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 J. K. Rowling’s 1998 novel of the same name. The film is a sequel to the 2001 film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and the second instalment in the Harry Potter film series. It was written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman.
- Starring : Daniel Radcliffe / Rupert Grint
- Genre : Adventure / Family / Fantasy / Mystery
- Country : United Kingdom / United States / Germany
- Language : English
- Director : Chris Columbus
- Production : Warner Bros. / Heyday Films / 1492 Pictures / MIRACLE Productions GmbH & Co. KG
- Distributor : Cinergia / Edko Films / Fox-Warner / Garsu Pasaulio Irasai / Karo Premiere / Sandrew Metronome Distribution / Toho Art House / Twentieth Century Fox / Village Films / Warner Bros. / Warner Sogefilms A.I.E. / American Broadcasting Company (ABC) / Argentina Video Home / Audio Visual Enterprises / Audio Visual Entertainment / HBO Max / Italia 1 / MTV3 / Moviemax Family / Nippon Television Network (NTV) / SBS6 / Sub / Warner Bros. Home Entertainment / Warner Home Video / Warner Home Vídeo
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets movie
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets release date
- November 3, 2002 : UK (London) (premiere)
- November 10, 2002 : USA (New York City, New York) (premiere)
- November 13, 2002 : Philippines
- November 14, 2002 : Switzerland (German speaking region)
- November 14, 2002 : Germany
- November 14, 2002 : USA (Los Angeles, California) (premiere)
- November 15, 2002 : Canada
- November 15, 2002 : UK
- November 15, 2002 : Ireland
- November 15, 2002 : USA
- November 16, 2002 : Japan (premiere)
- November 16, 2002 : Singapore
- November 21, 2002 : Israel
- November 22, 2002 : Sweden
- November 23, 2002 : Japan
- November 28, 2002 : Australia
- November 29, 2002 : Spain
- December 4, 2002 : Switzerland (French speaking region)
- December 4, 2002 : France
- December 6, 2002 : Switzerland (Italian speaking region)
- April 25, 2003 : India
- July 8, 2017 : USA (re-release)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets cast
- Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter
- Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley
- Emma Watson as Hermione Granger
- Richard Griffiths as Uncle Vernon
- Fiona Shaw as Aunt Petunia
- Harry Melling as Dudley Dursley
- Toby Jones as Dobby(voice)
- Jim Norton as Mr Mason
- Veronica Clifford as Mrs Mason
- James Phelps as Fred Weasley
- Oliver Phelps as George Weasley
- Julie Walters as Mrs. Weasley
- Bonnie Wright as Ginny Weasley
- Mark Williams as Mr. Weasley
- Chris Rankin as Percy Weasley
The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, with Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger and is also the last film to feature Richard Harris as Professor Albus Dumbledore, due to his death that same year. Its story follows Harry Potter’s second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as the Heir of Salazar Slytherin opens the Chamber of Secrets, unleashing a monster that petrifies the school’s denizens.
The film was released in theatres in the United Kingdom and the United States on 15 November 2002. It became a critical and commercial success, grossing $879 million at the box office worldwide. It was the second highest-grossing film of 2002 behind The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. The movie was nominated for many awards including the BAFTA Award for Best Production Design, Best Sound, and Best Special Visual Effects. It was followed by six sequels, beginning with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in 2004 and ending with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in 2011, nearly ten years after the first film’s release.
Harry Potter spends the summer with The Dursleys without receiving letters from his Hogwarts friends. In his room, Harry meets Dobby, a house-elf who warns him of a peril that will take shape if he returns to Hogwarts. Dobby reveals that he intercepted his friends’ letters, and destroys a cake in order to prevent his return to school. The Dursleys lock Harry up, but Ron Weasley and his older twin brothers, Fred and George, rescue him in their father’s flying Ford Anglia.
While purchasing school supplies, Harry and the Weasley family encounter Rubeus Hagrid and Hermione Granger. They attend a book-signing by celebrity wizard Gilderoy Lockhart, who announces that he will be the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. During a small confrontation with Draco Malfoy, Harry meets Malfoy’s father, Lucius, who discreetly slips a book into Ginny Weasley’s belongings, which only Harry notices, but he mentions this to no one. When Harry and Ron are blocked from entering Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, they fly to Hogwarts in the flying car. They crash into the Whomping Willow upon arrival, and Ron’s wand is broken. Both boys narrowly avoid expulsion when Professor McGonagall gives them detention.
During the detention, Harry hears strange voices and later finds caretaker Argus Filch’s cat, Mrs. Norris, petrified, along with a message written in blood announcing “the Chamber of Secrets has been opened, enemies of the heir… beware”. McGonagall explains that one of Hogwarts’ founders, Salazar Slytherin, supposedly constructed a secret Chamber. He placed a monster inside that only his Heir can control, capable of purging the school of muggle-born students. Harry and Ron suspect Malfoy as the Heir, so Hermione suggests they question him while disguised using the forbidden polyjuice potion. They utilise a disused bathroom haunted by a ghost, Moaning Myrtle, as their makeshift laboratory to brew the potion.
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