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

by J. K. Rowling

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.
Title:Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Authors:J. K. Rowling
Info:Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic Press (1999), Edition: First American Edition First Printing, Hardcover
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling (1998)

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While this review indicates a 2022 read date, I had actually read this several times before that.
EDIT 2022: I added two thousand more words to the furious blog post I originally wrote in 2019, and the post might need a part II. She's a raging anti-Semite. I watched the Jon Stewart clip and I, a Conservative Jewish person, laughed and agreed with him. I'm so sorry he had to apologize in order to save his career while she wrings out every dollar she can of a series she wrote twenty years ago. This book itself...doesn't hold the same sense of wonder it once did. I feel comfortable not reading it again, and am going through the series to learn if I feel this way about the other books.

EDIT 2021: I wrote a furious blog post about how problematic this series is in 2019, before JKR decided to screech about her terrible opinions about trans women. Trans women are women. This series is problematic for a lot of reasons. I will probably still read it annually because of what it represented for me once upon a time.

This is the book that made me plan to reread the series on a yearly basis. I decided so, this afternoon. Coming from me, that's high praise. I rarely read after the first book in a series. I own and often read The Hunger Games series, but that's it. I'm greatly enjoying reading these again ( )
  iszevthere | Jun 21, 2022 |
Harry Potter has returned home to his aunt and uncle's house where he is not allowed to be who he is - he also has not heard from his friends all summer. At the worst possible moment, Harry returns to his room to find Dobby, a house-elf waiting for him in his room warning him that it is unsafe for him to return to Hogwarts. After Dobby's visit, Harry is locked in his room unsure how he will get to school. Here comes Ron and his brothers in a flying car to the rescue! The new year at Hogwarts begins with harder classes and a new mystery.

Between a new out of this world Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, students being petrified by an unknown monster and he is hearing a voice that no one else can hear. It becomes known that the heir of Slytherin has released the monster that is petrifying people and Hogwarts may have to close. After Ginny Weasley is taken by the monster, Harry goes into the Chamber of Secrets and attempts to free the school of this monster.

This is another wonderful story that leads you further into the world of Hogwarts and allows you to get to know how deeply Voldemort's hate for Harry actually goes. He is willing to hurt anyone he needs to destroy Potter. ( )
  Micareads | Jun 21, 2022 |
Перше читання - у 2002 (ISBN13: 9785353003090)

Перечитування у 2015:

Не набагато краща за першу книжку.
Але все ж таки краще. Більш захоплива.
В цій книзі є вже відголоси наступних книжок (примітила дещо з 5ї та 6ї).

Читала й кращі книги. Набагато кращі. ( )
  QuirkyCat_13 | Jun 20, 2022 |
I've seen this movie but had never read the book. After this one it will be all new territory for me. Listened to this while studying this week. ( )
  NicholeReadsWithCats | Jun 17, 2022 |
@ the second re-read:

★★★★ ½
I honestly didn't enjoy the last 20 pages or so like the rest of the book. I don't know, they seemed to be written in a too fast paced way, especially the fight with the Basilisk.
Anyway, it's been literally YEARS since I started to ask myself a simple question: Ginny, why do you even exist??
She's so.. Useless and stupid. I know that she's only 11 in this book, but (having previously read all the books) I already know that she doesn't improve at all, so I can't help myself but to despise her right from the very beginning of the series. ( )
  XSassyPants | Jun 11, 2022 |
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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.
"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....
Snuck in girls bathroom.

Dead chick offered me her loo.

Won’t go there again.


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