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Harry Potter en de geheime kamer / druk 1

Harry Potter en de Geheime Kamer  - Wiebe Buddingh', The Betches, J.K. Rowling AuthorJoanne Rowling was born in July 1965 at Yate General Hospital in England and grew up in Chepstow, Gwent where she went to Wyedean Comprehensive. She studied at Exeter University, where she earned a French and Classics degree, her course including one year in Paris. As a postgraduate she moved to London and worked as a researcher at Amnesty International among other jobs.She started writing the Harry Potter series during a delayed Manchester to London King’s Cross train journey, and during the next five years, outlined the plots for each book and began writing the first novel.She married in October 1992 and gave birth to a daughter in 1993. When the marriage ended, she and Jessica returned to the UK to live in Edinburgh after living in Portugal for a few years.As well as an OBE for services to children’s literature, J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees including the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, France’s Légion d’Honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and she has been a Commencement Speaker at Harvard University USA. She supports a wide number of charitable causes through her charitable trust Volant, and is the founder of Lumos, a charity working to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.J.K. Rowling lives in Edinburgh with her husband and three children.ReviewIt is funny how your memory can trick you. I really had the feeling that the first three Harry Potter books where still within certain excitement boundaries and the real fireworks started at the 4th installment. How wrong was I.This part is way scarier than the first part of Harry Potter. I do not know if it is because of the spiders or the focus on the real scary things that are going to happen or because this book is more focused on the mystery that is going on. There are a lot of things happening in the book that will not be explained and cannot be explained until you get to the end. This makes that ones you speed up and get pulled in you just want to read till you get there. Even for me, knowing how the book would end, it still pulled me and I really had to finish the book and make sure if everything would be fine in the end.It is nice to see that Harry is still very young and the author manages to keep him young too. Often after a first book a character suddenly seems to understand the whole world but Harry is still awed by his new life and all the experiences. I really love that.