Chamber of Secrets Book Release Date and Information

Original Book Cover artwork by Mary Grand Pre

Similar to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, its sequel became purchable to the public on two different days. First available in the UK on July 2nd 1998, and then the United States June 2nd, 1999.

The story continues the adventures of Harry Potter at Hogwarts: School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. We re-unite with this young friends, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, as well as see Harry make a new companion: the house elf Dobby. After encountering You Know Who during his first year of Hogwarts and barely living to tell the tale, things have do not slow down for the boy wizard.

Rumor has it at Hogwarts during Harry's second year of school, that the Heir of Slytherin has returned. Who it is, no one quite knows. When the golden trio discover a wall coated with the message that the "Chamber of Secrets" has been opened, and students are being "petrified" (physically frozen), these threats leave Hogwarts to investigate the attacks.

Originally published by Bloomsbury in the United Kingdom a year before, Scholastic served once again as the publisher for the United States. Critics around the world honored the book with praise and awards, but many found the story might be too terrifying for young children. The movie adaptation would be released in 2002 earning £600 million in international box office.

Trivia:
  • Author JK Rowling found writing Chamber of Secrets very difficult, fearing it would not live up to the first novel.
  • Nearless Headless Nick is nearly 500 years old. The novel begins in 1992, and his death day party bears Sir Nicholas De Mimsy Porpington died 31 October 1492".
  • Dean Thomas and his family background was once a central figure in this second novel, but it was removed as Neville Longbottom's journey was found to be more important to the plot.
  • Won the British Book Awards for Children's Book of the Year.
  • Several changes were made during reprints of the book; Dumbledore initially said Voldemort was an ancestor instead of descendant of Salazar Slytherin, and Gilderoy Lockhar's Weekends with Werewolves was replaced with Wanderings with Werewolves.

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