Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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This sequel to "The Philosopher's Stone" picks up where the first book finished, with Harry returning to Hogwarts School after his holidays. He is in his second year and little does he know that this year will be just as eventful as the last - even getting there is an adventure in itself!
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Overview

This sequel to "The Philosopher's Stone" picks up where the first book finished, with Harry returning to Hogwarts School after his holidays. He is in his second year and little does he know that this year will be just as eventful as the last - even getting there is an adventure in itself!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788983920706
  • Publisher: Munhak Sucheob
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Language: Korean
  • Pages: 253
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
A phenomenon like Harry Potter does not come along very often. The young wizard and his eager companions Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley have inspired countless children to delve into reading with a fervor rarely seen, and we have J. K. Rowling to thank for that! Rowling has created a fantastic world of wizards and muggles, ghosts and trolls, and good and evil that has completely revitalized a love of reading in both kids and adults all over the world.

Biography

As the often told story goes, J. K. Rowling was on the brink of poverty, receiving welfare when her first Harry Potter book catapulted her into a stratosphere of stardom rarely enjoyed by any writer. While accounts of Rowling's destitution have been greatly exaggerated, her story is still something of a rags-to-riches tale not unlike that of her most famous creation.

Yes, Rowling did briefly receive government assistance after returning to her home country of England following a stint in Portugal, but that ended when she took a fairly well-paying teaching job. Rather than financial hardships, the period between a 1990 train ride from Manchester to London -- during which Rowling first conceived of a "scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled boy who didn't know he was a wizard" -- and the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was marked by setbacks of a more personal nature. Her mother passed away. She divorced her first husband, leaving her to raise her daughter alone. The writing career she'd always desired was becoming less and less viable as her personal responsibilities mounted.

Then came Harry, the bespectacled boy wizard she'd first dreamed on that fateful train ride.

The success of the first Harry Potter novel (given the slightly less lofty title of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the U.S.), in which the orphaned, seemingly ordinary boy discovers that he is not only a possessor of incredible powers but already a celebrity among fellow wizards, was far beyond anything Joanne Kathleen Rowling ever dared imagine. International praise poured in. So did the awards. Rowling won England's National Book Award and the Smarties Prize for children's literature. The series spawned an equally successful and hotly anticipated series of films starring the young megastars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson and featuring such venerable British actors as Maggie Smith, John Hurt, John Cleese, and Alan Rickman.

Rowling is responsible for introducing several new words and terms into the English lexicon, such as "muggle" (a civilian lacking in wizardly powers) and "Quidditch" (a fast-paced sport played while riding broomsticks). Perhaps most satisfying of all for the mother and teacher was the way she single-handedly ignited the literary pursuits of children all over the globe. Kids everywhere couldn't wait to get their hands on Harry's latest adventure at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which is no small feat, considering that the novels tend to be exceptionally lengthy for books aimed at such a young audience (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is just a few pages shy of a whopping 900 pages!). Rowling has said that she conceives of her novels as "real literature," despite the fact that they are written for young people. Perhaps a testament to the literary merit of her books is the fact that they are nearly as popular with teenagers, college kids, and adults as they are with the grammar-school set.

With the massive popularity of her Harry Potter novels, Rowling has achieved similar fame and fortune -- for better and for worse. According to an article in a 2004 edition of Forbes magazine, Rowling's wealth was estimated at 576 million English pounds. In U.S. currency, that made her the very first billionaire author. The downside of that success is the unwanted attention she receives from Britain's notoriously relentless paparazzi. As Rowling lamented to Jeremy Paxton of the BBC, "You know, I didn't think they'd rake through my bins, I didn't expect to be photographed on the beach through long lenses." Rowling has also come under fire from Christian groups who object to her depiction of wizardry and witchcraft and certain critics who contest the "literary merit" of her work. Of course, one must always keep in mind that no one ever achieves Rowling's level of celebrity without having to listen to the griping of naysayers, none of which has impeded her continued success seriously.

Although Rowling could surely sell countless copies of Harry Potter books for as long as she is able to put pen to paper (and she does write much of her work in longhand), she initially conceived of the series in seven installments and has, of course, realized that plan with the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. "There will be no Harry Potter's midlife crisis or Harry Potter as an old wizard," she once told the Sunday Telegraph. As for what life after Harry Potter might entail for Rowling, she has suggested quite a number of possibilities, including ideas for adult novels and possible tie-ins to the Hogwarts universe involving periphery characters. Whatever Rowling chooses to do, she has forever guaranteed herself a place alongside Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, and L. Frank Baum as one of the most beloved children's authors of all time.

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Rowling's parents met on a train, coincidentally from King's Cross station to Scotland. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when Rowling was 15, her mother died in the early 1990s. Rowling has a sister, Di, two years younger than she, who is an attorney.

Rowling's publisher requested that she use initials on Harry Potter covers, concerned that if they used an obviously female name, the target audience of young boys might be hesitant to buy them. Rowling adopted her grandmother's middle name, Kathleen, for the "K".

Rowling made a special guest appearance as herself on the hit cartoon show, The Simpsons.

With great success often comes great controversy. Rowling's Harry Potter books landed on a list of banned books because of their depiction of wizardry and witchcraft. However, Rowling regards her place on the list as a feather in her cap, as past lists have included works by such literary giants as Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, J. D. Salinger, and Harper Lee.

Rowling ran into a bit of potential trouble in the wake of stepped-up airline restrictions. While traveling home from New York, she refused to part ways with the manuscript of her still in-the-works final installment of the Harry Potter series during bag inspections. Fortunately, she was allowed onboard without further incident.

In 2001, two Harry Potter tie-in books were published: Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander. For those wondering who the mysterious Misters Whisp and Scamander are, well, they are actually both J. K. Rowling. The author donated all proceeds of her pseudonymous books to the charity Comic Relief.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Joanne Kathleen Rowling (full name), "Jo"
    2. Hometown:
      Perthshire, Scotland
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 31, 1965
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chipping Sodbury near Bristol, England
    1. Education:
      Exeter University
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  • Posted August 17, 2011

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    Loved it

    The book is definitely a must read. I have enjoyed reading all the H.P. books from start to finish.

    75 out of 97 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 28, 2012

    For ya'll who are wondern' how much it costs well click here...

    $7.99

    72 out of 115 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    Interesting Story

    The story was AWESOME one moment I was at page 10 next thing you know I'm on page 76 this book has a lot of mystery. I just love the artwork it's beautiful. I loved the story from beginning to end.

    61 out of 74 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2011

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    amazing from begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    awesome from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    41 out of 66 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Excellent Sequel

    This book is the best sequel possible for Harry Potter and the Sorcer's Stone. From meeting You-Know-Who's younger self to saving Ginny, this is an excellent book. JK Rowling writes the BEST BOOKS!! Who else could come up with Hormine not being there to help Harry and Ron in the darkness of the mystical Chamber of Secrets? This book,like the rest of the series, is a definite must-read!!"

    33 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    Awsome

    I LOVE THIS BOOK EVEN THOUGH I READ EVERY BOOK THIS WAS MY FAVE! IT WAS AMAZING. I LOVE HARRY!

    22 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2012

    My favorite

    My favorite in the series. Very entertaining.

    21 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    Outstanding!!!

    This book was a puzzling book and it was a huge mystry. This book kept me gusseing until the very end and i was always on the edge of my seat untill the shocking ending appeared and i was breathless and had know clue it would be that person. But all can say was outstandding!!!!

    19 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2009

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    Fun for the Whole Family!!

    Jim Dale really brings this wonderful story to life with his enthusiastic reading and characteristic voices.

    After listening to this Audiobook, I felt Jim Dale really should have done Dobby's voice in the Harry Potter Movies, he does it so perfectly.

    This Audiobook is fun for the whole family, great for long car rides or to curl up by yourself or with your child to have Jim Dale weave a magical tale around the you.

    14 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

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    second year begins and harry potter keeps getting better and better

    amazing series of books this author is amazing i will not reccommand the twilight saga due to personal diffences with the fans of the twilight saga this book series is amazing i have a favorite charecter in this series as well professor snape is my number 1 favorite charecter in the harry potter book series

    12 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Th Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets The book that

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    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    The book that I chose to review was Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, this book is the 2nd of 7 books in a series following a young man named Harry Potter. In this book the story starts out with Harry stuck in a miserable situation, he is spending the summer with his last remaining relatives the Dursleys. During a dinner party strange things began to happen and a strange elf named Dobby from Hogwarts shows up and tries to convince Harry to not return to school. Dobby tells Harry that is he returns bad things will happen to not only him but his friends as well; Harry does not believe Dobby and tells him to leave. The summer wraps up with his best friend Ron Weasley showing up and saving Harry from the misery of the Dursleys to take him back to Hogwarts.
    As Harry and Ron return to Hogwarts they encounter a man named Gilderoy Lockhart, who is a famous defense against the dark arts wizard. Lockhart tells Harry and Ron that he is the newest teacher at Hogwarts; Lockhart is very famous for his defense techniques against for his strong powers he uses and teaches to young wizards. The first strange occurrence that happens in Hogwarts is Harry begins to hear strange voices that warn him about a "Chamber of Secrets", after this Harry starts talking in strange tongues. Harry convinces Ron to help him find more information about the mysterious chamber. The climax of this book occurs right around this time, when Hermione and another young girl are mysteriously petrified; Harry and Ron realize the only way to cure them is to venture into the Chamber and finally reveal its mysteries. Lockhart finds Harry and Ron and tells him he will be going into the chamber with him, but right before they enter Lockhart is petrified and Ron must exit the chamber to bring Lockhart to safety. Harry realizes he is meant to venture into the chamber alone, as Harry enters he encounters Lord Voldemort which is the man that killed his parents. Voldemort vanishes and a huge battle occurs between Harry and a basilisk (large snake), Harry is severely injured and it is made to seem that he will surely be killed but is saved by a magical bird that kills the snake. As Harry gains consciousness he realizes the death of the snake lifted the curse and all of the characters affected slowly come out of the curse. The book ends with Harry and all of his friends parting ways and returning to their homes for the summer.
    From reading this book it is clear that it leaves one with more questions than it does answers, the exposition is kept vague and helps set the tone of the book by keeping you guessing. The plot and even the climax of this book keeps you guessing and makes you want to continue reading, mysteries and the tone changing help feed into the mystery. When the conclusion of the book occurs it is very open ended and helps build the plot for the next book.

    Thomas Paul

    9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    AMAZING

    This book kept me reading and reading and the same day that i bought it i was done 3 hours later!!! Lots of detail and mysteries and scary stuff i would reccomend this book to everybody ages ten through twenty

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    !!!!

    I <3 Harry Potter!!!!!!!

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    Potter

    This book is an amazing book! I cant put it down!

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

    Harry potter

    Realy gooooooooooooooooooddddddddddddd boooooook READ IT

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Mikaela mueller

    I love this book they are so magical and you can learn new and amazing words

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    This book is good because when Harry goes to school for the sec


    This book is good because when Harry goes to school for the second year he finds out that the chamber of secrets is opened. There are a lot of mysterious killings. There are also a lot of people being paralyzed from the monster. Harry finds a journal from somebody named Tom Riddle. He finds out that it was slipped into someone&rsquo;s pocket. That&rsquo;s my summery for Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    I LOVE THE WHOLE HARRY POTTER SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    BESTBESTBESTBEST SERIES EVER!!!!!!(well, so is The Hunger Games and Twilight!)

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2007

    Beautiful, LOVeLY edition

    This is an amazing edition of Harry Potter. Beautifully bound in leather, it feels wonderful to the touch and mind. To any people who have'nt read Harry Potter, you're missing out a lot! I deeply recommend this. Although the price is quite shocking!

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    $$$$$

    How much are these books!? All any of them say is just Buy Now

    5 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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