Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the much-anticipated follow-up to the vastly successful Harry Potter and the Sorcererâ€™s Stone. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was first published on July 2, 1998. The book was also made into a film, with the theatrical release in November of 2002.
The story in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets picks up where the first volume left up. The book starts off with Harry returning to stay with the Dursley's after his first year spent away at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Back at the Dursleys, Harry is visited by Dobby, a small house elf. Dobby warns Harry that he must not return to Hogwarts, and that he will be in danger if he does not heed his warning. But Harry decides that he must return, despite Dobby's ominous warning. The Dursley's meanwhile hide all of Harry's books and magic accessories in an attempt to keep him home. But thankfully the Weasley brothers, including Fred, George and Ron, hatch a plan to rescue Harry in their dad's flying car. Harry spends the rest of the summer with the Weasley clan. When autumn arrives, the Weasley's head to platform 9 Â¾ to catch the Hogwarts express to school. But they are unable to find the magical barrier that allows them access to the magical platform. So, they take the flying car all the way to Hogwarts, crashing into the Whomping Willow on the way. The car ejects their belongings into the Forbidden Forest, and Ron's wand is slightly damaged.
Back at Hogwarts, there are three new people that Harry encounters. The first is the new vain professor Gilderoy Lockhart. Then there is Colin Creevey, a new Gryffindor member who admires Harry and is constantly taking his picture. Finally there is Ron's little sister Ginny Weasley, who is infatuated with Harry. The action starts when the chamber of secrets is opened, setting a monster loose that begins to stalk the Hogwarts castle. The monster has the power to petrify students. Legend says that Salazar Slytherin built the chamber of secrets, and that it can only be opened by one of his heirs. Harry, Hermione and Ron begin to investigate. Hermione creates a polyjuice potion that allows them to disguise themselves as Slytherin students. However, a few cat hairs inadvertently fall into Hermione's portion, thus turning her temporarily into a cat. Harry and his friends are not able to find out who the heir is.
The monster attacks continue and more students become petrified, including Hermione. Even worse, someone leaves graffiti on a wall that says Ginny Weasley has been taken to the chamber, where only her bones will be found. Harry and Ron begin to investigate further, and they find the entrance to the chamber of secrets. They make Gilderoy Lockhart accompany them, but then Harry and Ron become separated when a falling rock separates them. Harry finally penetrates the chamber, where he discovers Ginny lying unconscious. Harry discovers that the spirit of Voldemort has incarnated Ginny and caused her to open the chamber. Harry also encounters a young man named Tom Riddle, who described himself as a memory, but who is also the spirit of Voldemort. Tom Riddle begins to steal the life from Ginny's body. Harry battles Tom Riddle and the monster that has been petrifying Hogwarts students. Dumbledore's phoenix arrives and he is able to slay the monster with a sword brought to him by the phoenix. Ginny recovers from a near-death state when he stabs Tom Riddle's diary with one of the basilisk's fangs. The petrified students are revived as soon as the diary is destroyed.
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