Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: J.K. Rowling
Illustrator: Mary Grandpre
ROWLING, J.K. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. [NY]: Scholastic, . 8vo, 342pp. Green half-cloth stamped in silver with blue textured boards. Red endpapers; b&w illustrated chapter headings. A fine copy in publisher's original full-color pictorial dust jacket (not price-clipped). Signed by the author, J.K. Rowling.
First US Edition. The Dursleys were so mean that hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for 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 professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, 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 poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects...Harry Potter himself?