The second book of this much adored series of YA Fantasy starts off with Harry back at the Dursleys for the summer holidays, but this time, feeling even more unloved and unwanted than usual, a surprising visitor appears in his bedroom. It does not take long for Harry to determine why none of his friends have made contact with over the break. The truth is, they have, in record numbers, even, but the said 'surprising visitor' has been collecting all traces of contact from Harry's friends without passing them on. The visitor turns out to be Dobby the House Elf, who has taken it upon himself to prevent Harry's return to Hogwarts. He is of the opinion that a murder attempt will be made on Harry if he does, but either out of ignorance, or protection for Harry, the elf is unable to provide any more information. Interestingly, at this point, the elf disappears from the story... As we all know, friends aren't friends without faith, so out of the blue, just when Harry needs him most, the much welcome face of Ron Weasley appears at Harry's bedroom window with the last opportunity for him to escape to sanity (?) and spend the last few weeks of Summer at Ron's house before returning to Castle Magnificence, also known as Hogwarts School of Witch Craft and Wizardry. Time passes. Jokes are made. Friendships deepen into something more. And off to Hogwarts we go. Well, some of us. The first glimpse of JK Rowling's genius occurs at this point in the story, when Ron comes up with the only way for he and Harry to arrive at Hogwarts after the unthinkable happens. The Malfoys are back, meaner and nastier than ever. Harry and Co are all in their second year now, which means the story has the chance to introduce new characters. Ron's little sister in one of them, and she (naturally) gets put into Gryffindor, too. Snape is back, but he has lost his position as Darks Arts Instructor. A rather annoying narcissist going by the name of Gilderoy Lockhart (where *does* JK get her character names from???) has got the plum role but doubts soon rise to the surface of everyone present at the castle of his competence in this area. Sub plots abound. Jokes are there, too, and of course, fun is to be had by all. Hermoine is still trying to be Hermoine (which is great for her, and great for the reader, since *we* all learn what *she* learns...) and the catalog of spells for the reader continues to grow... The title of the book is compelling enough, even though the reader may not have realised its pivotal connotations. But the continued existence and perpetual threat of He Who Must Not Be Named hanging over the School and everything it stands for, it is bot too gard to imagine how it might all come together. So full marks again for Ms Rowling, the woman who put the wonder back into reading, the fun back into learning, and the magic back into Wizardry. Go GRYFFINDOR!!!!!