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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

The second Harry Potter film released in 2002.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

  • Dec 19, 2010
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This has always been my second favourite of the HP movies (first one being Order of the Phoenix) and it is still my favourite book, even after the release of the 7th. Naturally, with a book as good as this, they might try a little harder to make it's film adaptation (a sequel to an already popular film) as good as possible. Luckily, they did, and we have this great film to show for it.

The first thing I really loved about the movie was that it has Dobby. Dobby, like Gollum, can simultaneously be the cutest and ugliest creature in the world, and they captured the essence of Dobby in the books perfectly. By essence, I mean they captured the innocence and sympathy of the character without leaving anything huge out. I can't wait to see Dobby in the Deathly Hallows movie, even though he (spoilers) tragically dies (end of spoilers for review).

What I always liked about the book was that its storyline seemed darker than the other books. I know the Deathly Hallows storyline is much more serious than the rest, but this movie is in the old wave of Potter, Deathly Hallows is in the new wave, and I consider them two separate entities. The Chamber of Secrets has a very dark storyline, and is by far the gloomiest film in the old wave.

It centers around, you guessed it, the Chamber of Secrets. The Chamber is a secret area under Hogwarts which can only be opened by the heir of slytherin. There also happens to be a beast in there that can only be controlled by the heir and the heir can sic on all the mudbloods in Hogwarts. This does start to happen and teachers suspect the worst. It also centres around Harry, Ron, and Hermione (played once again by Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson) and their year of learning shenanigans while also trying to figure out this whole chamber thing.

This installment introduces a whole slew of new characters, while still keeping the old ones intact. Some of these new characters include Mr. and Mrs. Weasley (played by Mark Williams and Julie Walters), Lucius Malfoy (played wonderfully by Jason Isaacs), and most importantly, Ginny (played by Bonnie Wright), the youngest Weasley, who also happens to be a major plot point having to do with the chamber. I love Bonnie Wright's performance as this character, and like all the others, she definitely gets better and more interesting with age.

The visual style is kept intact, and it's just as good, if not better, than the first. There's much more use of magic, not to mention a giant CGI snake. It also looks and feels much darker thanks to the clever use of shadows and music. I'd have to say the best moment in the movie besides the end was where Harry enters Tom Riddle's diary and finds out what he needs to to solve the mystery. Another thing, I'm not sure if they used a human model for Dobby (like Gollum), but whether they did or not, Dobby looked incredibly realistic.

All in all, the second year has much more story and action than the first, and it definitely explores Hogwarts and Harry in their darkest hours (of the old wave, the new wave gets much darker). Great visuals, wonderful performances from both old and new actors, a very dark storyline, and a wonderful climax make for this awesome movie. Needless to say, it rightfully earns its spot as my second favourite Harry Potter film and my favourite of the books

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December 19, 2010
Liked this one as well, still not sure the order I would put them in.
 
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I just watched this movie again on the TV. It was better than I had remembered! Courage, wit and quite a bit of surprises... that's what are so great about Harry Potter movies. Love it! Dobby appeared in this one quite a bit. It's been some 8 years and I've almost forgotten about all the previous Harry Potter movies. However, it's truly nice to watch it again! Harry Potter is a lot more fun to watch when he was young ;-)
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This second installment in the Harry Potter series has some fun moments. I love the character of Gilderoy Lockhart. He's well played and adds humor to the movie. Hagrid's character also gets some more development.     I'm not as crazy about the plot. It's a bit too convoluted, and much of it is never really explained well (even after watching "Half-Blood Prince," I still don't understand how Voldemort could have controlled Ginny Weasley or lived through a book). Dobby was really …
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