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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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Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 12 wins & 43 nominations. See more awards »

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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/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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

UK | USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Harry Potter y la cámara secreta 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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Fiona Shaw, who portrays a woman despising the supernatural and witchcraft, in this film, ironically portrays a powerful witch in True Blood (2008). See more »

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(at around 2h 15 mins) When Harry starts destroying Tom Riddle by drilling his diary with the Basilisk's tooth, Riddle is visible acting with two empty hands. In the next two shots featuring him, he is obviously holding Harry's wand in his right hand. Afterwards, his hands are empty again, when in the final shot, where Tom disappears completely, the wand is lying on the floor beside Dumbledore's hat. See more »

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[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...
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Back to school, Mr. Potter: a superior second installment
20 November 2005 | by Max_cinefilo89See all my reviews

Having done a good job with the first Harry Potter flick, one shouldn't be surprised Chris Columbus was asked to direct the sequel as well. And the second film actually improves on its predecessor, getting a little edgier and less children-friendly (two factors that raise exponentially with each new installment), even though it does repeat an old mistake in certain places.

So, what about the plot? Well, it's Harry's (Daniel Radcliffe) second year at Hogwarts, and everything should be fine, given he defeated Voldemort in the previous film and there are no other threats lurking in the magical world. Or are there? A mysterious house elf named Dobby seems to think so, as he repeatedly tries to prevent Harry from returning to school and keeps asking him to leave when students start being attacked by a supernatural, unknown foe. All this seems to be connected to the Chamber of Secrets, but that isn't of much help, especially considering the new Defense against the Dark Arts teacher, famous writer Gilderoy Lockhart (Kenneth Branagh), is a complete idiot.

Darker and faster, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets repeats the Philosopher's Stone's mistake of being slightly too faithful to the literary source, but Columbus manages to compensate this flaw with better visuals, some really creepy set-ups and improved acting from the younger cast members (Emma Watson in particular). He has also made interesting choices when it comes to the new faces in the adult group: Branagh is very, very funny as the ego-fueled Lockhart (a role originally intended for Hugh Grant), but the most interesting addition is Jason Isaacs (whom I can't wait to see again in the fourth film) as Lucius Malfoy, an intriguingly sinister wizard who is as racist and arrogant as his son, Harry's arch-nemesis Draco. As for Dobby, a CG creature voiced by Toby Jones, he is interesting at first but rapidly becomes annoying, his masochistic antics being repetitive and a little dull.

Finally, a special mention for Chamber's best element: Richard Harris, who sadly passed away a few weeks before the movie's premiere. He was, and is, incredibly good as headmaster Dumbledore and despite a worthy replacement (Michael Gambon), in the purists' hearts he will always be the one and only greatest wizard of all time.

Verdict: good, but they could have done better. Thankfully, they did with number three...


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