Author: J.K. Rowling
Publication Date: June 2, 1999
paperback, 341 pages
Summary: Ever since Harry Potter had come home for the summer, the Dursleys had been so mead and hideous that all Harry 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 who says that if Harry 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 and a spirit who haunts the girls' bathroom. But then the real trouble begins - someone is turning Hogwarts students to stone. 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!
*Although I try hard not to include spoilers in my reviews, because this is the 2nd book in a series it might contain some.
The book picks up near the end of Harry's summer vacation. The Dursley's haven't changed a bit. Although Harry has a few tricks up his sleeve. I enjoyed that part of the book quite a bit. Harry is visited by a house elf named Dobby. Dobby in a vague way is trying to warn Harry not to return to Hogwarts. I felt sorry for Dobby even though he annoyed me a little bit. He seemed very sincere and loyal. However, Dobby's warning does not stop Harry from returning to Hogwarts. He is rescued by Ron, Fred and George in a most particular manner. Harry gets to spend some time with the Weasleys. I was so glad that he did. I don't know if I've said this before but I want to be adopted by the Weasleys. I love them all especially Mrs. Weasley. I loved that J.K. Rowling let us spend more time with these characters. Harry, Ron and Hermine return to Hogwarts and all sorts of trouble starts. I love that not only is the story compelling and mysterious but also that Rowling delves deeper into Harry's character. She exposes us to his self doubts and fears. She makes Harry easy to understand and relate to. The author also introduces us to a very ostentatious character, Professor Lockhart. The movie was good but it didn't do Lockhart justice. If you haven't read Harry Potter you should just to get the full Lockhart experience. Rowling definitely gives us unforgettable characters. Over all I really liked this book. Even though it had spiders in it, it was still a very enjoyable read.
Favorite quote: "Hearing voices no one else can hear isn't a good sign, even in the wizarding world."
I'm reading this book as part of the Harry Potter Reading Challenge
*blurb taken from back cover of book, picture is from Good Reads