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Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsHarry 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 Wizardry, during which a series of messages on the walls of the school’s corridors warn that the “Chamber of Secrets” has been opened and that the “heir of Slytherin” would kill all pupils who do not come from all-magical families. These threats are found after attacks which leave residents of the school “petrified” (frozen like stone). Throughout the year, Harry and his friends Ron and Hermione investigate the attacks.

The book was published in the United Kingdom on 2 July 1998 by Bloomsbury and later, in the United States on 2 June 1999 by Scholastic Inc. Although Rowling says she found it difficult to finish the book, it won high praise and awards from critics, young readers and the book industry, although some critics thought the story was perhaps too frightening for younger children. Much like with other novels in the series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets triggered religious debates; some religious authorities have condemned its use of magical themes, while others have praised its emphasis on self-sacrifice and on the way in which a person’s character is the result of the person’s choices.

Several commentators have noted that personal identity is a strong theme in the book, and that it addresses issues of racism through the treatment of non-human, non-magical and non-living people. Some commentators regard the diary as a warning against uncritical acceptance of information from sources whose motives and reliability cannot be checked. Institutional authority is portrayed as self-serving and incompetent.

The film adaptation of the novel, released in 2002, became (at that time) the seventh highest-grossing film ever and received generally favourable reviews. Video games loosely based on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets were also released for several platforms, and most obtained favourable reviews.


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AuthorJ. K. Rowling
IllustratorCliff Wright (UK Edition)
Jonny Duddle (2014 UK Edition)
Mary GrandPré (US Edition)
Kazu Kibuishi (2013 US Edition)
Jim Kay (Illustrated edition)
CountryUnited Kingdom
SeriesHarry Potter
Release number
2nd in series
  • Bloomsbury (UK) (Canada 2010–present)
  • Arthur A. Levine/
    Scholastic (US)
  • Raincoast (Canada 1998–2010)
Publication date
2 July 1998 (UK)
2 June 1999 (US)
Pages251 (UK Edition)
360 (2014 UK Edition)
341 (US Edition)
368 (2013 US Edition)
Preceded byHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Followed byHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


Reviews From goodreads

Sasha Alsberg‘s review

Aug 10, 2015
it was amazing
JK Rowling really knows how to write a great book, thats for sure! Although this wasn’t my favorite book in the series, it definitely wasn’t because it was bad. I loved the plot and conflict, even though it wasn’t as intense as the others were. I was definitely shocked at the end…so epic and mind blowing!
Khanh’s review

Nov 25, 2012
it was amazing
I love this book, of course I do, but the fact remains that this book prominently featured two of my most hated Harry Potter characters. Ginny Weasley and Dobby. There, I said it. I hate them both. In my Harry Potter hate list, Ginny and Dobby probably rank somewhere below Umbridge and Peter Pettigrew. Yeah, you heard me. I hate them that much.

The reason I hate Ginny is—well, never mind. I don’t want to start another shipping war here, the last one was terrible enough, so let the reason for my hatred be implicit and unsaid

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