Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
February 22, 2016 12:04 AM - Subscribe

Harry ignores warnings not to return to Hogwarts, only to find the school plagued by a series of mysterious attacks and a strange voice haunting him. Contains book and series spoilers!
posted by toomanycurls (7 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
On rewatch, this movie and the first one are just glacially paced. Chris Columbus really pushes the "looking at things with a sense of wonder" vibe way too hard. The movies that came after these took the world of the story more for granted and got on with the story-telling.
posted by wabbittwax at 8:37 AM on February 22, 2016 [2 favorites]


Eh, I think the early movies are served by Chris Columbus well enough, since this is before the books really picked up speed and got hot and heavy with plot details. At this point Harry is still very much "normal boy caught up in Wizard Land" and it's not until the climax here where he triumphs over an aspect of his nemesis that he proves once and for all he belongs there on his virtue rather than on blind luck.

Also, a moment of silence for Richard Harris, The one true Dumbledore.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 9:16 AM on February 22, 2016


Richard Harris is wonderful of course (as he always was in everything), but I think a little too decrepit for Dumbledore. I mean, I realize the character is over 100 years old, but those are wizard years. I like Michael Gambon's vitality as Dumbledore, though he lacks the sense of mischief that Harris brought to it so effortlessly. I do know one thing: there's no way Richard Harris would have shouted "DID YOU PUT YER NAME IN THE GOBLET OF FIRE?" the way Gambon did.
posted by wabbittwax at 9:33 AM on February 22, 2016 [5 favorites]


where he triumphs over an aspect of his nemesis that he proves once and for all he belongs there on his virtue rather than on blind luck.

After multiple viewings and reading the series I'm still not convinced he is anything more than lucky :)

I was just a couple years too old to really fit the demographic for these movies as they were released. Even being "above" the school yard antics of these movies, they have never felt slow to me. I've always been so caught up in the details and the world building that it never occurred to me the plot might be lagging.

What really stands out to me between this and the first movie is how much the acting improved. There were some cringe worthy moments in Sorcerer's Stone. They've all but disappeared at this point.

Lockhart is wonderfully cheesy. Lucius Malfoy is wonderfully evil.
posted by 2ht at 9:47 AM on February 22, 2016


This movie is a bit slow (at least it is now - I found it very entertaining when it was released) but it's also the last HP movie that does a rather good job pulling in most elements from the book. There are bits left out but not entire subplots or character arcs.

The Rifftrax for this movie is pretty good if it's been a while since you've watched the movie (or the movie + riff).

If you want some high quality voice over work, check out the Spanish audio for the movie.
posted by toomanycurls at 11:18 AM on February 22, 2016


If you want some high quality voice over work, check out the Spanish audio for the movie.

Who does that dub work, incidentally?
posted by chainsofreedom at 4:00 PM on February 22, 2016


I couldn't find a lot of information about the dubbing apart from this site which lists the voice actors (which is all in Spanish but the data is well laid out). I recall a clip on the guy who voiced Harry as he was something of a local celebrity for his voice work but I don't remember where/when I watched this.
posted by toomanycurls at 5:39 PM on February 22, 2016


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