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'''''Harry Potter and the Camber of Secrets''''' is a book written by JK Rowling, and the second in the Harry Potter series. Unfortunately, I saw the movie first, which I later viewed as a mistake, and for future movies, I made sure I read the book first.
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[[Image:Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Hardcover - USA - 1st Edition.jpg|thumb|256x256px|North American hardcover, first edition.]]
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'''''Harry Potter and the Camber of Secrets''''' is a book written by [[J.K. Rowling]], published in 1998, and the second in the [[Harry Potter (Universe)|Harry Potter series]].
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I saw the movie first in 2002, which I later viewed as a mistake, as I felt a bit unprepared. I later read the book and preferred it, and then vowed to always read the book first for future movies, which I did.
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==Status==
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I own a first edition US hardcover and have read it. I've also listened to the Stephen Fry audio book recording.
  
 
==Reviews==
 
==Reviews==
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===Bad===
 
===Bad===
* The wizarding world uses a lot of bigoted terms: pure blood, half blood, muggle, squib, mud blood, etc. and few people seem to care.
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* The idea of students not being allowed to use magic outside of school doesn't make any sense. How can they study, do homework, or even keep their skills up during the summer or on holidays? And what's with the Ministry blaming Harry for using magic when he didn't? Do the have the ability to detect when magic is used anywhere in the world at any time? Or, perhaps at any house where wizards live? But since they can't tell the difference between a house elf's magic and a student's magic, surely they can't tell the difference between an adult and child, so this surveillance would only be useful for houses where only underage magic users live with muggle parents, which means it's completely unfair.
* The fact that school remains open while a dangerous unknown is roaming the halls is unbelievable.
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* The wizarding world uses a lot of bigoted terms: pure blood, half blood, muggle, squib, mud blood, etc. and most people seem to be okay with the bigotry.
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* Parseltongue is described as being extremely rare, but in a world where people can use magic to do pretty much anything they want, why would it be rare?
 
* The staff's inability to find the Chamber of Secrets for so long, even after it's been known to exist, is unbelievable considering how much divination the professors would have done.
 
* The staff's inability to find the Chamber of Secrets for so long, even after it's been known to exist, is unbelievable considering how much divination the professors would have done.
* The attacks are incredibly lucky every time. Several attacks and nobody ever looks directly at the monster, Harry is there to see most of them, and then immediately discovered by other people.
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* The victims of the attacks are incredibly lucky every time. Several attacks and nobody ever looks directly at the monster, and Harry is there to see most of them, and is then immediately discovered by other people.
* The additional details about the ghosts and Nearly-Headless Nick's Death Day party are interesting, but they weren't that important to the story.
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* The additional details about the ghosts and Nearly-Headless Nick's Death Day party are interesting, but they weren't important to the story.
* Quidditch is even less feasible in this book. Apparently, you can buy a serious advantage with better equipment, and the referees don't notice when a bludger has gone rouge and attacks a single player over and over again.
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* Quidditch is even less feasible in this book. Apparently, you can buy a serious advantage over your opponents with better equipment, and the referees don't notice when a bludger has gone rouge and focuses on a single player over and over again.
 
* Why do you need a polyjuice potion when transfiguration spells can morph anything into anything else?
 
* Why do you need a polyjuice potion when transfiguration spells can morph anything into anything else?
* The showdown between Harry and Tom seems to take forever while all his plans are revealed.  
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* The showdown between Harry and Tom seems to take forever while all his plans are slowly revealed.
  
 
===Ugly===
 
===Ugly===
* Nothing.
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* In general, there is very little internal consistency in the book. Glaring plot holes abound.
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* The fact that school remains open while a dangerous unknown monster is roaming the halls with the ability to kill people is entirely unbelievable.
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==Gallery==
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Hardcover - USA - Full Art.jpg|Full dust jacket art of the North American hardcover.
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==Links==
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Potter_and_the_Chamber_of_Secrets en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Potter_and_the_Chamber_of_Secrets] - Wikipedia.
  
  
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Latest revision as of 10:21, 4 October 2017

North American hardcover, first edition.

Harry Potter and the Camber of Secrets is a book written by J.K. Rowling, published in 1998, and the second in the Harry Potter series.

I saw the movie first in 2002, which I later viewed as a mistake, as I felt a bit unprepared. I later read the book and preferred it, and then vowed to always read the book first for future movies, which I did.

Status

I own a first edition US hardcover and have read it. I've also listened to the Stephen Fry audio book recording.

Reviews

Good

  • The new characters (Colin Creevey, Dobby, Lockhart) are quite fun.
  • Hogwarts is still very exciting and wonderful.
  • The Chamber of Secrets and Slytherin's heir are nice mysteries that slowly get solved as time goes on, and it keeps you guessing.

Bad

  • The idea of students not being allowed to use magic outside of school doesn't make any sense. How can they study, do homework, or even keep their skills up during the summer or on holidays? And what's with the Ministry blaming Harry for using magic when he didn't? Do the have the ability to detect when magic is used anywhere in the world at any time? Or, perhaps at any house where wizards live? But since they can't tell the difference between a house elf's magic and a student's magic, surely they can't tell the difference between an adult and child, so this surveillance would only be useful for houses where only underage magic users live with muggle parents, which means it's completely unfair.
  • The wizarding world uses a lot of bigoted terms: pure blood, half blood, muggle, squib, mud blood, etc. and most people seem to be okay with the bigotry.
  • Parseltongue is described as being extremely rare, but in a world where people can use magic to do pretty much anything they want, why would it be rare?
  • The staff's inability to find the Chamber of Secrets for so long, even after it's been known to exist, is unbelievable considering how much divination the professors would have done.
  • The victims of the attacks are incredibly lucky every time. Several attacks and nobody ever looks directly at the monster, and Harry is there to see most of them, and is then immediately discovered by other people.
  • The additional details about the ghosts and Nearly-Headless Nick's Death Day party are interesting, but they weren't important to the story.
  • Quidditch is even less feasible in this book. Apparently, you can buy a serious advantage over your opponents with better equipment, and the referees don't notice when a bludger has gone rouge and focuses on a single player over and over again.
  • Why do you need a polyjuice potion when transfiguration spells can morph anything into anything else?
  • The showdown between Harry and Tom seems to take forever while all his plans are slowly revealed.

Ugly

  • In general, there is very little internal consistency in the book. Glaring plot holes abound.
  • The fact that school remains open while a dangerous unknown monster is roaming the halls with the ability to kill people is entirely unbelievable.

Gallery

Links