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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets : Harry Potter Children's Editions Series : Book 2 - J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter Children's Editions Series : Book 2

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Published: 1st September 2014
For Ages: 9+ years old
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It's time to PASS THE MAGIC ON - with brand new children's editions of the classic and internationally bestselling series

Harry Potter can't wait for his holidays with the dire Dursleys to end. But a small, self-punishing house-elf warns Harry of mortal danger awaiting him at Hogwarts. Returning to the castle nevertheless, Harry hears a rumour about a Chamber of Secrets, holding unknown horrors for wizards of Muggle parentage.

Now someone is casting spells that turn people to stone, and a terrible warning is found painted on the wall. The chief suspect - always in the wrong place - is Harry. But something much more terrifying has yet to be unleashed.

These new editions of the classic and internationally bestselling, multi-award-winning series feature instantly pick-up-able new jackets by Jonny Duddle, with huge child appeal, to bring Harry Potter to the next generation of readers. It's time to PASS THE MAGIC ON.

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THE MAGIC IS BACK!!!!!!!!!

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Its Harry Again
  • Original Plot
  • Page Turner
  • Woo Hoo

Cons

  • It Ends

Best Uses

  • Gift
  • Summer Reading
  • Travel Reading

Comments about Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:

The second book of this much adored series of YA Fantasy starts off with Harry back at the Dursleys for the summer holidays, but this time, feeling even more unloved and unwanted than usual, a surprising visitor appears in his bedroom. It does not take long for Harry to determine why none of his friends have made contact with over the break. The truth is, they have, in record numbers, even, but the said 'surprising visitor' has been collecting all traces of contact from Harry's friends without passing them on.

The visitor turns out to be Dobby the House Elf, who has taken it upon himself to prevent Harry's return to Hogwarts. He is of the opinion that a murder attempt will be made on Harry if he does, but either out of ignorance, or protection for Harry, the elf is unable to provide any more information. Interestingly, at this point, the elf disappears from the story...

As we all know, friends aren't friends without faith, so out of the blue, just when Harry needs him most, the much welcome face of Ron Weasley appears at Harry's bedroom window with the last opportunity for him to escape to sanity (?) and spend the last few weeks of Summer at Ron's house before returning to Castle Magnificence, also known as Hogwarts School of Witch Craft and Wizardry.

Time passes. Jokes are made. Friendships deepen into something more. And off to Hogwarts we go. Well, some of us. The first glimpse of JK Rowling's genius occurs at this point in the story, when Ron comes up with the only way for he and Harry to arrive at Hogwarts after the unthinkable happens.

The Malfoys are back, meaner and nastier than ever. Harry and Co are all in their second year now, which means the story has the chance to introduce new characters. Ron's little sister in one of them, and she (naturally) gets put into Gryffindor, too. Snape is back, but he has lost his position as Darks Arts Instructor. A rather annoying narcissist going by the name of Gilderoy Lockhart (where *does* JK get her character names from???) has got the plum role but doubts soon rise to the surface of everyone present at the castle of his competence in this area.

Sub plots abound. Jokes are there, too, and of course, fun is to be had by all. Hermoine is still trying to be Hermoine (which is great for her, and great for the reader, since *we* all learn what *she* learns...) and the catalog of spells for the reader continues to grow...

The title of the book is compelling enough, even though the reader may not have realised its pivotal connotations. But the continued existence and perpetual threat of He Who Must Not Be Named hanging over the School and everything it stands for, it is bot too gard to imagine how it might all come together.

So full marks again for Ms Rowling, the woman who put the wonder back into reading, the fun back into learning, and the magic back into Wizardry. Go GRYFFINDOR!!!!!

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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

J. K. Rowling

J K (Joanne Kathleen) Rowling was born in July 1965 at Yate General Hospital in England and grew up in Chepstow, Gwent where she went to Wyedean Comprehensive.

Jo left Chepstow for Exeter University, where she earned a French and Classics degree, her course including one year in Paris. As a postgraduate she moved to London and worked as a researcher at Amnesty International among other jobs. She started writing the Harry Potter series during a delayed Manchester to London King’s Cross train journey, and during the next five years, outlined the plots for each book and began writing the first novel.

Jo then moved to northern Portugal, where she taught English as a foreign language. She married in October 1992 and gave birth to a daughter Jessica in 1993. When the marriage ended, she and Jessica returned to the UK to live in Edinburgh, where Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone was eventually completed.

Jo married Dr. Neil Murray in 2001, and a brother for Jessica, David, was born in 2003. A sister, Mackenzie, followed in 2005.

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ISBN: 9781408855669
ISBN-10: 1408855666
Audience: Children
For Ages: 9+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st September 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1