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Chamber of Secrets goes up on Pottermore

Pottermore, the online Harry Potter experience, has begun adding depth to its virtual world with the release of chapters from book two in the seven-strong series.

The first chapters of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets are now available to explore. The rest of the book will be released in two further instalments, with the next due within weeks.

Pottermore allows users to work their way through the books sequentially, while engaging in wizard duels and potio-making.

The site opened for all in April this year, having been in closed beta since last year, with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone the first book to go live. It was immediately inundated with demand.

At the time chief executive Charlie Redmayne said the next books would begin coming on stream in the "weeks and months" ahead. "What we've been working on is getting a platform and infrastructure, which can cope with this unique challenge, but that technical team is now going to be all about getting the new content pulled through. It has all been about the platform up to now, but the content comes next."

Pottermore said today: "There’s plenty to discover and enjoy: read more exclusive writing from J K Rowling; view The Burrow for the first time, de-gnome the garden and collect your second-year shopping list, along with more Galleons, for another visit to Diagon Alley."