A film by Chris Columbus

This is the second Harry Potter film and is the sequel to 2001 s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer s Stone . Like the first film, this one is also based on the book of the same title by J.K. Rowling. Also like the first film, this movie adaptation is faithful to the novel. This movie is set during Harry s (Daniel Radcliffe) second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Like the previous movie, this one begins before school starts and Harry is still staying with his aunt and uncle. He has not heard from his friends all summer, and he is forbidden to send out his owl to send letters to his friends. It seems like a typical summer for Harry, except when a house elf named Dobby (Tony Jones, voice) appears and tries to convince Harry not to return to Hogwarts. Naturally, Harry is going to go back, it is the only place of happiness that he knows. But this is the set up and lets us know from the start that something is going, and we just don t know what it is yet.

When school begins, Harry is reunited with his friends Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson). Of course, they have several adventures even before the main story truly begins. There is a new teacher at the school, Professor Lockhart (Kenneth Branagh), the professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts. He is a preening, pompous, self-absorbed fool, but all of the female students love him.

The story truly begins when a student turns up petrified and there is a note written on a wall saying The Chamber of Secrets has been opened . This sets the school abuzz with rumors of what the Chamber is and what happened the last time the Chamber was opened. This is, of course, the beginning of the adventure for Harry, Hermione, and Ron, as they strive to discover what is happening and who is behind it, and how to stop it.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was just as good as the first movie, and has a similar feel to it (which makes sense since both films have the same director). It was an enjoyable movie, if a little long for children s movie. The movie captures the events and look of the novels, but like the first film, it lacks the tone and joy of reading the books. The novels have such a fast paced, wonderful tone that the movies simply cannot recreate. I find enjoyment in the movies because I have read the books, but I m not sure if that same enjoyment would come across to those who have not read the books.

4 out of 5 pugs, based partly on my enjoyment of the books and how that translated to my movie watching experience.