Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (2002)

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For those first time readers, i’ve decided to relive all the past Harry Potter movies before the last one comes out on the 13th of July, or 15th in the UK and US. Join me this week as we enjoy the final week before the end together.

Today we’ll be looking back at the second installment of the franchise, The Chamber Of Secrets.

During the summer, Harry is banished to his room during an important visit from Uncle Vernons boss. However an unexpected arrival of a house elf named Dobby warns him against attending Hogwarts. When Harry refuses, Dobby gets Harry in trouble by dropping a cake on Uncle Vernons boss which has Harry locked behind bars on his window. When Harry wakes up one night, he finds his friend Ron Weasley who busts him out and bring him to where he lives, known as The Burrow.

When Harry and Ron attempt to cross the barrier to Platform 9 and 3 1/4, they find the barrier has sealed itself and are forced to drive the flying car to Hogwarts. However once they arrive, they’re attacked by the Whomping Willow, Ron’s wand breaks and the car drives off into the forest.

Shortly after term, Harry begins to hear a curious voice that only he can hear. He follows this voice only to find Filch’s cat Mrs Norris petrified with the words written on the walls in blood “The Chamber Of Secrets has been opened, enemies of the air, beware.” This sends the school in worry as the legendery secret is upon the school. Word has it, The Chamber Of Secrets can only be opened by the heir of Slytherin and is home to a creature only the heir can control which attempts to murder all muggle borns. Harry suspects the heir is Malfoy, however when they brew some polyjuice potion and interrogate Malfoy (as Crabbe and Goyle), they learn that Harry is innocent.

During a dueling club formed by Gilderoy Lockhart, Harry finds himself dueling with Draco Malfoy. Malfoy casts a snake upon him but Harry ends up talking to it by speaking in parseltongue (speaking to snakes), which leads to the school suspecting that he is the heir of Slytherin. In the bathroom, Harry finds a book which belongs to a man named Tom Riddle. Tom Riddle ends up showing Harry that Hagrid was the heir of Slytherin.

After more kids in the school are found petrified, which includes Hermione, Ron and Harry ask Hagrid about the Chamber Of Secrets, however he is arrested for suspicion of the attacks. They then follow the spiders to a giant spider named Aragog who claims Hagrid is innocent. When they arrive back at Hogwarts, they find out about Ginny Weasley being trapped in the chamber with the message “Her skeleton will lie in the Chamber forever.” They along with Gilderoy Lockhart ask Moaning Myrtle who died 50 years ago about her death, which in turn leads them to the chamber of secrets. Gilderoy Lockhart tries to erase the memories of Harry and Ron but the spell ends up backfiring because of Ron’s broken wand.

When Harry arrives in the chamber, he sees Tom Riddle standing by an unconscious Ginny Weasley. Harry then learns that Tom Riddle is in fact Lord Voldemort. Tom then sends the basilisk upon Harry. Fawkes comes to the rescue with the sorting hat which later has the sword of Godric Gryffindor appear to Harry. Harry then uses this sword to kill the basilisk. He then gets a basilisk fang and stabs the diary which ends up killing the memory of Tom Riddle. Ginny then wakes up to a wounded Harry, but Fawkes heals him using his tears.

The following morning, Harry is told by Dumbledore that only a true Gryffindor would summon the sword out of the hat. He also tricks Lucius Malfoy into freeing Dobby. The story ends with everyone petrified being restored and Hagrid being released from Azkaban prison.

The Chamber Of Secrets follows the same faithfulness to the book as the first movie does and maintains a fairytale feel. It contained many scenes of the magical world and at times had too much information which took away from the storyline. This movie does contain some hilarious scenes of the whole series such as pretty much whenever we saw Ron and we also got to see the rival between Harry and Draco Malfoy intensify. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to rank well with most fans, possibly due to it being dragged for almost three hours and it was likely not as memorable as the other movies.

I rank Chamber Of Secrets last in my favourite Harry Potter list. I definitely think it’s underrated, which is pretty ironic, however I find the movie itself feel like a chore to watch. I enjoy it more when watched with other people, but ranks last compared to the other movies.

We shall end our review with some memorable quotes.

Draco Malfoy: [to Harry, disguised as Goyle] Why are you wearing glasses?
Goyle: Oh, uh… reading.
Draco Malfoy: Reading? I didn’t know you could read.

Harry: Promise me something.
Dobby: Anything, sir.
Harry: Never try to save my life again.

Hagrid: What are you doing here? Get outta my house!
Lucius Malfoy: Believe me, I take absolutely no pleasure being inside your…
[looks around, disgusted]
Lucius Malfoy: You call this a house?

Uncle Vernon: And Dudley, you will be?
Dudley Dursley: I’ll be waiting to open the door.
Uncle Vernon: Excellent. And you?
Harry: I’ll be in my bedroom, making no noise and pretending that I don’t exist.

Hermione: Look at my face.
Ron: Look at your tail.

[sticks out its ribbon “tongue” at Ron and tears itself up]

Moaning Myrtle: Here I am, minding my own business, and someone thinks it’s funny to throw a book at me.
Ron: But, it can’t hurt if someone throws something at you. I mean, it would just go right through you.
Moaning Myrtle: [swooping down towards Ron] Sure! Let’s all throw books at Myrtle, because she can’t feel it! Ten points if you get it through her stomach!
[punches Ron in stomach]
Moaning Myrtle: Fifty points if it goes through her head!
[punches Ron in head]

That ends our journey into the Chamber Of Secrets, tomorrow we’ll be reviewing the Prizoner Of Azkaban. Follow my twitter account for more posts and stories or subscribe to this blog via RSS and email. Feel free to comment on your Harry Potter memories and opinions and please share this blog with any Harry Potter fans out there.