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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

(Harry Potter #2)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  3,446,125 ratings  ·  67,900 reviews
Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay’s dazzling full-colour illustrations in this stunning new edition of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Breathtaking scenes, dark themes and unforgettable characters – including Dobby and Gilderoy Lockhart – await inside this fully illustrated edition. With paint, pencil and pixels, award-winning illustrator Jim Kay ...more
Hardcover, US Illustrated Edition, 259 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Arthur A. Levine Books (first published July 2nd 1998)
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Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” CHILLS.


Okay DUH 5/5 stars. I actually liked this book more than I remembered! This used to be my least favorite of the Harry Potter books and, while that still might be true, I was more entertained than I expected! I always forget how different Book Ginny is from Movie Ginny (way better all around) and how she has such a bigger role in the books than the films.

Sasha Alsberg
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
JK Rowling really knows how to write a great book, thats for sure! Although this wasn't my favorite book in the series, it definitely wasn't because it was bad. I loved the plot and conflict, even though it wasn't as intense as the others were. I was definitely shocked at the epic and mind blowing! ...more
(A-) 83% | Very Good
Notes: A bit bland at times, with less wonder and discovery than before, but finishes well with a more satisfying conclusion.
Chelsea Humphrey
Continuing my reread with the illustrated editions! Gotta get through this one so that my daughter can start it next. <3


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

What can I say that hasn't been said before about this series? What words can do this book justice? I've felt at a loss on how to explain my feelings for these books as I've read them. I didn't experience them as a child and therefore my experience is clearly different than
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
I love this book, of course I do, but the fact remains that this book prominently featured two of my most hated Harry Potter characters. Ginny Weasley and Dobby. There, I said it. I hate them both. In my Harry Potter hate list, Ginny and Dobby probably rank somewhere below Umbridge and Peter Pettigrew. Yeah, you heard me. I hate them that much.

The reason I hate Ginny is---well, never mind. I don't want to start another shipping war here, the last one was terrible enough, so let the reason for my
(A-) 83% | Very Good
Notes: A clever conjuration, it's a cozy castle mystery, a creature-fest, and Ripper-esque: lit by monsters, ghosts, and history.
Mar 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a cute middle grade book. Even though it was slow, I liked it a little more than the first book since at this point the world has already been established and now we get to see more of the characters and the setting. Ron and his family, especially the twins, are endearing. I also thought it was interesting seeing Harry’s internal struggle with whether he was truly Gryffindor or Slytherin, and the payoff later on about how it is our choices that show what we truly are. I didn’t like how ...more
Lisa of Troy
Jan 27, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Harry Potter Saga continues when The Chamber of Secrets is opened at Hogwarts, landing some of Harry’s classmates in danger. Will Harry Potter be able to save the day?

The reading of the Harry Potter series has been quite interesting because I really liked the first movie but didn’t really care for the rest. It becomes too dark, but what does that mean exactly? So it has been an exciting process to document exactly how my feelings for the Harry Potter series evolved since the first book.

In th
Tharindu Dissanayake
"My late lamented lords, ladies, and gentlemen,"
"The best of us must sometimes eat our words,"

Every time you loved the first book of a series, and then start reading the second - eagerly waiting for the story to continue - there's always the apprehension, that things might not be as great as the first. Well, Chamber of Secrets will convince you otherwise: everything keeps getting better.

"Have you ever heard of a plan where so many things could go wrong?"

I was glad to find everything I loved abou
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Re-read audio 2017 ♥

Okay, I'm going to do a little *spoilery* in this review so those of you that haven't read the book then you might just want to look at the pictures. I have picked a ton of pictures from the book but believe me, there are plenty more beautiful ones in the book. Plus, if your a Harry Potter fan you will be getting the book anyway if you haven't already!


So poor Harry is stuck back with the Dursley's on Privet Drive. And even though Harry is a relative, they still treat him like
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

And here I go with another one of my short “My thoughts about this book” reviews. I can’t believe that I forgot so many things. Like for instance the fact that Dumbledore actually was a Transfiguration teacher before he became headmaster. Kinda suitable that this is McGonagall’s role now. ;-)

1.) ”Harry Potter asks if he can help Dobby … Dobby has heard of your greatness, sir, but of your goodness, Dobby never k
Luca Ambrosino
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ENGLISH (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) / ITALIANO

Bedtime reading for my daughter (and second reading for me). It is once again exciting to wander across the Hogwarts halls, observing the mysterious facts that involve the protagonists, just like we were there too. This is Rowling's rare gift: making sure that we see through the eyes of Harry, Ron and Hermione.

The summer holidays have passed, and the new school year is about to start at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry'

Val ⚓️ Shameless Handmaiden ⚓️
I sat down to "read a few pages" of this before bed two nights ago and had to force myself to stop at page 100...then picked it up and flew through the rest the next day.

I really enjoyed this one (as did millions of others, obviously) and, with this installment, I am definitely seeing why this is such a beloved series. The magical wizarding world of Harry, his friends, and the folks at Hogwart's is just FUN to read about.

I am in LOVE with Fawkes the phoenix and I adore Dumbledore...And now I am
4th read (April - June 2019):
5 stars
Physical re-read

3rd read (May - June 2018):
5 stars
Listened to the audiobook (Stephen Fry) and again it was amazing. amazing. amazing. Especially his narration of the howler from Molly Weasley. Priceless.
Caz (littlebookowl)
Stephen Fry was made for these audiobooks.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, is a fantasy novel written by British author J.K. Rowling, and the second novel in the Harry Potter series.

The plot follows Harry's second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, during which a series of messages on the walls of the school's corridors warn that the "Chamber of Secrets" has been opened and that the "heir of Slytherin" would kill all pupils who do not come from all-magical f
Welcome to my re-read of the magical series “Harry Potter”. 🤓⚡️My journey this time around is a hybrid of reading the books, listening to a fun (adult) podcast and watching the movies. ❤️📚🎧🎬

⚠️Spoiler Warning: stop reading now, if you’re unfamiliar with the world of Hogwarts.⚠️
Personal Opinion Note: I’m terribly sad for you, if you’ve never read the books (or at least watched the movies). 😉📚🎧🎬

I’ll be updating this review as I progress through the series, so, be prepared for a long review. 🤗

Ahmad Sharabiani
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2), J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets begins when Harry is spending a miserable summer with his only remaining family, the Dursleys. During a dinner party hosted by his uncle and aunt, Harry is visited by Dobby, a house-elf.

Dobby warns Harry not to return to Hogwarts, the magical school for wizards that Harry attended the previous year. Harry politely disregards the warning, and Dobby wreaks havoc in the kitchen, infuriat
Wil Wheaton
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, I loved this, and I can't wait to start Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban today.

Quick thoughts on the things that stood out to me:

Wow, the Dursleys were even more loathsome in this book than the first.
I love the Weasleys even more than I already did.
I am so glad my mother never sent me a Howler.
I thought Dobby was annoying in the movie (which I saw when it came out over a decade ago, not having read the book) but I thought he was awesome in the book. In fact, we rewatched the
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
I read this all in one 8 hour sitting... I need a life
James Trevino
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-time-goodies
I am always surprised by J.K. Rowling's ability to make her books an allegory of our modern world and it's big and hideous problems. We all know, after all, that she covered discrimination, wars, hate crime, the Kardashians, etc.

Let's take this book for example. Harry goes back to Hogwarts. Now enter Gilderoy Lockhart. A fame enamored charlatan, who knows nothing about anything, except memory spells. So clearly a Kardashian. Now some might ask: do Kardashians know memory spells. And the answer i
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Re-read #?: November 27-28, 2014
Re-read #??: November 29-December 3, 2016

While this is probably one of my least favorites of the series, it's still a fantastic book. I can't say for sure why I don't love it as much as the others, but it's just never stood out to me.

However, upon rereading it, I am reminded again how great Rowling is at developing a story arc! There are so many hints to later parts of the series in this book! Especially with Tom Riddle showing up, the diary, hints of Ron's affect
Tina ➹ Woman, Life, Freedom
5 Golden Stars Complete!
& thousands more

this one is Beyond AMAZING!
Delightful! Mysterious! & Cute!
My favourite book in the middle grade-ish side (1, 2, 3) of HP.
I enjoyed every moment of it, every time. every page has something new.
& I'm always wondering why this beautiful, cute, exciting, mysterious, full of backstories & plot-twist book is so many people's least favourite one in the series,
we have the history of Hogwarts (now, now, not "Hogwarts, a History", people)
we have some other important
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading HP to ring in the new year may be a new tradition of mine, since I've done just that two years in a row.

I haven't read this book since the first time I read it in 5th grade, but I loved it! I never would have thought before that CoS was one of my favorites from the series but I stand corrected.
Reynita ★ The Night Reader ★
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Before I say anything else, it's important you know that I LOVE HARRY POTTER. In my fingers and my toes. LOVE.

That being said, this is my least favorite of the early books (I'll let you know whether it's my least favorite overall after I reread HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX).

The reasons are LEGION:

1. Gilderoy Lockhart is a prat and I hate him.
2. Deathday party. It's creepy and gross.
3. Poor Ginny.
4. The trouble Harry and Ron get Mr. Weasley into stresses me out.
5. I don't like snakes
first read: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
second read: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 // buddy read with ines!

this book was absolutely brilliant!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 stars
Lead Male Character: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★/ 5 stars (everyone)
Lead Female Character: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 stars (everyone)
Plotline: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 stars
Genre: fantasy, middle-grade, wizards
Will I recommend this book to others?: YES
Will I reread this book?: YES, I already did LOL
Overall story summed up in one word: BRILLIANT


Last read of 2016!

Which house are you in? I wo
Drcong O '
dnf @50%

so lame, boring, petty, plotless, uninteresting, lame, boring, and boring.

harry potter is just not for me, I think I'm just gonna give up trying to read these books.

tbh, the only reason i wanna finish this series, is so i can finally watch the movies 😂

Also buddy read with that mr. thicc asshole who took forever to read the first book and had me waiting aka salmon aka Solomon who I'll tag soon.
James Tivendale
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
When everyone first read and loved Harry Potter I ignored it. Not for any particular reason but about 10 years ago I didn't think I would be into it. Fast forward a decade and I'm now working my way through what I can say already is a children's classic fantasy series that is up there with The Wizard of Oz and The Chronicles of Narnia.

Harry's existence with his Muggle uncle and auntie is as horrible as ever and he can't wait to get back to Hogwarts after speaking to a mini-elf masochist who ess
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It's actually quite fascinating how much happened in this book, to be honest.
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