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Though perhaps more enchanting for younger audiences, Chamber of Secrets is nevertheless both darker and livelier than its predecessor, expanding and improving upon the first film's universe. Read critic reviews

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The follow-up to "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" finds young wizard Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends, Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), facing new challenges during their second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as they try to discover a dark force that is terrorizing the school.

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Rupert Grint
Ron Weasley
Emma Watson
Hermione Granger
Kenneth Branagh
Gilderoy Lockhart
John Cleese
Nearly Headless Nick
Robbie Coltrane
Rubeus Hagrid
Warwick Davis
Professor Flitwick
Richard Griffiths
Vernon Dursley
Richard Harris
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Jason Isaacs
Lucious Malfoy
Chris Columbus
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Mark Radcliffe
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Michael Barnathan
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David Barron
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Steve Kloves
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J.K. Rowling
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John Williams
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Roger Pratt
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Critic Reviews for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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  • Oct 31, 2016
    I love Chamber of Secrets. To me, it's the last Potter film to make me feel nostalgic towards the series. Don't get me wrong, I love all 8 films, but there's something about the campy and all around goofiness to Chamber of Secrets that makes it all the more endearing. Even though it was filmed merely months after the first film was released; Harry, Ron, and Hermione feel like they have grown so much since their first outing at Hogwarts. I guess that's the feeling you get when you watch the films within days of each other. With that said, we are jumped right back into the fold as Harry is back with his muggle family in England when a house elf, named Dobby, appears and warns him to never return back to Hogwarts. Being that it's the confident and curious Harry Potter we're talking about, of course he makes his way back to the school within a few scenes. Much like the first film, we have plenty of entertaining side missions for the trio to go on which included; a flying car, taking a potion to disguise themselves as Slytherin, following spiders into the dark forest, and of course some Quidditch. All of this makes for a brisk 2 hours and 40 minutes of wizard fun. But the film isn't short on its eerie reveals, adventurous thrills, and dark storytelling. Chamber of Secrets brilliantly balances all of that though. Seeing Harry venture into the secrets of Tom Riddle's diary is some terrifying stuff to see as a kid, as is seeing various victims picked off in Hogwarts due to the Chamber being open. And to me, it holds up to this day. There's definitely a more childish tone to it all, but these are 12-year-olds after all. This film was also a test for Harry, and particularly Daniel Radcliffe, to show if he can truly carry a film or not. Hermione is sidelined for the last 40 minutes or so and Ron is just about scared of anything they come across. If there was ever a question to that proposal, Chamber of Secrets definitely put that to rest. The first film is great, but this was Harry and Radcliffe coming into their own as character and actor respectively. From here on out it's a much darker and relentlessly thrilling take on the character, so I'll always be partial to the lighter tone Chamber of Secrets presented. +Balances goofy and gripping scenes well +Chamber fight +Unsettling reveals +Plenty of entertaining missions for the trio 9.0/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2016
    I loved this sequel. It gets dramatic at first and the battle ending it became a blood-action packed.
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2016
    If you make a film series there are always that one movie that doesn't really fit with you, and for me that is this one. I still like "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," but I don't like it as much as the other movies. It has some points that I didn't thought the movie needed or was supposed to tackle yet. This is a dark movie, and even though it's not the darkest, it still feel pretty much for adults because of the many dark tones and the theme of death. Chris Columbus has always been a very good director when it comes to children movies, but it doesn't really work when he attempts to tackle both the childish themes which he should stuck to and the dark adult-like tone. It just doesn't work all the way through. The performances, however, are some of the best I have seen in a long time. Daniel Radcliffe is a great actor and he has really been that ever since the first Harry Potter movie.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2016
    With a darker tone and an extreme loyalty to the original source material, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is both a treat for fans and non-fans alike thanks to thrilling action scenes, a great sense of pacing and some great performances.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer

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