Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

ISBN: 0439554896
ISBN 13: 9780439554893
By: J.K. Rowling

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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 Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls' bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley's younger sister, Ginny.But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone--or something--starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects...Harry Potter himself.

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Litchick (is stuck in the 19th century)

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While the story fits neatly together and again, her imagination is fantastic, the flat characters that play to extreme stereotypes take a lot of the enjoymeny out of this story. There is no excuse for Gilderoy Lockhart. Granted, his fame obsession and ludicrous self-absorption make for some amusing Rowling-esque moments that make the series good (such as a dozen Lockharts running for cover in the photo frames with rollers in their hair), but at the expense of the reader's patience. This degree of narcissism, even if plausible in the real world, stretches my suspension of disbelief too far. Like every page with Malfoy on it, I'd rather flip past them than read them. The greatest problem I have with this series is the two dimensional villains (or irritating Defense Against the Dark Arts teachers). Good villains should draw out some sort of sympathy in the reader, or reveal at some point their humanity. At the very least, you should be able to understand why they are the way they are, and that back story allows you to look at them from a different perspective. This moment never happens for Lockhart, and incidentally it never happens for Malfoy. Rowling allowed the perfect opportunity to make Malfoy a good, three dimensional villain when Harry and Ron used the Polyjuice potion. For the first time, we had Malfoy out of the public eye and in private, where we could see the real him, and not the front everyone else sees. Here was the chance to see his humanity – that he’s such a prick because he’s afraid of disappointing his father, that he worries about his grades, that there’s a girl he likes and he’s secretly worried she doesn’t like him back, anything that humanizes him and draws out some sympathy, because thus far he’s gotten nothing more than eye rolls out of me. But we didn’t get that moment. Rowling wrote him no differently than she does when he is on parade in front of everyone, which was really a shame. So, overall, the characters get tiring, but the writing style and imagination are extremely enjoyable.

Sarah Abigail

This for me was another fun and great read! I definitely loved this more than the first one. The ending was shocking and i was like ''oooohh noooo he didnt, oh helll noooo you son of ****!!''Lol, I had fun reading it! On to the next one :)

Maddy Pertiwi

"Seperti biasa, liburan musim panas Harry Potter dilalui dengan penderitaan. Selain dikurung tidak boleh keluar kamarnya, teman2 sekolahnya tidak ada yang mengirimkan kabar atau mengucapkan selamat ulang tahun untuk Harry. Ternyata, ini semua perbuatan peri-rumah bernama Dobby. Dobby berupaya menghalangi Harry kembali ke Hogwarts karena dianggap Hogwarts tidak aman baginya. Dobby bahkan sampai mengusili keluarga Dursley sehingga Harry yang dipersalahkan. Setelah diselamatkan sahabatnya Ron Weasley dengan menggunakan mobil terbang, Harry harus menghadapi rasa suka dari adik ron, Ginny. Saat akan kembali ke Hogwarts, tiba2 saja Peron 9 3/4 tertutup hingga mereka harus menggunakan mobil terbang untuk sampai ke Hogwarts. Hogwarts sendiri bukannya tanpa masalah. Kedatangan guru Pertahanan Terhadap Ilmu Hitam baru, Gilderoy Lockhart yang tengil, membuat kehadirannya tidak disukai sebagian besar penghuninya. Ditambah lagi, banyak murid Hogwarts kelahiran Muggle mendadak Membatu. Dan semua orang pun mencurigai Harry... sebagai pewaris Slytherin yang membuka Kamar Rahasia."Buku kedua Harry Potter kembali dibuka dengan keadaan Harry Potter selama liburan musim panas. Pembaca pasti udah sangat familiar dengan karakter maupun istilah yang ada di buku ini. Kembali, Rowling menunjukkan kehebatannya meramu cerita fiksi yang membuat anak2 tidak bisa berhenti membacanya. Rowling senantiasa memberikan kejutan2 seru dalam alur ceritanya yag mungkin tidak bisa ditebak sebelumnya oleh para pembaca.Buku kedua ini juga sedikit demi sedikit membuka tabir riwayat beberapa tokohnya, seperti Lord Voldemort dan Hagrid. Riwayat Harry pun diungkapkan sedikit demi sedikit melalui beberapa kejadian yang tadinya Harry sendiri tidak tahu.Petualangan Harry di tahun kedua pun ditutup dengan sebuah pertarungan seru melawan musuh bebuyutannya, yang akan membuat kita semua seakan ikut menjadi bagian dari kisah ini...


Since pretty much everyone I know has read these books, I figure reviewing them is pretty pointless. But with the new book coming out in a couple of weeks, I have to go through them beginning to end. To make the reviews more entertaining, I will be doing them in a variety of unexpected formats. For this review, I will be writing as someone who's just getting into Freudian theory.From the very beginning, the true nature of this story is quite obvious - The Chamber of Secrets. There is only one "chamber of secrets" that is of any human concern, and it is no coincidence that the book of such a title was written by a woman.By sending her young, immature male character, Harry (whose name, along with Tom and Dick, just happens to be one of the "universal" male names) into the mysterious Chamber, Rowling is exploring her memories of early childhood sexuality. The Chamber is filled not only with mystery, but danger and legend - its very existence is debated, which no doubt refers to the elusive female orgasm.Ms. Rowling, whose sexual impulses have no doubt been unfulfilled over the years, is attempting to fulfill them by way of her own fiction. She has created a perfect sexual explorer in Harry Potter - a young, innocent and noble young man whose powers have not yet matured. Obviously a male that Rowling would feel comfortable with. This is especially interesting given the actual resident of the Chamber of Secrets - a huge, deadly serpent. And there's only one thing that a huge, terrible serpent can represent.Rowling's sexual past is the fertile ground in which this book was grown. It is her cathartic attempt to win over the guilty feelings that she's repressed from her former sexual life, the one she regrets more than anything else, by manufacturing a hero. That hero, in Harry Potter, represents the type of man for whom she would "open" her "chamber - pure of heart and noble of intention and, most importantly, under her control. The vanquishing of the serpent-symbol is her victory, leaving her free to explore other aspects of her life, including the eventual resolution of the Electra complex that appears to have been built up around Professor Dumbledore...

Christina Wilder


Definitely a setup to the bigger story arc in the Harry Potter series! There's some major plot and character development going on. What I really enjoyed is the insight into this fully realized world J.K. Rowling created! Amazing :DFirst Impressions:1) Needs more Dumbledore.2) I (still) love Quidditch.3) Loved the magic! There's great potions, charms and bewitching going on.4) Slower paced. The meat and potatoes of the plot doesn't kick in till about halfway.5) I never want to be invited to a Deathday party. Ever.Check out my full review here: http://thereadables.tumblr.com/post/2...

Natasha Polis

Another one down!! Love reading these books!

Mike (the Paladin)

The Harry Potter books are all well worth reading. I read this "back" when it came out (my kids grew up "as the books came out" and were adults by the time the series finished). The books do develop as they go along and slowly become somewhat darker volume by volume. There is more foreshadowing here more clues and a good solid story. Adults and children alike will like it. Just be sure with each volume that the child/youth in question is mature enough. Here the story is only 2 volumes along and still not so dark as it will get.These books are exceptionally well written and as you delve into each book you get to know the characters better and better. Ms. Rowling does an incredible job in constructing not only her world but its inhabitants. But then they not only sold multiple millions of copies but seem to have inspired dozens (if not hundreds) of y/a books (and not a few adult adult reading level books)about (young) wizards and wizarding schools. Seems like Harry Potter may have been noticed. In this one we're going to find out more about the history of Hogworts and of course get clues and information that will serve us well as the series goes on. As the students of Hogworts come under threat stories of the long rumored Chamber of Secrets begin to circulate...is it real, has it been opened, was it ever opened before. Will anyone die?These are excellent books.

Elisa (Just a Hunch Book Blog)

A lot of people cite this book as their least favorite in the Potter saga; many of my friends included. When I asked one of my friends why he felt it was the worst of the bunch, he gave me a very reasonable reply. He'd come in late on the Potter game, having only read them last year in fact, when a Professor of his was walking them through what it takes to be a good mystery-- using Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone as an example of a perfectly fashioned mystery.Moving on to the second book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, my friend (let's call him Rex) found that this book wasn't up to standard mystery-wise in the way the first book had been, which is what he'd been expecting. Maybe it's because I first read it as a child, or it's maybe because I was more interested in the fantasy aspect, but I never really cared, nor do I care now that it doesn't follow the same standard mystery guidelines. Rex was the only person who gave me an answer other than "I don't know, I just don't like it as much," so therefore his is the only one that I'm able to analyze. But enough negativity, allow me to explain what I do like about it.Um, Ron's broken wand? Hysterical. Well, if I'm being honest, any single scene including Mr. Ron Weasley is bound to make me smile and any interaction between him and Hermione (yes, even this early on) is bound to make me squee!!!!!!!!!! Notice how quick he is to jump to Hermione's defense; notice how distraught he is over Hermione's being petrified. Oh, how I love them.To add a few more- Harry's first trip to the Burrow! The flying car! Fred and George marching ahead of Harry, announcing him mockingly as the Heir of Slytherin! The singing Valentine's Day Dwarves! And our introduction to the Whomping Willow! Come on people, this is classic stuff!I also love the part Ginny Weasley plays in this book; not so much the whole "helping the Heir of Slytherin thing," but her mad crush on Harry. Maybe because I was granted the fortune/misfortune of having a brother a grade above me, I also had the wonderful fortune/misfortune of crushing on all his super hott (yes with two t's) friends. Ah, how I remember the days of pining for them, of whining over their lack of return interest, of cursing my blasted gapped teeth and frizzy hair. Of course, unlike Ginny I was never able to woo any of them in the end, (even after my braces!) but I still think I did alright as far as men go;)Okay, back to the text. I even enjoy ol' Lockhart, for what he's worth. Yeah, he's obnoxious, but that's the point, right? And yeah, the degree to whch he is obnoxious is a little cartoony and unrealistic, but let's not forget- this is a children's book, after all. Chamber of Secrets also sees Harry destroying his first Horcrux, and offers us our first insight into one Tom Riddle. I would never discount this book, or cast it so carelessly aside as least favorite of the bunch (I don't believe in ranking these books, by the way). Anyway, it receives a full five stars from me with zero hesitation. I appreciate it's contribution to the Potter world and will look forward to reading it again when the time comes...which it will.


A lot of people in reviewing the first book, I noticed, complained about the lack of complexity/explanation regarding the magic in this series, but I say: it's good the way it is. I don't NEED a more in-depth explanation. It's self-explanatory because it's magic. If I wanted to read an explanation of how magic worked, I would rather read an essay on the hypothetical use of the power than have to slog through pages of tedious technical crap (that would likely have errors) in a novel. Hell, I'd rather NOT know how it worked. Think of midi-chlorians in Star Wars; sometimes the mystery is gone when you try to explain it. It's magic. Let it go. Anyways, this book was a great read, just like the first. A bit of mystery, a bit of suspense, more growth of the characters... I wonder though, whether the series is going to continue in this formulaic way: Harry et al notice something weird; weird stuff requires research/breaking rules; Harry et al are threatened by weird thing; Harry has to face off to weird thing; happy ending.If so, I might get a little bored, but so far it seems like these first two books exist to get Harry some experience/some years on him before the real thing starts. What I really like about the novels though, are the supporting characters and their added side-stories. Percy having a girlfriend (I called that from the start of the book, haha) was cute! Hermione's little crush was also endearing. The random ghost party was pretty hilarious, I thought. It's these little inclusions that make this story so appealing - it suggests that there are other things happening in the universe, that may or may not affect Harry at all, but serve to add that little bit of colour to the story. Yeah, I'm going to plow through these novels one after the other, it seems.

Jeffrey Michael

OK, so I suffer from prereadaphobia. That's the fear of reading a book before seeing the movie for fear that the movie won't measure up to the book. Well I LOVE the Harry Potter movies so I waited until after I had seen the last movie before starting on the first book. Well my fears weren't well founded in this case. I love the book as much as the movie. Well written and well paced, the movie accurately represented the novel which isn't all that common, take The Hunger Games for instance. I understand that the book will have more details than the movie did but overall I'm pleased with both media types. Harry is progressing at Hogwarts and all the intrigue continues in his second year of his wizardry school. He-who-must-not-be-named continues to hover around the edges and flavors the entire story. If you've seen the movies and enjoyed them I highly recommend reading the books.


In her second outing, Rowling builds up her confidence (and relationship with her publisher) enough to begin her signature page number crawl. Unfortunately, for this book, her chaotic plotting means that the further length just becomes more scattered moments. Despite some interesting twists and concepts, this is the weakest entry in the series. It betrays a utilitarian sense of plot and worldbuilding, in that it expands the story little. Of course, Rowling never really gets the process of streamlining or simplification into her literary arsenal, but later books in the series come to use her meandering style more to her benefit.The movie's probably your better bet.My Fantasy Book Suggestions

Carmen Maloy

What stands out in book 2:* The de-gnoming of the Weasleys' garden. Harry discovers that even wizards have chores--gnomes must be grabbed (ignoring angry protests "Gerroff me! Gerroff me!"), swung about (to make them too dizzy to come back), and tossed out of the garden--this delightful scene highlights Rowling's clever and witty genius. * Harry's first experience with a Howler, sent to Ron by his mother. * The Dueling Club battle between Harry and Malfoy. Gilderoy Lockhart starts the Dueling Club to help students practice spells on each other, but he is not prepared for the intensity of the animosity between Harry and Draco. Since they are still young, their minibattle is innocent enough, including tickling and dancing charms. * We learn more about Tom Riddle, aka VoldemortAmazon ReviewIt'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.


This really is the worst book of the Harry Potter bunch, and its lack of quality isn’t helped by its position in the series. For all its faults, Philosopher’s Stone is a strong first novel and does a great job of sucking its readers in -– even the grown up ones -– and Prisoner of Azkaban, for its balanced mix of suspense, character development, and the first real glimpse of the world beyond Hogwarts and Privet Dr., makes it, for me, the best of the entire series. So Chamber of Secret's number two position is a bad place to be in the Harry Potter world.What it boils down to is that Chamber of Secrets is kinda dumb. This is the third time I’ve read the book, and the first time I’ve read it out loud to my kids, and it just doesn’t work well. There’s too much idiocy, really. The flying car is dumb. Hermione turning into a half-cat is dumb. Gilderoy Lockhart is dumb (though played extremely well by Kenneth Branagh in the movie). Aragog, the big blind spider, is dumb. And even Dobby is dumb long before he becomes interesting.For all these reasons the book feels outside the Potter universe. Almost everything in the other book makes sense to me, but this one is bizarre. What makes it worth reading, despite its dumbness, are the bits and pieces that hint at the world we'll see in the future: the introduction of Dobby and the house elves, the first taste of Tom Riddle, the beginning of the long road of love for Ginny and Harry, the naming of Azkaban as a prison that evokes terror, and the introduction of the surprisingly important Moaning Myrtle set us up for what's to come. Yes it’s a crummy book, but it's not horrible. And kids love it, so that's gotta be worth more than one star (but only just).

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