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  • Praise for the New York Times Bestseller

    Harry Potter and tHe Sorcerer’S Stone

    “you don’t have to be a wizard or a kid to appreciate the spell cast by Harry Potter.” —USA Today

    “a charming, imaginative, magical confection of a novel.” —Boston Globe

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    were so mean and hideous that summer that all

    Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the

    Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

    But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a

    warning from a strange, impish creature named

    dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to

    Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

    and strike it does. For in Harry’s second year

    at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise,

    including an outrageously stuck-up new profes-

    sor, Gilderoy Lockhart; a spirit named Moaning

    Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom; and the

    unwanted attentions of ron Weasley’s younger

    sister, Ginny.

    But each of these seem minor annoyances

    when the real trouble begins, and someone—or

    something—starts turning Hogwarts students to

    stone. could it be draco Malfoy, a more poison-

    ous rival than ever? could it possibly be Hagrid,

    whose mysterious past is finally told? or could it

    be the one everyone at Hogwarts most sus-

    pects . . . Harry Potter himself!

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    The Dursleysawards and accolades for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

    ★ “a delightful romp. rowling leaves the door wide open

    for a sequel; bedazzled readers will surely clamor for

    one.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

    ★ “Surely the vilest household in children’s literature since

    the family roald dahl created for Matilda. Harry himself

    is the perfect confused and unassuming hero.”

    —School Library Journal, starred review

    ★ “a brilliantly imagined and beautifully written fantasy.”

    —Booklist, starred review

    ♦ Winner of the national Book award (UK)

    ♦ Winner of the Gold Medal Smarties Prize (UK)

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  •   . . 

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

    Year One at Hogwarts

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Year ree at Hogwarts

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    Year Four at Hogwarts

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    Year Five at Hogwarts

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Year Six at Hogwarts

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    Year Seven

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  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


    J. K. Rowling

    illustrations by Mary GrandPré

    Arthur A. Levine Books

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    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / by J. K. Rowling.

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    Summary: When the Chamber of Secrets is opened again at the Hogwarts School

    of Witchcraft and Wizardry, second-year student Harry Potter fi nds himself in danger

    from a dark power that has once more been released on the school.

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    C o n t e n t s


    The Worst Birthday . 


    Dobby’s Warning . 


    The Burrow . 


    At Flourish and Blotts . 


    The Whomping Willow . 


    Gilderoy Lockhart . 


    Mudbloods and Murmurs . 


    The Deathday Party . 

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    c o n t e n t s


    The Writing on the Wall . 


    The Rogue Bludger . 


    The Dueling Club . 


    The Polyjuice Potion . 


    The Very Secret Diary . 


    Cornelius Fudge . 


    Aragog . 


    The Chamber of Secrets . 


    The Heir of Slytherin . 


    Dobby’s Reward . 

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    c h a p t e r o n e

    N ot for the fi rst time, an argument had broken out over

    breakfast at number four, Privet Drive. Mr. Vernon Durs-

    ley had been woken in the early hours of the morning by a loud,

    hooting noise from his nephew Harry’s room.

    “� ird time this week!” he roared across the table. “If you can’t

    control that owl, it’ll have to go!”

    Harry tried, yet again, to explain.

    “She’s bored,” he said. “She’s used to fl ying around outside. If I

    could just let her out at night —”

    “Do I look stupid?” snarled Uncle Vernon, a bit of fried egg

    dangling from his bushy mustache. “I know what’ll happen if that

    owl’s let out.”

    He exchanged dark looks with his wife, Petunia.

    Harry tried to argue back but his words were drowned by a long,

    loud belch from the Dursleys’ son, Dudley.

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    “I want more bacon.”

    “� ere’s more in the frying pan, sweetums,” said Aunt Petunia,

    turning misty eyes on her massive son. “We must build you up

    while we’ve got the chance. . . . I don’t like the sound of that school

    food. . . .”

    “Nonsense, Petunia, I never went hungry when I was at Smelt-

    ings,” said Uncle Vernon heartily. “Dudley gets enough, don’t you,


    Dudley, who was so large his bottom drooped over either side of

    the kitchen chair, g

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