Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

161 min | 174 min (extended version)
Adventure | Family | Fantasy | Mystery
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Chris Columbus
Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 10 wins & 32 nominations
Country: UK
Release Date: 2002-11-15
Filming Locations: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Budget: $100,000,000
Opening Weekend: $88,357,488 (USA) (17 November 2002)
Gross: $261,970,615 (USA) (13 April 2003)
Harry Melling
Harry Melling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Geraldine Somerville
Geraldine Somerville
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Emma Watson
Emma Watson
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Daniel Radcliffe
Harry Potter
Rupert Grint
Ron Weasley
Richard Griffiths
Uncle Vernon Dursley
Fiona Shaw
Aunt Petunia Dursley
Toby Jones
Dobby the House Elf
Jim Norton
Mr. Mason
Veronica Clifford
Mrs. Mason
James Phelps
Fred Weasley
Oliver Phelps
George Weasley
Julie Walters
Mrs Weasley
Bonnie Wright
Ginny Weasley
Mark Williams
Arthur Weasley
Chris Rankin
Percy Weasley
Tom Felton
Draco Malfoy
Jason Isaacs
Lucius Malfoy
Edward Tudor-Pole
Mr. Borgin
Jenny Tarren
Aged Witch
Robbie Coltrane
Rubeus Hagrid
Tom Knight
Mr. Granger
Heather Bleasdale
Mrs. Granger
Isabella Columbus
Girl in Bookstore
Kenneth Branagh
Professor Gilderoy Lockhart
Peter O'Farrell
Short Man - Daily Prophet
Ben Borowiecki
Angus (Diagon Boy)
Harry Taylor
Station Guard
Matthew Lewis
Neville Longbottom
Devon Murray
Seamus Finnigan
David Bradley
Argus Filch
Alan Rickman
Severus Snape
Richard Harris
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Maggie Smith
Professor Minerva McGonagall
Jamie Waylett
Vincent Crabbe
Josh Herdman
Gregory Goyle
Miriam Margolyes
Professor Pomona Sprout
Gemma Padley
Penelope Clearwater
John Cleese
Nearly Headless Nick
Hugh Mitchell
Colin Creevey
Alfred Enoch
Dean Thomas
Eleanor Columbus
Susan Bones
Sean Biggerstaff
Oliver Wood
Rochelle Douglas
Alicia Spinnet
Emily Dale
Katie Bell
Danielle Tabor
Angelina Johnson
Jamie Yeates
Slytherin Quidditch Captain Marcus Flint
Warwick Davis
Professor Flitwick
Violet Columbus
Girl with Flowers
Peter Taylor
Man - Moving Picture
Luke Youngblood
Lee Jordan
Scot Fearn
Adrian Pucey
David Holmes
Slytherin Beater #1
David Massam
Slytherin Beater #2
Tony Christian
Slytherin Beater #3
David Churchyard
Slytherin Keeper
Gemma Jones
Madam Pomfrey
Shirley Henderson
Moaning Myrtle
Edward Randell
Justin Finch-Fletchley
Sally Mortemore
Madam Irma Pince
Louis Doyle
Ernie MacMillan
Charlotte Skeoch
Hannah Abbott
Brendan Columbus
Boy in Study Hall 1
Robert Ayres
Boy in Study Hall 2
Alfred Burke
Professor Armando Dippet
Leslie Phillips
The Sorting Hat
Helen Stuart
Millicent Bulstrode
Daisy Bates
Brunette Lady - Moving Picture
David Tysall
Count - Moving Picture
Christian Coulson
Tom Marvolo Riddle
Martin Bayfield
Young Rubeus Hagrid
Robert Hardy
Cornelius Fudge
Julian Glover
Les Bubb
Macéo Bhardwaj
Slytherin Student
Maria Coyne
Hogwarts Student (uncredited)
Sean Cronin
Pamela Kempthorne
Knocturn Alley Witch (uncredited)
Oliver Lavery-Farag
Hogwarts' Student (uncredited)
Nathan Lubbock-Smith
Prefect (uncredited)
Ian Maden
Commuter (uncredited)
Terence McAuley
Borgin /
Christopher O'Shea
Extra (uncredited)
Amy Puglia
Pupil (uncredited)
Adrian Rawlins
James Potter
Did you know?
The train station interior used in the film is King's Cross in North London, whereas the exterior shot is actually St. Pancras. The two stations are adjacent to one another, but not the same building. This was done because the architecture of St. Pancras is much more visually appealing.
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When Lucius Malfoy tries to curse Harry at the end, he mutters,"Avada..." As mentioned in the 4th book, this is the beginning of an Unforgivable Curse named Avada Kedavra, or the killing curse. This rather makes it look like Malfoy is stupid enough to actually try kill a child in the middle of a school chock-full of students and teachers with no means of escaping. But as Jason Isaacs has explained in several interviews, the novel mentions no specific spell for him to use and, since he had just been reading the 4th book at the time, this was the only curse he could remember.
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During the shoot, the part of Dobby was played by a ball on a stick (he was added digitally later, of course).
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When Harry's cart hits the barrier between platforms 9 and 10, Hedwig's cage door very clearly pops open. In the next shot she is shown ruffling her feathers with a very closed cage door.
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As they fly over Hogwarts Express Ron yells, "Take my hand!" the corner rubber trim of the door frame is peeling up. When Ron grabs hold in the shot facing Ron, their hands are positioned differently than in the next close-up where it's visible that the frame of the door is fairly clean, there are two parcels behind the seat, etc. Yet when Ron grabs hold after Harry says, "...Your hand's all sweaty," the rubber trim is fitted into place, the frame of the door is filthy and there are different parcels behind the seat, etc.
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During the Halloween Feast, Filch comes running down the hall. He runs past Ronald Weasley near the door, and then again nearer to Dumbledore.
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Ron: Dad loves muggles. Thinks they're fascinating.
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Lucius Malfoy: So it's true. You have returned.
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Draco Malfoy: Father always said that Dumbledore was the worst thing that ever happened to this place.
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How could they have searched the whole school and not find the Chamber of Secrets, while it is within the school below a bathroom?
Probably because the room itself isn't technically within the school, but below it, in a large cavern in the rocks upon which Hogwarts was built. Only the accessway, the long chute below the sink that leads into it, is within the building; the room itself is far below, as can be seen when Harry and company are flown out with Fawks, and have to ascend quite high to reach the school again. So they may have searched the entire school and missed the room, because it simply was not there; the small chute could have been easily mistaken for plumbing pipes. Another reason is that the Chamber could only be opened with a Parseltongue incantation. Speakers of Parseltongue are very rare and since the language is so closely associated with Dark Arts, even fewer wizards use it. According to the books, not even Dumbledore speaks it. Salazar Slytherin was a Parselmouth, and this trait (or skill) was passed on to (or learned by) his descendants, who even took pride in using it (as revealed in the book Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince). Slytherin also left the image of a snake on a faucet, which marked the Chamber's entrance and provided a hint as to how to open it. These measures ensured that the Chamber would never be found by anyone outside the Slytherin bloodline, since all wizards who searched for the Chamber within Hogwarts either didn't speak Parseltongue and used unsuccessful conventional revelation spells, or they simply did not know they had to use a Parseltongue spell. And wizards don't use Muggle technology such as sonar, which may have revealed the chute below the bathroom.
What are the differences between the Theatrical version and the Ultimate Edition?
Just recently Ultimate Editions of the first two Potter movies were released on DVD/Blu-ray. These new editions feature longer cuts of the movies and for the Chamber of Secrets, this new "version" runs approx. 13 minutes longer than the well-known theatrical cut. Most of these scenes are deleted scenes from the old DVDs that were reinserted into the movie. Disney Channel aired a longer cut of this Potter movie in the States as well and one can guess that the Ultimate Edition and the Disney Channel cut are probably the same. A detailed comparison between the Ultimate Edition and the Theatrical Version with pictures can be found here.
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDbs Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets can be found here.
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Photos from cast
Harry Melling Geraldine Somerville Emma Watson