Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Warner Bros. Released 2002




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Movie Summary

Chris Columbus

Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley are about to enter their second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. They find out that the Chamber of Secrets has been opened and that enemies of Slytherin's heir should fear for their lives. The school is thrown into chaos, but no one can figure out exactly where the Chamber of Secrets is or if it even exists, or who Slytherin's heir is. When some classmates are petrified, including Hermione, and Ron's sister, Ginny, is kidnapped, Harry and Ron dicover its location and take it upon themselves to enter the Chamber of Secrets to save the school.


Metacritic Score

  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Darker and more dramatic, this account of Harry's troubled second year at Hogwarts may be a bit overlong and unmodulated in pacing, but it possesses a confidence and intermittent f...

  • 60

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    By the end, instead of feeling stirred to a high pitch of anxiety and excitement, you may feel battered and worn down. But not, in the end, too terribly disappointed.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    The film's scary moments are too monstrous and its happy times have too much idiotic beaming, making the film feel like the illegitimate offspring of "Alien" and "The Absent-Minded...

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe

Harry Potter

Rupert Grint

Rupert Grint

Ron Weasley

Emma Watson

Emma Watson

Hermione Granger

Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh

Professor Gilderoy Lockhart

John Cleese

John Cleese

Nearly Headless Nick

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Vernon: (Vernon puts bars on Harry's bedroom window) You're never going back to that school. You're never going to see those freaky friends of yours again!

    • Arthur: (Arthur Weasley returns home after a night shift) Morning, Weasleys.
      Weasley Family: Morning, Dad.
      Arthur: What a night. Nine raids. Nine!
      Harry: Raids?
      Ron: Dad works in the Ministry of Magic, in the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts office. Dad loves muggles, thinks they're facinating.

    • Arthur: Well, now. And who are you?
      Harry: Oh, sorry, sir. I'm Harry Potter.
      Arthur: Good Lord, are you really? Well, Ron's told us all about you, of course. When did he get here?
      Ron: This morning.
      Molly: Your sons flew that enchanted car of yours to Surrey and back last night.
      Arthur: Did you really? How did it go? (Molly hits Arthur on the arm) I mean-- That was very wrong indeed, boys. Very wrong of you.

    • Arthur: Now, Harry, you must know all about muggles. Tell me, what exactly is the function of a rubber duck?

    • Hagrid: You're a mess, Harry. Skulking around Knockturn Alley? Dodgy place. Don't want no one to see you there. People will think you're up to no good
      Harry: I was lost, I-- Hang on. What were you doing down there then?
      Hagrid: Me? Oh, I was, em... I was looking for Flesh-Eating Slug Repellent. They're ruining all the school cabbages.

    • Lucious: Let me see. Red hair, vacant expressions... tatty, secondhand book. You must be the Weasley's.

    • Hermione: He called me a mudblood.
      Hagrid: He did not.
      Harry: What's a mudblood?
      Hermione: It means "dirty blood". "Mudblood's a really foul name for someone who's muggle-born. Someone with non-magic parents. Someone like me. It's not a term one usually hears in civilised conversation.
      Hagrid: See, the thing is, Harry, there are some wizards, like the Malfoy family, who think they're better than everyone else because they're what people call pure-blood.
      Harry: That's horrible.
      Ron: It's disgusting.
      Hagrid: And it's codswallop to boot. Dirty blood. Why, there isn't a wizard alive today that's not half-blood or less. More to the point, they've yet to think of a spell that our Hermione can't do.

    • Lockhart: Fame is a fickle thing, Harry. Celebrity is as celebrity does.

    • Dumbledore: Fawkes is a phoenix, Harry. They burst into flame when it is time for them to die and then are reborn from the ashes. Aah, fascinating creatures, phoenixes. They can carry immensely heavy loads. And their tears have healing powers.

    • Dumbledore: (Harry and Ron's actions have resulted in the school being saved) You both realise of course that in the past few hours, you have broken perhaps a dozen school rules.
      Harry and Ron: Yes, sir.
      Dumbledore: And there is sufficient evidence to have you both expelled.
      Harry and Ron: Yes, sir.
      Dumbledore: Therefore, it is only fitting that you both receive special awards for services to the school.
      Ron: Thank, sir.

    • Lockhart: (Harry and Ron are trying to save Ginny with a captured Lockhart in tow, when Lockhart suddenly grabs Ron's wand) The adventure ends here, boys. But don't fret. The world will know our story. How I was too late to save the girl. How you two tragically lost your minds at the sight of her mangled body.

    • Harry: (reading from a book's torn out page) "Of the many fearsome beasts that roam our land none is more deadly than the basilisk. Capable of living for hundreds of years, instant death awaits any who meet the giant serpent's eye. Spiders flee before it."

    • Hagrid: What are you doing here? Get out of my house!
      Lucious: Believe me... I take absolutely no pleasure being inside your... You call this a house?

  • NOTES (7)

    • Production Budget - $100,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $261,988,482 (4th)
      Worldwide Gross - $878,979,634 (2nd)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $367,956,285
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $1,234,504,959

    • Other Production Companies:
      Heyday Films
      1492 Pictures
      MIRACLE Productions GmbH & Co. KG

    • An extended version of the movie runs 13 minutes longer.

    • Filmed with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio.

    • Taglines:
      Hogwarts is back in session.
      2. The Chamber of Secrets has been opened. Enemies of the heir... beware!
      3. Something evil has returned to Hogwarts!
      4. The Chamber of Secrets has opened...
      5. The second year begins November 15

    • BAFTA Nominations:
      1. Best Film
      2. Production Design
      3. Sound
      4. Visual Effects

      Grammy Nominations:
      1. Soundtrack

    • Filming locations include:
      Alnwick, Northumberland, England
      Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England
      Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
      Durham, County Durham, England
      Ealing Studios, Ealing, London, England
      Glen Coe, Highland, Scotland
      Fort William, Highland, Scotland
      Glenfinnan, Highland, Scotland
      Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England
      Goathland, North Yorkshire, England
      King's Cross, London, England
      Lacock, Wiltshire, England
      St. Pancras, London, England


More Info About This Movie


Family Dramas, supernatural forces, rebellious youth, parallel worlds, child hero