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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [Paperback]

J. K. Rowling
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Not for the first time, an argument had broken out over breakfast at number four, Privet Drive. Mr. Vernon Durs-ley had been woken in the early hours of the morning by a loud, hooting noise from his nephew Harry's room. Read the first page
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By Darlene TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I read this book aloud to my children. It was won a number of literary awards, including: 2008 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature, 1999 British Book Award, 1999 Smarties Prize, and 1999 Booklist Editors' Choice.

At the start of the book, 12 year-old Harry is eagerly awaiting his return for his second year at Hogwarts. The Dursleys are hosting an important dinner for Mr. Dursley’s boss and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Mason, and Harry is supposed to remain out of sight so as not to embarrass them. Upon his return to his room, he finds a strange elf named Dobby who has come to warn Harry not to return to Hogwarts. When Harry finds out that Dobby has been stealing the letters from Ron and Hermione meant for Harry, he is furious. Dobby makes trouble for Harry and uses magic to send Mrs. Dursley’s dessert crashing to the floor and a furious Mr. Dursley forbids Harry from ever returning to Hogwarts. He installs iron grates over the window and takes away his magic books and wand and locks them up in the cupboard under the stairs. Poor Harry! Good thing that Ron and his twin brothers steal their father’s magical car and use it to tear the grate from the window and rescue Harry!

Harry stays with the Weasleys until school starts, and Dobby tries to prevent Harry from getting aboard the Hogwarts train by sealing the magical passageway to Platform Nine and Three-Quarters. The quick-thinking boys use Mr. Weasley’s car again to get to Hogwarts, although not without consequences!

The newness of Hogwarts still hasn’t rubbed off for me. I found it just as magical as the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. In this installment, we are introduced to the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, Gilderoy Lockhart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good condition, thank you. Feb. 3 2012
By Adina
Format:Paperback
the book arrived in good condition. I am happy with my purchase. the transaction was smooth and reliable. thank you very much.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Was ok Oct. 5 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The book itself was in decent condition but the dust cover was ruined, torn and water damaged. Not like described by the poster.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great series April 4 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I loved the Potter series. It is worth reading even if you have seen the movies. It gives you more insight into the charaters and also includes thoughts, ideas and extras that were not in the movies.
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By Scoopriches TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
With one wand, I give J.K. a lot of credit, she upped the ante quite abit here. With the other wand, I have to declare this was my least favourite of the seven.

So begins my disjointed look at Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling, the second book in the series. The one that I read that J.K. had some of the most stress over, worried it would not work another time. It does, but with some catches.

J.K. takes a big risk here by bringing the terror of racial lynching to our characters lives. For most books, just bringing up the topic by having a vile person spout slurs would be considered daring, with a dash of after school special morals thrown in to make it all better by the end. This does not happen here. The viciousness of the topic is brought up and permeates the entire book, and it's stench sticks around right to the bitter end of the series. No pat resolution is offered. And combined with the uncertain terror of these racial attacks, which are designed to kill, J.K. is telling her audience the awful truth. Hatred exists, no matter what special abilities you possess, nor how rich you are, this virulent strain of nastiness can infect anyone.

To push the issue further, J.K. subtly slides into the story the concept of slavery. Dobby's antics as an enslaved house elf are sometimes played with light comedic outcomes, but his self-torture because of perceived disobedience is heartbreaking. The hows and whys of the house elf's history is never explained but only partially referred to, but their power to topple their unjust wizard owners is obvious. But they stay subjugated. Of the uncounted multitudes of house elf's shown throughout the series, only one, our friend Dobby, is happy with being liberated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book for everyone March 28 2011
Format:Paperback
Kids will enjoy reading this book as the characters were very good. The book ended very well . My favourite part is the Quidditch scene and very helpful in real life. Don't tell me you haven't been head to head with a house elf that says 'Harry Potter must not go to school this year' and would gladly break every bone in your body to enforce that. Or maybe you're in a game of Quidditch and a die-cast steel, magically enforced ball is baying for your blood and bone. And definitely don't tell me you didn't spend last year saving the Philosopher's Stone from a teacher named professor Quarrel who wears a turban concealing the face of magic Hitler whose name rhymes with mouldy-wart and turns to dust on contact with you . The characters were so believable you think you would see them on the streets of London and cast a spell to open a door just because they can do it. I have read this book many times and I think future generations should read it and try to replicate the magic with their science as it would be great. This book should be a timeless classic for years to come.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Solid second novel, as good as the first., October 17, 2007
Rowling wastes no time further developing the world she introduced first in PHILOSOPHER'S STONE. While the first book got us acclimated to her magical world, it is here, in the... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mike London
5.0 out of 5 stars The Chamber of Secrets has been opened!
Though my favorite volumes in the Harry Potter series are the first, the fourth, the fifth and the seventh, I have to say that this one is very special to me. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2011 by Omnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Being new to the Harry Potter series, I must say they are great books. This is my second and I intend to buy them all. Very well written and hold your attention throughout. Read more
Published on Nov. 28 2009 by Leonard Mailloux
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, Fantastic series.
This book is fantastic, imaginative, and I couldn't stop reading it. I recommend this book to anyone. It also came promptly on time, in very good condition.
Published on Sept. 25 2009 by Samuel Shaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Good price, great condition!
I had ordered this book about a week before Christmas and it was delivered way ahead than I had expected.

Good print, good quality paper used, great price ...
Published on Feb. 19 2009 by Sanjukta Bhattacharya
3.0 out of 5 stars horrible cover, average book
i wish the cover was a ton better. the cover stinks. if any future reviews come out, please mention the cover and agree. Read more
Published on Sept. 14 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing for all ages!
I thought that this book was really exiting and i could not put it down! It's great for all ages and this is really one of the best series of books I have ever read!
Published on Sept. 5 2005 by Jennifer
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