1: Title of work: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2: Author and publishing date: J. K. Rowling 1999 3: Relevant author biography.
Joanne Kathleen Rowling graduated from Exeter, worked as a teacher and been an unemployed single parent. Divorced and living on public assistance she wrote Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone at a table in a cafÃÂ© during her daughter's naps. When Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was bought and published by Bloomsbury in 1997, her life changed dramatically, the Harry Potter series has since then won numerous awards and become a tremendous success around the world.
4. Characters (major and minor) Rubeus Hagrid: Hagrid is the gamekeeper of Hogwarts and one of Harry's friends. He rescues Harry from the Dursleys, introduces him to the wizards' world, Diagon Alley, and brings him to Hogwarts.
Voldemort: Voltemort is the evil villain in the novel, the murderer of Harry's parents, and the creature who plans to kill Harry.
His name is rarely uttered by wizards and causes fear among all who think of him. He was once a good wizard, however, his ideas and powers went to the dark side.
Ron Weasley: Ron Weasley is the youngest child of the enormous Weasley famliy of boys with red hair and freckles, and one of Harry Potter's friends. His family has little money, but still manage to send Ron to Hogwarts .
Hermione Granger: Hermione Granger is a proud, intelligent, bookish, girl who follows every rule to the tee. Although she initially keeps her nose in the air around everyone and reads too many books and also she is also one of the few wizards who come from a regular muggle ( not of wizard backgrounds) family.
Professor Snape: Professor Snape is the menacing Potions professor at Hogwarts who heads Slytherin and seems to hate Harry Potter. Snape does, in fact, hate Harry, but only because he and James Potter were rivals at Hogwarts a generation earlier.
Albus Dumbledore: Albus Dumbledore is the old, wise, and revered headmaster of Hogwarts and single best wizard currently alive. He is kind and generous, and slightly mad. He watches over Harry Potter from his birth to his revelation to his heroic deeds, and ultimately awards Gryffindor the House Cup at the conclusion of the novel.
Draco Malfoy: Draco Malfoy is the arch nemesis of Harry Potter and a boy with whom Harry must contend throughout the novel. Draco comes from a long line of spoiled wizards, and some who have followed Voltemort in the past. He is constantly teasing and taunting Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Neville, and tricks them into finding trouble often.
Minor Characters Mr. Vernon Dursley: Vernon Dursley is Harry Potter's uncle and a large, stout typical man who works in a Drilling Factory. He despises Harry and does everything possible to ruin his life and keep his heritage from him.
Mrs. Petunia Dursley: Petunia Dursleys is the sister of Lily Potter and an utterly normal wife in England. She, like her husband, dislikes Harry and tries to make his life miserable by making him live in the cupboard under the stairs.
Dudley Dursley: Dudley is the only child of Vernon and Petunia Dursleys. A fat, mean child, Dudley bullies and teases Harry at home and at school.
5. Settings with brief commentary on each Chamber of Secrets - Concealed room created by Salazar Slytherin wherein he sealed an unknown horror that could only be set free by his true heir.(pg 150-end) It effected Harry because that is where he was attacked by Tom riddle and was almost killed.
Dervish & Banges - Wizarding equipment shop in Hogsmeade. Where Harry buys his school supplies.
Eeylops Owl Emporium - Owl shop in Diagon Alley where Hagrid bought Hedwig for Harry.
Forbidden Forest - The grounds at Hogwarts that are generally off limits. Place where Harry goes to find out that Hagrid is innocent of the charges.
Godric's Hollow - A Muggle village where Lily and James Potter lived. It is also the place where Voldemort killed them.
The Great Hall - The main hall in Hogwarts where the Sorting takes place and where meals are served. The ceiling has been bewitched to look like the sky outside.
Gryffindor House - One of the four houses at Hogwarts. It was founded by Godric Gryffindor. The house symbol is a lion. The resident ghost is Sir Nicolas de Mimsy-Popington, also known as Nearly Headless Nick. Professor McGonagal is head of Gryffindor and Professor Dumbledore was in Gryffindor in his youth. Harry, Hermione, and the Weasleys are in Gryffindor House.
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry - The place where most of Harry's adventures take place.
Moaning Myrtle's Bathroom - The entrance to the Chamber of Secrets. - The entrance to the Chamber of Secrets.
6. Plot outline: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets begins when Harry is spending a miserable summer with his only remaining family, the Dursleys. During a dinner party hosted by his uncle and aunt, Harry is visited by Dobby, a house-elf. Dobby warns Harry not to return to Hogwarts, the magical school for wizards that Harry attended the previous year. Harry politely disregards the warning, and Dobby wreaks havoc in the kitchen, infuriating the Dursleys. The Dursleys angrily lock Harry in his room for the rest of the summer. Luckily, Harry's friend Ron Weasley steals Harry away in a flying car, and Harry happily spends the rest of the summer at the Weasley home.
Quidditch practices begin and Draco Malfoy is the new Slytherin seeker. On the field, he calls Hermione a "mudblood," insulting her Muggle heritage. After making fun of Hermione, Draco is the suspect when, on Halloween night, someone petrifies the school caretaker's cat and writes a threatening message. Before the cat is attacked, Harry twice hears an eerie voice. He hears it first during his detention and second during a party, moments before the cat is attacked. Everybody in the school is alarmed. By doing some research, Harry, Ron, and Hermione learn that fifty years ago a chamber at Hogwarts was opened and a student was killed.
Playing for Gryffindor, Harry wins the Quidditch match against Slytherin. During the game, an enchanted ball hits Harry and causes him to lose the bones in his arm. Dobby, a house elf, has enchanted the ball in an effort to have Harry injured and sent home. That night, Harry sees the body of a first-year who has been petrified arrive at the hospital. Soon after, Lockhart begins a dueling club. During the first meeting, Harry terrifies his fellow students by speaking in Parseltongue to a snake. Harry's ability frightens the others because only the heir of Slytherin, who is responsible for opening the chamber, would have the ability to converse with snakes. Harry comes under further suspicion when he stumbles upon the petrified bodies of Justin Finch-Fletchley and Nearly- Headless Nick.
Determined to catch the culprit, Ron, Harry and Hermione brew a potion called Polyjuice. The potion allows them to assume the bodies of Slytherins and question Malfoy on the Chamber of Secrets. They find out that Malfoy is not the heir of Slytherin. No more attacks happen for a while, and right before Valentine's Day, Harry finds a diary in the broken toilet. The diary belongs to a ghost named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls' restroom. Harry writes in the diary, which responds by writing back. Through this dialogue, Harry meets Tom Riddle, a boy who many years before had accused Hagrid of opening the Chamber of Secrets.
Harry and Ron snick out of the castle to question Hagrid. Before they reach Hagrid, the Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge, and Lucius Malfoy remove Dumbledore and Hagrid from Hogwarts. As Hagrid is led away, he instructs the boys that by following the spiders, they can find out about the Chamber monster. Several nights later, Harry and Ron sneak into the Forbidden Forest to follow the spiders. They discover the monster who killed the girl fifty years before was not a spider, that the girl's body was found in a bathroom, and that Hagrid is innocent. The boys are almost killed by a colony of giant spiders. As they escape, Harry and Ron decide that Moaning Myrtle must have been the girl killed by the monster.
A few days later, Ron and Harry discover a piece of paper with a description of a basilisk (snake) on it in Hermione's frozen hand. They deduce the Chamber monster is a basilisk. Before the boys can act on their knowledge, the teachers announce that Ginny Weasley has been taken into the chamber. Ron, Harry, and Lockhart slide down a secret passage in Myrtle's bathroom to underground tunnels. When Lockhart accidentally curses himself, Ron helps him and Harry leaves them behind. Harry enters the Chamber of Secrets and encounters Ginny's still body and Tom Riddle. Tom turns out to be a younger version of Voldemort, who has been enchanting Ginny through his journal. Harry calls for help from Dumbledore. A phoenix and a magic hat arrive. Tom summons a basilisk, but the phoenix punctures its eyes. The hat produces a sword, which Harry uses to kill the giant snake. Harry sticks a basilisk fang through the diary, destroying Tom. Ginny wakes up.
Harry explains his adventure to Dumbledore. Lucius Malfoy storms into the office with his house-elf, Dobby, and Harry free Dobby by tricking Lucius into giving Dobby a sock. Then all ends well and everyone goes home for the summer.
7: Major themes with commentary on each: "It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."- I think in the quote it is saying that it is time to show who we really are not what we say we are.
"Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery."- In this quote I feel that they are trying to help you get over a difficult time and on with your life.
8 Symbols citing at least two instance in the book: 9; Provide at least five writing techniques or literary device the write employs.
She all ways writes about her life but in a deferent way in her quotes.
10 Titles significance: Harry potter came from a name of a book that someone uses to read to her as a child.
11 Why is this an Ap caliber book? Harry Potter is an AP Caliber book because no only is it very interesting but it makes you think out side the box, and use your imagination. You actually have to think about what is going to happen next or who is the devil behind the evil swindle.
12 I would/ would not recommend this book to a friend because: I would recommend this book to everyone because it is an excellent book and it gets your mind wondering to a whole different level.