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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

The second novel in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.

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  • Jan 9, 2010
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Harry and company are back for seconds--a second year at Hogwarts--and Rowling ratchets up the the mystery and action in this worthy followup.

Having firmly established the characters in the first year (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)) of Hogwarts, Rowling plays off of them nicely. We get to meet the Weasley family at home and bask in their normalcy and loving relationships, and we find Harry Potter, hated at home but famous in wizardry, deflated in both settings with gentle good humor.

Not so gentle is the story this time out. Rowling wisely credits her readers with the intelligence to remember and understand the fictional framework of the Hogwart's school calendar and characters so that she is able to use her storytelling time and talents to expand on the mystery and adventure. She scatters enough clues to keep the reader guessing correctly, but also places enough red herrings to keep the reader from solving correctly the secret of the chamber. The climactic confrontation and resolution kept me riveted and reading straight through the last 50 pages, which says much about Rowling's skillfulness at handling her story that she kept a reader much older and presumably more jaded than her intended audience so well entranced.

In this second book, it becomes clear why Harry Potter has become such a cultural force, even before the movies and all their tie-iin merchandise became such a major advertising franchise. At the center is a great story--that leaves me looking forward to where year 3 will take us. I expect (given the presence and continued success of years 4 and beyond) that Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3) will not disappoint.

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Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
this book was honestly a kind of filler for the HP series, after youve read all of them. it was interesting, but the only purpose of the whole book i see is so that he can find out later that he already destroyed a horcrux, and that hes parseltounge. not my fave but still a 4 because of its importance.
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
this one has a great suprise ending and lots of twists. i love dumbledore and harry is just starting to get to know him.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Pass. Yes, Lockhart is fun; Riddle is an interesting character, but I fear this is the weakest of the series because of lack of a real Voldemort. You see Harry wandering around in a magical environment, but I think this just does not compare to others, especially its follow-up, Prisoner of Azkaban.
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
For being the second book in the Harry Potter Series..I have to say that its a good book.... I have read all of the books and am wanting to read them over and over again.....
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
ok
Quick Tip by . May 21, 2010
I love the harry potter books! Easy to read great for young readers!
review by . February 27, 2006
"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" is the second book in the well-loved "Harry Potter" series. Even though I've watched all of the films that have been released up to this point, this is only the second book that I've read. I have to admit that this tale is wonderful, but compared to the first book, it isn't quite as good. Don't get me wrong, this is a great read compared to many other novels out there, but it ended a little bit too abruptly for my tastes.     All of the …
review by . March 17, 2005
Very much recommend this one. Book two continues the saga of Harry Potter and is as well done, if not better, than the first book in the series. Actually, this is some of the best writing in this particular genre in quite a few years. It goes quiet beyond juvinal fiction, although I suspect this series will turn out to be one of those that crosses age lines quite nicely. Being as successful as they have been, they are quite open to cheap shot (goodness, there are a bunch of them here), but I would …
review by . February 23, 2004
Pros: Magic!! Harry and friends, fun, fantastic detail     Cons: Nothing!     The Bottom Line: This is a great second book in the Harry Potter series... I can't wait to start the next one!     Ok, after reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, I couldn't resist picking this one up. As difficult as school is getting for me, and as busy as it is keeping me, it's been odd that I can find the time to read Harry Potter and the Chamber …
review by . December 06, 2001
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE was a good book. It was filled with interesting characters, a fantastical setting, and some great dialog. However, much of the book was setting up the world in which Harry was entering. We, like Harry, had to have everything explained to us. This isn't a bad thing, but a lot of character development was delayed, because of the explanations.In CHAMBER OF SECRETS, J.K. Rowling doesn't have to do tons of explaining. The readers are already familiar with Diagon …
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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-winningHarry 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 ...

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ISBN-10: 0439064872
ISBN-13: 978-0848710682
Author: J. K. Rowling
Genre: Children's Books, Fantasy
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks, Scholastic
Format: Novel
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