Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Director: Chris Columbus

Cast: Chris Columbus, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson


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Youthful wizard Harry Potter returns to the screen in this, the second film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's wildly popular series of novels for young people. Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) return for a second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where Headmaster Dumbledore…  See more details below


Youthful wizard Harry Potter returns to the screen in this, the second film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's wildly popular series of novels for young people. Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) return for a second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where Headmaster Dumbledore (Richard Harris), Professor Snape (Alan Rickman), Professor McGonagall (Maggie Smith), and Hagrid the Giant (Robbie Coltrane) are joined by new faculty members Gilderoy Lockhart (Kenneth Branagh), a self-centered expert in Defense against the Dark Arts, and Sprout (Miriam Margolyes), who teaches Herbology. However, it isn't long before Harry and company discover something is amiss at Hogwarts: Students are petrified like statues, threats are written in blood on the walls, and a deadly monster is on the loose. It seems that someone has opened the mysterious Chamber of Secrets, letting loose the monster and all its calamitous powers. As Harry, Ron, and Hermione set out to find the secret chamber and slay the beast, speculation is rife that one of the heirs of Salazar Slytherin, the co-founder of the school, opened the chamber as a warning against the presence of "mudbloods" (magic-users of impure lineage) at the school -- and that the culprit may be fellow student Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton). Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets featured Richard Harris' second and final appearance as Headmaster Dumbledore; he died less than a month before the film was released in the United States.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The hotly anticipated sequel to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone didn't disappoint the millions of fans who eagerly awaited its release. Even more imaginative and elaborate than its predecessor, Chamber of Secrets abounds in magic, mystery, and adventure. Chamber now comes to DVD in a deluxe two-disc edition that teems with special features, and the film itself has been beautifully transferred to the digital medium. As the story begins, young wizard-in-training Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) embarks on his second year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, along with his loyal friends Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson). But something's not quite right: Harry constantly hears a mysterious voice that warns him of impending danger, and while investigating a series of attacks bedeviling Hogwarts he uncovers a sinister, dangerous secret. Kenneth Branagh is a colorful addition to the Hogwarts faculty, and his blustery, egotistical instructor fits right in along with Harry veterans Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, and Alan Rickman. Although they've tried to keep Chamber of Secrets lighthearted with a full quota of humorous episodes, director Chris Columbus and screenwriter Steven Kloves have actually made this sequel a darker, more grimly suspenseful tale. Very young fans should watch the film with their parents, as its vivid depiction of fanciful monsters and perilous combat makes for an occasionally intense viewing experience. Watching the DVD edition could easily be an all-day affair: The film is accompanied by no fewer than 19 deleted or extended scenes, conversations with cast and crew members, interviews of Harry Potter creator J. K. Rowling and screenwriter Steven Kloves, and a wide variety of interactive special features that include self-guided tours of the Chamber of Secrets itself, Dumbledore's office, and Diagon Alley. There are also some 15 animated puzzles, sliders, and screen savers to be accessed. All told, these two discs will provide families with countless hours of entertainment.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is more enjoyable and better made than its predecessor. Paced well and effectively balancing thrills and laughs, Chamber feels much shorter than its intimidating 161 minute running time. The plot is occasionally fuzzy -- reasons are left unclear as to why the bad guys have to go through the complicated plan that they do, but complaining about that is the equivalent of quibbling with a Bond villain. Hogwarts looks more like a real place and less like a movie set this time around. The characters and sets have a familiarity that helps make this film feel more natural than Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. The actors acquit themselves well, although only Kenneth Branagh as the vain, egotistical Gilderoy Lockhart truly shines. Branagh is obviously spoofing himself, and his joy is infectious. Although the film delivers the goods, disappointing neither fans of the books nor admirers of the first film, there is a certain restrictive feeling about the film that is hard to place. That Chris Columbus so closely follows the books seems to be a big reason why the series has succeeded (financially) as much as it has. However, there is an inevitability that disappoints ever so slightly. One has difficulty sensing much individuality in the film. Chamber of Secrets feels like a mission accomplished more than an inspired piece of storytelling, but it is a worthy mission and it is accomplished with skill.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

Brimming with invention and new ideas, and its Hogwarts School seems to expand and deepen before our very eyes into a world large enough to conceal unguessable secrets -- What a glorious movie.
Variety - Todd McCarthy
Darker and more dramatic, this account of Harry's troubled second year at Hogwarts may be a bit overlong and unmodulated in pacing, but it possesses a confidence and intermittent flair that begin to give it a life of its own apart of the literary franchise, something the initial picture never achieved.

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Special Features

Both the theatrical version and the extended version with 13 minutes of footage into shown in theatres; On the theatrical version: In-Movie Experience; Picture-in-picture; Storyboard comparisons; Stills galleries; BD-Live

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter
Rupert Grint Ron Weasley
Emma Watson Hermione Granger
Kenneth Branagh Gilderoy Lockhart
Robbie Coltrane Hagrid
Richard Harris Albus Dumbledore
Sean Biggerstaff Oliver Wood
David Bradley Argus Filch
Alfred Burke Armando Dippet
John Cleese Nearly Headless Nick
Christian Coulson Tom Riddle
Warwick Davis Professor Flitwick
Tom Felton Draco Malfoy
Richard Griffiths Vernon Dursley
Robert Hardy Cornelius Fudge
Shirley Henderson Moaning Myrtle
Jason Isaacs Lucius Malfoy
Gemma Jones Madam Pomfrey
Matthew Lewis Neville Longbottom
Miriam Margolyes Professor Sprout
Rik Mayall Peeves the Poltergeist
Kathrin Nicholson Pansy Parkinson
Chris Rankin Percy Weasley
Alan Rickman Severus Snape
Fiona Shaw Petunia Dursley
Maggie Smith Minerva McGonagall
Julie Walters Mrs. Weasley
Mark Williams Mr. Weasley
Bonnie Wright Ginny Weasley
Julian Glover Aragog the Spider
Toby Jones Dobby the House Elf

Technical Credits
Chris Columbus Director,Executive Producer
J. Rowling Source Author
Andrew Ackland-Snow Art Director
Mark Bartholomew Art Director
Peter Francis Art Director
John King Art Director
Steve Lawrence Art Director
Lucinda Thompson Art Director
Paula DuPre Pesman Associate Producer
Chris Carreras Asst. Director
Karen Lindsay-Stewart Casting
Roger Pratt Cinematographer
Tanya Seghatchian Co-producer
Lindy Hemming Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Honess Editor
Michael Barnathan Executive Producer
David Barron Executive Producer
Mark A. Radcliffe Executive Producer
Nick Dudman Makeup Special Effects
David Heyman Producer
Stuart Craig Production Designer
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Steve Kloves Screenwriter
Patricia Johnson Set Decoration/Design
Stephenie McMillan Set Decoration/Design
John Midgley Sound/Sound Designer
David Randall Thom Sound/Sound Designer
Cinesite Special Effects
Moving Picture Company Special Effects
Mill Film Special Effects
Framestore Special Effects
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
John Richardson Special Effects Supervisor

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 220 reviews.
BookLoverInNeLA More than 1 year ago
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson shine in this second installment of the Harry Potter series. When Ron doesn't hear from Harry all summer, he and his twin brothers, Fred and George, fly to Surrey to rescue Harry from his barred-up bedroom. Harry is delighted to be with Ron and his family for the rest of the summer. Harry can't wait until school resumes. But someone doesn't want Harry back at Hogwarts this year. He and Ron miss the train to school and end up flying Mr. Weasley's enchanted car to Hogwarts. Trouble abounds for Ron, Harry, and Hermione, as a monster is loose in Hogwarts. Plenty of extras are included in this package: the regular theatrical release, an extended movie version and two extra DVDs are full of information on characters and creatures. The book is better as the movie left a lot of essential character development. However, I did enjoy the movie and I recommend this DVD package for anyone's personal library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
CoS is so far the best HP movie. It's plot is more intricate and dark. The characters get to develop more and it's really fun. I recomend it for everybody not only kids...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Recently releashed fantasy movies prove one great thing:that they are classics in the making.The ''Harry Potter'' movies are a good example.It's both ''The Wizard of Oz'' and ''Star Wars'' because of its many simalarites. Like Dorothy and Luke,Harry is an orphan living with his aunt and uncle who longs to escape the only life he knows.And just like them,he gets his wish and is whisked away to another world,having one adventure after another.One way that it's like ''Star Wars'' is the Yoda-like house-elf,Dobby.At one part Harry goes back in time and it's in black-and -white.It reminded of the colorless and the colorful worlds in ''The Wizard of Oz''.I highly recommend both movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Night 2 of my 4 night Harry Potter week! Each time I view these movies, I kick myself that I have not read the books... One of these days... The basic plot is that Harry Potter enters Hogwart's for his 2nd year, even though he is warned not to come back! The adventures start even before he gets to Hogwart's, and continues on as he and his friends try to find the "Chamber of Secrets". The movie is a bit darker than the 1st with scary spiders, students being petrified, and one large basilisk slithering around. It is interesting to see the character growth of the actor's, plus their own growth in real time. Harry and Ron a looking a bit older than their "12 years"... Malfoy is back, and even better is the introduction of his father, Lucius Malfoy, played by Jason Isaacs. One of my favorite "bad-guy" actors. Ever seen "The Patriot"! Kenneth Branagh is also new as Professor Lockhart, a pompous, self-obsessed new wizard. A different take for the usual serious dramatic actor. And Alan Rickman and Robbie Coltrane are once again great, but I wish they had more screen time. And it is very sad to see that Richard Harris will no longer be with us as Dumbledore. Such a loss of a great actor! Now rating the 2 disc widescreen DVD: Disc 1 has the movie, plus 2 trailers " one current and one for Year One". There is also the cast/crew lineup, which once again, I wish they would go a bit more in depth. Disc 2 is great! There are 19 additional scenes. Some good like extended scenes of the "horror" shop, a scene with Lockhart, and talking about the "heir" in study hall. Some were very...huh? "Behind the Hogwarts" has an interview with JK Rowling and screenwriter Steven Kloves. Very good! Also, there is "Dumbledore's Office" which has the making of Dumbledore's office and the greenhouse scene, and a tour of the office. The making of the office was a great docu with alot of wow moments on how they put everything together. There is also various interviews with the cast. Some good and some bad. I wish Isaac's, Rickman's and Coltrane's were longer, as they are genuine funny people. Overall, another great Harry Potter movie in the series, and a great DVD! Highly worth buying and adding to the home collection!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about Harry Potter, a boy who lives with his aunt, uncle, and their son Dudley at number four Privet Drive. There is something special about Harry. He is a Wizard. His aunt and uncle aren't wizards and don't like to talk about magic. His aunt and uncle also never speak about his parents, who were killed by the dark lord Voldemort. I really like this book, it was interesting and I think kids 8+ years old will enjoy it.
The_smart_warriors_reader More than 1 year ago
I love these movies so much it's crazy. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson play the characters SO WELL. This one is even better than the first! I loved the plot, I loved everything! Even if you have not read the book, you have to watch the movies. They're fantastic! Even adults can love them! You're missing alot if you don't watch this movie. This movie is just a tad more violent then the first, just so people know.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As great as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was, the Chamber of Secret's is definitely the better of the two. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson have come a long way, and their acting has certaintly improved. The special effects are amazing, and they alone are worth purchasing the DVD or video. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban should be even better!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this wonderful world of Wizards,Witches, Goblins,Monsters,and other strage beings you'll find it is a rather good film. It is very good for everyone of all ages and you'll find you will enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, I'm referring to the successful creators of this wondeful franchise - Harry Potter. This movie is definitely to be loved. I'm quite attracted to the amazing effects that established a harmonious plot within the book and the movie. Truly this second installment of J.K.'s wizarding magical story gave every Potterphile the sense of appreciating Harry's world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this one it seems its a bit more better than the first since the first introduced pratically everyone. An okay mystery of why some people got turned to stone and blaming Harry Potter since he's been acting funny and showing up at the wrong place at the wrong time. Entertaining alright.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the first two harry potters but the third one was nothing like the book well i cant say that but it didnt leave alot out. and did u hear there getting all new actors so the Draco malfoy that ilove will be replaced :( i know there getting to old to play the parts but i have to speak my mind and said that from the sencond movie all the others ones are going to suck even though Draco looked really really hott in the 3ed one :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great movie. I own it on VHS. Only 1 problem: this is the last time we will ever see Richard Harris on screen as Professor Dumbledore, as he died right before the movie was released in theatres.(So saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad!) Anyways, it rocked!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the movie was really stoically based on the book but that was good. they included any info that needed to be followed into the 3rd movie (which came out BADDDD). but this one was neat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Harry Potter movie was probably my favorite out of them all. Mostly because it stayed with the plot. The only thing I wish it had shown was the part when Tom Riddle imitates Ginny's diary. Again it was in my opinion the best movie but it could have been better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i like the part where harry battles the monster in the chamber of secrets
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chamber of Secrets was good,but not as good as the first one.
ThyWickedJuggalo More than 1 year ago
harry potter is the best the books are great they are not boring and guess what the books are better than the movies harry potter is the best series of movies and the best series of books including the twilight saga and paolinis series of books and even the new harry potter is even going to be just great
bookhag More than 1 year ago
I love Hedwig! She's so adorable!! 
rocketmanDD More than 1 year ago
it is one of the best books I read I read it alot I just cant quiet reading it i also like the movie hopfuly they come out with a new harry potter
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