The second Harry Potter film, ‘the Chamber of Secrets’, starts with a self-punishing house elf and a flying car, which leads to chaos. Straight away from the start of the film, you know something bad is going to happen at Hogwarts. Yet no matter the punishments and persuasions, Harry Potter finds himself in second year at Hogwarts, his “home”. It is a very good beginning, persuading the audience to want to know the secrets of Hogwarts and what is going to conclude this year.
After multiple students are “petrified” and threats conquer Hogwarts, Harry, Ron and Hermione, take it upon themselves, once again, to discover the secrets and sort the problems in hand; even though Harry was advised not to attend the School from the beginning. Throughout the film, there is an effort and personal aim towards Harry, this repetitiveness adds excitement to the film and makes the audience wonder what is happening. Along with this, the plot in this film is misleading for the audience, we are told to believe certain aspects whether they are true or not; however, this is not done in a confusing way.
This is a film most based upon the differences between Harry and others, he finds himself constantly in trouble, misunderstood, yet he doesn’t understand why either. It is the foundation of the understanding of Harry’s past and present and things he never wanted to know, although needs to know. ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ is also a film where enemies become more clear for the audience to understand, most predominantly the harsh comments from Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton). Additionally, it is a film based upon magical creatures, ones that are key to the plot, from the simple Mrs Norris, Filch’s cat, to spiders in the Dark Forest, so if you like a film that explores “monsters”, unknown to what they are, this film has that indefinitely; keep in mind that some younger ages may find the scenes with the creatures slightly tense.
This film is different from the first as it introduces new characters, for example Dobby, a favourite character for many, and Lucius Malfoy (Jason Isaacs); additionally, a new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, Gilderoy Lockhart (Kenneth Branagh), a self-absorbed author. But also the introduction of Floo Powder, Howlers and many more magical aspects. The Harry Potter films are very good at creating more things for the audience to learn about this unknown world of Hogwarts in each film, this means they don’t get boring and repetitive. However, alike ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, this film is appropriate for younger ages. This is shown how everything is fully explained and there are no left questions unanswered, this makes it less frightening for children.
‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ is the longest Harry Potter film. But it is understandably long as there is a lot to the plot that needs to be understood. This means there isn’t many occasions in the film where nothing is happening; something is constantly happening, most things not in Harry’s favour.
The second film of Harry Potter is an excellent one, one rather different to the others and puts perspective on different characters than the other films do. So I would recommend this film. As a child, this was definitely my favourite Harry Potter film, I can’t even suggest how many times I’ve watched it. Always remember Harry is always there to “save the day” or so he promises.