by J. K. Rowling
and the Chamber of Secrets
For Seán P. F. Harris, getaway driver and foul-weather friend.
This is the second book of the series.
- Reader's Guide to Harry Potter and the
Chamber of Secrets
a complete chapter-by-chapter guide with notes and commentary
- Covers and title pages
- 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
Portkey: detailed outline of the book
explore book two with links and cross-references
- day by day calendar of events in the book
- differences between the British and American versions
- edits and changes to the text
- gallery of cover art from around the world (from SnitchSeeker.com)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - 85,141 words
Official Word Count Provided by Scholastic Inc TM & © 2004-1996. All rights reserved.
- film (Warner Bros. - November, 2002)
- video games (Electronic Arts)
- None yet
- 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.
- 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!
Primary editor: Steve Vander Ark. Previous editor(s): Steve Vander Ark,
Original page date 13 February 2001; Last page update July 12, 2012 SVA.