- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books (Sept. 1 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408855666
- ISBN-13: 978-1408855669
- Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 3.5 x 12.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 290 g
- Average Customer Review: 1,869 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Paperback – Sep 1 2014
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I've yet to meet a ten-year-old who hasn't been entranced by its witty, complex plot and the character of the eponymous Harry Independent Spellbinding, enchanting, bewitching stuff Mirror Teachers say a chapter can silence the most rowdy of classes Guardian One of the greatest literary adventures of modern times Sunday Telegraph The Harry Potter stories will join that small group of children's books which are read and reread into adulthood TLS
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was J.K. Rowling's first novel, followed by the subsequent six titles in the Harry Potter series, as well as three books written for charity: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. The Harry Potter novels have now sold over 450 million copies worldwide and been translated into 78 languages.
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The product arrived in perfect condition - the books and the box are pristine! See photos. This is a gift and the recipient was elated at how beautiful and high quality each book is!
For those of you who have only watched the movies? You're missing out. Sure they were amazing but some of the smaller plots were left on the cutting room floor - namely Peeves and the Headless Hunt to name just two in The Chamber of Secrets. This unabridged e-audiobook version was the perfect way for me to get reacquainted with Potter while walking on the treadmill or driving to work. The narrator also did a fantastic job with accents and inflections of these highly popular characters.
As usual this second book in the HP series is filled a wonderfully magical feel with vibrant and infamous characters. We have the usual cast of characters as well as the addition on Gilderoy Lockhart who brings some humour with his fascination with ... himself. I also enjoyed that we get a glimpse into the past of one of Harry's friends and how s/he influenced the Chamber of Secrets. Overall, the characters themselves are well-rounded and as you progress through the series (and even within each book) you see their development as they struggle with normal tween/teen angst and a whole lot of extra Dark Lord worries t'boot.
While this book was my least favourite book in the series I still think it's a great read that pulls readers into Rowling's magical world where she vividly tells her story with humour, suspense and heart. Readers get a better look at the link between Harry and Voldemort and we see the relationship between Harry and his friends strengthen after the horrible treatment he received from his Aunt and Uncle as well as new new issues at Hogwarts this year.
Whether you're 9 or 99 years old, if you're into fantastic world building, characters that come to life, stories about the strength of friendship, the courage to stand up for what is right, the enduring love of a mother and the fact that family is made up of not just blood but also by bonds of friendship then you've got to pick up this series. No matter what age you are, I'm certain you'll enjoy Harry's world. Just make sure you read them in order!
My Rating: 5/5 stars
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Pro- All the included illustrations are beautiful. You get to see the garden gnomes that were omitted from the movie series too!
Con-There isn't a single picture of Ginny Weasley and the only illustrations in the actual Chamber of Secrets are of the snake only. I really was excited to see Jim Kay's version of the chamber and was disappointed.
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