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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Chris

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...

Brad

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).

Amber

I was happy to begin the second Harry Potter book, which turned out to be filled with plenty of laughs, but still gives the sense of 'what will happen next?' to the reader. We begin with Harry Potter, who returned to the Dursleys, his uncle Vernon, aunt Petunia, and cousin Dudley, after the end of the school term. But the Dursleys despise Harry, especially now that he has become a wizard, and Harry feels like he's left his own home behind him at school.This book was a little more serious than the first one. Because, although you get plenty of laughs from the slightly ridiculous characters of Dobby the house elf and Gilderoy Lockhart, the new Defense against the Dark Arts teacher, there is danger in the school. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone , Harry and his two friends, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, were the only two students who knew that something strange was afoot at Hogwarts. But in this book, all the students are exposed to the dangers that begin to reveal themselves in the school. I liked the fact that Ron's wand is broken in the beginning of the book and how, though it caused Ron quite a bit of grief through most of the story, it ended up saving both Ron and Harry from a very sad fate.In my opinion, Hermione was more of an open character in this book than she was in the first one. I was glad for this because Hermione is one of my favorite characters so far. Her quick thinking resourcefulness is a compete necessity, how on earth would Ron and Harry get through school without her?And, of course, there was no less of the thoroughly hilarious twins, Fred and George Weasley. Nothing seems to dampen their spirits and simply reading about their mischievous nature makes you want to smile. The main point to the story was loyalty. How, although Ron and Harry had a good chance of getting killed or, worse in Hermione's mind, expelled, they continued to search for any clues that might help them stop the attacks on the Hogwarts students. How Ron and Hermione stood by Harry when few others would. And even in the face of serious danger, Harry, Ron, and Hermione remained loyal to each other and to the headmaster, Albus Dumbledore.I definitely thought it was well worth reading and very enjoyable, I am glad that this book was recommended for me to read.

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.

Christina Wilder

Wil Wheaton

Overall, I loved this, and I can't wait to start Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 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 (view spoiler)[the flying car went into the Forbidden Forest and went feral (hide spoiler)].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 (view spoiler)[none of the adults at Hogwarts would look in Hermione's fist to see the paper that Harry and Ron found after she was Petrified (hide spoiler)] and (view spoiler)[Fawkes somehow just found his way into the Chamber of Secrets (hide spoiler)], but I'm an adult and if I'd read this as a kid I wouldn't have cared for a single moment.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

Thomas

I really, really like this series. I don't love it yet. But I'm on my way."It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. - Dumbledore, one of my favorite fictional mentors already.Time for my second informal Harry Potter review. Rowling continues Harry's quest to become the best wizard he can be at Hogwarts alongside his two best friends, Ron and Hermione. Great (though not beautiful or superbly sophisticated) writing, smart development of characters, and a clever plot with laud-worthy foreshadowing motivate me to give this second installment five stars. One aspect of the book I loved was how Rowling built Harry's numerous conflicts. There was internal conflict (which house does Harry really belong in?), external conflict with other individuals (darn the Malfoy family and all of Slytherin) and external conflict with society (everyone suspecting Harry of being the heir of Slytherin). When all of these clashes are resolved by the end of the book it brings a strong feeling of satisfaction to those who empathize with Harry, the underdog from the start. Not to mention that I saw none of the plot twists coming - that shows how even adults can attain entertainment from this series, even if they have more foresight than I do. The quote I included above also exemplifies this book's appeal to all readers; it's a crosscutting theme amongst all ages that our actions make us who we are, not just what we're given by biology or God or whatever you believe in.Everyone tells me that these books get more and more enthralling as they progress. If so, Harry Potter may become one of my favorite series of all time. Better late than never, right?

Kassidy

Wow, this was so so good!!!At first, I was a little iffy about it because the characters are so young. It took me a bit to get into, but once they arrived at Hogwarts, I loved it! I love how the writing really draws you in and gives such a beautiful atmosphere. I loved all of the descriptions of the school, it really engaged my imagination.I was surprised by how many times this book.. well.. surprised me! I thought I would be able to figure everything out, but the plot is very intricate. The twists really got me, and once the mysteries were solved, it was cool to think back on all of the foreshadowing. I love when little details that don't seem important come back later to play a big role, and that's what this story does.I had a blast going on this journey with Harry in his second year, and I'm excited to continue on!

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...

Jo ★ The Book Sloth★

My precious...

Priscilla

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...

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 :)

Natasha Polis

Another one down!! Love reading these books!

Tina

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.

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