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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a fantasy novel written by British author J. K. Rowling and the second novel in the Harry Potter series. The plot. Book: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Book 2 (PDF,LIT,TXT) Author: J.K. Rowling Date: Pages: Format: PDF, LIT, TXT. Full text of "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" . Harry faints and you must restart from the last Save Book you encountered* ♢ To begin with, Harry only.
Draco Malfoy, a Slytherin bully, snatches Nevilles prized toy and flies off with it to the top of a tree. Harry flies after him. Malfoy throws the ball in the air, and Harry speeds downward, making a spectacular catch. Professor McGonagall witnesses this incident. Instead of punishing Harry, she recommends that he play Quidditch, a much-loved game that resembles soccer played on broomsticks, for Gryffindor.
Later that day, Malfoy challenges Harry to a wizards duel at midnight.
Malfoy doesnt show up at the appointed place, and Harry almost gets in trouble. While trying to hide, he accidentally discovers a fierce three-headed dog guarding a trapdoor in the forbidden third-floor corridor. The students are all escorted back to their dormitories, but Harry and Ron sneak off to find Hermione, who is alone and unaware of the troll.
Unwittingly, they lock the troll in the girls bathroom along with Hermione. Together, they defeat the troll. Hermione tells a lie to protect Harry and Ron from being punished. During Harrys first Quidditch match, his broom jerks out of control. Hermione notices Snape staring at Harry and muttering a curse.
She concludes that he is jinxing Harrys broom, and she sets Snapes clothes on fire. Harry regains control of the broom and makes a spectacular play to win the Quidditch match. For Christmas, Harry receives his fathers invisibility cloak, and he explores the school, unseen, late at night.
He discovers the Mirror of Erised, which displays the deepest desire of whoever looks in it. Harry looks in it and sees his parents alive. After Christmas, Harry, Ron, and Hermione begin to unravel the mysterious connection between a break-in at Gringotts and the three-headed guard dog.
They learn that the dog is guarding the Sorcerers Stone, which is capable of providing eternal life and unlimited wealth to its owner and belongs to Nicolas Flamel, Dumbledores old partner. A few weeks later, Hagrid wins a dragon egg in a poker game.
Because it is illegal to own dragons, Harry, Ron, and Hermione contact Rons older brother, who studies dragons. They arrange to get rid of the dragon but get caught. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are severely punished, and Gryffindor is docked points. Furthermore, part of their punishment is to go into the enchanted forest with Hagrid to find out who has been killing unicorns recently.
In the forest, Harry comes upon a hooded man drinking unicorn blood.
The man tries to attack Harry, but Harry is rescued by a friendly centaur who tells him that his assailant was Voldemort. Harry also learns that it is Voldemort who has been trying to steal the Sorcerers Stone.
Harry decides that he must find the stone before Voldemort does. He, Ron, and Hermione sneak off that night to the forbidden third-floor corridor. They get past the guard dog and perform many impressive feats as they get closer and closer to the stone. Harry ultimately finds himself face to face with Quirrell, who announces that Harry must die.
Knowing that Harry desires to find the stone, Quirrell puts Harry in front of the Mirror of Erised and makes him state what he sees. Harry sees himself with the stone in his pocket, and at that same moment he actually feels it in his pocket. But he tells Quirrell that he sees something else.
A voice tells Quirrell that the boy is lying and requests to speak to Harry face to face. Quirrell removes his turban and reveals Voldemorts face on the back of his head. Voldemort, who is inhabiting Quirrells body, instructs Quirrell to kill Harry, but Quirrell is burned by contact with the boy. A struggle ensues and Harry passes out. When Harry regains consciousness, he is in the hospital with Dumbledore. Dumbledore explains that he saved Harry from Quirrell just in time.
He adds that he and Flamel have decided to destroy the stone. Harry heads down to the end-of-year banquet, where Slytherin is celebrating its seventh consecutive win of the house championship cup. Dumbledore gets up and awards many last-minute points to Gryffindor for the feats of Harry and his friends, winning the house cup for Gryffindor. Harry returns to London to spend the summer with the Dursleys.
Character List Harry Potter - The protagonist of the story, who is gradually transformed from timid weakling to powerful hero by the end. Marked on the forehead with a lightning-shaped scar, Harry is marked also by the confrontation between good and bad magic that caused that scar: the standoff between the evil Voldemort and his parents who died to save their son. The story eventually becomes a tale of Harrys vengeance for their wrongful deaths. As he matures, he shows himself to be caring and shrewd, a loyal friend, and an excellent Quidditch player.
Hermione eventually becomes friendly with Harry after she learns to value friendship over perfectionism and obedience.
She comes from a purely Muggle family, and her character illustrates the social-adjustment problems often faced by new students at Hogwarts. Ron Weasley - A shy, modest boy who comes from an impoverished wizard family. Ron is Harrys first friend at Hogwarts, and they become close. He lacks Harrys gusto and charisma, but his loyalty and help are useful to Harry throughout their adventures.
Rons mediocrity despite his wizard background reminds us that success at Hogwarts is based solely on talent and hard work, not on family connections. Rons willingness to be beaten up by the monstrous chess queen shows how selfless and generous he is. Hagrid - An oafish giant who works as a groundskeeper at Hogwarts. Rubeus Hagrid is a well-meaning creature with more kindness than brains.
He cares deeply for Harry, as evidenced by the tears he sheds upon having to leave the infant Harry with the Dursleys.
His fondness for animals is endearing, even if it gets him into trouble as when he tries raising a dragon at home. Hagrid symbolizes the importance of generosity and human warmth in a world menaced by conniving villains. Albus Dumbledore - The kind, wise head of Hogwarts.
Though he is a famous wizard, Dumbledore is as humble and adorable as his name suggests. While other school officials, such as Professor McGonagall, are obsessed with the rules, Dumbledore respects them as his warnings against entering the Forbidden Forest remind us but does not exaggerate their importance.
He appears to have an almost superhuman level of wisdom, knowledge, and personal understanding, and it seems that he may have set up the whole quest for the Sorcerers Stone so that Harry could prove himself. Voldemort - A great wizard gone bad. When he killed Harrys parents, Voldemort gave Harry a lightning-shaped scar.
Voldemort has thus shaped Harrys life so that Harrys ultimate destruction of him appears as a kind of vengeance. Voldemort, whose name in French means either flight of death or theft of death, is associated both with high-flying magic and with deceit throughout the story.
He is determined to escape death by finding the Sorcerers Stone. Voldemorts weak point is that he cannot understand love, and thus cannot touch Harrys body, which still bears the traces of Harrys mothers love for her son. Malfoy, whose name translates roughly to dragon of bad faith, is a rich snob from a long line of wizards who feels entitled to the Hogwarts experience.
He makes fun of the poorer Ron Weasley and advises Harry to choose his friends more carefully. As the story progresses, Malfoy becomes more and more inimical to Harry and his friends, and there is a hint that he may grow up to become another Voldemort. Neville Longbottom - A timid Hogwarts classmate of Harrys. Neville is friendly and loyal, but like Ron, he lacks Harrys charisma. Like Hermione, he is initially too obedient, and when the time comes to go after the Sorcerers Stone, he fears punishment and threatens to report his friends to the teachers.
Minerva McGonagall is fair but extremely stern and severe in her punishments. Her devotion to the letter of the law is impressive but a bit cold, and we constantly feel that she could never become a warm and wise figure like Dumbledore. Rowling named her after a notoriously bad nineteenth-century Scottish poet named William McGonagall who was nevertheless highly confident of his own talents.
Professor Snape - A professor of Potions at Hogwarts. Severus Snape dislikes Harry and appears to be an evil man for most of the story. His name associates him not only with unfair snap judgments of others but also with his violent intentions to snap the bones of his enemies. Snapes grudge against Harry, which is nevertheless far from a murderous ill will, helps us remember the difference between forgivable vices and unforgivable evil intentions.
Professor Quirrell - A stuttering and seemingly harmless man, and a professor of Defense against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts. Quirrell appears as nervous and squirrelly as his name suggests for most of the story.
It is he, for example, who nearly faints when announcing the news that a troll is loose in the school. It turns out later, however, that Quirrell has faked his withdrawing meekness and is actually a cold-blooded conniver.
Vernon Dursley - Harrys rich uncle, with whom Harry lives for ten miserable years. Dursley symbolizes the Muggle world at its most silly and mediocre. It is through Mr. Dursleys jaded Muggle eyes that we first glimpse wizards, and his closed-mindedness toward the colorful cloaks and literate cats that he meets emphasizes how different the human and wizard worlds are.
Petunia Dursley - Mr. Dursleys wife. Petunia is an overly doting mother to her spoiled son, Dudley, and a prison-keeper to Harry. She is haughty and excessively concerned with what the neighbors think of her family. She is somewhat humanized for us when we discover that she was always jealous of the magical gifts of her sister, Lily, Harrys witch mother.
Perhaps her malevolence toward Harry springs from an earlier resentment of her sister. Dudley Dursley - Harrys cousin, a spoiled, fat bully. Annoying and loud, Dudley manipulates parental love to get what he wantshis outrageous desires for multiple television sets foreshadow the important scenes involving the Mirror of Erised and the wrongful desire for eternal life that motivates Voldemort.
Dudleys tormenting of Harry foreshadows Malfoys later bullying tendencies at Hogwarts, though he is less gifted than Malfoy. Professor Snapes apparent hex on Harry during the Quidditch game brings the simmering tension between good and evil out into the open, shifting Harrys concern from winning the game to surviving.
He missed Hogwarts so much it was like having a constant stomachache. He missed the castle, with its secret passageways and ghosts, his classes though perhaps not Snape, the Potions master , the mail arriving by owl, eating banquets in the Great Hall, sleeping in his four-poster bed in the tower dormitory, visiting the gamekeeper, Hagrid, in his cabin next to the Forbidden Forest in the grounds, and, especially, Quidditch, the most popular sport in the wizarding world six tall goal posts, four flying balls, and fourteen players on broomsticks.
What was it to the Dursleys if Harry went back to school without any of his homework done? The Dursleys were what wizards called Muggles not a drop of magical blood in their veins , and as far as they were concerned, having a wizard in the family was a matter of deepest shame.
Harry looked nothing like the rest of the family. Uncle Vernon was large and neckless, with an enormous black mustache; Aunt Petunia was horse-faced and bony; Dudley was blond, pink, and porky. Harry, on the other hand, was small and skinny, with brilliant green eyes and jet-black hair that was always untidy. He wore round glasses, and on his forehead was a thin, lightning-shaped scar.
It was this scar that made Harry so particularly unusual, even for a wizard. At the age of one year old, Harry had somehow survived a curse from the greatest Dark sorcerer of all time, Lord Voldemort, whose name most witches and wizards still feared to speak.
And then, exactly a year ago, Hogwarts had written to Harry, and the whole story had come out. Harry had taken up his place at wizard school, where he and his scar were famous.