Harry, Ron and Hermione return to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for their second year.
Harry Potter can't wait for his holidays with the dire Dursleys to end. But a small, self-punishing house-elf warns Harry of mortal danger awaiting him at Hogwarts.
Returning to the castle nevertheless, Harry hears a rumour about a Chamber of Secrets, holding unknown horrors for wizards of Muggle parentage. Now someone is casting spells that turn people to stone, and a terrible warning is found painted on the wall.
The chief suspect - always in the wrong place - is Harry. But something much more terrifying has yet to be unleashed.
NOTE : Winner of the Children's Book Award 1999.
NOTE : One of the BBC's 100 Novels That Shaped Our World