Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)

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The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter 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 named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry's second year at Ho...more
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published June 2nd 1999 by Arthur A. Levine Books (first published August 1st 1998)
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Lora
Aug 13, 2011 Lora rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of the first
Recommended to Lora by: my enjoyment of the first
"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." - Albus Dumbledore

Such a wise wizard.

You know how sometimes when you read the first in a series and it turns out so much better than you originally anticipated, it makes you a little apprehensive when starting the sequel? Well, I felt that way before starting this, but I can definitely say that Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is another fabulous installment in the rightfully beloved Harry Potter series!...more
Chris
Since pretty much everyone I know has read these books, I figure reviewing them is pretty pointless. But with the new book coming out in a couple of weeks, I have to go through them beginning to end. To make the reviews more entertaining, I will be doing them in a variety of unexpected formats. For this review, I will be writing as someone who's just getting into Freudian theory.

From the very beginning, the true nature of this story is quite obvious - The Chamber of Secrets. There is only one "c...more
Elisa (Just a Hunch Book Blog)
A lot of people cite this book as their least favorite in the Potter saga; many of my friends included. When I asked one of my friends why he felt it was the worst of the bunch, he gave me a very reasonable reply. He'd come in late on the Potter game, having only read them last year in fact, when a Professor of his was walking them through what it takes to be a good mystery-- using Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone as an example of a perfectly fashioned mystery.

Moving on to the second book,...more
Namratha Kumar
In a bid to revive the Harry Potter-related nostalgia, I am re-reading the series. This is my third trip into Potter’s world, so the cynicism hasn’t crept in yet.
I decided to start off with “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”.

I always find that the second offering in a long-running series is always the most fulfilling. After the first, we have the character profiles down to a tee, we have decided on our favourites and our pet-peeves and we can easily summon up the landscapes and surroundi...more
9 3/4
Harry Potter changed my life. If I hadn’t read Harry Potter when I did I would not be the same person today. What I am today, in a part is due to Harry. I cannot really say enough to make you understand how much Harry Potter means to me.
Swaps55
While the story fits neatly together and again, her imagination is fantastic, the flat characters that play to extreme stereotypes take a lot of the enjoymeny out of this story.

There is no excuse for Gilderoy Lockhart. Granted, his fame obsession and ludicrous self-absorption make for some amusing Rowling-esque moments that make the series good (such as a dozen Lockharts running for cover in the photo frames with rollers in their hair), but at the expense of the reader's patience. This degree o...more
Nina
This is not a review. (Sorry, Vivian!)
Allright, now that we've got this out of the way, I would like to point out three seemingly uninportant things that guaranteed this book five shining, sparkling stars, two of which (the things, not the stars) only appeared in the very last pages of the book.

1. page 352/366
For nearly a quarter of an hour [Harry] spoke into the rapt silence [...].

A quarter of an hour. Not hours, a seemingly endless amount of time, half a day, the whole night. A quarter of an...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
As Dumbledore once said, "it is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."

My ability to write a proper review for this book does not exist, so I choose to leave it at five stars and two Dobby snaps in a circle ; )

Christina Wilder






Litchick (is stuck in the 19th century)
THE MAGIC OF THE MASSIVE GROUP READ CONTINUES NOV 25 - DEC 2.

THE LIST:

1. Me
2. Amy
3. Bonnie
4. Grimlock
5. Nine
6. Mary
7. Rose
8. Angela
9. Anna
10. Aly
11. Jgilles
12. Noora
13. Tandie
14. Ally
15. Gertiebee
16. Christina
17. Whitley
18. Wart
19. Tonina
20. Scott
21. Angie
22. Abbe
23. Jennifer
24. Michelle
25. Sarah
26. Kaya
27. Jo
28. Summer
29. Amanda
30. Andrea
31. Lily
32. Erica
33. Natalia
34. Camila
35. Julia
36. Lane
37. Johanna
38. Sha
39. Gitta
40. Lyndi
41. Moonlight Reader
42. Aoife
43. Cindy
44. Amanda
45. Silver Thistle
4...more
Carmen Maloy
Oct 22, 2007 Carmen Maloy rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: everyone
What stands out in book 2:

* The de-gnoming of the Weasleys' garden. Harry discovers that even wizards have chores--gnomes must be grabbed (ignoring angry protests "Gerroff me! Gerroff me!"), swung about (to make them too dizzy to come back), and tossed out of the garden--this delightful scene highlights Rowling's clever and witty genius.
* Harry's first experience with a Howler, sent to Ron by his mother.
* The Dueling Club battle between Harry and Malfoy. Gilderoy Lockhart starts the Dueling Cl...more
Jason Koivu
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the number two of the entire Potter series in more ways than one. It's the turd of the lot.

It's not terrible, but compared to the rest of the series Chamber has all the originality of a carbon copy of its predecessor, written to mirror and capitalize on the success of the first book.

Yes Harry and schoolmates have moved on to their second year and there are occurrences that will later come into play in the bigger picture of the story, but in hindsight t...more
Keely
In her second outing, Rowling builds up her confidence (and relationship with her publisher) enough to begin her signature page number crawl. Unfortunately, for this book, her chaotic plotting means that the further length just becomes more scattered moments.

Despite some interesting twists and concepts, this is the weakest entry in the series. It betrays a utilitarian sense of plot and worldbuilding, in that it expands the story little. Of course, Rowling never really gets the process of stream...more
Shelby *evil queen wannabe*
There is just no way to do these books justice. I can't even try.

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"It's our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." Dumbledore

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Thanks again to my friend Litchick for coming up with this most awesome group read!
Brad
This really is the worst book of the Harry Potter bunch, and its lack of quality isn’t helped by its position in the series. For all its faults, Philosopher’s Stone is a strong first novel and does a great job of sucking its readers in -– even the grown up ones -– and Prisoner of Azkaban, for its balanced mix of suspense, character development, and the first real glimpse of the world beyond Hogwarts and Privet Dr., makes it, for me, the best of the entire series. So Chamber of Secret's number tw...more
Thomas
I really, really like this series. I don't love it yet. But I'm on my way.

"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. - Dumbledore, one of my favorite fictional mentors already.

Time for my second informal Harry Potter review. Rowling continues Harry's quest to become the best wizard he can be at Hogwarts alongside his two best friends, Ron and Hermione. Great (though not beautiful or superbly sophisticated) writing, smart development of characters, and a...more
Ann
I'm not sure what more I can say about Harry Potter. It's obvious to anyone who knows me how much I love these books, and for anyone who doesn't I'm not sure that I can add any more praise than these books have already received (and, rightfully so, in my opinion). The books are full of heart, wit, mystery and fantasy, humor and sadness, each page bringing more plot or more characterization, and often times both.
And the books are just as delightful upon the second read!

**SPOILERS BELOW**

DON'T RE...more
Jeffrey Michael
OK, so I suffer from prereadaphobia. That's the fear of reading a book before seeing the movie for fear that the movie won't measure up to the book. Well I LOVE the Harry Potter movies so I waited until after I had seen the last movie before starting on the first book. Well my fears weren't well founded in this case. I love the book as much as the movie. Well written and well paced, the movie accurately represented the novel which isn't all that common, take The Hunger Games for instance. I unde...more
Ariel
DEAR GOD THAT WAS BEAUTIFUL.
I give it 5 stars.. but as a Harry Potter novel.. a league of it's own.. I'd probably give it 4/5.
STILL THOUGH, AWESOME :)

I really want to start Prisoner of Azkaban but it's packed away somewhere :(
sj
Originally posted here.

(lots of swearing ahead - I've also rated this edition lower than another because these are my feelings upon re-reading)

Dude. I know. My post about PS/SS was...shit, January third?...um, okay. So, my post about PS/SS was almost three months ago, and I feel like a total slacker. BUT, this IS Year of Reading Whatever the Fuck I Want, so if I want to wait THREE MONTHS between reading these books I damn well can.

I re-read Chamber of Secrets this week. And...I'm not gonna lie....more
Inge
The Harry Potter series is like one giant puzzle, and during every book, tiny puzzle pieces start fitting together and forming a whole. There are hints everywhere about what's going to happen, sort of like inside jokes for people who've already read the books, but the mystery remains. J.K. Rowling keeps you guessing up until the final pages.

I love how every character brings something else to the table. Ron's dry comments, Fred and George's pranks, Hermione's cleverness, Dumbledore's charming str...more
Tina
A lot of people in reviewing the first book, I noticed, complained about the lack of complexity/explanation regarding the magic in this series, but I say: it's good the way it is. I don't NEED a more in-depth explanation. It's self-explanatory because it's magic. If I wanted to read an explanation of how magic worked, I would rather read an essay on the hypothetical use of the power than have to slog through pages of tedious technical crap (that would likely have errors) in a novel. Hell, I'd ra...more
Mike (the Paladin)
The Harry Potter books are all well worth reading. I read this "back" when it came out (my kids grew up "as the books came out" and were adults by the time the series finished). The books do develop as they go along and slowly become somewhat darker volume by volume. There is more foreshadowing here more clues and a good solid story. Adults and children alike will like it. Just be sure with each volume that the child/youth in question is mature enough. Here the story is only 2 volumes along and...more
Ryan T
Apr 21, 2008 Ryan T rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: ne1
Recommended to Ryan T by: no1
This is the second book in the 7 book series by J.K Rowling and since the book is so much different from the movie and She is such a good author, i chose to re-read the book.



Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a thrilling science fiction book about the adventures of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger as they try to unravel the mysteries surrounding the rumored Chamber of Secrets.
The beginning of the book starts off with Harry at the Dursley house and how Ron comes to save h...more
Kathryn
Simply splendid on the second read, too. I first read this in December of 2002. Charming, funny, mysterious, thoughtful, sweet, frightening--and Professor Lockheart, the cherry on top! One of my favorite of the HP books, despite the fact I found a few places where I thought perhaps JK was stretching a little bit (very rare for me to find anything like that in the HP books). Still, five stars all round.

It wouldn't be summer for me without an HP book to read. This is (I think) the only one I haven...more
Mateja
I liked The Chamber of Secrets even more the second time reading it than the first. Already knowing what's going to happen gave me an opportunity to pay attention to the smallest detail. One of the things that make this book, the entire series really, such an addictive and imaginative read is the authors attention to detail without overwhelming us with drawn out descriptions that can make me lose focus on the story.

I was completely immersed in the Harry Potter world from first chapter on and the...more
Priscilla
Definitely a setup to the bigger story arc in the Harry Potter series! There's some major plot and character development going on. What I really enjoyed is the insight into this fully realized world J.K. Rowling created! Amazing :D

First Impressions:
1) Needs more Dumbledore.
2) I (still) love Quidditch.
3) Loved the magic! There's great potions, charms and bewitching going on.
4) Slower paced. The meat and potatoes of the plot doesn't kick in till about halfway.
5) I never want to be invited to a Dea...more
Jacob McCabe
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....every time I read these I fall in love all over again.
Amber
Jul 31, 2008 Amber rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: readers of all ages who want a fantasy story with a twist of modern life
Recommended to Amber by: a friend
I was happy to begin the second Harry Potter book, which turned out to be filled with plenty of laughs, but still gives the sense of 'what will happen next?' to the reader. We begin with Harry Potter, who returned to the Dursleys, his uncle Vernon, aunt Petunia, and cousin Dudley, after the end of the school term. But the Dursleys despise Harry, especially now that he has become a wizard, and Harry feels like he's left his own home behind him at school.

This book was a little more serious than th...more
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