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Harry 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 School. Returning to the castle nevertheless, Harry hears a rumour about a chamber of secrets, holding unknown horrors to magicians 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 - who's always in the wrong place - is Harry. But something much darker has yet to be unleashed.
About The Author
Legend has it that J.K. Rowling was a struggling single mother when she wrote the beginning of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, on scraps of paper at a local cafe. But her efforts soon paid off, as she received an unprecedented award from the Scottish Arts Council enabling her to finish the book. Since then, the debut novel has become an international phenomenon, garnering rave reviews and major awards, including the British Book Awards Chidren's Book of the Year and the Smarties Prize.
'A wonderful creation ... The comic handling of the material and the insight into the child's world are fresh and magical in every sense ... the new Harry Potter is in my suitcase ready for my holiday' Ian Hislop, Sunday Telegraph 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, unlike many sequels, is as good as its predecessor ... Hogwarts is a creation of genius' Times Literary Supplement 'It seemed so unlikely that she could replicate the imaginative power, emotional intensity and entrancing complexity of the prototype, that I received the draft of volume two with trepidation. It's good to be wrong sometimes' Glasgow Herald 'An intricately woven, highly imaginative tale ... cleverly textured, sophisticated fiction' Scotland on Sunday
ISBN: 9780747574484 ISBN-10: 0747574480 Series: HARRY POTTER Audience:
Number Of Pages: 368 Published: September 2004 Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 17.7 x 11.2
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1
About the Author
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.