Synopsis from Scholastic Inc:
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 strike.
And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny. But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone, or something, starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects: Harry Potter himself?
About: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a children’s fiction novel written by J.K. Rowling. It was published on 6/2/1999 by Scholastic Inc, 341 pages. The genres are fantasy, young adult, magic, adventure, etc. There are 7 books to this series in this order: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The future of Harry is in this book called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. According to the publisher’s website, “Arthur A. Levine Books was founded in 1996 and is an imprint of Scholastic Inc. We published our first book, When She Was Good by Norma Fox Mazer, in the fall of 1997. Since then, our imprint has produced more than three hundred works of hardcover literary fiction and nonfiction for children and teenagers (and more than a few discerning adults).” Please see below for more information about the author, illustrator, and publisher.
BOOK2 Q&A from the group for ME!
Tiffany’s Question: Who is your favorite professor?
I like Professor Dumbledore but since he’s not teaching in this book, my next choice would be Professor Rolanda Hooch for flying lessons and Quidditch referee. I love reading the Quidditch game. It’s so exciting and always put me at the edge of my seats!
Stephanie’s Question: If you could drink Polyjuice Potion and turn into any character in Chamber of Secrets, who would it be and why?
I would definitely want to turn into Hermoine and start getting As in my classes. It feels great to know all the answers to all teachers’ questions.
Megan’s Question: Which book do you like better: The Sorcerer’s Stone or Chamber of Secrets? and why?
I like The Sorcerer’s Stone book more because everything is new. Flying the broom, Quidditch, the Hogwarts Express, Diagon Alley, Dumbledore with his Put-Out light, and the Sorting Hat. I love discovering Harry Potter!
Jodie’s Question: What was your favorite creature in the book and why?
I love Fawkes the Phoenix. It has magical healing tears and strength not visible to the eye.
Sammi’s Question: What Hogwarts house would you want to be sorted into? and why?
I want to be sorted into Gryffindor because the series is focused on this house the most. I also want to be brave and explore hidden passageways and in the know of everything that’s going on. (I am a rule follower, however, and it’s sucks because I’m missing out on all the fun/excitement/even detention. But that’s why I read books and live through those rule breakers lol).
Experience: This is my second time reading Harry Potter and I read it with a group of Harry Potter fans. Our group name is called HPBloggateers because all of us are bloggers too. There are 6 of us, Stephanie @ TeacherofYA, Tiffany @ Tiff the Book Nerd , Megan @ Bookslayer Reads, Sammi @ One Bookish Girl, Jodie @ For the Novel Lovers, and myself. We are from USA, UK, and Australia. We started reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on 2/24/17 and finished it on 3/5/17. (We actually started reading before this and life got in the way so we pushed back and restarted again).
“Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.” p329
This book started out with some annoyance. I was annoyed by Dobby, Professor Gilderoy Lockhart, and Colin Creevey. Of course I am always annoyed by the Dursleys too. I really like Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This school is so mysterious and always have some hidden passages to discover. I like how the author J.K .Rowling brought back Parseltongue when she first introduced it at the zoo in the first book. Re-reading is great because I noticed right away how she introduce Azkaban Prison for book 3. I love learning the creator of the original 4 houses and how Slytherin have created their own Secret Chambers.
“It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” p333
I really like the magic of the diary. I love the Quidditch game. It’s so exciting to read. I don’t like to watch sports, but this is one game I love and it always put me at the edge of my seats! J.K. Rowling is truly a great writer. This book is easy to read and it’s so entertaining. I couldn’t put it down. When I find myself unable to read anything because of my Vertigo problem this month, I find myself reaching for Harry Potter. I love the brave and smart characters of Harry, Ron, and Hermoine. I like how He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is resurfaced in this book. All events and adventures are worth reading. At the end, I grow a little fondness for Dobby.
Pro: magic, plot & characters, adventures, adrenaline rush, page turner, fast paced, couldn’t put down, humor, easy to read, mysteries, brave
I rate it 5 stars!
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About the Author and Illustrator:
J. K. Rowling also known as Joanne Rowling, author of the Harry Potter book series, was born in Chipping Sodbury near Bristol, England. After she graduated from Exeter University, she found work as a secretary, and later spent time teaching English in Portugal before moving to Edinburgh, Scotland, with her daughter. She currently resides in Scotland with her husband and three children. (Photo obtained from the author’s facebook page and info obtained from Scholastic website).
Mary GrandPré uses her artistic talents to transform the images of Harry Potter from words to pictures. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, Tom Casmer, and dog, Chopper. The dog is part Saint Bernard, shepherd, and Lab. (Photo and info obtained from Scholastic website).
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***Disclaimer: I bought this book with my own money and my opinions are honest.