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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a fantasy novel written by British author J. K. Rowling and the second novel in the Harry Potter series. The plot follows Harry's second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and .. Rowling also won two other Nestlé Smarties Book Prizes for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Harry Potter is a series of fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling. The novels . The first book concludes with Harry's second confrontation with Lord Voldemort, who, in his quest to regain a body, yearns to gain the power of the. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J. K. Rowling, is the sequel to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. It is the second book in the series of seven.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2): J. K. from Philosopher's Stone, this takes us through Harry Potter's second year at Hogwarts. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and millions of other books are available .. For in Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise. TIME book critic Lev Grossman grabs an early copy of Deathly Hallows and finds it a sad but satisfying wrap-up to J.K. Rowling's seven-novel epic.

Plot[ edit ] On Harry Potter 's twelfth birthday, the Dursley family—Harry's uncle Vernon, aunt Petunia, and cousin Dudley—hold a dinner party for a potential client of Vernon's drill-manufacturing company. Harry is not invited, but is content to spend the evening quietly in his bedroom, although he is confused why his school friends have not sent cards or presents. However, when he goes to his room, a house-elf named Dobby warns him not to return to Hogwarts and admits to intercepting Harry's post from his friends. Having failed to persuade Harry to voluntarily give up his place at Hogwarts, Dobby then attempts to get him expelled by using magic to smash Petunia's dessert on the kitchen floor and framing it on Harry, who is not allowed to use magic out of school. Uncle Vernon's business deal falls through, but Harry is given a second chance from the Ministry of Magic, and allowed to return at the start of the school year. In the meantime, Uncle Vernon punishes Harry, fitting locks to his bedroom door and bars to the windows. They rescue Harry, who stays at the Weasley's family home, the Burrow, for the remainder of his holidays. Harry and the other Weasleys—mother Molly, third eldest son Percy, and daughter Ginny who has a crush on Harry —travel to Diagon Alley. In trouble for the crash, Ron is punished by having to clean the school trophies and Harry by helping the celebrity teacher Professor Lockhart, whose classes are chaotic, with addressing his fan mail. He is alone in hearing an unnerving voice seemingly coming from the walls of the school itself. Enemies of the heir, beware.

Book 3 - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban The initial hardcover print run was stopped mid-printing after it was discovered that 'Joanne Rowling' rather than 'J. Rowling' had been printed on the copyright page. First edition first printings will have the number line 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 and a block of misaligned text on page seven. Opinions about the number of copies printed before the errors were spotted vary greatly - however, it seems that only a small number came off the press which greatly enhances its value.

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However, second printings can be picked up for three figures. If either illustrator has signed a copy, then prices are again in four-figures. Many downloaders are also looking for books accompanied by items such as entrance wristbands or golden tickets from events where J.

Rowling has conducted a signing. After the Goblet of Fire, these signing events have become increasingly scarce. Book 5 - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Look out for first edition copies signed by JK Rowling at the midnight launch event in Edinburgh on that are going to be priced in four figures. Deluxe first edition first printings can be picked up cheaply.

Rowling launched the book at London's Natural History Museum in She signed copies of the book that night for 1, people who won exclusive tickets to the event.

Those 1, copies have considerable value now. Hand-picked Harry Potter Collections.

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When Hermione is attacked next, alongside a Ravenclaw prefect, the school is put on lockdown, and Dumbledore and Hagrid are forced to leave the premises. Fortunately for Harry and Ron, Hagrid left a set of instructions: to follow the spiders currently fleeing into the Forbidden Forest. They do this, only to find the monster that was blamed for the attacks fifty years before, a massive spider named Aragog, who explains to the duo that the real monster is one that spiders fear above all others.

When Harry and Ron try to leave, Aragog says they cannot leave because his sons and daughters have not eaten for a long time and plan to eat the boys. Before the spiders can grab them, Arthur's Ford Anglia arrives and the boys use the car to escape the forest.

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Harry figures out from hints Aragog dropped that a student who died during the previous attacks is Myrtle, and when Ginny is taken by the monster into the Chamber, they discover that the entrance is in the bathroom they have been using to make Polyjuice Potion. Separated from Ron, Harry enters the Chamber of Secrets alone to find an unconscious Ginny and Tom Riddle who claims to be a memory preserved in his diary for the last fifty years.

By possessing Ginny through his diary, Riddle has been continuing what he started fifty years before. Harry's loyalty to Dumbledore in the face of Riddle summons Dumbledore's phoenix, Fawkes, who arrives with the Sorting Hat. Fawkes blinds the basilisk, allowing Harry to remove the Sword of Godric Gryffindor from the Sorting Hat and slay the creature. Though fatally poisoned by the basilisk, Fawkes' healing tears save Harry who uses a basilisk fang to stab Riddle's diary.

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Both the diary and Riddle are destroyed and Ginny is restored. Ginny, whose possession by Voldemort caused all of the petrification and troubles over the course of the year, is given a reprieve by Dumbledore.

He reasons that greater wizards have been duped by Voldemort before, and takes great interest in the qualities of the diary, which Harry gives to him.

Lucius Malfoy bursts in after this meeting, demanding to know why and how Dumbledore has returned to the school. He is accompanied by Dobby, revealing the family to whom he is enslaved. While in Diagon Alley over the summer, Lucius, a follower of Voldemort, had slipped the diary into Ginny's cauldron to ensure the reopening of the Chamber of Secrets. Publication and reception[ edit ] Development[ edit ] Rowling found it difficult to finish Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets because she was afraid it would not live up to the expectations raised by Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

After delivering the manuscript to Bloomsbury on schedule, she took it back for six weeks of revision. This was cut as the book's editor did not care for the poem, which has been subsequently published as an extra on J.

Rowling's official website. In The Times , Deborah Loudon described it as a children's book that would be "re-read into adulthood" and highlighted its "strong plots, engaging characters, excellent jokes and a moral message which flows naturally from the story". However, he enjoyed the parody of celebrities and their fans that centres round Gilderoy Lockhart, and approved of the book's handling of racism.

Nevertheless, she considered the second story as enjoyable as the first.

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