Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
(Book 2)

80%

33 Critic Reviews

In the second of the series, strange things are happening at Hogwarts. Lots of people are getting petrified by a weird creature travelling through the pipes...This was another great novel, definitely more spooky than the last. Spooky and adventurous.
-Guardian

Synopsis

In one of the most hotly anticipated sequel in memory, J.K. Rowling takes up where she left off with Harry's second year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Old friends and new torments abound, including a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls' bathroom, an outrageously conceited professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, and a mysterious force that turns Hogwarts students to stone.
 

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J. K. (Joanne Kathleen) Rowling was born in Gloucestershire, U. K. on July 31, 1965. Rowling attended Tutshill Primary and then went on to Wyedean Comprehensive where she was made Head Girl in her final year. She received a degree in French from Exeter University. She later took some teaching classes at Moray House Teacher Training College and a teacher-training course in Manchester, England. This extensive education created a perfect foundation to spark the Harry Potter series that Rowling is renowned for. After college, Rowling moved to London to work for Amnesty International, where she researched human rights abuses in Francophone Africa, and worked as a bilingual secretary. In 1992, Rowling quit office work to move to Portugal and teach English as a Second Language. There she met and married her husband, a Portuguese TV journalist. But the marriage dissolved soon after the birth of their daughter. It was after her stint teaching in Portugal that Rowling began to write the premise for Harry Potter. She returned to Britain and settled in Edinburgh to be near her sister, and attempted to at least finish her book, before looking for another teaching job. Rowling was working as a French teacher when her book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published in June of 1997 and was an overnight sensation. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone won the British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year, was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Award, and received a Commended citation in the Carnegie Medal awards. She also received 8,000 pounds from the Scottish Arts Council, which contributed to the finishing touches on The Chamber of Secrets. Rowling continued on to win the Smarties Book Prize three years in a row, the only author ever to do so. At the Bologna Book Fair, Arthur Levine from Scholastic Books, bought the American rights to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone for the unprecedented amount of $105,000.00. The book was retitled Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for it's American release, and proceeded to top the Best Seller's lists for children's and adult books. The American edition won Best of the Year in the School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Parenting Magazine and the Cooperative Children's Book Center. It was also noted as an ALA Notable Children's Book as well as Number One on the Top Ten of ALA's Best Books for Young Adults. The Harry Potter Series consists of seven books, one for each year of the main character's attendance at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. All of the books in the series have been made into successful movies. She has also written Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Rowling's first novel for an adult audience,The Casual Vacancy, was published by Little Brown in September 2012. Newbery Medal winner Nancy Willard has written numerous beloved books for children and adults, including poetry, picture books, and novels. She teaches writing and literature at Vassar College. Mary GrandPre is the acclaimed illustrator of many children's books, including Plum, by Tony Mitton; The Thread of Life, by Domenico Vittorini; and the bestselling Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling.
 
Published December 8, 2015 by Pottermore from J.K. Rowling. 357 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
All: 33 | Positive: 28 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Good
on May 20 2010

Readers will be irresistibly drawn into Harry's world by GrandPre's comic illustrations and Rowling's expert combination of broad boarding school farce and high fantasy.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by booklover24 on Mar 06 2015

In the second of the series, strange things are happening at Hogwarts. Lots of people are getting petrified by a weird creature travelling through the pipes...This was another great novel, definitely more spooky than the last. Spooky and adventurous.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by IloveLunaLovegood on Mar 02 2015

This is another great story by J.K. Rowling. It shows how Harry and Ron get on throughout the 'clever stuff' without Hermione and how the Chamber of Secrets was supposedly opened before by their biggest friend...Just like the first book this is superbly written with amazing descriptions to make you feel as if you are Harry attending Hogwarts!

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About.com

Good
Reviewed by Tammy Nezol on Feb 13 2016

Most of the characters are like good friends and the story itself is as enjoyable as the first. Rowling does a masterful job balancing humor with some of the dark undertones and Harry is a believable twelve-year-old that faces all of his struggles on a relatively human level.

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KidsReads

Good
Reviewed by Shannon Maughan on Aug 15 2000

...rollicking, spine-tingling adventure. You're sure to love all the fast-moving action, magic and fun in every chapter.

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ABC Perth

Above average
Reviewed by Stephen on May 15 2014

Personally I enjoyed this story. People at any age would enjoy so long as they can understand the language used. The good thing about the story was the more they found out, the more it confused them.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by catbunn on May 14 2014

I thought this book was wonderful. It amazes me that someone could create something so original and interesting. JK Rowling was so descriptive with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which makes the reader entertained.

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Curled Up

Good
Reviewed by Mary B. Stuart on Feb 14 2016

It is all of the details (those mentioned here and many more) that truly make Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets a wonderful book, a book that is a pleasure for adults to read but which will for a child prove to be a true and memorable joy.

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Fantasy Book Review

Good
Reviewed by Amanda White on May 15 2014

This is a much darker and adult themed book than its predecessor and this again is well played as the books mature along with Harry Potter. A delightful fantasy story full of magic, mystery and laughter.

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Brothers Judd

Above average
on Dec 25 2001

...Harry is a quintessential example of Man's struggle to choose between good and evil. In fact, we've reached a point in our culture where the simple acknowledgments that Evil exists, that the propensity to behave in an evil manner is an essential aspect of Man's character...

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Book Drum

Good
on May 15 2014

...J.K. Rowling stimulates her reader’s imagination and intellect by making them read between the lines of her stories. Thus, I have to conclude this review exactly as I started it. Reading books is fun... and thanks to J.K. Rowling’s great talent, reading her Harry Potter series is much more fun!

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Story Snoops

Good
Reviewed by Jen on May 15 2014

Just as compelling as its predecessor, the second installment of this enchanting series is perfect material for read-aloud family time.

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Geeky Bloggers Book Blog

Excellent
Reviewed by Felicia S on Jul 29 2013

This is one of my favorite series to read and love my annual re-reading of them. If you are one of the few that have not read the books–you really should whether your young or young at heart!

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Best Fantasy Books

Below average
Reviewed by AlyseG on Sep 27 2013

...when it comes down to it The Chamber of Secrets is most definitely the weakest of all the Potter books, the story line is predictable and the newly introduced characters are pretty stereotypical and just add to the aforementioned predictability.

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SF Reviews

Above average
on May 15 2014

Though it might not have quite as fresh a story, the second Harry Potter adventure lacks for nothing in entertainment value. This is a series that has managed to sustain its charm, in spite of the fact that it would take one more book for J.K. Rowling to start really building upon her premise.

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Hope Chest Reviews

Excellent
on May 15 2014

All in all, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was another fabulous addition to the series, and I am eagerly looking forward to continuing it to find out the answers to...many other questions.

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Fantasy Book Critic

Above average
Reviewed by Achala Upendran on Mar 19 2014

It’s clear that Harry’s time in Hogwarts is not going to get any easier as he ages, and we can only hope that he grows enough emotionally, magically, to cope with it.

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Once Upon A Chapter

Above average
Reviewed by Stephanie on May 08 2013

I really enjoyed this chapter in the Harry Potter series and can’t wait to move on to the next book in the series.

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Reading In Winter

Excellent
Reviewed by Kristilyn on Jun 17 2013

this book is definitely more of a filler book in the series — while it has its moments, it doesn’t particularly stand out. But it is a fun read and I’ll take that.

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Books: A True Story

Good
Reviewed by Jessica on May 16 2013

After reading it for the third time, it’s fun to pick up on the foreshadowing that I missed. I’m noticing that Ms. Rowling often disguises important things as jokes or just another detail to make the world more interesting and colorful. Ooh I just get chills when they figure out who Moaning Myrtle is.

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Reading Copy Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Andrew Nieland on May 14 2014

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.

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Reading Copy Book Blog

Good
on May 13 2014

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.

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Once Upon A Bookcase

Good
Reviewed by Jo on Jul 29 2011

There are so many other little hints and clues, some just one sentence now that end up being such a big deal later on. It's amazing! Rowling is just a genius!

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Murphy's Library

Above average
Reviewed by Maeva on Mar 23 2011

When I think about Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, I can’t help but feel like this is the “slowest” book of all the seven. There’s mystery, there’s action in the end, but Potter and his friends weren’t really aware of everything yet. After that, we see all characters growing up...

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The Bawdy Book Blog

Excellent
Reviewed by Jennifer on Aug 20 2013

Overall, this was much more exciting than The Sorcerer’s Stone, what with the secret chamber and Voldemort getting into the school via someone else’s body.

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My Bookshelf

Excellent
Reviewed by Shirley on Jul 19 2011

J.K. Rowling is a master story teller, whipping you right along, as pages fly; the story envelops you and before you know it, it is done.

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Lucybird's Book Blog

Above average
on Jul 18 2011

What I really like about this book though is the information we get about Tom Riddle. It’s really interesting to see where he came from, and a bit of what he was like in school. I find it interesting that even early on I liked this aspect, even when I did not know how important it would turn out to be later on

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The Reading Fever

Good
on Feb 20 2012

Ron's howler. Best. Moment. Ever...Overall, I liked this one more than the first, but I cannot wait to read the third!

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Above average
Reviewed by Shirley Muramoto on May 13 2014

Once again, we are shown the wonder of a world of magic, a world Harry himself is not yet accustomed to. We share his wonder at flying cars, and magical duels, at trees that whomp, and giant spiders that talk.

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Fiction Book Review

Above average
Reviewed by Citra Florenca on Nov 01 2012

3 rating for this novel. Not my highest rating, but many people said that this is the weakest book in the series.

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Carina's Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Carina Olsen on Jul 12 2015

You all need to read the Harry Potter books. If you have only read book one, you should know that this one is even better. It's so good.

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A Book and Short Latte

Good
on Jun 22 2012

Unfortunately, while, stylistically, Chamber of Secretsis an improvement over its predecessor, it also happens to feature the majority of my most hated Harry Potter characters of all time.

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Once Upon a Series

Good
Reviewed by Amy on May 14 2014

It's probably fair to say the primary school kids will be blown away & most highschoolers, or adults, find something in the books for them too- will we ever enjoy it as much as the children do?

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