Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) Review
We head back to Hogwarts for second year. Although something or someone is trying to stop Harry from getting back. He receives no letters from Ron or Hermione over the summer, then cannot get through the barrier at King’s Cross to get on the Hogwarts express. But what is he being warned against?
Harry and Ron find themselves in a lot of trouble just in the way they arrived at school, via a flying car which just happened to be spotted by some muggles in London. The main question is why did the barrier not allow Harry and Ron to get through. This lets us know right away Harry’s second year is not going to be quiet at all (just like his first year).
We don’t have to wait long to find out that the problem is going to be that The Chamber of Secrets being opened again, by none other than the heir of Slytherin. Can they work out who that is in time, before someone is killed like the first time it was opened?
We have a good story in this film with the Chamber of Secrets being the source and a monster which lives their. We wonder what is managing to petrify people and more importantly why they weren’t killed instead. But that all becomes clear as we get right into the film. Again Harry and Ron end up on an adventure, finding out that a professor is a fraud when it comes to the dark arts.
A diary is very much involved which belonged to Tom Riddle and Ginny Weasley had it pretty much placed into her hands by Lucius Malfoy (Draco’s father). So with this film we are introduced to some new characters who are going to feature in more of the films in the future. We also meet Dobby a house elf who also proves to be a very good help to Harry (in the end that is).
We see how much the friendship between Harry, Ron and Hermione is growing stronger and how much they help each other out with everything. Harry meets his number one fan Colin Creevey who keeps trying to take pictures of him! Qudditch begins well, but then must be cancelled due to the school not being safe with the Chamber of Secrets.
This is a very good progression from the first film, building upon the groundwork for the characters. Allowing us to care even more about what happens to the main characters becoming more attached to them. More action in terms of what Harry must come up against also adds to the enjoyment of this film. Slightly darker than the first film, which is something that seems to happen with the films.