Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

2002

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Critics Consensus

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.

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Youthful wizard Harry Potter returns to the screen in this, the second film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's wildly popular series of novels for young people. Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) return for a second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where Headmaster Dumbledore (Richard Harris), Professor Snape (Alan Rickman), Professor McGonagall (Maggie Smith), and Hagrid the Giant (Robbie Coltrane) are joined by new faculty members Gilderoy Lockhart (Kenneth Branagh), a self-centered expert in Defense against the Dark Arts, and Sprout (Miriam Margolyes), who teaches Herbology. However, it isn't long before Harry and company discover something is amiss at Hogwarts: Students are petrified like statues, threats are written in blood on the walls, and a deadly monster is on the loose. It seems that someone has opened the mysterious Chamber of Secrets, letting loose the monster and all its calamitous powers. As Harry, Ron, and Hermione set out to find the secret chamber and slay the beast, speculation is rife that one of the heirs of Salazar Slytherin, the co-founder of the school, opened the chamber as a warning against the presence of "mudbloods" (magic-users of impure lineage) at the school -- and that the culprit may be fellow student Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton). Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets featured Richard Harris' second and final appearance as Headmaster Dumbledore; he died less than a month before the film was released in the United States. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cast

Daniel Radcliffe
as Harry Potter
Emma Watson
as Hermione Granger
Rupert Grint
as Ron Weasley
Jason Isaacs
as Lucius Malfoy
Alan Rickman
as Prof. Snape
Maggie Smith
as Prof. McGonagal
Robbie Coltrane
as Hagrid the Giant
Richard Harris
as Prof. Albus Dumbledore
Tom Felton
as Draco Malfoy
Miriam Margolyes
as Prof. Sprout
Kenneth Branagh
as Gilderoy Lockhart
Warwick Davis
as Prof. Flitwick
Gemma Jones
as Madame Pomfrey
John Cleese
as Nick the Nearly Headless Ghost
Richard Griffiths
as Uncle Vernon Dursley
Fiona Shaw
as Aunt Petunia
Julie Walters
as Mrs. Weasley
Mark Williams
as Mr. Weasley
Bonnie Wright
as Ginny Weasley
David Bradley
as Argus Filch
Sean Biggerstaff
as Oliver Wood
Kathrin Nicholson
as Pansy Parkinson
Rik Mayall
as Peeves the Poltergeist
Alfred Burke
as Armando Dippet
Shirley Henderson
as Moaning Myrtle
Chris Rankin
as Percy Weasley
Matthew Lewis
as Neville Longbottom
James Phelps
as Fred Weasley
Oliver Phelps
as George Weasley
Robert Hardy
as Cornelius Fudge
Julian Glover
as Aragog the Spider
Toby Jones
as Dobby the House Elf
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Critic Reviews for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

All Critics (235) | Top Critics (53)

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is darker, funnier and finer than its forerunner Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

    Dec 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • This new Harry Potter has its flaws, but it's better, as well as darker, than the first.

    Nov 26, 2013
  • Two down, presumably five to go, and already the franchise is entering dangerous territory: if you aren't one of the many who know their Harry Potter chapter and verse, prepare for a nap.

    Nov 26, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Radcliffe, 3 inches taller and an octave lower than last year, is growing comfortably into his character, as is Watson, the fetching and confident Hermione.

    Nov 26, 2013 | Full Review…
  • It doesn't help that Chamber is pretty much all business from the opening shot, trading in Stone's sometimes-clunky exposition for full-steam-ahead action.

    Nov 26, 2013 | Full Review…

    Keith Phipps

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Like many children I've met, director Chris Columbus seems never to have heard the word no.

    Jun 27, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

  • 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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