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

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This second instalment in the Harry Potter series has a unique magic to it. I liked the whole idea of Harry facing Lord Voldemort and seeing that the wizarding world is not completely safe. ( )
  AliceHReads | Apr 23, 2014 |
Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts for his second year. He goes to classes; learns important things about himself, his friends/classmates, and the wizarding world; and hears a sinister voice that no one else can hear. Malfoy is being a douche, and some students get petrified. Harry saves the day.

I always make fun of CoS for being the worst of the Harry Potter books, but whenever I read it I'm always reminded that it's still a Harry Potter book and thus is completely awesome. SPOILERS BELOW:

It's in this book (not the 6th!) that we truly learn who Voldemort is. In the 6th we learn why he is the way he is, but in Chamber of Secrets we learn that Voldemort is a sociopath. Prior to the end of this book, Voldemort is just a Bad Guy who did Bad Things. But in the end we see how he, even as his teenage self, was able to tell both Harry and Ginny exactly what they wanted to hear so that he could get what he wanted. He had no qualms about throwing Hagrid under the bus for his own crimes, and even though he theoretically cares about preserving the pure wizarding blood, he was perfectly content to murder a pure-blooded eleven-year-old girl. It's not actually about the blood or about wizard-kind. It's all about him. A lot of people say the series gets dark at the end of book 4, but for me it's in that stone chamber under the girls' bathroom, where a 17-year-old boy is capable of that kind of manipulation. ( )
  norabelle414 | Mar 31, 2014 |
It's Harry Potter. ( )
  TeamDewey | Mar 31, 2014 |
This is a great witch craft and wizardry.wich a ecsiting twist
  Rm10 | Mar 24, 2014 |
In the beginning Harry is locked back up in his terrible cousin's house again. He meets a house elf named Dobby. Dobby belongs to the Malfoy family. Dobby tries to persuade Harry not to go back to Hogwarts. Then Ron and his brothers come to get Harry in their dad's flying car. Then they are seen flying and get in big trouble with Mr. and Mrs. Weasley. When they go back for their second year at Hogwarts, Weird things are going on. Harry tries to find out what is going on. While Harry is doing that, everybody else is trying to find out who is the heir to Slitheren. Many People think that it is Harry because he could speak Parsel Tongue which meant he could talk to snakes. Voldemort could also talk to snakes. Voldemort took Ron's sister Jinny. He almost killed her, but Harry saved her. While saving her he ran into a really big snake, but he killed it.

I really liked this book and the series so far. I most likely will be finishing the rest of the series. There was mostly action throughout the entire book. There was also a lot of adventure. Also there was a bunch of wizardry and magic just like in every other Harry Potter book. I recommend this book to all fantasy lovers. Hope everyone that hasn't read it gets the chance to read the series. ( )
  NoahJ.B1 | Mar 20, 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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J. K. Rowlingprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buddingh', WiebeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dale, JimNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fry, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
GrandPré, MaryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kapari, JaanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kibuishi, KazuCover artistsecondary 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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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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Lucky for Ginny....

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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