Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (2002)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

USA/United Kingdom/Germany, 2002.  Warner Bros., Heyday Films, 1492 Pictures, MIRACLE Productions GmbH & Co. KG.  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by . Online Film Critics Awards 2002.   Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2002.  

It’s Year Two for your favourite little wizard, and the new term isn’t bring anything but trouble.  Initially warned against returning to the Hogwarts school of magic by a precocious little elf-servant, Harry () eventually makes it to the magical campus only to discover that he and his fellow students are all in grave danger. Something called the “Chamber of Secrets” has been opened, and students left and right are being paralyzed by whatever has been unleashed from its cryptic compartments. Naturally, our hero and his two best friends Ron () and Hermione () team up to unravel the mystery and save the day. Supporting cast members Maggie Smith,  and Richard Harris (in his final film role) return in this superior sequel, plus there are some very welcome additions including Kenneth Branagh as celebrated wizard Gilderoy Lockhart,  as Professor Sprout and as Moaning Myrtle. The special effects are as awe-inspiring as before, and though it runs a considerable near three hours, the delightful situations will keep your attention and the time will fly by quicker than the flick of a wand.

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