garden gnomes and deathday parties and a closer look at Filch, but then it all fell apart. Obvious plot devices were obvious, and illogical thought processes ruined the second half. For instance: Harry and Ron leave the invisibility cloak at Hagrid's because the Forbidden Forest will be dark enough to keep them hidden from view, yet the moment they step into the pitch black woods Harry lights the way with his wand. Dafuq kinda sense does that make? Why couldn't they use the cloak while walking through the big scary woods? Shouldn't that have been their first choice, knowing how fucking dangerous the place is? Why would they even chance being seen by werewolves and the other nasties lurking in the woods? 
*bashes head against keyboard*
Everything else after that is utter coincidence. They just happen to find the note in Hermione's clenched fist because if they hadn't the story would have stopped cold. Fawkes flies down to save Potter at just the right time, although no one knew where Ron and Harry and Lockhart were going or when they'd be going there. Oh, and earlier in the book, Dumbledore just happens to tell Harry two very important things about Fawkes: the bird's tears have healing qualities and it can carry several times its weight, which all comes in damn handy at the end. Add into all of this the fact that five people just happened to get lucky by not looking the Basilisk directly in its peepers. FIVE! Not one of them died, and I can't help but repeat myself: "Book, your middle grade is showing." And finally, Harry has a bitch of a time traversing Hogwarts without getting caught by prefects and teachers and one ass of a janitor, but Ginny Weasley's running around killing chickens and fucking about with paint and NO ONE saw her? It evens says she woke up covered in feathers on one occasion and splattered with paint on the other. Nobody noticed any of that shit?
In summation: It gets three stars because the first half was fun, its well-written (even if it's shittily plotted), and I honestly couldn't stop reading it, even though I was tearing my hair out. I do like the movie version better than this, if for no other reason than they kinda fixed Dobby's reward. In the book, Lucius just happens to toss the sock in Dobby's direction, whereas in the book, Potter hides the sock inside the diary. I feel that, while both are terribly convenient, the movie version is more realistic.
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  Edward.Lorn | Feb 13, 2015 |
great series. still love the magical view of the series. ( )
  harleyqgrayson02 | Jan 28, 2015 |
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.

More thoughts posted in the group read thread here.

Rating: 3.83

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

https://www.librarything.com/topic/172068#4633404 ( )
  leahbird | Jan 20, 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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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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