When I first read this novel the 2nd movie had just come out and its images were still very clear in my mind, I'm delighted to see an entirely different novel emerging before me now that my mind must form its own images rather than steal them from the film. Though I will admit a few of the 'voices' did carry over and spoke to me while I read.
I liked this adventure (I thought the 'Deathday' party was a touch of genius. I never would have thought of such a scene), though I did feel there was a bit too much 'call-back' (for my taste) to the first novel but, I understand why J.K. did this.
All in all, I felt, after reading this second installment in the series (for the second time), that I had a survived a very successful year at Hogwarts and am ready to return for number three...now, where did I put my wand?