The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry wanted was to get back to Hogwarts. But just as hes 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 Harrys second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise. But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone-orsomething- starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival that 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?