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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998)

by J. K. Rowling

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Series: Harry Potter (2)

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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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I enjoyed this more than the first. The mystery of the diary and attacks on students made me not want to put it down ( )
  Crystal199 | May 25, 2024 |
I think this might be my favorite HP book. ( )
  libraryofemma | Apr 18, 2024 |
The second entry in the Harry Potter franchise is, in my opinion, the most underrated one. This is considered by most Harry Potter fans to be the weakest story in the entire saga. However, I respectfully disagree. While I acknowledge a lot of the flaws people have with it, I also have a lot of things I absolutely love that make it stand a hair over the first book, in my opinion. [return][return]My favorite aspect about this whole book is the mystery. Yes, it's not perfect (there are lots of plot holes), but I still consider it very well-written as a whole. Rowling did an ungodly job setting it up and revealing all the major information in the final couple chapters. I tell you, when I first read this book about five years ago, I just could not put it down. The mystery had me absolutely enthralled, and the major reveals in the end absolutely blew my mind. I could not stop thinking about them for hours after I had finished the book and put it down. Well done, Rowling.[return][return]Not only do I like the way the mystery is built up and resolved, but I also love the dark tone it sets all over Hogwarts. A lot of people complain about the major shift in tone between this book and the books coming before and after it, but I honestly don't see a problem with it. I love the brooding and ominous air all over Hogwarts in the last 200 pages of this story. The fact that a giant monster is creeping around this massive school and trying to kill students is a very simple, yet effective story beat. It really hooked me in and never let go. I just couldn't help but continue reading to see what happens next. [return][return]Harry Potter continues to show why he's become one of the most iconic fictional characters of all time. Not only does he go on incredible adventures and solve mind-bending mysteries, but he truly has a heart of gold. You just can't hate the guy. He is the perfect protagonist. Not only are his morals completely straight, but he's been through a lot at school and throughout his early life. Making him be bullied by the Dursleys for the first ten years of his life is a great decision as it makes the reader more empathetic towards him. He's poor and humble, and that's partly what makes him so likeable. [return][return]This book is obviously not perfect, though. While Rowling created an engaging mystery, she made it a little too big and complex. Consequently, lots of plot holes propped up. Why did the Basilisk just slither through the pipes and not into school grounds? Why did it stop at paralyzing one victim before retreating temporarily and coming back a few weeks later to hunt more students? Why did Tom Riddle explain the entire mystery to Harry down in the Chamber of Secrets instead of just killing him when he had the chance? How did Harry get the extremely convenient instinct to stab Riddle's diary with a Basilisk fang? Why did Ginny dispose of Riddle's Diary in Myrtle's bathroom where Harry and Ron would conveniently end up in not too long afterwards? I could go on. The point is that there are too many things that happen simply to push the plot forward. The entire final scene between Harry and Riddle in the Chamber of Secrets is chock full of conveniences that ensure that Harry survives and Riddle's diary gets destroyed. [return][return]Also, the first 100 or so pages are a bit slow, in my opinion. Not much happens, and it does get a little boring at times. Thankfully, as soon as Harry hears the Basilisk for the first time, the story instantly gets more exciting, and I just can't stop reading it from that point onwards. ( )
  Moderation3250 | Feb 24, 2024 |
glad i have finally gotten around to reading the series. Although i have seen the movies so enjoying reading the parts the movies didn't cover and getting to know more characters that were left out. ( )
  cbloky | Feb 23, 2024 |
Fantasy
  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
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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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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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"My dear boy, ... do use your common sense. My books wouldn't have sold half as well if people didn't think I'd done those things. No one wants to read about some ugly old Armenian warlock, even if he did save a village from werewolves. He'd look dreadful on the front cover. No dress sense at all. And the witch who banished the Bandon Banshee had a hairy chin. I mean, come on ..."
"So you've just been taking credit for what a load of other people have done?"
"Harry, Harry," said Lockhart, shaking his head impatiently, "It's not nearly as simple as that. There was work involved. I had to track those people down. Ask them exactly how they managed to do what they did. ^Then I had to put a memory charm on them so they wouldn't remember doing it.^
... No, it's been a lot of work, Harry. It's not all book-signings and publicity photos, you know. You want fame, you have to be prepared for a long hard slog."
Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain.
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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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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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Ever since Harry Potter had come home for the summer, the Dursleys had been so mean and hideous that all Harry 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 who says that if Harry 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 and a spirit who haunts the girls’ bathroom. But then the real trouble begins – someone is turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possible be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects… Harry Potter himself!
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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)

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