Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second novel in the Harry Potter series, written by J.
The book was published in the United Kingdom on 2 July 1998 by Bloomsbury and in the United States on 2 June 1999 by Scholastic Inc.
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-magical, non-human and non-living characters.
The film adaptation of the novel, released in 2002, became (at that time) the seventh highest grossing film ever and received generally favourable reviews.
After travelling via floo powder for the first time, Harry accidentally ends up in Knockturn Alley, the dark arts section of Diagon Alley.
At the start of the Hogwarts year, the Weasleys depart with Harry for King's Cross, but when they arrive, Harry and Ron inexplicably cannot get through the secret entrance to Platform 9 ?, so they decide to fly to Hogwarts in the Weasley's car instead. Lockhart turns out to be an incompetent teacher, more concerned with personal celebrity than teaching. In the novel, Dumbledore owns a pet bird known as a phoenix a famous mythological fire bird. Suspecting that Harry's nemesis, Draco Malfoy, is the heir of Slytherin, the trio spends a month making Polyjuice Potion, a brew that will allow them, for a period, to look like someone else.
During the first meeting of Lockhart's new dueling club, Harry duels Draco, who casts a snake that tries to attack a student, Justin Finch-Fletchley. At Christmas, Harry and Ron, who stay at Hogwarts use the finished Polyjuice Potion to disguise themselves as Draco's two friends Crabbe and Goyle. The novel reveals that the "monster" in the Chamber of Secrets is the legendary reptile known as the Basilisk. Harry and Ron discover from a piece of paper Hermione was holding when she was attacked that the monster is a Basilisk, a giant snake that kills those who look it in the eye, although the petrified victims only ever saw it in a reflection or through a medium. Inside the chamber, Harry finds the unconscious body of Ron's sister Ginny, who is the final victim of the basilisk, as well as the almost physical form of Riddle who reveals that Ginny had been communicating with him by writing in his diary, allowing him to possess her and have her set the Basilisk on the Muggleborns.
In early drafts of the book, the ghost Nearly Headless Nick sang a self-composed song explaining his condition and the circumstances of his death.
Mary Stuart thought the final conflict with Tom Riddle in the Chamber was almost as scary as in some of Stephen King's works, and perhaps too strong for young or timid children. Writing after all seven books had been published, Graeme Davis regarded Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets as the weakest of the series, and agreed that the plot structure is much the same as in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets won the Nestle Smarties Book Prize 1998 Gold Medal in the 9–11 years division.[25] Rowling also won two other Nestle Smarties Book Prizes for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets continues the examination of what makes a person who he or she is, which began in the first book. Opposition to class, death and its impacts, experiencing adolescence, sacrifice, love, friendship, loyalty, prejudice, and racism are constant themes of the series. Edward Duffy, an associate professor at Marquette University, says that one of the central characters of Chamber of Secrets is a book, Tom Riddle's enchanted diary, which takes control of Ginny Weasley – just as Riddle planned. Chamber of Secrets has many links with the sixth book of the series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
The film version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was released in 2002.[41] Chris Columbus directed the film,[42] and the screenplay was written by Steve Kloves.
I want and need out of life aside from being a mom and how I can make that happen while paying a daycare bill that exceeds my mortage payment. Our daughter has a slight cold and even the ex admitted that perhaps that was part of the problem. This morning I took a deep breath and informed him that he is not to threaten my time with the children in response to misbehavior with him, that he'll need to find another way to deal with it and if I ever did such a thing ("You kids better knock it off or you're not going to Daddy's!") he'd probably haul me back into court, and that I was very disappointed with how he chose to handle this.
On the up side: we went to the girls' tea, and my daughter won the hat decorating contest, which put her over the moon.
Monday morning is Back To School, and Monday morning is often also Battle of the Cranky Tired Ones.
Tonight's episode included a contestant who was a mother to three and stick skinny (a major achievement in my book). However, lightweight that I am, it seemed somehow wrong to try to sit down and do my reading for my church study group after an evening fraternizing with Mike (purveyor of fine hard lemonades; in this case, cranberry flavor). Upon entering the bathroom Waldo was nowhere to be seen, even when I did an inspection of the shower stall.
A quick mental calculation assured me that there was no way I was going to be otherwise confronted with him or have to touch him or anything, so I went about my business. Do you have any idea how hard it is to shave your legs, wash, and condition your hair with an industrial sized bottle of Pantene clutched in one hand, ready to strike?
Waldo is still at large, and as my bathroom is connected to my bedroom and I can no longer find him in the bathroom, I'm just a tiny bit worried that he may kill me in my sleep.
I mean, leave it to me to flipping save all of humankind and not even notice (or get credit). 2) Woke up with a migraine, took my meds, asked the kids to play quietly, went back to bed for half an hour. 3) Got up to what can only be described as a spectacular explosion of the arts-n-crafts chest all over the kitchen.


4) I am brooding over a really bad decision I made a year ago today that came back to bite me several times, hard; and it might be cathartic to write about it, but as there is no spin I could put on said decision that wouldn't make me look like a total asshat (I'm stealing the word, but giving credit where it's due) I'm just gonna shut up and get back to wallowing. Editing to add: If I fill in "Miriam" instead of "Mir" I'll be creating some super-weapon in August of 2007.
Having missed this morning's therapy session, I give you (for those who asked, and for those who didn't, too bad) the event from May 20, 2003 that renders me a complete asshat: Just a few months post-separation, I had my first date in about ten years.
I don't know if my missing my appointment falls under the "there are no accidents" category or the "sometimes a cigar is just a cigar" category. It must be my professional girlfriend status that has me beating away the men with a stick. I strive to improve my living conditions by hoarding gold, food, and sometimes keys and potions. So we returned home and I tried to preserve this feeling the way that any good mom does; I decided we need to Make Goodies. After some discussion and digging in the pantry, we decided to try the recipe on the back of the Golden Grahams cereal box for s'mores bars. But all was forgiven about one hour and seventeen skirmishes later, when--being the fantabulous mom that I am--I parked the kids in front of A Bug's Life with two s'mores squares. What I don't get is how the very same creature who fought sleep tooth and nail can succumb to it so completely that they will continue to be asleep even once they are technically awake. I came upstairs tonight expecting to spend 60 seconds doing my "rounds" and then come climb into my own bed.
Well here's my special circumstance: I don't have a job, and child support might be just enough to scrape by on with no daycare, and so I have elected to stay home with my children this summer.
So, I am perfectly happy to settle this situation with a transfer of funds to my friend Heather, who is in fact gainfully employed and has also registered her kids in your camp program. Failure to comply with my request will result in my going Hulk on you, so please don't jerk me around for what is a tiny amount of money for you but an entire month's groceries for me, mkay? 3) That weird little dancing bald guy in the commercials for Six Flags who shows up in a bus and jitterbugs around until everyone joins him for a romp at the amusement park. 11) "Gingy" from the Walmart commercials (though he was quite good in Shrek 2, I'll admit). 14) The possibility that I may need to stab my son with his Epi-Pen to save his life someday. 22) The guy at the diner around the corner who fawns all over my daughter and tells me how beautiful she is when we eat there. After sorting through approximately 6,591 family photos, I cut out this one that I didn't completely hate. Other Woman *jolted by my screaming, and perhaps frightened by my little victory dance*: You're joking, right? Today, I descended into the depths of compound carnal sinning, and I did it with my kids in tow. Often on Tuesdays we have a doctor's appointment or two in the afternoon, and then some time to kill before I drop the kids with the ex for their dinner night. I just love that stores like Priceless Kids remove brand tags from things that any red-blooded American mother can identify at ten paces. After a while, I paid for my purchases and peeled the kids away from the movie, and we headed on to stop two: Trader Joe's.
Although Rowling 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.
Some commentators regard the diary as a warning against uncritical acceptance of information from sources whose motives and reliability cannot be checked. Video games loosely based on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets were also released for several platforms, and most obtained favourable reviews. During a dinner party given by Harry's aunt and uncle, Dobby, a house-elf, pops into Harry's bedroom, warning him that if he returns to Hogwarts, terrible things will happen.
Fortunately, he encounters his friend Hagrid, Hogwarts' gamekeeper, there to buy flesh-eating slug repellent, who guides him safely back into Diagon Alley to shop for school supplies. Things get dangerous when Ron loses control of the car, and causes it to fall from the sky into a Whomping Willow, a tree that attacks anyone who approaches it.
Hermione is unable to join them, as her polyjuice potion made her resemble a different form.
He writes in the diary, after frustrating attempts to find out if the diary keeps anything, which responds by displaying the name "Tom Riddle." Communicating with "Riddle" by writing in the diary, Harry discovers that a close friend of Tom was found to handle opening the Chamber of Secrets fifty years ago.
They later discover that the entrance to the Chamber is in Myrtle's bathroom, which Harry opens by speaking Parseltongue.
Ginny had realised that the diary was not what it seemed and tried to dispose of it in Myrtle's bathroom, but stole it back when she saw Harry with it, afraid that her crimes would be revealed.
Just when it seems Harry will be killed, Fawkes, Dumbledore's pet phoenix, appears and blinds the Basilisk. This was cut as the book's editor did not care for the poem, which has been subsequently published as an extra on J. I love adventure, fighting, and particularly winning - especially when there's a prize at stake.


Shrek 2 gets a big thumbs-up from me, although I would like to watch it again without hearing "What's funny, Mama? I'm not really planning to go work at a carnival any time soon, so I pick the obscure language. 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. Harry ignores it, and to ensure that he will not return to Hogwarts, Dobby wreaks havoc in the kitchen, infuriating the Dursleys, who angrily imprison Harry.
In the company of the Weasleys and his other best friend Hermione Granger, Harry encounters Gilderoy Lockhart, a self-centered and fame-seeking wizard famous for dealing with numerous dark creatures, who is revealed to be the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts. Ron and Harry escape from the tree, but Ron's wand is broken in the process, and the car, revealing itself to possess a degree of sentience, drives off into the Forbidden Forest.
That night, as Harry lies in his hospital bed, Dobby appears and admits responsibility for the platform incident and the rogue Bludger, out of a desire to prevent Harry from being able to attend Hogwarts. The sudden appearance of this ability—also possessed by Salazar Slytherin—shocks everyone, since it suggests that Harry might be Slytherin's heir. Speaking with Draco in the Slytherin common room, Harry and Ron discover that Draco is not the Heir of Slytherin and that the Chamber was last opened fifty years before.
They have brought with them Lockhart, whom they have caught as he was attempting to flee Hogwarts, after he is asked by his colleagues to find the creature. Riddle then forced Ginny to enter the Chamber, to lure Harry down there, and, by possessing Ginny's soul, began to take physical form. Fawkes carries the Sorting Hat, from which Harry draws a sword and kills the Basilisk, however is injured in the process by a rogue fang.
Now I have big blue blobs of toothpaste on the counter overlaid with a fine mist of light blue toothpaste-and-spittle spatter.
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.
The book is also known to have some connections to the sixth novel of the series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Harry is rescued by his friend Ron Weasley and brothers Fred and George in their flying car, spending the summer at the Weasley home.
Shortly after the encounter with Lockhart, the group get into a confrontation with Harry's nemesis Draco Malfoy and his father Lucius. He begs Harry to leave Hogwarts, insisting that he is in danger, and lets slip that the Chamber of Secrets has been opened before. Harry comes under further suspicion when he stumbles upon the petrified bodies of Justin Finch-Fletchley and Nearly Headless Nick. He steals Ron's wand and attempts a memory charm on them, revealing that he is a fraud whose "great accomplishments" were stories he stole from other wizards whose memories he then erased.
Riddle reveals that his name, Tom Marvolo Riddle, is an anagram for I am Lord Voldemort and that he is Voldemort's past self. Healed by Fawkes's tears, Harry stabs the diary with a Basilisk fang, defeating Riddle and saving Ginny. These threats are found after attacks which leave residents of the school "petrified" (frozen like stone). The next day, Ron receives a Howler from his mother, Molly Weasley, threatening to send him home if he puts another toe out of line. Enemies of the heir, beware." Harry, Ron, and their best friend Hermione Granger discover that one of Hogwarts' founders, Salazar Slytherin, secretly built the Chamber of Secrets, which is rumoured to contain a monster that only Slytherin's heir can directly control. Soon after, a first-year student, Colin Creevey, is attacked after sneaking to visit Harry and petrified. Harry and Ron intend to interrogate Hagrid, but before they can, he is accused of opening the Chamber of Secrets again and is taken to Azkaban prison. The two return with Ron and Lockhart to the school, where Ginny is joyfully reunited with her parents, and Harry and Ron are commended by Dumbledore.
Throughout the year, Harry and his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger investigate the attacks.
Slytherin disapproved of wizards and witches with Muggle parents (muggleborns) being allowed to attend Hogwarts and supposedly built the Chamber so that one day his heir could purge the school of them. As he attempts to erase their memories, Ron's broken wand reflects the spell back at Lockhart, knocking him down and erasing all of Lockhart's memory. In the aftermath, Harry accuses the school governor, Lucius Malfoy (Draco's father), of putting the journal in Ginny's cauldron in the first place, and later tricks him into freeing his house-elf. There they encounter Aragog, a giant spider whom Hagrid had raised in secret during his days at Hogwarts, who informs them the monster who killed the girl 50 years before was not a spider, that the girl's body was found in a bathroom, and that Hagrid is innocent.
Malfoy is sacked as governor, the final examinations are cancelled, and Lockhart is admitted to the hospital.



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