Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Movie Review

Dear magical scifi fans,

I watched the Chamber of Secrets again this week. J.K. Rowling is a tremendously gifted writer. I’m a big fan.

The movie begins as Harry is in his room at the Dursleys. He’s looking through a photo album. Hedwig, Harry’s owl, is bored as the Dursleys prepare for a visit from the Masons.

Dobby the house-elf

Dobby the house-elf

Dobby the house-elf appears in Harry’s room. Dobby warns, “Harry Potter must not go back to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry this year.” After admitting he’s been stealing Harry’s mail, and causing a cake to fall on Mrs. Mason, Dobby disappears.

Mr. Dursley puts bars on Harry’s window. Later, Ron, Fred, and George Weasley rescue him with their dad’s enchanted car.

The next morning, they are at the Weasley  home. During breakfast, Errol, the owl delivers letters from Hogwarts. Everyone travels by Floo powder to Diagon Alley. Harry is sent to Knockturn Alley, one grate to far, by mistake. There they run into Hermione. They also visit Gilderoy Lockhart, the successful writer. Lucius and Draco Malfoy are there.

Later, Ron and Harry don’t get through the magical gate to 9 ¾ and miss the Hogwarts Express.  They drive the enchanted car to Hogwarts and land in the Whomping Willow tree.

Ron pulling a Mandrakeroot

Ron pulling a Mandrake root

Later, Professor Sprout teaches the students how to re-pot Mandrakes. Hermione Granger says, “Mandrake or Mandragora is used to return those who have been petrified to their normal state. The Mandrake cry is fatal to anyone who hears it.”

We meet Nearly Headless Nick. Later, the owl brings Ron a Howler from his mother.

The new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher is Gilderoy Lockhart.

In Quidditch, Draco Malfoy is a new seeker. Later, he calls Hermione a filthy little Mudblood.

Harry serves detention with Gilderoy Lockhart, where he first hears the basilisk.

Later, they discover on the wall, “The Chamber of Secrets has been opened. Enemies of the Heir beware,” written in blood. Filch’s cat, Mrs. Norris, is the first to be petrified. “I’ll kill you!” Filch says to Harry.

Chamber of Secrets is opened. Heir beware

Chamber of Secrets is opened.  Enemies  beware

In class, Professor McGonagall explains the Chamber of Secrets, “Hogwarts was founded over a thousand years ago by Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, Salazar Slytherin. Salazar Slytherin wanted only pure-bloods to learn magic. He built the Chamber of Secrets before leaving the school. Only a true Heir of Slytherin can open the chamber.

Later Hermione says, “The Heir of Slytherin has returned to Hogwarts. Who is it?”  She uses a Polyjuice Potion to change and obtain information from Draco Malfoy. Harry and Ron  learn that the chamber was last opened 50 years ago.

Harry learns that Dobby, the House-elf is responsible for his recent plights.  To free Doddy from slavery, his master must present him with clothes.

We meet Moaning Myrtle. Harry is a Parselmouth- He speaks snake language. Salazar Slytherin was a Parselmouth.

Later, Professor Dumbledore explains to Harry, “Fawkes is a phoenix. He has burning days. He is reborn from the ashes. They carry heavy loads. Their tears have healing powers.

Harry finds a book in Moaning Myrtle’s bathroom. The book belongs to Tom Marvolo Riddle. Tom takes him into the book. Harry sees 50 years in the past, on June 13th  in Hogwarts. Master Dipper is closing Hogwarts due to the Chamber of Secrets  being opened. Aragog, the giant spider, is blamed for the attacks. Hermione is the next to be petrified.

Cornelius Fudge, the Minister of Magic orders Hagrid taken to Azkaban.

The basilisk - sixty feet long snake

The basilisk – sixty feet long snake

We learn more about the basilisk—capable of living for hundreds of years. It’s eyes are fatal. Spiders fear them. Moaning Myrtle died because she looked at the basilisk 50 years ago, while in her restroom.

“Her skeleton will lie in the Chamber forever,” was written on the wall in blood. The message was about Ginny Weasley.

Harry discovers the chamber. It’s in Moaning Myrtle’s bathroom. He speaks Parseltongue and the chamber opens. In the chamber, he finds Ginny Weasley. She’s dying. Tom Riddle is there. Tom is Lord Voldemort.

Tom has a muggle father. Out of shame, he changed his name. He caused Ginny to open the chamber with a spell.

As Ginny lies dying, Tom gets stronger. He calls the basilisk. He is the Heir of Salazar Slytherin.  Fawkes brings the sorting hat to Harry.

Tom Riddle calls the basilisk

Tom Riddle calls the basilisk

Fawkes, the phoenix, blinds the basilisk. A sword appears in the hat. Harry uses the sword to kill the basilisk.

Harry was  bitten in the arm. He removes the long tooth. As the basilisk poison speeds through his body, he stabs the book with the basilisk tooth. Tom Riddle dies.

Ginny wakes as Fawkes drips his magical tears on Harry’s wound, healing it.  Fawkes flies everyone out of the chamber.

In Dumbledore’s office, Harry and Ron are being lectured for breaking school rules. Afterward, he gives awards to Ron and Harry and releases Hagrid from Azkaban.

Lucius Malfoy is Dobby's Master

Lucius Malfoy is Dobby’s Master

We learn that Dobby serves the Malfoys. Harry tricks Lucius into freeing  the house-elf with a sock.  “Dobby is Free!” he exclaimed.

At the dinner table, Sir Nicholas greets the students. Hermione is back from being petrified. Hagrid walks in and says, “A bloody owl named Errol got lost. I was just released from Azkaban.”

The movie ends.

Watching this movie again has been a real treat. For me, the Harry Potter series is one of the best magical fantasy series’ ever written.

I hope you enjoyed my review of one of J.K. Rowling’s masterpieces, The Chamber of Secrets.  Until we talk again.

May good fortune guide your path,

J.A. Ireland.

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