Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The MPAA rated Harry Potter and the
Chamber of Secrets (2002) PG for scary moments, some creature
violence and mild language.
Despite warnings from Dobby (voice of Toby Jones), a self-abusive
servant known as a house elf, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe)
decides to return to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
for his second year. But his departure is plagued with disaster
--everything from a missed train, and an uncontrollable flying
car, to a tree that packs a punch.
Narrowly escaping being expelled before classes even begin,
the bespectacled apprentice soon discovers there was just
cause for the elfs words of caution. Paralyzed classmates,
threats written in blood, and rumors of a mysterious chamber
housing a monster have the entire academic establishment running
scared. Suspicions about who may have unleashed the deadly
unknown demon quickly turn to Harry, thanks to his innate
ability for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and
the unveiling of an unusual talent the lad didn't know he
Joined by Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger
(Emma Watson), the friends set out to find the real culprit.
The perilous path to the truth leads them to the Forbidden
Forrest, the sewers of the great castle, and requires a certain
disregard for school rules.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is not for the fainthearted.
Fans familiar with the book will remember the inclusion of
several fearful creatures including snakes and spiders. (Any
one with phobias will likely relate to Ron's reactions to
the situations.) While the movie script follows J.K. Rowlings
novel fairly faithfully, seeing these sometimes-sinister encounters
depicted will be more frightening for many viewers than just
reading about them.
Yet, what keeps the film from succumbing to monster movie
status is the powerful theme that emerges. It appears the
late Lord Voldemort had a certain aversion to wizards without
pureblood pedigrees, and the infamous villains sympathizers
are still trying to establish an upper class. Harry, whose
unique heritage has made him a celebrity, chooses to befriend
those who are of questionable lineage, poor and in servitude.
It is humility and loyalty that make this boy a worthy hero,
and accounts for some of the magic of the Harry Potter franchise.