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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

  • Action
  • Family
  • 2002
  • Chris Columbus
  • 154 mins
  • PG


Fantasy adventure sequel to The Philosopher's Stone, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. When Harry, Ron and Hermione return to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for a new term, they discover a sinister message written in blood on a wall. Is it a sign that the dark forces of Lord Voldemort have infiltrated the school?

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A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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. There's a mandrake root with an ear-splitting scream and predatory spiders lurking in the Forbidden Forest, while Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) discovers he can speak to snakes - an ability that earns the mistrust of his fellow students and faculty alike. 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.



Harry PotterDaniel Radcliffe
Ron WeasleyRupert Grint
Hermione GrangerEmma Watson
Prof Albus DumbledoreRichard Harris
Prof Minerva McGonagallMaggie Smith
Gilderoy LockhartKenneth Branagh
Rubeus HagridRobbie Coltrane
Prof Severus SnapeAlan Rickman
Mrs Molly WeasleyJulie Walters
Mr Arthur WeasleyMark Williams
Moaning MyrtleShirley Henderson
Lucius MalfoyJason Isaacs
Uncle Vernon DursleyRichard Griffiths
Aunt Petunia DursleyFiona Shaw
Professor SproutMiriam Margolyes
Nearly Headless NickJohn Cleese
Draco MalfoyTom Felton
Professor FlitwickWarwick Davis
Ginny WeasleyBonnie Wright
Mr Argus FilchDavid Bradley (2)
Dobby, the house elfToby Jones
Aragog, the giant spiderJulian Glover
Tom Marvolo Riddle / Lord VoldemortChristian Coulson
Dudley DursleyHarry Melling
Cornelius FudgeRobert Hardy
Madam PomfreyGemma Jones
Madam PinceSally Mortemore
The Sorting HatLeslie Phillips


DirectorChris Columbus


Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
English | Latin
May be edited for violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray

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