Harry Potter : Year Two - The Chamber of Secrets - After Harry gets a strict warning not to return to Hogwarts, he ignores them in order to be reunited with his friends and find out what terrible things are happening and who's plotting them. Only to find that the school has been plagued by a series of mysterious attacks and Harry has a strange voice haunting him.
Today I am continuing with my Harry Potter fetish of reviews with 'The Chamber of Secrets' the not long awaited continuation to 'The Philospher's Stone'. It was released in November 2002, This time their is a new deadly danger facing Harry Potter and his friends Ron and Hermonie. After defeating Lord Voldemort you would think Harry is in the clear, but he isn't.
We understand this when we are introduced to Dobby (The House elf) and Dobby is a slave to a wizard family, who appears out of no where into Harry's room. Dobby warns Harry not to go back to Hogwarts, Harry doesn't understand why he shouldn't return, to insure he's not going back to school Dobby creates a diversion which results in Harry getting locked in his room, and even though Harry's a wizard, he can't escape because he's not allowed to use magic outside of school.
Luckily for him, he is rescued by Ron, Fred and George who come to collect him, in their magnificent flying car. The flying car of course is a brilliant idea, and the fact that the production manged to pull it off convincingly is amazing.
They take Harry to Ron's house 'The Burrow' and we have a very interesting incite to Ron's family and the Weasley's which is great gives Ron a back story. Mr Weasley is introduced, who works at the ministry of magic, a huge organisation in the wizarding world. The Weasley's get a shopping list of things to collect for next term of Hogwarts, which means a return trip to diagon ally for the viewers.
It is in diagon ally that Harry is re-introduced to Hagrid and Hermionie. We then meet a new character Gildaroy Lockheart, who a prudent, snobbish, self confident character which makes him all the more entertaining to watch on screen, because we as the viewer believe he's not all that he's cracked up to be.
Draco Malfoy turns up again as well who I failed to mention in my previous Potter review, but he turns up again along with the first appearance of his Father Lucias Malfoy, who is just as cold and vile as Draco is.
Then following that scene of course is the sequence in the car, with Ron and Harry they fly the car to Hogwarts, that was a very cool scene to watch, very comical, dramatic and tense at the same time. So all in all that's very good, very well accomplished scene, very well shot and carefully directed.
And when Harry finally returns to Hogwarts, he realizes soon that strange and terrible things are indeed happening: Harry
is suddenly hearing mysterious voices from inside the walls of the castle,
muggle-born students are being attacked for mysterious and sinister reasons, and a message scrawled on the
wall in blood puts everyone on his/her guard - "The Chamber Of Secrets
Has Been Opened. Enemies Of The Heir, Beware". So you can tell that there is a new and deadly danger fancying Harry and his friends, one that could possibly threaten Hogwarts from carrying on.
The mystery deepens when Hermonie is attacked, and it's up to Ron and Hermionie to crack the case, it is then that the plot thickens and the story becomes quite sinister and dark indeed.
I thought all the set up in the chamber, and the Syltherin background t it was brilliantly built up, It so atmospheric and chilling when we got inside the chamber. And discovering the true secrets of Voldemort was great as well, really adds depth to the this story and to the Harry Potter franchise.
It is then that Harry has to do battle with the monster which is a ginormous CGI Snake known as a 'Basalic' and the snake itself looked like a monster and looked threatening. Harry kills the snake and defeats the mysterious Tom Riddle. Then matters in the story are tied up in the story shortly after Harry saves the school from being closed.
So all in all, 'Chamber of Secrets' I think is in every sense better than 'Philospher's Stone' It just brings new things to the story and really carries on the story from where it left off. It was a very well made film indeed.
I'll give it an 8/10
Thanks for reading this review
TOMORROW: It's 'The Prisoner of Azkaban'