HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBERS OF SECRETS - APPEARING ON THE BIG SCREEN
In 1998, Warner Bros bought the copyrights for filming both of the then available novels of J.K Rowling in the market. Harry Potter and the Chambers of the Secrets is the second film in Harry Potter Series that was initially released in the UK on November 3 and in the USA on November 14th, 2002 that is almost a year later than the release of the first part. Though Chris Columbus was hired for directing the movie again according to the reports he was not much interested in this task and this is why the director for the third part, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The movie was spectacularly produced by David Heyman and the ever-entertaining script was provided by Steve Kloves.
HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBERS OF SECRETS - CAST
For all the previous characters in 1st Harry Potter movie, the same cast was hired except for some new characters that needed new cast members. Kenneth Branagh was hired for the character of Lockhart which he played with full justice. For a character like Dobby, Toby Jones was hired for the voiceover while the character of Tom Riddle (young Voldemort) Christian Coulson was hired.
HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBERS OF SECRETS - SET DESIGN
Keeping in mind the plot of Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secrets, the film needed to portray a few new locations that were not part of the previous instalment. For this, the production designer Stuart Craig who had also done a brilliant in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was appointed. He designed the Weasley’s house named as Burrow in the movie and Professor Dumbledore’s office that consisted of a desk, Sorting Hat and Gryffindor Sword. Craig also created the Chambers of Secrets that can be regarded as one of the best designs in the history of movie making. Another masterpiece created by him was the antique Borgin and Burkes shop that captivates the audience of the magical world. The flying car of Mr Weasleythat Ron and his brothers stole to rescue Harry was a 1962 Ford Anglia.
HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBERS OF SECRETS - MUSIC AND COMPOSITION
A relatively expansive soundtrack was needed for Harry Potter and the Chambers of the Secrets and for that the famous sound designer and co-supervising sound editor Randy Thom was appointed. He used Shepperton Studios in England to complete his task. However, scoring was done by John Williams and the soundtrack was released on November 12th, 2002.
HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBERS OF SECRETS - FILMING
The shooting started on November 19, 2001, almost three days after the wide release of HarryPotter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. During the first few weeks, the shooting was done on the flying car scenes. After this, the proper shooting started in different locations at Isle of Man, Surrey, Number Four Privet Drive, Leavesden Film Studios, and Gloucester Cathedral. Train scenes were shot at Hogwarts’s Express set in King’s Cross Railway Station Platform 9 3/4. In order to form Parseltongue language required for the scenes where Harry talks with snakes, a linguistics professor Francis Nolan of the University of Cambridge was appointed. The shooting was wrapped up in summer 2002 and a few months were spent on post-production.
HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBERS OF SECRETS - BOOK VS MOVIE
As the story of Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secrets (the film) unfolds, some differences can be noticed if compared to the book. However, the differences are tried to keep as minimal as possible and they are relatively lesser than the first part. In the book when Ron and his twin brothers came to rescue Harry from Dursleys, they had to take his trunk out of the cupboard down the stairs with much effort and hard work, however in the movie, the trunk was placed near the window and was easily shifted to the flying car. In the book when Harry broke his glasses in Diagon Alley, Mr Weasley fixed it. However, in the movie, this was done by Hermione. Moving a little further, the scene in which Harry fell out of the flying car accident and had to clench to the door before Ron could pull him it was an additional scene that Rowling never wrote in the book. In the book, it was Fred and George—the twin brothers of Ron who saved Harry from bludger but in the film it was Hermione. Similarly, when everybody got worried about the message written in blood on the walls of school—Chambers of Secrets has been opened, it was Professor Binns who told the students about the history of Chambers of Secrets and the role Salazar Slytherin but in the film, this was done by Professor McGonagall.
HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBERS OF SECRETS - BOX OFFICE PERFORMANCE
As soon as the film was released it broke a number of records. It remained on number one ranking for almost two non-consecutive weekends. Made at a budget of $100 million, the movie earned $878,979,634 worldwide that made it the fifth highest-grossing film at the time. This was again a huge success for all the team behind the movie. At the non-American Box office, Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secrets was ranked as year's number one movie. Coming towards the critics, Roger Ebert called the movie a phenomenal film and gave it four out of four stars. He gave special kudos to set designs and special effects of the movie. Entertainment Weekly described praised the movie for being better and darker than the previous instalment. Richard Roeper specifically appreciated the director, saying: Chris Columbus, the director, does a really wonderful job of being faithful to the story but also taking it into a cinematic era. In addition to all this, the movie was nominated for three BAFTA Awards categories that are Best Production Design, Sound, and Achievement in Visual Effects.