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

by J. K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)

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Member:tealLibromancer
Title:Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2)
Authors:J. K. Rowling
Other authors:Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)
Info:Scholastic Paperbacks (2000), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 341 pages
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling (1998)

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(original review, 2000)

So millions of readers think these books are brilliant. It takes an odd sort of character to say, in this context, "frankly the books are rubbish".

Very odd.

It seems so much more natural, and logical, to say something like "I think these books are badly written ("he was sat there" etc.} and don't think they're any good". Just that tiny yet essential shift in emphasis from "They are crap" to "I think they're crap" prevents this massive denial of their appeal, which demonstrates they can't be crap. Incidentally, I agree they're not very well written. An editor should have had a closer look. There is the style, and there are repetitions which hamper the plot, and leaves one thinking "Hang on, did I turn back a few pages? Oh. No. I'm being told the same thing again." here and there. I could write a lengthy explanation, but the essence of which is "avoid saying that something very successful is bad" because this makes no sense: What is good, by definition, is something that has appeal, as this certainly has.

This book brings up painful memories...Oh dear....yes indeed. Painful memories again of that fateful day when I walked into a London bookshop all that time ago and spotted a pile of books. "Oh that's that kid's story I read about. Some wizard. Huh...it's signed. Ah well, no time for that nonsense..." And with that I threw back onto the pile a hardback early edition. And a signed one at that...Perhaps not worth as much as one of the fabled first editions as mentioned above but still, I try not to linger too long in that anguished land of Hindsight and think about what could have been... ( )
  antao | Oct 14, 2018 |
It is so refreshing to see that the movie followed the book so closely! That is rare indeed. But I admit, I love the book far better. Books are so much more descriptive and I now understand some of the things about the movie I never "got" before. The HP books may be YA books, but I find them extremely enjoyable! ( )
  emeraldgirl68 | Sep 30, 2018 |
Most assuredly good and "funner" than LoTR. Still feels "lesser" than older "epics" though. ( )
  morbusiff | Sep 20, 2018 |
This book in the series, as with all of the other Harry Potter books, is very detailed with its twisted surprises. Yet again, the three friends find a way to ward off the dark lord and save anyone in his path, including themselves. The Harry Potter series is better for more advanced readers because of its details and the words used. In the wizarding world of Harry Potter, there are numerous spells that are taught and cas, and the spells have very interesting names and spellings. With how large the book is, students will need to be able to comprehend every detail since the smallest details will come up later on in the book. J.K. Rowling is very well written as she portrays the adventures of Harry Potter and his friends. ( )
  brittburditt | Sep 19, 2018 |
Harry gets a surprise visit from Dobby the house-elf, who warns him not to return to Hogwarts. Harry does try to return, of course, but finds his way onto Platform 9 3/4 blocked, so he and Ron fly the Weasleys' enchanted Ford Anglia to Hogwarts and land in the Whomping Willow.

Their new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher is Gilderoy Lockhart, a vain and useless person. Meanwhile, Ginny Weasley is acting odd, Harry is hearing voices, and students are being stunned and frozen. It seems the Chamber of Secrets is open again for the first time in 50 years, and when Ginny disappears, Harry must save her. Hagrid and Moaning Myrtle (a ghost who haunts one of the girls' bathrooms) offer a few pieces of the puzzle, and Tom Riddle's diary fills in the rest. Harry faces Tom and the basilisk in the Chamber, and his bravery calls Dumbledore's phoenix Fawkes to him with the sorting hat; Harry pulls the sword of Gryffindor out of the hat, and stabs a basilisk fang into the diary.
  JennyArch | Sep 19, 2018 |
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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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Rowling, J. K.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Astrologo, MarinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Buddingh', WiebeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dale, JimNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Duddle, JonnyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Escorihuela, LauraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fraga, Isabel,Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Fritz, KlausTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fry, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
GrandPré, MaryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Høverstad, Torstein BuggeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kapari, JaanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kay, JimIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kibuishi, KazuCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ménard, Jean-FrançoisTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marienė, ZitaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martín Azofra, NievesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Muñoz García, AdolfoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riglietti, SerenaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tóth, Tamás BoldizsárTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tomic, TomislavIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
Why is he a Gryffindor?
Lucky for Ginny....
(swensonj)
Snuck in girls bathroom.

Dead chick offered me her loo.

Won’t go there again.

(CathWhitney)

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 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:23 -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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