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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2)
by J. K. Rowling
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
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Editorial Reviews:

Amazon.com
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-winning Harry 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 student concerns--fierce rivalry, blush-inducing crushes, pedantic professors--seamlessly intertwine with the bizarre, horrific, fantastical, or just plain funny. Once again, Rowling writes with a combination of wit, whimsy, and a touch of the macabre that will leave readers young and old desperate for the next installment. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson

Amazon.com Audiobook Review
What makes the Harry Potter series so successful? Maybe it's the fact that J.K. Rowling doesn't write children's books, she writes children's stories, more in the tradition of the Brothers Grimm than Dr. Seuss. The exploits of Harry and his friends captivate even the shortest attention spans by engaging the imagination with vivid characters and fast-moving action, instead of trying to merely catch the eye with colorful pictures or pop-up effects. Not surprisingly, the Potter tales sound wonderful read aloud, and adapt to the audiobook format extremely well. Broadway actor Jim Dale's impressive vocal range gives each character in the book its own distinctive voice--a considerable task, given the pantheon of witches, warlocks, ghosts, ghouls, dwarves, and elves that Harry encounters in his second outing. And thankfully, since the book is read unabridged, no one's favorite character is omitted. Engaging for children without being childish, the audio version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is worthy addition to the deservedly popular series. (Running time: 9 hours, 6 cassettes) --Andrew Nieland

Product Description
Dare to Return to Hogwarts in Harry Potter's Second Adventure! 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.

Product Details
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books; edition (Jun 2, 2023)
  • ISBN: 0439064864
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 Based on 2415 reviews.
  • Amazon.com Sales Rank: 639

Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

5Superb story., Apr 22, 2023
This book, a sequel to "Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone", is the second book in a proposed seven-book series following the adventures of one Harry Potter as he advances through Hogwart's School of Wizardry. In the first book, he was eleven years old, a first-year student; in this one, he is twelve and a second-year. This is to be the pattern for the series; each book is to be one year in his school career.

Like the first book, this one is a wonderful tale which has deservedly captured the imaginations of most of the fantasy-reading populace (and a fair number of people who DON'T generally read fantasy.) It has all of the elements of a traditional story, with an evil villain and main characters who are good people struggling against that evil and doing heroic things in the process, but it is far from a stereotypical story. The characters have very definite life, and Rowling is a fine writer with a deft touch at a clever turn of phrase, who never lets her desire to show off that talent become distracting, as some lesser authors do. What's more, the books are competently edited and proofread, something of a rarity these days in mass-market paperbacks; I didn't notice a single typo or poor word choice or grammatical error throughout the entire book.

This series compares favorably to C.S. Lewis's "Narnia" series, with which it shares some elements, and if I can't QUITE bring myself to rate it higher than Tolkein's "Lord of the Rings" saga, that's only because it would seem sacrilege to suggest such a thing (besides, it isn't finished yet; maybe by the time it's done, who knows...)

If you have ANY interest in fantasy at all, DO NOT miss this series.


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

4Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, Apr 19, 2023
Harry Potter and the camber of secrets is a very good book and i would highly recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy novels. The book far better than the film and I think that the film is rubbish compared with the book. Harry Potter: He is the main character in the story. He is very brave but he also puts his life on the line. Hermione Granger: She is very clever and she loves magic. She is the best in her year at magic.
Ron Weasley: He is a red headed boy with many brothers and one sister. His family is sort of poor and he wears second hand robes. Reading the book was very enjoyable and I couldn't put it down. It was a book full of adventure and it felt as if I was there. It was all about him trying to save the school from a terrible monster that lived in the Chamber Of Secrets. Many of his friends blamed him for the creature attacking students. The creature would petrify students which meant that the students would be scared stiff and could not move. An excellent book over all.
Reviewed by Seamus Kearney


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

5Great book--for kids and adults alike, Apr 17, 2023
This book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, is full of that...secrets. The story continues and, to use an old cliché, the plot thickens...

I won't tell you what this is about...that would ruin it for you. But I'll say that you won't be disappointed. This book was great and highly enjoyable. Not as good as the books that follow in this series, but good.

J.K. Rowlings "Harry Potter" books are books that one can understand what is happening even if you haven't read the rest of the series, though I would recommend that...reading the previous.

J.K. Rowling truly amazes me with her talent, especially in the way of character development. I am and author myself, and one of the best ways to improve one's writing is to read others...this book really helped me. It kept my attention and not only that, it was highly original.

Well done J.K.---great job. I await your next installment.


3 of 15 people found the following review helpful:

1yawn, Apr 16, 2023
i kinda feel akward writing this review, since im the only known person to hate harry potter books, well besides those super religious people against witchcraft. Anyway, I honestly didnt read all of it, but enough where i can say YAWN. i was reading it, and was really getting into it, but it seemed to go on and on, and by the time i got to the chapter that said "The Chamber of Secrets" and closed the book. It took me so long to actually get there, by the time i reached it i didnt even care any more. Im not bad mouthing the book or anything, go ahead and buy it, im not stopping you, most people like it. I just think its sad kids waste weeks and weeks reading every single one of these books. Its as thick as a dictionary for God's sake! I'd rather wait for the movie.


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

4Harry and the Very Scary Situation, Apr 13, 2023
This story takes place in a fantasy school called Hogwarts. This school teaches wizards and whiches how to do magic. It goes up to 6th grade only and you don't have to go back after the 6th year. There had been a rumor that there is a hidden chamber in the school. Teachers say that it isn't real but the students know better than that. They say that the only person that can open it up is the Slytherin heir.

This book is mostly about a couple of wizards, Harry, Ron, and Draco. There's also two whiches named, Hermione and Ginny (Rons little sister). Harry, Ron , and Hermione find out about the Chambers of Secrets at their school at Hogwarts. Hermione finds out where and what it is. When Ron and Harry find out about it they they go and try to find it.

In my opinion this book was splendid. I liked how it kept me on the edge of my seat when I was reading it. I would recommend this book because it is real exiting. You get to learn about wizards and magic. Even though this book is a fantasy its like it is in real life.


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