Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

In every way, this movie is superior to [[Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone]].

It doesn’t happen very often, but every once in a while, a sequel comes along that fulfills the promise of its predecessor. This is one of those times.

I found [[Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone]] to be an adequate presentation of the basic plot elements in the book. The problem I had with it was that it felt very episodic, and that each episode served only as a tie in to the book rather than as a building block to tell the story. Back then, I said this:

…there was a sense of magic missing, a sense of awe, a sense of WOW that the books had….

I didn’t mean wizard magic, I meant movie magic. You know what I’m talking about… those movies that make you giggle to yourself and feel all warm inside bringing you back to your childhood.

Thankfully, this movie has that magic. I found myself totally caught up in the world of Harry Potter and when the movie ended, I just wanted more. That’s saying something when the movie is already nearly three hours long!

##The Story

Harry is getting ready to head back to Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry when he’s confronted by a curious little creature called a house-elf named Dobbie. Dobbie has a warnin for Harry: stay away from Hogwarts or you’ll die.

But of course, that’s not enough to keep Harry away. After a little bit of adventure, he arrives at Hogwart’s to find things pretty much as it was when he left at the end of last term. His old friends (and enemies) are still there, and everything seems pretty normal. That is, until students start turning to stone.

It’s up to Harry and his friends Hermione and Ron to solve the mystery and save the day.


In the last movie, I was very disappointed by the musical score crafted by John Williams. Sure, he was nominated for an Academy Award, but I think that was just because of who he was. The score was intrusive rather than supportive, distracting instead of engrossing. He must’ve been sleepwalking when he wrote it, because he just doesn’t screw up like that.

This time around, he nailed it. The music blended seemlessly with the action on the screen and never distracted me from it. It’s a wonderful score, and I think that Howard Shore is going to have a tough battle this year.


Chamber is a wonderful children’s movie that plays will for adults as well. Yes, it is scarier that the first movie. Yes, it is darker. Yes, very young children might have problems with a few things (although, I can’t imagine a kid that’s grown up today having a problem with anything they see short of graphic dismemberment). However, all that being said, it is far more enjoyable than the first Potter film.

Go see this movie.