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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

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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Storyline

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

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15 November 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Harry Potter y la cámara secreta  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,175,918 (Germany), 15 November 2002

Opening Weekend USA:

$88,357,488, 17 November 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$261,988,482

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$878,979,634, 10 November 2011
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

(At around one hour and twenty-two minutes) When Draco Malfoy says "I didn't know you could read" to Harry (looking like Goyle with polyjuice potion) it was actually improvised, because Tom Felton forgot his line. See more »

Goofs

(at around 49 mins) In both the book and the movie, it is stated that Hogwarts was found over a thousand years ago, yet the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets is located in a bathroom. According to supplemental material, the chamber was originally accessed through a trapdoor - a previous descendant of Slytherin arranged for it to be rerouted to the bathroom when plumbing was added to the school. See more »

Quotes

[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

The film begins with some dark clouds, one of them moves aside to reveal the Warner Bros logo which zooms in then turns away out of the picture, some more clouds then move aside to reveal the film title shining a bit in the sunset. See more »

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Darker fantasy than the first Potter film...brisk despite its length...
20 June 2003 | by 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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