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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (英語) ハードカバー – 1998/7/2
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Harry Potter is a wizard. He is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Little does he know that this year will be just as eventful as the last ...even getting there is an adventure in itself! The three firm friends, Harry, Ron and Hermione, are soon immersed in the daily round of Potions, Herbology, Charms, Defence Against the Dark Arts, and Quidditch. But then horrible and mysterious things begin to happen. Harry keeps hearing strange voices, sinister and dark messages appear on the wall, and then Ron's sister Ginny disappears...
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was J.K. Rowling's first novel, followed by 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, as well as three books written for charity and inspired by the Harry Potter novels: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. The Harry Potter novels have now sold over 400 million copies worldwide and been translated into 70 languages. J.K. Rowling has generated huge popular appeal for her books across the generations in an unprecedented fashion: she was the first children's author to be voted the BA Author of the Year, and also to win the British Book Awards Author of the Year. J.K. Rowling lives with her family in Edinburgh.
By this time, I got to know the characters introduced in Volume 1 better, and this is probably the primary reason that I enjoyed this volume more than the previous one.
The Chamber of Secrets is the mystery story where Hogwarts muggle students turn into stone. And it lays much more of a foundation of the larger story than the first book. This is where Tom Riddle is introduced and where he turns into Voldemort to fight Harry. Several interesting new characters make their first appearance as well in this book; vain Professor Lockhart and Colin Creevy. And a troublesome spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls' bathroom. Of course Harry’s old enemies, Malfoy and Snape, have a prominent role. There is an interesting underlying theme of muggle-hatred that fed to some healthy discussion with my daughter.
This is my 8-year old daughter’s second ‘real’ book, as she proudly calls it – as this is a hard cover bound book that is very different than her vast collection of colourful girly picture books. I must say the colourful hard-cover version is actually quite nice and will last subsequent reading when the owner's little brother is bound to pick it op in due course.
Our daughter has seen all the Harry Potter movies, which she thoroughly enjoyed. So she has now started to read the first few books. The books are great and she is quite encouraged to actually pick it up and continue the read - as there is lots of additional Potterish detail and trivia left out from the movies that she is keen to pick up. Given that we got a her an overpriced Hermione wand, she is particularly interested in the spells. And she found a number of entertaining story elements like part of the ‘wizard's duel’ that never made it into the movie.
In the end the book is highly relatable to kids as it describes the big and small challenges that kids face every day. It shows how the characters deal with unfairness, anxiety and how boring and challenging school can be.
Somehow I have the feeling this is one of those children's books my daughter will read and reread into adulthood.
Inhaltlich knüpft "The Chamber of Secrets" wunderbar an den ersten Teil an und gibt dem Leser noch tollere Einblicke in die magische Welt rund um Harry Potter. Ich empfehle alle Teile der Reihe zu lesen, bevor man sich die Filme anguckt, da die Fantasie beim Lesen noch zauberhafter ist.
Top Empfehlung für alle Kinder und Jugendliche sowie interessierten Erwachsenen.
Malloy has it out for any pupil who is not full-blooded magic family. Harry gets blamed as always but manages to save the school from He who shall not be named and it’s time to home for summer.
I found this book to not be as good as the first one. It lacked a certain something. I can't place my finger on what, but whatever it was by no means makes this book worthy of anything other than the five stars it deserves.
The best character in this book by far was Dobby the house elf. He was so adorable! I found it amusing when poor old Sir Nick got petrified and had to go to the hospital wing.
Loved the ending of this book. Once again we meet a form of the almost destroyed Lord Voldemort. The dude obviously doesn't know when to give up! You have to feel sorry for somebody like that.
Once again the adventures of Harry Potter will leave you gripped to the book wanting to keep turning the pages until you inevitably finish the book.
Whilst the first in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone merely introduces us to the magical world of wizardry, Hogwarts and Harry with a cracking good versus evil story it is not very succinct especially when you, and I know you shouldn't, compare it with the film.
The second book, is better; more succinct and less superfluous while the comedy being far sharper and funnier, perhaps influenced by the fact the Weasleys play a major role.
However, the whole premise, the memory of Lord Voldemort through his childhood diary returns to kill Harry is very silly indeed. It would have been far better that Voldemort's spirit return from the first book when it fact it was in hiding in the forests of Albania!!! Plus, it can be quite hard to follow at times!
Just to make you aware, I read all the books before seeing the films and on this occasion believe this book to be better than it's film.