Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
After the (un)eventful first year at Hogwarts, Harry and his friends are back again for their second year. However, there is someone that does not want Harry at the school (or do they?). Hey there, I am back again with my review for the second instalment in the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The crew from the previous movie and a few others are back again in this one, to take us on a trip to the world of magic, once again.
Leading up to the start of Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, a strange well-wisher warns Harry about going to Hogwarts. Is there something dark that is brewing at Hogwarts? Isn’t Hogwarts the safest place there is? Well that I will let you explore on your own.
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson reprise their roles as the Golden Trio for the second time and they are as adorable as before. This year, the escapades start even before Harry has reached school. Harry and Ron with Hedwig, an old Ford Anglia and all of their luggage embark on an impromptu flying trip across England. For the uninitiated, no I am not lying and that is the spoiler you’ll get from me. Potterheads have often joked, that this was probably the most peaceful time Hermione ever got since meeting Harry and Ron. And, rightfully so.
Filming for the movie began only three days after Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (I refuse to call it the Sorcerer’s Stone) premiered. A host of new characters joined the cast and added to the mayhem (some more than others, if I have my say). We now know that Harry is somewhat of a celebrity in his world (the business with You Know Who), and his popularity seems to have increased this year.
Dark shadows lurk and mysterious events unfold as the story proceeds and Potterheads across the world were delighted to finally hear for themselves Harry conversing in Parseltongue. Not many know this, but Parseltongue like Dothraki (Game of Thrones), Na’vi (Avatar) or even Sindarin and Quenya (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit) is an actual language that you can now learn. In fact, Francis Nolan, a linguistics professor at the University of Cambridge was especially roped in for this purpose.
Once again the VFX team for the project did not disappoint. Several elements of the movie would have been so drab had they failed to deliver. Special mention must be made of the completely spot-on expressions that Rupert Grint had, throughout the movie. I’ll let you follow the spiders on that one.
Sinister things are happening like they once had, many years ago and Harry is somehow found in the middle of it all. Throughout the movie, we find a young Harry getting ostracized, for something he barely understands. His connection with the Dark Lord has him questioning his existence. And through it all we find his friends acting as his shields, providing him with much needed comfort and support. So is it any wonder that Harry’s fear that the sinister events that keep unfolding will take away from him the only place that has always felt like home to him. The doubt, the reluctance, the blames keep mounting until a very brilliant Griffindor leaves behind a hint on a small piece of paper. Once again, it is Harry and Ron to the rescue, with a little help from Godric Griffindor.
Although meant for the young audience, the film once again takes a darker turn and this time death is almost knocking at Hogwarts’ door, once again, like it had, many years ago. Often while watching the movies of this particular franchise, I get too agitated when things do not go along the lines of the book, but I never had that complaint about this one. The movie solidifies the hype that was created by the first one and very rightfully so. It works on several counts, building on the characters, and explores their self-doubts and shows our young hero’s vulnerabilities. The humanized portrayal of the characters, their flaws made them more relatable. This aspect of the movies and the books is probably the reason why it counts as my number remedy for the days when I am feeling down.
As soon as I submit this review, I will probably head over to watch the movie yet again. Just to refresh my memories. Are you?
Disclaimer: The above review solely illustrates the views of the writer.