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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets poster
Directed by Chris Columbus
Produced by David Heyman
Starring

Daniel Radcliffe
Rupert Grint
Emma Watson

Music by John Williams
Cinematography Roger Pratt
Editing by Peter Honess
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release 15 November 2002
Running time 160 minutes
Country United States
United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $100 million
Gross revenue $878,979,634
Preceded by Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Followed by Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a 2002 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film, which is the second instalment in the Harry Potter film series, was written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman. The story follows Harry Potter's second year at Hogwarts as the Heir of Salazar Slytherin opens the Chamber of Secrets, unleashing a deadly monster that petrifies the school's pupils. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry's best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. It is the sequel to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and is followed by Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

It was released on 15 November 2002 in the United Kingdom and North America. The film was very well received at the box office, making US$879 million worldwide and is the 30th highest-grossing film of all time. and the seventh highest-grossing film in the Harry Potter series. It was nominated for three BAFTA Film Awards in 2003.

Plot

Harry Potter spends the summer without receiving letters from his Hogwarts friends. In his room, Harry meets Dobby, a house-elf who warns him bad things will happen if he returns to Hogwarts, and reveals he intercepted his friends' letters. Harry chases him downstairs, where Dobby destroys a cake. The Dursleys lock Harry up, but Ron, Fred and George Weasley rescue him in their father's flying Ford Anglia.

While buying school supplies, Harry and the Weasley family encounter Rubeus Hagrid and Hermione Granger, and they attend a book-signing by celebrity wizard Gilderoy Lockhart, who announces he will be the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. Harry also encounters Draco Malfoy and his father Lucius, who slips a book in Ginny Weasley's belongings. When Harry and Ron are blocked from entering Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, they fly to Hogwarts in the Ford Anglia and crash into the hostile Whomping Willow. Ron's wand is damaged, and the car throws them out before driving off. They are allowed back into school but face detention.

While serving detention with Lockhart, Harry hears voices and later finds caretaker Argus Filch's cat, Mrs Norris, petrified, and a message written in blood announcing the Chamber of Secrets has been opened and threatening "enemies of the Heir". Professor McGonagall explains that one of Hogwarts' founders, Salazar Slytherin, supposedly constructed a secret Chamber and hid a monster that only his heir can control inside the Chamber, to purge the school of impure-blooded wizards and witches. More attacks occur over the course of the year. Harry and Ron suspect Malfoy is the Heir, so Hermione suggests they question him while disguised using polyjuice potion. Their makeshift laboratory is in abandoned toilets haunted by a ghost, Moaning Myrtle.

When Harry communicates with a snake, something Salazar Slytherin could do, some believe he is the Heir. At Christmas, Harry and Ron learn that Malfoy is not the Heir, but he mentions that a girl died when the Chamber was last opened fifty years before. Harry finds an enchanted diary, owned by a former student named Tom Riddle, which shows him a flashback to fifty years before, where Riddle accused Hagrid, then a pupil, of opening the Chamber. When the diary disappears and Hermione is petrified, Harry and Ron question Hagrid. Professor Dumbledore, Cornelius Fudge, and Lucius Malfoy come to take Hagrid to Azkaban, but he discreetly tells the boys to "follow the spiders". Lucius has Dumbledore suspended. In the Forbidden Forest, Harry and Ron find Aragog, who reveals Hagrid's innocence and that the dead girl was found in a bathroom. Aragog sets his colony of Acromantula on Harry and Ron, but the now-wild Ford Anglia saves them.

A book page in Hermione's hand reveals the monster is a basilisk, a giant snake that can instantly kill those who make direct eye contact with it; the petrified victims saw it indirectly. The school staff learn that Ginny was taken into the Chamber, and convince Lockhart to save her. Harry and Ron find Lockhart, revealed as a fraud, planning to flee; knowing Myrtle was the girl the Basilisk killed, they drag him to her bathroom and find the Chamber's entrance. Once inside, Lockhart uses Ron's damaged wand against them, but it backfires, wipes his memory, and causes a cave-in.

Harry enters the Chamber alone and finds Ginny unconscious and dying guarded by Tom Riddle. Harry realises Riddle is the Heir and he used the diary to manipulate Ginny and re-open the Chamber. Riddle then reveals his full name, Tom Marvolo Riddle, from which he created the anagram for his future new identity: "I am Lord Voldemort". After Harry expresses support for Dumbledore, Dumbledore's phoenix Fawkes flies in with the Sorting Hat, and Riddle summons the Basilisk. Fawkes blinds the Basilisk, and the Sorting Hat eventually produces a sword with which Harry battles and slays the Basilisk, but he is poisoned by its fangs.

Harry defeats Riddle and revives Ginny by stabbing the diary with a basilisk fang. Fawkes' tears heal him, and he returns to Hogwarts with his friends and a baffled professor Lockhart. Dumbledore, reinstated as headmaster, praises them and orders for Hagrid's release. Dumbledore shows Harry that the sword he wielded was Godric Gryffindor's own sword, and says he is different from Voldemort because he chose Gryffindor House. Harry accuses Lucius, Dobby's master, of putting the diary in Ginny's cauldron and tricks him into freeing Dobby. The Basilisk's victims are healed, and Hagrid returns to school.

Cast

  • Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter
  • Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley
  • Emma Watson as Hermione Granger
  • Kenneth Branagh as Gilderoy Lockhart
  • John Cleese as Nearly Headless Nick
  • Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid
  • Warwick Davis as Filius Flitwick
  • Richard Griffiths as Vernon Dursley
  • Richard Harris as Albus Dumbledore
  • Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy
  • Alan Rickman as Severus Snape
  • Fiona Shaw as Petunia Dursley
  • Maggie Smith as Minerva McGonagall
  • Julie Walters as Molly Weasley

External links

Harry Potter films
Films

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s StoneHarry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsHarry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanHarry Potter and the Goblet of FireHarry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixHarry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Characters

Harry Potter • Ron Weasley • Hermione Granger • Lord Voldemort • Albus Dumbledore • Severus Snape • Rubeus Hagrid • Draco Malfoy

Daniel Radcliffe films

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)  · Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)  · Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)  · Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)  · Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)  · Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)  · Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010)  · Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)  ·

Emma Watson films

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)  · Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)  · Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)  · Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)  · Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)  · Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)  · Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010)  · Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)  ·

Maggie Smith films

Hook (1991)  · Sister Act (1992)  · Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993)  · Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)  · Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)  · Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)  · Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)  · Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)  · Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)  · Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)  ·

Alan Rickman films

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)  · Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)  · Love Actually (2003)  · Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)  · Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)  · Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)  · Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)  · Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010)  · Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2001)  · The Butler (2013)  ·

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