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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Family, Fantasy  |  15 November 2002 (USA)
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Harry ignores warnings not to return to Hogwarts, only to find the school plagued by a series of mysterious attacks and a strange voice haunting him.



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Forced to spend his summer holidays with his muggle relations, Harry Potter gets a real shock when he gets a surprise visitor: Dobby the house-elf, who warns Harry Potter against returning to Hogwarts, for terrible things are going to happen. Harry decides to ignore Dobby's warning and continues with his pre-arranged schedule. But at Hogwarts, strange and terrible things are indeed happening: Harry is suddenly hearing mysterious voices from inside the walls, muggle-born students are being attacked, and a message scrawled on the wall in blood puts everyone on his/her guard - "The Chamber Of Secrets Has Been Opened. Enemies Of The Heir, Beware" . Written by Soumitra

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The Chamber of Secrets has been opened. Enemies of the heir... beware! See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for scary moments, some creature violence and mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 November 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Harry Potter y la cámara secreta  »

Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£18,871,829 (UK) (15 November 2002)


$261,970,615 (USA) (11 April 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Caio César, a prominent Brazilian voice actor who dubbed Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter and in other films, was also a military cop and passed away aged 27 in 2015, after being shot in his neck at the Complexo do Alemão slums, in Rio de Janeiro. See more »


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[first lines]
[Hedwig wants to be let out of her cage]
Harry: I can't let you out, Hedwig! I'm not allowed to use magic outside of school. Besides, if Uncle Vernon...
Uncle Vernon: [yells] Harry Potter!
Harry: Now you've done it.
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Crazy Credits

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User Reviews

Darker fantasy than the first Potter film...brisk despite its length...
20 June 2003 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Prepare yourself for a darker fantasy this time with some harrowing and scary special effects. Apparently J.K. Rowling has hit upon the fact that kids love to be scared stiff along with being entertained by touches of humor and excitement--although I think her imagination works overtime on scenes like the vomiting fit for Ron, one of the more tasteless sequences.

And apparently the makers of this Potter film have met the challenge of providing spiders and snakes that are hideous enough to have Ron and the audience in a fit of hysterics. It's all here--the main events anyway of the Rowling book--and for extra measure they've given a much needed humorous role to Kenneth Branagh who has great fun with his role as the self-loving Gilderoy Lockhart. The only real drawback is that Maggie Smith has very little to do--but the main chores belong to Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint who continue to charm as the three leads. Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy has a commanding presence and an amusingly wicked final scene involving the computer created Dobby who steals every scene he's in.

Should keep Potter fans happy--and for a movie two-and-a-half hours long it moves along at a brisk pace from one adventure to another with what by now appears to be mechanical skill, thanks to artful direction by Chris Columbus who knows how to keep this sort of thing moving. John Williams' perky score is a distinct help.

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