Forced to spend his summer holidays with his muggle relations, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) gets a real shock when he gets a surprise visitor: Dobby (Toby Jones) the house-elf, who warns Harry 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
Tom Felton forgot his line when Draco sees Harry disguised as Goyle, so he improvised "I didn't know you could read". See more »
Throughout the film, one of the young actors may have one or more pimples on their face, yet in the following shots which may take place only moments later, the pimples are gone, or visa versa. For example, when Hagrid joins Harry, Hermione and Ron outside when he overhears, "Mad and hairy...," Harry has one on his cheek. Neville tells them to rush to Harry's room. While Harry, whose own pimple has disappeared, searches the mess, the one on Ron's chin is visible, though it wasn't in the shot outside. Scenes are shot out of sequence, hence the erratic complexion continuity problem. See more »
[Hedwig wants to be let out of her cage]
I can't let you out, Hedwig! I'm not allowed to use magic outside of school. Besides, if Uncle Vernon...
Now you've done it.
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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 »
There is an extended cut of the film running approx. 174 minutes (vs. the theatrical's 161 minutes). It edits back in most of the scenes included as deleted scenes on the previous DVD release. This version was also shown on TV (e.g. Disney Channel). The deleted scenes are as such:
a scene where Colin Creevey introduces himself to Harry by taking his picture is extended by Colin explaining his family history.
a scene that shows Lucius Malfoy and son coming to Burgins & Burke to sell magical items of 'questionable' nature, which introduces Lucius to the story (and perhaps more importantly, how he treats his son when _not_ in a crowd) earlier than in the theatrical version
a scene in the library after Justin had been petrified, which has been extended. Instead of Harry just overhearing some whispers, he hears a whole conversation between three students debating whether he is the Heir of Slytherin.
during the Dueling Club scene, Justin Finch-Fletchley introduces himself to Harry and tells him that he's a Muggle-born.
a scene with Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the hospital wing after her Polyjuice Potion incident but before her release thereof.
after the camera pans away from the students applauding Hagrid's return in the Great Hall, the scene which was at the very end of the credits in the theatrical version is shown. In a shot of the front of a wizarding bookstore, a book called "Who Am I?" by Professor Gilderoy Lockhart is on display. The author's picture on the cover is of Lockhart struggling confusedly in a straitjacket, and humming the movie's theme music.
a scene where Crabbe and Goyle, just awakening from the mickeyed muffins, run into Harry and Ron as they're running from the Slytherin dorms. Harry and Ron are halfway through transforming back into themselves, and actually look like two completely unknown students.
If you liked the first one then you're going to love this! There's a darker atmosphere this time around and more characters are introduced including Gilderoy Lockhart (hilariously played by Kenneth Branagh), Draco Malfoy's father, Lucius (a great performance by Jason Isaacs, exactly how I imagined the character from the books!), Ron's father, Arthur, and the mysterious Dobby the house elf (fortunately he isn't anywhere near as annoying as other CG characters in other movies, but I won't name any names... *cough*JarJarBinks*cough*)
The movie sticks closely to the novel, but as in the last movie we miss some of those scenes where we start to learn a little more about the characters, especially the hate-hate relationship between Harry and Professor Snape (who was seriously underused in this movie!)
All in all it's definitely worth checking out, the running time of 160 minutes may seem a little long but it doesn't seem that long when you're watching it. By the way, whatever you do DO NOT leave until the credits have ended, otherwise you'll miss a little extra treat...
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