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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Warner Home Video
[Wide Screen]
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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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