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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

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An ancient prophecy seems to be coming true when a mysterious presence begins stalking the corridors of a school of magic and leaving its victims paralyzed.

Director:

Chris Columbus

Writers:

J.K. Rowling (novel), Steve Kloves (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Radcliffe ... Harry Potter
Rupert Grint ... Ron Weasley
Emma Watson ... Hermione Granger
Richard Griffiths ... Uncle Vernon
Fiona Shaw ... Aunt Petunia
Harry Melling ... Dudley Dursley
Toby Jones ... Dobby (voice)
Jim Norton ... Mr Mason
Veronica Clifford Veronica Clifford ... Mrs Mason
James Phelps ... Fred Weasley
Oliver Phelps ... George Weasley
Julie Walters ... Mrs. Weasley
Bonnie Wright ... Ginny Weasley
Mark Williams ... Mr. Weasley
Chris Rankin ... Percy Weasley
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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 or her guard, "The Chamber Of Secrets Has Been Opened. Enemies Of The Heir, Beware" . Written by Soumitra

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Hogwarts is back in session. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Tickets for this movie went on sale in Britain more than a month before it was due to open. 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

Thanks to all the staff at Kings Cross Station, London. See more »

Alternate Versions

German theatrical version was cut (the Willow tree bashes the car three times less, Ron being attacked by a spider in the car, close up of a bone in the dungeons, Harry being pursued by the Basilisk, Harry uses the tooth only once to kill Voldemort, the death of Voldemort, the death of the Basilisk) to secure a "Not under 6" rating. Additionally some dialogue was changed (when Harry hears the Basilisk at the beginning, it says "I will get you" instead of "I will kill you"). This version was released on DVD & VHS in Germany and Austria but not in Switzerland where the uncut version was released (resulting in high exports to the two other countries). The uncut version of the movie was rated "Not under 12" and was shown on TV and released on Blu-ray. See more »

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