Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Film Poster

The movie Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets closely follows the plot of the book written by JK Rowling.  There are some differences and changes in the movie though, as usual with movie adaptations of books.

In the movie, Harry didn’t do any chores.  The book starts off with the Dudleys getting ready for Vernon’s big meeting with the Masons.  When Dobby starts hitting himself against things, Vernon tells the Masons to not worry about the sound…its just the cat.  That’s a pretty big cat to be making all those sounds….  Speaking of that, I really liked Dobby.  He was so cute, but somewhat pitiful at the same time.  I was really glad when Harry freed him at the end.  Dobby deserved to live better than being Lucius Malfoy’s servant.  Lucius Malfoy is very cruel.

The Weasley boys save Harry with a flying car when he is trapped inside his bedroom at the Dursleys.  In the book, Mrs. Weasey gives the boys a large telling off in the front yard.  In the movie, it is much smaller, and in the kitchen.  However, this does bring me to two of my favorite characters in the Harry Potter movie series:  Mr. and Mrs. Weasley.  I think they’re so cute together.  They make me laugh.  It’s obvious they have a lot of fun together.

Harry travels by floo powder to Borgin and Burkes.  In the book, he witnessed an exchange between the store owner and Lucius Malfoy.  In the movie, there are no Malfoys here.

I did have a question when Harry meets up with Hermione in Diagon Alley.  Why can Hermione fix Harry’s glasses?  They aren’t in school.  Shouldn’t she be getting in trouble here?

While I was watching the movie, I realized that Lockhart was probably histrionic.  Histrionic personality disorder is characterized by excessive attention seeking behavior.  They always want to be the center of attention, and feel comfortable when they are not.  They are lively and dramatic.  They may be shallow.  This, in my opinion, perfectly describes Lockhart.  He always has to be the center of attention.  He makes situations about themselves when they are not.  He likes to act out things he has done, and doesn’t realize how his attention-seeking behavior affects others.  Everything is about him, and he has to make everything about him.  I just found that interesting.

When Hermione is called a Mudblood, Ron doesn’t explain what that means to Harry.  Hermione does.  Also, in a touching moment, Hagrid consoles Hermione because she is understandably upset.

I thought the howler in the movie was smaller.  Mrs. Weasley didn’t scream as long here.  I loved Ron’s reaction though.  It was funny.

Professor Binns is not in the movie.  Instead, Professor McGonagall tells students about the Chamber of Secrets.  I thought her transfiguration was pretty cool.

In the movie, Harry, Ron, and Hermione didn’t need a note from Lockhart to get access to Moste Potente Potions.  It was in the library.  It should have been in the Restricted Section.  I don’t think first years should have access to that book.  It looks pretty disturbing.

In the hospital wing, Harry is woken by that creepy voice, not Dobby sponging his forehead.  I thought the movie did a good job with Harry hearing voices.   It was creepy.

At the Dueling Club, Lockhart didn’t show Harry a weird wand thing.  He just gave Harry good luck.

When Harry, Ron, and Hermione took the polyjuice potion, we only got to see Harry transform.  That was somewhat disappointing.  I would have liked to see all three of them transform.

Ron made me laugh again when he said, “Why can’t it be follow the butterflies?” as he and Harry prepared to follow the spiders in the Forbidden Forest.  I think Ron was cute in this movie in his facial expressions and some of his lines.

There was an interesting moment with Ron and Hermione when the trio were reunited.  Ron didn’t feel comfortable with hugging Hermione.  It was very awkward.  Cool there be some brewing romance there, perhaps?

There is one thing that I like better in the movie than the book:  the ending.  It was so touching seeing all the students clapping for Hagrid.  There really is no Hogwarts without Hagrid.  The books and movies wouldn’t be the same without him.

Overall, my favorite parts in the movie were Lockhart and the ending.  Lockhart made me laugh, and the ending pulled at my heartstrings.  I also really enjoyed Ron’s facial expressions.  He was adorable.


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