Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002): Halloween Review

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In the second installment of the “Harry Potter” film series, “Chamber of Secrets” is arguably one of the most iconic and recognizable of the series. Some of the franchise’s most revered creatures hail from Chamber of Secrets, including Dobby the house elf, the Basilisk, and the oh-so many spiders that, not to be dramatic, scarred us for life. 

“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” follows the title character and his friends as they explore their second year at Hogwarts. The story follows one of the series’ most engaging mysteries that revolves petrified students (and cats), giant snakes, and Hogwarts history. The mythology introduced in this film makes it one of the most important, yet most secluded in the series.

So, what’s the big deal with this one? Honestly, and I don’t say this lightly, this one ranks pretty low on my Harry Potter rating scale. Even then, this is a phenomenal film. It’s visually stunning, has absolutely astounding plot twists and an incredible storyline, and scarred me for life, which is pretty much all I can ask for in a movie. 

Unlike a lot of the Harry Potter films, this movie doesn’t rely on the title character’s backstory. “Chamber of Secrets” would be the best stand-alone film of the series, because it’s not necessarily about Harry vs. Voldemort like every single other film. This one has its own story, its own villains, and many of the most iconic scenes from the franchise.

Overall, this film is excellent. Is it my favorite? No, because I am grown but still cannot watch this film by myself (thanks again, giant swarm of spiders), but this film franchise has so much competition within itself, so even my least favorites of the series are absolutely amazing. 

Filmnetic Grade: A

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