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Harry Potter canon: PS | CS | PA | GF | FB | QA | OP | HBP | DH | FW | DP | JKR.COM Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (shown with UK cover)


Harry Potter
and the Chamber of Secrets

by J. K. Rowling

first British printing: July 1998, Bloomsbury Books
first American printing: June 2, 1999, Scholastic, Arthur A. Levine Books
illustrations by Mary GrandPré, 1999

For Seán P. F. Harris, getaway driver and foul-weather friend.

This is the second book of the series.



word count:
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - 85,141 words
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other media versions:
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  • film (Warner Bros. - November, 2002)
  • video/DVD
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related essays:
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facts & trivia:
  • The character of Lockhart is the one Rowling says is most nearly based on a real person, but Rowling won't say who it is (for obvious reasons)
  • A working title for this book was Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. There are numerous parallels between this book and the sixth.
author's comments about the book:
  • Rowling said that her worst case of writer's block happened as she worked on this book, realizing with the success of the first book how much pressure was on her to make this second one at least as good.

    Q: Do you ever get writer's block? What do you do when this happens?
    A: 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!

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Primary editor: Steve Vander Ark. Previous editor(s): Steve Vander Ark, Michele Worley.
Original page date 13 February 2001; Last page update July 12, 2012 SVA.