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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [2002] (2 discs)

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Director:Chris Columbus
Writer:Steve Kloves
Composer:John Williams
Length:152 minutes
(2 hours 32 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Fantasy
IMDB Rating:7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:82%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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  • Fantasy
  • Kids
  • Family
  • Drama
  • Mystery
  • Suspense / Horror
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Synopsis: Harry returns to Hogwarts and is suspected of a series of attacks on muggle-born children.


Reaction: This is a darker story than the first though Columbus' filming style remains largely the same.


Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Cast and Crew
Chris Columbus => Director
Steve Kloves => Writer
John Williams => Composer
J.K. Rowling => Novel
Adrian Rawlins => James Potter (uncredited)
Alan Rickman => Professor Snape
Bonnie Wright => Ginny Weasley
Chris Rankin => Percy Weasley
Christian Coulson => Tom Marvolo Riddle
Daniel Radcliffe => Harry Potter
David Bradley => Argus Filch
Emma Watson => Hermione Granger
Fiona Shaw => Aunt Petunia Dursley
Gemma Jones => Madam Pomfrey
Geraldine Somerville => Lily Potter (uncredited)
Harry Melling => Dudley Dursley
Hugh Mitchell => Colin Creevey
James Phelps => Fred Weasley
Jason Isaacs => Lucius Malfoy
John Cleese => Nearly Headless Nick
Julian Glover => Aragog (voice)
Julie Walters => Molly Weasley
Kenneth Branagh => Professor Gilderoy Lockhart
Leslie Phillips => The Sorting Hat (voice)
Luke Youngblood => Lee Jordan
Maggie Smith => Professor Minerva McGonagall (as Dame Maggie Smith)
Mark Williams => Arthur Weasley
Matthew Lewis => Neville Longbottom
Miriam Margolyes => Professor Pomona Sprout
Oliver Phelps => George Weasley
Richard Griffiths => Uncle Vernon Dursley
Richard Harris => Professor Albus Dumbledore
Robbie Coltrane => Rubeus Hagrid
Robert Hardy => Cornelius Fudge
Rupert Grint => Ron Weasley
Sean Biggerstaff => Oliver Wood
Shirley Henderson => Moaning Myrtle
Toby Jones => Dobby the House Elf (voice)
Tom Felton => Draco Malfoy
Warwick Davis => Professor Flitwick

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Robbie Coltrane had to turn down a part in [The West Wing] to reprise his role as Hagrid.
  • Filming began three days after the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
  • Hugh Grant was originally cast as Gilderoy Lockhart but was forced to withdraw at the last moment because of scheduling conflicts. Alan Cumming was also considered.
  • While chatting with the Grangers at the bookshop, Mr. Weasley says, "I understand that other muggles are afraid of you." Both Hermione's parents are dentists.
  • To get a sense of how nasty his character should be, Jason Isaacs had to go back and watch Tom Felton's performance in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • As Harry enters Prof. Dumbledore's study, a portrait of Gandalf the Grey is included in the collection of the great wizard paintings. It is above the doorframe and slightly to Harry's right.
  • Nurses were drafted into the production when an outbreak of head lice occurred among the young cast.