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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Written by J. K. Rowling and illustrated by Mary GrandPré
Book #2 in the Harry Potter Series
Published by Scholastic
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In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the summer after Harry’s first year at Hogwarts has been his worst summer ever… the Dursleys more distant and horrible than ever before. But just as he’s packing his bags to return to school, a creature named Dobby the house-elf announces that if Harry goes back to Hogwarts, disaster will strike. And it turns out, Dobby is right. Harry and Ron miss the Hogwarts Express, so they fly to school in a blue Ford Anglia, crash landing in the notorious Whomping Willow. Soon other worries accumulate: the outrageously stuck-up new professor Gilderoy Lockhart; a ghost named Moaning Myrtle, who haunts the girls’ bathroom; the strange behavior of Ron’s little sister, Ginny Weasley; rumors about the “Chamber of Secrets,” a cavern buried deep below Hogwarts; and a magical diary owned by Tom Riddle, a Hogwarts student of long ago. Harry is also shocked to discover that he can speak Parseltongue, the language of snakes - a rare ability that Lord Voldemort also possessed - and that anti-Muggle prejudice exists in the Wizarding world, even affecting Harry’s friend Hermione. But all of these seem like minor concerns when someone starts turning Hogwarts students to stone: an evildoer said to be the fearsome Heir of Salazar Slytherin, on of the founders of the school. Could it be Draco Malfoy, Harry’s most poisonous rival? Could it be Hagrid whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one person everyone at Hogwarts most suspects: Harry Potter himself?

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The adventure continues! This second book in the Harry Potter series begins to introduce slightly more depth and themes of self-introspection. It’s just as much fun as the first, and readers can enjoy this book knowing they still have five more to go!

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Who Wrote Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

J. K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling is the author of the record-breaking, multi-award-winning Harry Potter novels. Loved by fans around the world, the series has sold over 500 million copies, been translated into 80 languages, and made into 8 blockbuster films. She has written three companion volumes in aid of charity: Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (in aid of Comic Relief and Lumos), and The Tales of Beedle the Bard (in aid of Lumos), as well as a film script inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which marked the start of a five-film series to be written by the author. She has also collaborated on a stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, which opened in London’s West End in the summer of 2016 and on Broadway in early 2018. In 2012, J.K. Rowling’s digital company Pottermore was launched, where fans can enjoy news, features and articles, as well as original content from J.K. Rowling. She has also written The Casual Vacancy, a novel for adult readers, and the Strike crime series, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. As well as receiving an OBE for services to children’s literature, she has received many awards and honours, including an OBE and Companion of Honour, France’s Légion d’honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

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What Has J. K. Rowling Said About This Book

  • Did Rowling ever get writers block while writing Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets?

    Rowling had her first experience of writers block when writing Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. “I was worried that it wouldn’t live up to readers’ expectations—I’d heard that your second novel is the hardest to write.” Rowling had delivered her second manuscript to the publisher just two weeks after her first book was published, but since she wasn’t pleased with it, she asked the publisher (Bloomsbury) for it back and worked on it for another six weeks.

What Has Mary GrandPré Said About This Book

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  • How many copies of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets have been sold?

    As of 2012, 77 million copies had been sold worldwide.
  • What did The New York Times have to say about Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets?

    Deborah Loudon from The Times said Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets will be “re-read into adulthood” and said “the ingredients of Rowling’s success are traditional - strong plots, engaging characters, excellent jokes and a moral message which flows naturally from the story.”

    The book also reached the top of The New York Times Bestselling List in 1999 in 1999.
  • When was Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets first published?

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was first published in the United Kingdom on July 2, 1998 by Bloomsbury. The book was published in the United States on June 2, 1999 by Scholastic Inc.

  • Where can I find a good summary of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets?

    Sparknotes has a great summary.

  • How are the the movie and video game adaptations?

    Rated PG, run time of 2h 41min, and a rating of 7.4/10 on IMDb (where you can also find a trailer and cast information.

    Here’s a review of the video game!

Did This Book Win Any Awards

You bet it did. Check them out below!

  • 2000 American Library Association’s Notable Children’s Books
  • 2000 ALA/YALSA Best Books for Young Adults
  • 1999 The Scottish Arts Council Book Award
  • 1998 FCBG Children’s Book Award - Overall Winner and Longer Novel Category
  • 1999 North East Book Award

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Publication Date:
July 2, 1998