"Harry Potter" by J. K. Rolling.

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After a long and ostracized summer at the Dursley's and a short stay at Ron Weasly's house, Harry, the main character, returns back as a second year student at Hogwarts, a school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Prior to his return, he is confronted by a house elf named Dobby, who advises him not to go back because of the danger that awaits him. However, Harry believes no part of this and pushes him aside. At his arrival, he finds himself in danger, as mentioned by Dobby. Mysterious things begin to happen, for example the spooky voices only heard by Harry. A message on a wall states, "The Chamber Of Secrets Has Been Opened. Enemies of the heir beware." The heir of Slytherin could only open the chamber. Before long, students who encountered this grotesque monster became petrified and literally stood motionless somewhat like a statue. Harry and his companions, Ron and Hermione, work vigorously to solve this mystery.

Investigations lead to Ginny Weasley and a secret diary she writes in. This diary was none of the ordinary; it belonged to Tom Marvolo Riddle, (which unscrambled was "I Am Lord Voldemort"). Harry had had encounters with Lord Voldemort, and this would be the third. In the book, Voldemort captures Ginny and brings her down the chamber, and lures Harry down also. When Harry arrives, Voldemort is waiting and calls out a basilisk, a big venomous snake. To Harry's pleasure, Fawkes, a phoenix soars into the chamber with the sorting hat. The phoenix fights a long gory battle with the basilisk and comes out victorious. Harry puts on the sorting hat and asks for help, and a sword appears and quickly he sticks the sword though the diary in order to defeat Voldemort. Fawkes brings Harry and Ginny to...