Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strikeAnd strike it does. For in Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up...

Details Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

TitleHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)
Release DateJun 2nd, 1999
PublisherArthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic Inc.
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Fiction, Magic

Reviews Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

  • Zoë
    “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” CHILLS.(REREAD)Okay DUH 5/5 stars. I actually liked this book more than I remembered! This used to be my least favorite of the Harry Potter books and, while that still might be true, I was more entertained than I expected! I always forget how different Book Ginny is from Movie Ginny (way better all around) and how she has such a bigger role in the books than...
  • Sasha Alsberg
    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, first of her name, mother of bunnies
    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...
  • Kai
    “I'll be in my bedroom, making no noise and pretending I'm not there.”- me reading Harry Potter for the 14th timeTo say it with the words of the cute 7-year old that I read this book to: "It was good but badder than the first book."This is Harry Potter. Nothing can ever beat a Harry Potter book. Apart from another Harry Potter book. And in this book series, this is my least favourite one. There's just so many things I don't like reading about...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    Re-Read in December 2015 for Harry Christmas to YouThis time around I realized how much more entertaining this book is compared to the movie. Nothing against the movie because I LOVE it, but this book has so many more fun scenes! Like Arthur and Lucius PHYSICALLY FIGHTING EACH OTHER and Dobby tossing Lucius down a flight of stairs at the end. Reading this aloud with Kyle literally had us laughing like crazy. I love this series so much oh my Rowli...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    "It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."What can I say that hasn't been said before about this series? What words can do this book justice? I've felt at a loss on how to explain my feelings for these books as I've read them. I didn't experience them as a child and therefore my experience is clearly different than most others on here, but in some ways I think it's just as magical to read these for the f...
  • Jayson
    (A-) 83% | Very GoodNotes: A bit bland at times, with less wonder and discovery than before, but finishes well with a more satisfying conclusion.
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Re-read audio 2017 ♥Okay, I'm going to do a little *spoilery* in this review so those of you that haven't read the book then you might just want to look at the pictures. I have picked a ton of pictures from the book but believe me, there are plenty more beautiful ones in the book. Plus, if your a Harry Potter fan you will be getting the book anyway if you haven't already!So poor Harry is stuck back with the Dursley's on Privet Drive. And even t...
  • Luca Ambrosino
    ENGLISH (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) / ITALIANOBedtime reading for my daughter (and second reading for me). It is once again exciting to wander across the Hogwarts halls, observing the mysterious facts that involve the protagonists, just like we were there too. This is Rowling's rare gift: making sure that we see through the eyes of Harry, Ron and Hermione.The summer holidays have passed, and the new school year is about to start at ...
  • Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky & Bitchy ⚓️
    I sat down to "read a few pages" of this before bed two nights ago and had to force myself to stop at page 100...then picked it up and flew through the rest the next day.I really enjoyed this one (as did millions of others, obviously) and, with this installment, I am definitely seeing why this is such a beloved series. The magical wizarding world of Harry, his friends, and the folks at Hogwart's is just FUN to read about. I am in LOVE with Fawkes...
  • Chloe
    4th read (April - June 2019):5 starsPhysical re-read3rd read (May - June 2018):5 starsListened to the audiobook (Stephen Fry) and again it was amazing. amazing. amazing. Especially his narration of the howler from Molly Weasley. Priceless.
  • Adam Silvera
    Come for the saga. Stay for Gilderoy Lockhart.
  • Caz (littlebookowl)
    Stephen Fry was made for these audiobooks.
  • Raeleen Lemay
    THE ILLUSTRATED EDITION IS SO GOOOOOD. However, I will say the two page spread that was full of spiders was a wee bit freaky
  • James Trevino
    I am always surprised by J.K. Rowling's ability to make her books an allegory of our modern world and it's big and hideous problems. We all know, after all, that she covered discrimination, wars, hate crime, the Kardashians, etc.Let's take this book for example. Harry goes back to Hogwarts. Now enter Gilderoy Lockhart. A fame enamored charlatan, who knows nothing about anything, except memory spells. So clearly a Kardashian. Now some might ask: d...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    Re-read 1/18/19: Do you ever just re-read Harry Potter and cry over how pure Dobby is? Bc sameRe-read 5/24/16: Perfection. Duh. Also this was a re-read, obvs. I can't believe I hadn't re-read this since I started my goodreads account!
  • Evgeny
    In memory of Alan Rickman who showed us what Severus Snape looks like on the Big Screen.I made myself a promise not to use any stills from any Harry Potter movies in my reviews for any book of the series, but I have to make an exception today January 14, 2016 thus the image above.Even people who somehow managed to avoid reading the books and seeing the movies can guess that this book is about Harry Potter's second year the School of Wizardry, Hog...
  • Wil Wheaton
    Overall, I loved this, and I can't wait to start Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban today. Quick thoughts on the things that stood out to me: Wow, the Dursleys were even more loathsome in this book than the first. I love the Weasleys even more than I already did.I am so glad my mother never sent me a Howler.I thought Dobby was annoying in the movie (which I saw when it came out over a decade ago, not having read the book) but I thought he w...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling 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 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 ...
  • Samantha
    Reading HP to ring in the new year may be a new tradition of mine, since I've done just that two years in a row. I haven't read this book since the first time I read it in 5th grade, but I loved it! I never would have thought before that CoS was one of my favorites from the series but I stand corrected.
  • alyssa
    first read: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟second read: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 // buddy read with ines!this book was absolutely brilliant! Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 starsLead Male Character: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★/ 5 stars (everyone) Lead Female Character: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 stars (everyone)Plotline: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 stars Genre: fantasy, middle-grade, wizards Will I recommend this book to others?: YES Will I reread this book?: YES, I already d...
  • Maxwell
    Re-read #?: November 27-28, 2014Re-read #??: November 29-December 3, 2016While this is probably one of my least favorites of the series, it's still a fantastic book. I can't say for sure why I don't love it as much as the others, but it's just never stood out to me.However, upon rereading it, I am reminded again how great Rowling is at developing a story arc! There are so many hints to later parts of the series in this book! Especially with Tom R...
  • Reynita Maharani ★ The Night Reader ★
    Second Read Review This book was so much fun! And I honestly enjoyed it more than the first time I read it. I didn't know how much I forgot about this book until I reread it, so I probably enjoyed it very much because I mostly forgot many things in this book. So there are also some things that I want to talk about, Gilderoy Lockhart He was so annoying and irked me so much. Especially in the scene where he set loose of pixies in Defence Again...
  • James Tivendale
    When everyone first read and loved Harry Potter I ignored it. Not for any particular reason but about 10 years ago I didn't think I would be into it. Fast forward a decade and I'm now working my way through what I can say already is a children's classic fantasy series that is up there with The Wizard of Oz and The Chronicles of Narnia. Harry's existence with his Muggle uncle and auntie is as horrible as ever and he can't wait to get back to Hogwa...
  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
    Before I say anything else, it's important you know that I LOVE HARRY POTTER. In my fingers and my toes. LOVE.That being said, this is my least favorite of the early books (I'll let you know whether it's my least favorite overall after I reread HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX).The reasons are LEGION:1. Gilderoy Lockhart is a prat and I hate him.2. Deathday party. It's creepy and gross.3. Poor Ginny.4. The trouble Harry and Ron get Mr. W...
  • Lora
    "It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." - Albus DumbledoreSuch a wise wizard.You know how sometimes when you read the first in a series and it turns out so much better than you originally anticipated, it makes you a little apprehensive when starting the sequel? Well, I felt that way before starting this, but I can definitely say that Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is another fabulous installm...
  • Sana
    dnf @50%so lame, boring, petty, plotless, uninteresting, lame, boring, and boring. harry potter is just not for me, I think I'm just gonna give up trying to read these books. ___tbh, the only reason i wanna finish this series, is so i can finally watch the movies 😂Also buddy read with that mr. thicc asshole who took forever to read the first book and had me waiting aka salmon aka Solomon who I'll tag soon.
  • Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
    I read this all in one 8 hour sitting... I need a life
  • may ❀
    I promised my besties that I wouldn’t roast this book :) so I’m gonna try my very best :)(s) (the fan art in this fandom is effing gorgeous you talented peeps) Recap - Harry is still a live and breathing special snowflake- All that happened was they drove a car- That’s it- For 150 pages- The only event that took place- Was driving an effing car in the sky- Okay, right we said no roasting- Ummmmm, Hermione is awesome, I like her- Ron is meh-...