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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Chris Columbus (2002)

154min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Youngsters who worship the bestselling work of fantasy author JK Rowling will find this sequel to The Philosopher's Stone even more to their taste. The mood is darker and more scary, but adventure tinged with danger has always been attractive to children. Here, predatory spiders lurk in the Forbidden Forest, there's a mandrake root with an ear-splitting scream and Ron (Rupert Grint) even exchanges a kiss with Hermione (Emma Watson). Director Chris Columbus (again working from a screenplay by Steve Kloves) has allowed some mechanical repetition to creep in, but overall this manages to be ingenious as well as faithful to its source. Of the adult performers, Kenneth Branagh stands out as the egotistical new teacher Gilderoy Lockhart, managing to upstage even the special effects, but, sadly, the character of Dumbledore (Richard Harris) is mostly lost within the convolutions of the plot.

Summary

The young wizard and his friends return for their second term at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to discover a strange serpentine power is petrifying the other students. Meanwhile, Harry is haunted by a sinister voice in his head urging him to uncover the dark force that is stalking the corridors of the school. Fantasy adventure sequel, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Kenneth Branagh.

Cast & Crew

Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe
Ron Weasley Rupert Grint
Hermione Granger Emma Watson
Prof Albus Dumbledore Richard Harris
Prof Minerva McGonagall Maggie Smith
Gilderoy Lockhart Kenneth Branagh
Rubeus Hagrid Robbie Coltrane
Prof Severus Snape Alan Rickman
Mrs Molly Weasley Julie Walters
Mr Arthur Weasley Mark Williams
Moaning Myrtle Shirley Henderson
Lucius Malfoy Jason Isaacs
Uncle Vernon Dursley Richard Griffiths
Aunt Petunia Dursley Fiona Shaw
Professor Sprout Miriam Margolyes
Nearly Headless Nick John Cleese
Draco Malfoy Tom Felton
Professor Flitwick Warwick Davis
Ginny Weasley Bonnie Wright
Mr Argus Filch David Bradley (2)
Dobby, the house elf Toby Jones
Aragog, the giant spider Julian Glover
Tom Marvolo Riddle / Lord Voldemort Christian Coulson
Dudley Dursley Harry Melling
Cornelius Fudge Robert Hardy
Madam Pomfrey Gemma Jones
Madam Pince Sally Mortemore
The Sorting Hat Leslie Phillips
Director Chris Columbus
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Other Information

Language: English Colour and sepia Theatrical distributor: Warner Bros Guidance: May be edited for violence. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 15 Nov 2002

Childrens Drama

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