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

by J.K. Rowling, Jim Dale (Narrator)

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Title:Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2)
Authors:J.K. Rowling
Other authors:Jim Dale (Narrator)
Info:Listening Library (Audio) (1999), Edition: Unabridged, Audio CD
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling (1998)

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I don't think I can even evaluate these books anymore as I have read them so often this is like a comfortable blanket. ( )
  kale.dyer | Jun 16, 2016 |

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

It's not as easy to review such a well-loved and received series. The base story is already familiar to me since I've seen the movies. While the first followed the movie plot line closely, I noticed little scenes and extras in this book that didn't make their transfer to film. As before, Harry starts in the house of horrors, aka the Dursley residence, where they treat the kid so poorly I'm surprised he doesn't lose it and become an evil wizard himself. I can totally understand his desire to go to Hogwarts and escape that household, as morbidly amusing as it is (and it DOES make a good opening to these novels).

Hogwarts was already fleshed out fully in 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone', but the charm and magic of the series came further alive in this second installment. It seems that Rowland has become more comfortable with writing itself, something that's hard for me to put a finger on exactly, but it's felt all the same. This book just read better, the previous mild cheese coating dusted away, leaving a fun joy behind. It's not all happiness and games, however; what good story would be? There's a darkness lurking around the corner and a mystery to solve.

First, the professor Gilderoy Lockheart. The new Dark Arts teacher is introduced to this series, bringing numerous hilarious scenes that worked perfectly. What fun it is to follow the three kids through their classes - the clueless and boastful professor is a contrast to the experiences in the classroom of the slithering Snape who seems to have it against the kids. Hogwarts itself has such a strong presence in the novels - from the teachers, the classes, the studied subjects, Dumbledore, Hagrid and his cottage of tea and bizarre animals, that creepy Forbidden Forest with giant critters that nightmares are made of....and now let's throw in secrets passages and riddles and secret diaries. If that doesn't make a workable magical concoction, then I don't know what does.

Since I'd experienced the story celluloid style, it held little surprise. I'm sure if I were naive going in, I'd have been surprised at the twist with the riddle for Tom Riddle, the discovery of the creature waiting in the bowels of the school, and the small twists that came about, but it was still a joy to experience in written form even if I knew the waiting answers. Pacing is kept up strong - you'd think it may be dull to spend so much time in a classroom, but not at all, for it unfolds naturally, applying in various ways to not only the main story of the Chamber, but to small details of the characters lives that will continue enriching the series.

Harry is a wonderful protagonist - he's reasonable and decent but still a typical type of wizard kid willing to break small rules all for a spot of fun or dire circumstances. Ron is humorous without meaning to be, that unfortunate type who has bad luck and circumstance but shines with their general personality, and of course Hermione is a great confidante and friend you like to have around, especially when you aren't sure of the right curse to muster or potion to mix.

Definitely recommended, hard to put down, I enjoyed this one more than the first. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone wasn't bad, but something felt awkward to me, kind of like the beginning of one those odd school moments where teachers are trying to get kids to learn lame square dancing and then sectioning the kids into gender to dance together. I'm happy to say that awkwardness isn't present in Chamber of Secrets, and the heart of the series has started beating harder - it's not possible for me not to continue this series now. Let the magic continue!
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  Paperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
Harry Potter, v. 2
  LookoutLibrary | Jun 3, 2016 |
4.5 stars

J.K. Rowling hit upon a tried and true formula, and she uses it to perfection.

The second in the series about the young orphaned wizard, Harry Potter, starts off similarly to [b:Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone|3|Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)|J.K. Rowling|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1361572757s/3.jpg|4640799]. During the summer break between his first and second year at Hogwarts, Harry is again subjected to the brunt indignities by the Dursley family, his Muggle-born aunt and uncle, and their annoying son.

As in the first novel, Harry is rescued from life in the mundane world and spends his second year at Hogwarts, tracking down the heir of Slytherin, who is turning an alarming number of Hogwarts' students to stone. If there is any one complaint I can make about this book in good conscience, it is that the book is far too similar to the first book in the series. There is very little deviation between the two. Don't let that put you off from reading this book. It is a very palatable book, exceptionally easy to read and "get into" and hard to put down! Rowling's style is a bit formulaic, but it's a formula that works!

Once again, this book explores the differences between good and evil, further examining free will and free choice versus destiny. It's a great children's book that teaches children that they can choose to do the right thing even when they're being pigeonholed or pressured into doing the wrong thing.

While I haven't read the books (or seen the movies) before, it seems to me that several items of interest were dropped in this book, or at least hinted at. For me, that remains to be seen. If I'm correct, Ms. Rowling is much more adept at crafting a long series and tying minuscule events and statements together than I expected.

On to [b:Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban|5|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)|J.K. Rowling|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1362278317s/5.jpg|2402163]! ( )
  ssimon2000 | May 31, 2016 |
I rated 5 stars because there is a lot of action. There also was some suspense making you want you to continue reading. There was some surprises but not many.

Harry has come back to Hogwarts for his second year. He arrives with his friend Ron in a flying car because they missed the Hogwarts Express. They miss the sorting but on there way to the dormitory harry hears a voice that no one else hears. Later someone or something writes a message in blood on the wall. The next day a cat is found paralyzed. Over the next few days many people are found paralyzed and then someone dies. Harry finds That he can open the Chamber of Secrets. The chamber is home to the Basalick the Basalick. The Basalick was the cause of the trouble in Hogwarts. Harry kills the Basalick and saves Hogwarts.
  jonathan.dukas | May 28, 2016 |
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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.
Tras derrotar una vez más a lord Voldemort, su siniestro enemigo en Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal, Harry espera impaciente en casa de sus insoportables tíos el inicio del segundo curso del Colegio Hogwarts de Magia y Hechicería. Sin embargo, la espera dura poco, pues un elfo aparece en su habitación y le advierte que una amenaza mortal se cierne sobre la escuela. Así pues, Harry no se lo piensa dos veces y, acompañado de Ron, su mejor amigo, se dirige a Hogwarts en un coche volador. Pero ¿puede un aprendiz de mago defender la escuela de los malvados que pretenden destruirla? Sin saber que alguien ha abierto la Cámara de los Secretos, dejando escapar una serie de monstruos peligrosos, Harry y sus amigos Ron y Hermione tendrán que enfrentarse con arañas gigantes, serpientes encantadas, fantasmas enfurecidos y, sobre todo, con la mismísima reencarnación de su más temible adversario.
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Astrologo, MarinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Duddle, JonnyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fry, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
GrandPré, MaryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kapari, JaanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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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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