J.K. Rowling

English novelist

Joanne Kathleen Rowling, better known as J.K. Rowling, is a British novelist. She previously worked as a French teacher, and is now one of the best-known authors in the world thanks to her famous book series about the adventures of Harry Potter.

Now a multi-millionaire, she is also known for her humanitarian activities, particularly in the fight against child abuse. She has written a number of other books linked to the world of Harry Potter, the profits from which have been donated to charity. In addition to the Harry Potter series and related books, she is also the author of the novel The Casual Vacancy (2012) and the Cormoran Strike series, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

A fantasy triumph

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second instalment in the bestselling series chronicling the young wizard’s adventures, and was first published in Great Britain in 1998. It was very well received by readers and critics alike, and won several accolades. The saga ended in 2007, ten years after it began, with the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

The plot centres on Harry Potter’s return to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he is reunited with his best friends Ron and Hermione. However, the students are in for an eventful year – several of their classmates are found Petrified, and it all seems to be connected to the mythical Chamber of Secrets. Will Harry and his friends be able to figure out who is responsible and save Hogwarts from certain disaster?

Summary

Back to school

On Harry’s birthday, he finds a mysterious creature in his bedroom while the Dursleys are entertaining one of his Uncle Vernon’s most important clients downstairs. The creature introduces himself as Dobby, a house-elf whose life is devoted to serving his owners. He has come to warn Harry that his life will be in danger if he returns to Hogwarts. When Harry refuses to consider not returning to school, Dobby tosses a large cake onto the kitchen floor and, as a result, the Dursleys punish Harry by locking him in his room. However, his best friend Ron Weasley and his brothers arrive in a flying car to rescue him and take him to their home, where Harry meets Ron’s parents, Arthur and Molly Weasley, and his younger sister Ginny.

When Harry goes to Diagon Alley to buy his school books, he meets his new Defence Against the Dark Arts professor, Gilderoy Lockhart. He also crosses paths with Draco Malfoy and his father Lucius, who takes a book out of Ginny’s cauldron in the hope of starting an argument with Arthur Weasley. However, he eventually gives the book back to Ginny.