chamber of secrets movie

Reviewed by Captain Lyaf Yarr

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Director: Chris Columbus
Run Time: 161 minutes
Rated: PG

Summary: Harry is feeling abandoned as he hasn’t heard from any of his friends since the beginning of the summer. When an odd little creature appears out of thin air and tells Harry he can not come back to school Harry is very stubborn about going. It’s a matter of outwitting a determined House Elf to get to school! A flying car, almost getting run over by the school train, and getting beaten by a tree is just the beginning of Harry’s problems at Hogwarts as a mysterious voice whispers through the walls, “Kill… Kill… Kill…”

Why I watched this movie:

Because I read the book and because it is part of our Harry Potter movie marathon family night at my house.


  • Ron’s Howler from Mrs. Weasley is AWESOME! Rupert Grint is wonderful with his expressions. He really does look like he is being scolded by an envelope.
  • In addition, Kenneth Branagh did a great job as Professor Lockhart. I never thought I would enjoy watching Lockhart on screen (he’s bad enough in the book) but I did.


  • I didn’t like computer rendering of Doby the House Elf. He looked so fake! As if he was made out of clay.
  • The computer graphics also bugged me when Hermione drank the Polyjuice Potion and turned into a cat. It looked ridiculously cheesy.

Last minute thoughts: This movie is very long, but it’s not as long as the first movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Buy: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Widescreen Edition), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Ultimate Edition) [Blu-ray], Harry Potter Years 1-5 Limited Edition Gift Set [HD DVD], Harry Potter Years 1-6 Giftset (Widescreen Edition), Harry Potter Years 1-6 Giftset [Blu-ray]

Movie Rating: I give this movie 3 treasure chests.

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