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November 2002
© 2002 Ernest Lilley / SFRevu
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(L-r) Ron (RUPERT GRINT), Hedwig and Harry (DANIEL RADCLIFFE) in the flying Ford Anglia.

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UK Debut: 11/3/02
US
Debut
: 11/15/02
Official Site: Harry Potter
(WB)
IMDb site: http://us.imdb.com/Title?0295297 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
(Warner Bros.)
Review by Sharon Archer

Directed by: Chris Columbus Writing credits (WGA): J.K. Rowling (novel) Steven Kloves (screenplay)
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe .... Harry James Potter / Emma Watson (II) .... Hermione Granger / Rupert Grint .... Ron Weasley / Richard Harris .... Albus Dumbledore / Maggie Smith .... Professor Minerva McGonagall / Kenneth Branagh .... Gilderoy Lockhart / Robbie Coltrane .... Hagrid / Alan Rickman .... Professor Severus Snape / Warwick Davis .... Professor Filius Flitwick  / Sean Biggerstaff .... Oliver Wood / Shirley Henderson (I) .... Moaning Myrtle / Miriam Margolyes .... Professor Sprout / Alfred Burke .... Headmaster Armando Dippet / Sally Mortemore .... Madam Irma Pince / David Bradley (IV) .... Groundskeeper Argus Filch

Movie goers of all ages, especially J. K. Rowling’s legions of fans anxiously awaiting the overdue 5th volume of the projected 7 book series, are sure to be delighted with the latest rendition of the Harry Potter saga. The movie version of the second volume in the series, The Chamber of Secrets recently opened to well deserved accolades from fans and critics alike.                 

The Chamber of Secrets unites the intrepid threesome of Harry Potter and his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger embroiling them in another adventure as they begin their second year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  Something evil lurks within the hallowed halls of Hogwarts – threatening the safety of all.  Somewhere is hidden a chamber which holds something deadly that someone has unleashed. Who, What, Where? Why? It falls to Harry, with a little help from his friends, to answer the questions and to save Hogwarts’ from a horrible fate. 

As was done with the first movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, director Chris Columbus faithfully adheres to this book’s somewhat darker, more complex storyline succeeding in effectively integrating the elements of suspense, humor and intrigue that are the earmarks of this appealing series. 

Ably assisted by Production designer Stuart Craig and others he successfully translates the author’s vision to the wide screen.  Once again we are treated to a visually enchanting, emotionally satisfying mix of live action and animation seamlessly blended as computer-aided animation brings the wondrous creations of Rowling’s imagination gloriously and realistically to life, while Columbus’ skillful direction and the movie’s talented cast combine to infuse the characters and the storyline with warmth and reality. 

Peopled with villainous villains, admirable role models and engaging heroes, Harry Potter and The Chambers of Secrets is a movie that entertains on numerous levels. Visually captivating, emotionally rewarding it combines lessons that extol the virtues of loyalty, the power of friendship, the importance of caring, the injustice of judging another’s worthiness based on their origins rather than on their abilities and actions while at the same time entertaining with an intriguing mystery, flashes of humor and a rites of passage tale unfolding in a somewhat unconventional, always interesting setting.  Highly Recommended.
 

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