Summary from Goodreads:
The Dursleys were so mean and 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 girl’s bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.
But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble beings, 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.
It is Harry Potter people, of course I’m going to continue on with my re-read of the series!
While I still love all of the characters of this series I have to say this book is more about the plot and what you learn about the school, the professors, and the dark creatures in the school. I loved watching Harry try to figure out what was going on at school this year. Obviously something trying to harm people who are not from pure blood families is a huge deal. I feel like the importance of this point alone is a huge thing in this book. Harry would never think that only people from pure blood families could be a wizard or a witch so I love that even at such a young age we see how Harry is growing into a great role model for people of all ages. Plus in this book I really enjoyed learning more about He Who Must Not Be Named! I think it is really interesting to re-read this book for the first time after finishing number seven years ago. It just makes you more aware of what is really going on when Harry destroys the diary and what it really means for the overall path that the story is traveling down from this book all the way to the end of the series.
On a lighter side of the story the characters are still great and I really liked seeing more of Ron’s family in this one. It was nice for Harry to get to experience what it is like to live in a wizarding house where things work very differently then the normal muggle world. I enjoyed watching all three of our main characters grow and change slightly in this book now that they have had to go up against the dark wizard twice now.
Overall, I really did like this book and it has a lot to offer the series and I can’t wait to dive into the third book, even though I have to say the third book was never a favorite of mine.