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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Harry Potter
... Ron Weasley
... Hermione Granger
... Uncle Vernon
... Aunt Petunia
... Dudley Dursley
... Dobby (voice)
... Mr Mason
Veronica Clifford ... Mrs Mason
... Fred Weasley
... George Weasley
... Mrs. Weasley
... Ginny Weasley
... Mr. Weasley
... 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/her guard - "The Chamber Of Secrets Has Been Opened. Enemies Of The Heir, Beware" . Written by Soumitra

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"Dobby has come to warn you Sir." See more »


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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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Trivia

Christian Coulson landed the role as Tom Riddle, even though he was twenty-three, and exceeded the fifteen to seventeen age group set for auditions. See more »

Goofs

(at around 24 mins) At all times the Locomotive 'Hogwarts Express' is played by a Great Western Railway Hall Class Locomotive. However, when Harry and Ron are in the car and look behind them to see the train bearing down on them the front of the engine is quite different, although the numberplate and nameboard are the same. 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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A wonderful journey into a world where magic is, indeed, real.
17 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

Having three daughters I have a choice when a great book comes out: buy three of them (EXPENSIVE!!), force someone to wait until the other is done before they can read the book (sure, I enjoy breaking up fights!), or read it to them. I chose to read it to them so we could ALL enjoy it...and we did! Naturally, the kids were excited when the movie came out. However, when I saw the first Harry Potter, I was terrified it was going to be "butchered" like most "books to movies" are; but was pleasantly surprised by the relatively "stick to the book" script it displayed. Sure, some things were left out undoubtedly due to time constraints, but overall, it conveyed the story well.

Chamber of Secrets did this even better.

As an avid reader, I am quite hesitant to see my beloved books displayed on screen only to have the directors do them no justice. However, with both Harry Potter movies, the visuals were spectacular, the acting well done, and the characters almost perfectly matched. The set design for Diagon Alley and the Weasley house was fabulous! How wonderful to see these places come to life outside of our imaginations! This stays true for nearly every aspect of Hogwarts...from the greenhouse, to the moving staircases, the dorms and Dumbledore's office.

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson do superb jobs of playing Harry, Ron, and Hermione. The movie undoubtedly draws you in and makes you forget that this isn't real...quite an acheivement!

Of course, not all moviegoers will enjoy this one. It is not for the die-hard action fan, the horror-only fans, or those that dislike a bit of magic, imagination, and fantasy. But for the rest of us, Chamber of Secrets accurately depicts what until now, only our imaginations could see. Children will love this for the wizardry and magic, the struggle between Harry and his foes, the friendships that abound, and the simple fun of it all; while adults will love it for bringing them back to a time when magic was, indeed, real.

All in all, I give this a 5 out of 5...fantastically done. Of course, I would have liked to see a bit more scenes from the book added, but I understand time restrictions. Great film and a definite must see!


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