Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets movie review - Aussieboyreviews


It’s most likely to frighten young ones, but this Harry Potter sequel has an excellent climax even though it’s excruciatingly dull. There’s lots of fantasy elements, too.


When a house-elf warns Harry against returning to Hogwarts, he decides to go back there anyway. But he finds himself surrounded in mystery after students and creatures at the school start to get petrified.

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Movie details

Director: Chris Columbus
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Kenneth Branagh, John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Richard Griffiths, Richard Harris
Writer: Steve Kloves
Release Date (Australia): 28 November 2002
Runtime: 161 minutes/2h 41m
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Family
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (PG)

The film contains fantasy themes and that may scare young children, including depictions of large fantasy creatures and the use of magic.

Violence (PG)

A large fantasy creature is stabbed through the mouth with a sword, accompanied by blood detail covering the sword.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film contains infrequent use of the term “bloody hell”.

mpaa rating

PG (for scary moments, some creature violence and mild language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

There’s so much to say about The Chamber of Secrets, so let’s say the story is even duller than the first film. And the chief reasoning for calling the film dull is because of how flat and tedious it was. If only it was more entertaining and if they didn’t save all the excitement for the climatic point, it probably could’ve been a lot better. The fantastical elements are obviously totally uninteresting, but what audiences are looking for is a diverting tale, which we didn’t get.

It’s just the same as the 2001 Harry Potter instalment, except it follows a completely new issue. If you didn’t like the first film, skip it, but definitely watch it if you did enjoy the first. There’s lots of impressive but dumb fantasy elements throughout, including the magic, the weird creatures and the entire plot itself.

Unfortunately, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is even more boring than the first. And it’s not an enjoyable story. Of course that’s already been said, but owning an over 2 hour runtime, it just drags out and drags longer. How do people enjoy these flat stories and ideas? To sum up, the second Harry Potter movie is an overrated waste of your time!

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