Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Movie Review

This post contains spoilers for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

I’ll start by sharing what I like about this movie. Then I’ll share what I don’t like about this movie. I’ll end with my overall thoughts.

I love the actors’ portrayal of the characters. They really bring them to life. I particularly like the Weasley twins and Snape. The costumes, sets, and special effects bring the story to life. I like that the movie keeps some of the original dialogue.

The movie skips the boring introduction and the deathday party. It also cuts all the Valentine’s Day stuff. I hate Valentine’s Day, so I celebrate its removal from the movie.

I love how the movie builds tension with Dobby. He keeps making noise and risking discovery. It also increases the tension with the pudding falling on Mrs. Mason’s head. Later on, the flying car scene gets added tension as well.

I like that the movie fixes some of the plot holes. One example is with the memory from the diary. In the book, the memory starts without Tom Riddle, but a person can’t remember something they weren’t a part of. The movie adds Tom Riddle into the scene to fix that. I also really like the foreshadowing with the spiders. We see spiders all the time in this movie, and there’s a reason for that.

I can’t believe this movie cut the scene with Snape when Harry and Ron arrive at Hogwarts. That scene is hilarious. Harry and Ron peer inside the Great Hall’s windows and notice Snape is missing, and they wonder aloud what’s happened to him. Meanwhile, he’s standing behind them listening in on their musings. That would have been so fun to watch.

The movie also cuts the trio finding clues and stealing potion ingredients, which contribute significantly to the main plot. The movie cuts the scenes where Harry questions his house and wonders if he should be in Slytherin. This is great characterization, and I’m disappointed it’s not in the movie. There’s no build-up with Ginny’s behavior. In the book, Ginny slowly spirals out of control, but we don’t see that in the movie, which eliminates the foreshadowing.

The movie doesn’t explain why the Hufflepuffs believe Harry is out to get them. Without that explanation, the scene where Justin gets petrified loses a lot of its tension. Ron’s fear of spiders also isn’t explained even though there’s an explanation for it.

Lastly, I have two nit-picky comments: Harry can’t pretend to be sleeping while wearing glasses (Who wears glasses while sleeping?), and Harry grabs a sword blade with his bare hand (and doesn’t cut himself).

Overall, I think this is a good adaptation that follows the book well despite some of the changes. I particularly like the improvements we see in the movie like the fixed plot holes.

What do you think of this movie? Do you think it’s a good adaptation? Let me know in the comments.

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