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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Chris Columbus

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Movie propaganda

The secret is out.

The follow-up to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone finds young wizard Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) facing new challenges during their second year at Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry as they try to discover a dark force that is terrorising the school.

Persons of interest

  • Daniel Radcliffe .... Harry Potter
  • Rupert Grint .... Ron Weasley
  • Emma Watson .... Hermione Granger
  • Kenneth Branagh .... Professor Gilderoy Lockhart
  • Robbie Coltrane .... Gamekeeper Rubeus Hagrid
  • Richard Harris .... Headmaster Albus Dumbledore
  • Alan Rickman .... Professor Severus Snape
  • Maggie Smith .... Deputy Headmistress Professor Minerva McGonagall
  • Alfred Burke .... Headmaster Armando Dippet
  • John Cleese .... Sir Nicholas "Nearly Headless Nick" De Mimsy-Porpington
  • Warwick Davis .... Professor Flitwick
  • Tom Felton .... Draco Malfoy
  • Julian Glover .... Aragog
  • Richard Griffiths .... Uncle Vernon Dursley
  • Shirley Henderson .... Moaning Myrtle
  • Jason Isaacs .... Lucius Malfoy
  • Gemma Jones .... Madam Poppy Pomfrey
  • Matthew Lewis .... Neville Longbottom
  • Miriam Margolyes .... Professor Sprout
  • Hugh Mitchell .... Colin Creevey
  • Sally Mortemore .... Madam Irma Pince
  • Katharine Nicholson .... Pansy Parkinson
  • Gemma Padley .... Penelope Clearwater
  • James Phelps .... Fred Weasley
  • Oliver Phelps .... George Weasley
  • Fiona Shaw .... Aunt Petunia Dursley
  • Julie Walters .... Mrs Weasley
  • Mark Williams .... Arthur Weasley
  • Bonnie Wright .... Virginia "Ginny" Weasley
  • Robert Hardy .... Cornelius Fudge
  • JK Rowling .... Author
  • Steve Kloves .... Screenwriter
  • Chris Columbus .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Puberty. Those cherubic boys have become husky young men but they still get to play magic and monsters with the best of them. The Chamber of Secrets is less coherent than The philosopher's stone with many of the motivations behind the secondary and tertiary characters unclear, particularly Draco Malfoy and the Gryffindor team Captain. They wander in, grumble a bit and then wander out. All in all, they have no effect on the story or on the outcome.

Gilderoy Lockhart is just plain annoying. Sure, he injects some humour into the film but would anyone really hire him as a teacher? I think not, despite the "fame" that he attaches to himself. On the upside, it's good to see racism getting the smack about the ears that it deserves. Mud-blood or pure-blood, Hogwarts is based on talent and skill, the way the world should be.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a fun adventure and a good mystery that everyone will enjoy, even if it does run for nearly three hours - who says kids have no attention span?

Security censorship classification

PG (Frightening fantasy scenes, medium level violence)

Surveillance time

161 minutes (2:41 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 28 November 2002

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