"I've only suffered writer's block badly once, and that was during the writing of Chamber of Secrets. I had my first burst of publicity about the first book and it paralysed me. I was scared the second book wouldn't measure up, but I got through it!"
-- J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second book in the series of Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling.
First British printing: July 2, 1998 Bloomsbury Books
First American printing: June 2, 1999 Scholastic, Arthur A. Levine Books
U.S. illustrations by Mary GrandPré, 1999
- day by day calendar of events in the book
- differences between the British and American versions
- edits and changes to the text
- Reader’s Guide to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
a complete chapter-by-chapter guide with notes and commentary
- Chapter 1: The Worst Birthday
- Chapter 2: Dobby’s Warning
- Chapter 3: The Burrow
- Chapter 4: At Flourish and Blotts
- Chapter 5: The Whomping Willow
- Chapter 6: Gilderoy Lockhart
- Chapter 7: Mudbloods and Murmurs
- Chapter 8: The Deathday Party
- Chapter 9: The Writing on the Wall
- Chapter 10: The Rogue Bludger
- Chapter 11: The Duelling Club
- Chapter 12: The Polyjuice Potion
- Chapter 13: The Very Secret Diary
- Chapter 14: Cornelius Fudge
- Chapter 15: Aragog
- Chapter 16: The Chamber of Secrets
- Chapter 17: The Heir of Slytherin
- Chapter 18: Dobby’s Reward
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – 85,141 words
Official Word Count Provided by Scholastic Inc TM & © 2004-1996. All rights reserved.
Calendar and Dates
The events of the book take place between 31 July 1992 and approximately 19 June 1993, covering Harry's second year at Hogwarts. During this year the school is plagued by dangers small (a wacky Defense Against the Dark Arts professor) and great (a monster loose in the school petrifying students).
For Seán P. F. Harris, getaway driver and foul-weather friend.
Seán Harris was a friend of JKR's while she attended school at Wyedean. Seán owned a turquoise Ford Anglia and the two of them would escape in the car to hang out under the bridge by the Wye River, drinking and talking about life. Rowling has said that in many ways the character of Ron Weasley is similar to that of Seán, although she didn't intentionally use him as a model for the character. Obviously the Anglia owned by Mr Weasley has its origins in the old car Seán drove.
Interesting facts and notes
Bloomsbury (Britain) covers
Notes from the title pages:
First published in Great Britain in 1998
Copyright (c) Text J.K. Rowling 1998
Copyright (c) Cover Illustration Cliff Wright 1997
The moral right of the author has been asserted
Cover design by Michelle Radford
This cover of the US edition, by Mary GrandPré, shows Fawkes flying Harry, Ron, and Ginny (Lockhart is not shown) to safety after the defeat of Riddle in the Chamber of Secrets. This is unusual, since most covers show the flying car.
Book 2 — Chamber of Secrets
From the Web
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on Wikipedia