I felt like this book exactly what I would hope from it. Another year at school and another year of adventures. As these kids learn magic, they learn how to mature and grow as human beings as well. Near the very end of the book, Dumbledore teaches Harry the most valuable lesson of the whole school year. It was well worth reading to get to.
Why do I hate the Malfoy's so much? They take villainy a little too far. Ugh.
The stand-out character was definitely Dumbledore's phoenix! Just sayin'. I love that bird!
Can't wait to watch the film! I've seen it years ago, but want a refresher now. And onto book 3 we go!