Directed by Chris Columbus and based on the second book in J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter series of novels, Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets sees the return of young wizards Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) for their second year at Hogwarts with a new Defense against the Dark Arts, Gilderoy Lockhart (Kenneth Branagh). But it’s not long before the trio find themselves in trouble again, as a mysterious presence begins stalking the corridors of a school of magic and leaving its victims paralyzed. It seems that someone has opened the mysterious Chamber of Secrets, letting loose the monster and all its calamitous powers.
The following post is a review of the film only. You can read my review of the book and my comparison of the film to the book soon.
Whilst this instalment is much darker than its predecessor, I also found it to be much more of a family film at the same time. This isn’t a negative, although I still prefer the first film, but it expands on the fictional universe brilliantly with new teachers, new creatures, and a whole lot more mystery for Harry Potter to unravel.
It’s action-packed and full of high school drama, alongside the bigger things that Harry and his friends also have to deal with, with even more Quidditch, rivalries, dark magic, and a lot of humour.
The leading trio has really grown into their characters already, with Jason Isaacs and Kenneth Branagh making excellent additions to the cast, as well.
Sadly, this was also the last that we got to see of Richard Harris as Dumbeldore before he passed away, but he will always be a huge member of the Harry Potter family that we will miss.
The special effects are great, too, with the scary monsters and critters of the chamber and the haunted woods creating a real sense of fear, and Dobby the elf quickly becoming one of our favourite characters.