From Goodreads: The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts Schools of 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 Lockhart; a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom; and the unwanted attention 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?
NOTE: June 26, 2011 marks my “Gosh I don’t know how many times I have read this book” annual Re-Read! I will be changing all my ratings of this series to 5 because I have come to the conclusion that if I can re-read them this many times they are worthy of a 5!
What I Loved: The friendships! G. Lockheart (just because he was fabulously stupid) and Snape (which I read every scene he is in with a different perspective than the first time). I loved when Harry got a name to being able to talk to snakes and also got a history lesson on why it was not looked at kindly.
What I Liked: The more description we get of Hogwarts and how the school is run. I could probably say this about this exact same thing about the first 4 books but I really do think it adds a lot to the story. You realize that school is very important and that the lessons are for life!
Why I gave it a 5: This book had one of my favorite silly characters in G. Lockheart. Is he good? No. Is he evil? Not really. Is he fun to read? Absolutely! I must add I thought he was brilliantly acted in the film too 🙂
Who would I recommend it too: Honestly, anyone. This is a magical story for people of all ages.
This is one of my favorite series to read and love my annual re-reading of them. If you are one of the few that have not read the books–you really should whether your young or young at heart!
Author Website: http://www.jkrowling.com/