Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, ...
Credit: Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets: Peter Mountain

WHY WE CAN’T WAIT Despite an initial ho-hum reaction to its predecessor, ”Potter” fans know that the two hours of setup in ”The Sorcerer’s Stone” will pay off with this one.

SOURCE MATERIAL The second of J.K. Rowling’s ”Potter ” books

WHAT’S NEW Kenneth Branagh as Gilderoy Lockhart, Professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts. (See, Shakespeare isn’t the only author Branagh reads.) Oh, and there’s that little matter of students turning to stone.

IN THEIR WORDS ”The first film was about introduction and discovery,” says director Chris Columbus. ”The second is more of an adventure. It’s a little darker, and it’s a situation in which Harry is actually questioning his identity.”

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Movie
  • 161 minutes