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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Runtime: 161 minutes
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Felton, Jason Isaacs, Maggie Smith, Richard Harris
Director: Chris Columbus
Language: Mild British-inspired cursing ("Bloody hell", etc.)
Violence: Fantasy action and violence; creatures both quirky and creepy present, including giant spiders, phoenixes, and basilisks; action includes spell-casting and even mild sword-fighting; youth is put into a comatose state; injury to minor involving riding of his broom; characters are "petrified" by a dark spell; blood is used to write on the walls; kids are in a perilous flying car
Other: Content involving witches, wizards, and dark sorcery
Integrity: Bravery and loyalty triumph in the end
Director Chris Columbus continues the Harry Potter movie series with this sequel to the enormously popular original film released in 2001. In this dark fantasy, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) set out to destroy an evil force contained in the chamber of secrets within Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. They encounter many frightening opponents including giant spiders and grotesque creatures but are befriended by Hogwarts’ headmaster, Professor Dumbledore (Richard Harris, who recently died), and the school’s ground keeper, Rubeus Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane).
The film’s spectacular visual effects and action are impressive, but its 161-minute running time and underlying darkness are a bit trying. The sequel is more frightening and violent than the original. And the lighting scheme is dark with daylight hardly ever shown. Harry and his friends’ wizardly powers are portrayed favorably without any reference to their evil nature.
Not Dove Family Approved
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