Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Review

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by Phil Hinton Apr 1, 2003 at 12:00 AM

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Review
    It is year two at Hogwarts, cars fly, trees fight back and an Elf called Dobby warns Potter not to return to the school for his second year. All manner of strange goings on follow, as someone clearly doesn’t want Harry back, and what’s more something is turning his classmates into petrified corpses.
    The chamber of secrets has opened and this time Harry needs all his magical abilities and courage, to fight back against the evil lurking in the corridors.

    The second movie in the Harry Potter franchise, The Chamber of Secrets picks up where the last film finished, but this time the journey is a very dark one indeed. In fact for a children’s movie it had me jumping in places! The story, which is deemed by many fans to be the weakest book, is transformed into a gripping adventure the whole family will enjoy, and the CGI effects are definitely a step better than the original movie. The friendship between Harry, Ron and Hermione has matured, as have the kids since their last outing, and we need no set up for introducing the characters this time round. The film is a little slow in places however, and at 161mins the younger audience may just get restless, but overall this is a big improvement over the last outing and bodes well for the next in the franchise.

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