Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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...

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Title:Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author:J.K. Rowling
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ISBN:0439064864
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:341 pages

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Reviews

  • Raeleen Lemay
    Jun 26, 2010

    This time around I realized how much more entertaining this book is compared to the movie. Nothing against the movie because I LOVE it, but this book has so many more fun scenes! Like Arthur and Lucius PHYSICALLY FIGHTING EACH OTHER and Dobby tossing Lucius down a flight of stairs at the end. Reading this aloud with Kyle literally had us laughing like crazy. I love this series so much oh my Rowling.

    This time around I realized how much more entertaining this book is compared to the movie. Nothing against the movie because I LOVE it, but this book has so many more fun scenes! Like Arthur and Lucius PHYSICALLY FIGHTING EACH OTHER and Dobby tossing Lucius down a flight of stairs at the end. Reading this aloud with Kyle literally had us laughing like crazy. I love this series so much oh my Rowling.

    OH MY LORD VOLDEMORT.

    In this book we get more little hints to events to come in future books (Horcrux stuff, a mention of Voldemort having left a part of himself/his powers in Harry, etc.) WHICH WAS AWESOME. I find that every time I read these books I notice more things, which was definitely true this time around.

    One thing I did notice, which COULD HAVE SOLVED EVERYTHING:

    At the beginning of the book when they're leaving for King's Cross, Ginny forgets her diary and has to back for it. SHE NEARLY LEFT IT BEHIND. OH MAN.

    Overall, this was a great time, but I'm excited to finally get to my favorite books in the series!!!

  • Lora
    Jun 03, 2011

    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

    is another fabulous installment in the rightfully beloved Harry Potter series!

    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

    is another fabulous installment in the rightfully beloved Harry Potter series!

    And while I

    admit to not loving it quite as much as its predecessor, I still enjoyed it a great deal.

    I think the reason for my not liking it as much can be mostly credited to the introduction of a new character, Professor Lockhart. Lockhart is an annoyingly pretentious wizard who is completely full of himself, and the majority of his teachings were based on his own life and his supposed brushes with death that he escaped only because of his "heroism" and great knowledge of the magic arts.

    In a summary, I didn't find the story involving Lockhart quite as interesting as Harry's realization of his true abilities and the escapades of his first year at Hogwarts.

    But HP II undoubtedly still has plenty of hilarious moments and magical wonders - not to mention the lovely cast of characters - to more than compensate for this particular installment's slightly lacking plot. Hence the five stars. :)

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    Next up is

    , and I'm very much looking forward to it.

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  • Zoë
    Jun 09, 2012

    “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.

    NOW ONTO HP AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN!

  • Evgeny
    Jul 31, 2012

    I made myself a promise not to use any stills from any Harry Potter movies in my reviews for any book of the series, but I have to make an exception today January 14, 2016 thus the image above.

    Even people who somehow managed to avoid reading the books and seeing the movies can guess that this book is about Harry Potter's second year the School of Wizardry, Hogwarts. Before he gets there though he had to fight

    I made myself a promise not to use any stills from any Harry Potter movies in my reviews for any book of the series, but I have to make an exception today January 14, 2016 thus the image above.

    Even people who somehow managed to avoid reading the books and seeing the movies can guess that this book is about Harry Potter's second year the School of Wizardry, Hogwarts. Before he gets there though he had to fight the depression from loneliness as his adopted family does not care about him much and his Hogwarts friends seemingly forgotten about him.

    Fortunately a magical creature called Dobby shows up and instantly makes Harry's life full of excitement: he is convinced Harry's life is forfeit if the latter goes to Hogwarts, so Dobby makes everything in his power to stop Harry from doing this. Injures and maiming are fair game as long as Harry remains alive. To add to the fun it seems Harry's life as well as that of his friends might really be in danger Dobby hinted at.

    Like the first one, this book can still fully qualify as a children book however it is darker and it does have some very gloomy and depressing moments; children grew up and matured a little and so is the tale.

    We get to meet characters familiar from the first book and see their development as well as new interesting ones. Speaking about new people, Gilderoy Lockhart is so full of himself he is excellent. His whole Valentine celebration made me laugh out loud. I think this is the first time we get to meet Lucius Malfoy in person - he is another interesting guy; the last scene with him is excellent.

    I would like to talk about Harry Potter a little. I saw lots of people say he is not the main hero of the series; he is just a guy who always gets either lucky, or have a helpful friend handy in tight spots. I saw Hermione named the main hero - she is the brainpower behind Harry's successes most of the time. I saw Neville named the main hero - he has the greatest and most unexpected development of all characters. I would respectfully disagree: Harry Potter is the main hero albeit a reluctant one (compare him to Lockhart to see why). For the proof of this look no further than the final confrontation in this novel.

    This was my reread of the book; I knew exactly what to expect and I was sure I would rate it with 4 stars until I found myself awoke well in the early morning hours finishing this reread despite the fact that I had to wake up early. Any book which can do it to me deserves 5 stars.

    I do not have anything else to add to what I already said; each installment of the series was analyzed and reviewed countless number of times by better qualified people. I will stop right here.

  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    Aug 27, 2012

    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 snake

    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.

    6. I HATE spiders.

    7. Dobby needs to calm the eff down:

    BUT. This is Harry Potter we're talking about, so there's also plenty of awesomeness:

    1. Dwarves dressed as cupids, delivering singing valentines.

    2. MOLLY WEASLEY.

    3. Ford Anglia in the wilds of the Forbidden Forest.

    4. Polyjuice Potion

    5. Gnomes shouting "geroff."

    6.

    SO. Even if this is my

    favorite, it's still Harry Potter, and Harry Potter = AWESOME. If you haven't already, READ IT. If you

    read it, read it AGAIN. That is all.

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  • Khanh (the Grinch)
    Nov 25, 2012

    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

    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 hatred be implicit and unsaid.

    Dobby is freaking annoying, yo. All his eagerness and shit - and yeah, I know what happens in the end. Doesn't matter. I still hate Dobby. Dobby is the equivalent of fingernails on chalkboard for me. If he had been my elf, I'd have given him a sock already so he could his whimpering, sniveling ass out of my life. He means well, I know he does, it's just that he's such a frustratingly well-meaning bumbling idiot.

    Aaaaaaaand one final note.

    No particular reason I included that, except for the fact that it reminded me of my ex-boyfriend :3

  • Wil Wheaton
    Jun 29, 2014

    Overall, I loved this, and I can't wait to start

    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

    Overall, I loved this, and I can't wait to start

    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 movie last night, and not only was it as unsatisfying as I remember it, it's just a shit adaptation of this book.

    I thought it was delightful that

    .

    Tom Riddle's diary was really, really awesome. The entire idea and execution were fantastic.

    I loved it when Dumbledore told Harry, "It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." I hope that, as the series goes on, we have more scenes with him, because I really love his wisdom.

    My minor complaints seem a little nitpicky, and I suppose that if I'm going to suspend disbelief to accept that wizards are real, I should be able to accept that

    and

    , but I'm an adult and if I'd read this as a kid I wouldn't have cared for a single moment.

  • Kai
    Apr 02, 2015

    -Me, reading Harry Potter

    To say it with the words of my 7 year old brother: "It was good but badder than the first book."

    This is Harry Potter. Nothing can ever beat a Harry Potter book. Apart from another Harry Potter book. And in this 7 (and a half) part series, this is my least favourite book. There's just so many things I don't like reading about. Harry and Ron stealing the car and flying it to Hogwart? Gilderoy Lockhart? N

    -Me, reading Harry Potter

    To say it with the words of my 7 year old brother: "It was good but badder than the first book."

    This is Harry Potter. Nothing can ever beat a Harry Potter book. Apart from another Harry Potter book. And in this 7 (and a half) part series, this is my least favourite book. There's just so many things I don't like reading about. Harry and Ron stealing the car and flying it to Hogwart? Gilderoy Lockhart? Nah, I could happily go without it.

    But then there's things that are just brilliant. The Valentines dwarf singing Harry a love song! Hermione Granger being a genius through and through! Fawkes! Unwillingly funny Moaning Myrtle!

    I think one of the reasons this may be the weakest part of the series is, that it resembles Part One so much: Someone tries to hurt Harry during Quidditch, there's a hidden chamber deep underneath Hogwarts and Harry has to face Voldemort in said chamber.

    Now, you have to understand that there is nothing I love more than Harry Potter, and this book is one of the most brilliant things ever written. I'm a proud Potterhead and Gryffindor and will forever love this world. Always.

  • Sasha Alsberg
    Aug 10, 2015

    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 end...so epic and mind blowing!

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    Mar 30, 2016

    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 poo because he's ma

    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 poo because he's magical. Ewwwwww.

    Harry is depressed because he has be cut off from talking to his friends or getting any kind of correspondence. Even poor Hedwig has been locked in her cage and hasn't been able to fly around. CRUEL! But Harry can't use magic inside the muggle world.

    Then Harry meets Doby - the little house-elf that is waiting for him in his room.

    It turns out that Doby has been intercepting his correspondence because he fears for Harry's life and doesn't want him to return to Hogwarts. So Doby causes some problems at the house that get Harry in trouble. I had to add this cute little picture of Doby running off, look at his little butt. lol ↓

    Then one night, Ron, George and Fred pull up outside Harry's window in their dads flying car to save Harry. It's pretty funny how they get it all going but that is okay as long as Harry gets away from his evil relatives.

    Of course, Mrs. Weasley is not pleased when they get back home. The sneaking out part didn't work very well, but she welcomed Harry with open arms and he stayed with them until it was time for them all to go back to school.

    I love that picture of the Weasley house =)

    Poor sweet Harry and I would love to live with the Weasleys' for a bit =)

    Look at cute, fat little Scabbers ↓

    The kids are going to meet Hermione to get some shopping done. But ole Harry takes a wrong turn down the chimney hole and ends up in some creepy shop. He hides and gets to hear some things Malfoy and his father are talking about.

    Finally Harry makes it out of the store and Hagrid finds him and gets him to the right place with his friends.

    Then Ron and Harry are blocked from getting on the train soooooo back to stealing the flying car.

    AND of course they get into trouble when they get to Hogwarts but it wasn't anything too bad.

    There is a new Defence Against the Dark Arts professor named Gideroy Lockhart. He's a bit off but still . . .

    Anyway things are not right at Hogwarts. (are they ever?) And Harry and the gang must figure out what's going on.

    Poor ole Hagrid gets sent off to Azkaban for something he didn't do!

    Malfoy is a jerk, as if we didn't know that. lol

    Harry and Ron go out in the woods to meet Aragog the spider that is friends of Hagrid to find out some truth behind some stuff.

    Comes to find out there is this diary of a person named Tom Riddle. I'm not telling you who this person really is but they are the one causing all kinds of trouble for a lot of people.

    In the end Harry has to end up fighting a Basilisk to set things right. He has the help of the sorting hat for reasons, Dumbledore's Phoenix and a sword. Oh happy day!

    There is loads more to the book then the things I have described but you can just read it and if you haven't, why haven't you? Harry Potter rocks and always will.

    There is another happy ending for sweet Doby! ♥

    Harry gives Dobby his stinky sock so this releases Doby. He now has his freedom from the evil Lucius Malfoy! Woot!

    This book is wonderful, it always has been and always will, and the graphics in this book make it even better. ♥

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