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By: Dhanyasree M
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets is the second film in the celebrated Harry Potter film series. Just like its predecessor Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone the film was based on J.K.Rowling's best seller. The cast and crew of the film were as same as in the previous one. However the screenwriter for the movie adaptation was changed from J.K.Rowling to Steven Kloves.
The movie begins at the Dursleys' house as in the previous movie. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe)gets locked up for being a wizard and eventually saved by Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and his twin brothers Fred and George Weasleys (James and Oliver Phelps). This movie also brings into the light Ginny Weasley (Bonnie Wright), who has a major crush on Harry.
Harry's life at Hogwarts turned out to be as eventful as the previous year. The hidden chamber at Hogwarts gets opened and the monster inside it start to petrify the muggle born students. Harry even starts to suspect his well wisher Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) through the hints he got from a stranded diary.
The final disaster occurs when Ginny Weasley has been taken to the chamber of secrets by the monster. Harry and Ron set to get back Ginny. To his utter shock Harry meets Tom Riddle(Christian Coulson) at the chamber, who turned out be the teenage form of Lord Voldemort. Harry fights with the monstrous snake Basilik and destroys the diary that consists a part of Voldemort's soul.
The movie was well praised for its close association with the narration. Its production began on November 19, 2001, just three days after the widespread release of the Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone. It was shot on several locations of Great Britain and Leavesdon Film Studios in London. The film came to worldwide release on November 3,2002 and received a PG rating for scary moments, some creature violence, and mild language. This was the last movie in which veteran actor Richard Harris played the role of Albus Dumbledore. Richard Harris passed away on October 25, 2002.
The film was very well received at the box office, having one of the largest opening weekend grosses of its time ($88.4M USD) and eventually grossing more than $876 million USD worldwide. However this movie remains the only film in the series that has not been nominated for an Academy Award.
The later releases of Harry Potter films have a glorious tale to share with us. Let us analyze them in the forthcoming articles.