Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
In this sequel to the smash hit Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry ignores warnings not to return to school -- that is, if he values his life -- to investigate with Ron and Hermione a mysterious series of attacks.
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- Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Kenneth Branagh, John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Richard Griffiths, Richard Harris, Jason Isaacs, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, Shirley Henderson, Miriam Margolyes, Mark Williams, Toby Jones, Bonnie Wright, Tom Felton
- Chris Columbus
- DVD and Blu-ray
PGScary moments, some creature violence and mild language
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral), FrenchClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; cast and crew interview; trailer; timeline.
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1, Widescreen 1.78:1Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral), Catalan, Chinese Simplified, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Flemish, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, SwedishClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: PCM Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, Catalan: Dolby Digital 5.1, Danish: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dutch: Dolby Digital 5.1, Flemish: Dolby Digital 5.1, German: Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian: Dolby Digital 5.1, Japanese: Dolby Digital 5.1, Swedish: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; deleted scenes; cast and crew interviews; trailer; Conversation with Author J.K. Rowling and Screenwriter Steve Kloves; additional featurettes.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this movie is scarier than the first in the series and characters spend a lot of time in extreme peril. There are frightening creatures, including lots of big spiders and an enormous snake that can kill anyone who looks in its eyes. Though it appears that some characters have been hurt or killed, all the good guys are ultimately fine. Children who are not familiar with the story, however, may be upset. There are also some gross moments when Ron's spell backfires and he spits up slugs, and when another misapplied spell leaves Harry without any bones in his forearm. Friendship, love, bravery, and loyalty are always major themes in the series. So is the idea of making good choices.
- Sexual Content
- Not applicable.
- Kids are in peril often, but at the hand of fantasy creatures most of the time: giant spiders attack, and a basilisk (giant serpent) has Medusa-like abilities, nearly killing characters and putting them in a rigid, comatose state -- it chases Harry in a really tense scene. Harry falls from his broom and breaks his arm, then bones in his arm are magically removed. A house elf punishes himself by hitting his head repeatedly. In a practice wizards' duel, students and teachers are thrown to the ground and a (small) snake threatens a student. A spell backfires and Ron coughs up slugs. Harry almost falls out of a flying car. Two main characters almost die in the film's climax.
- Hermione is called a "mudblood" by Draco, an offensive term in the Potter world meaning "dirty blood."
- Social Behavior
- Friendship, love, bravery, and loyalty are always major themes in the series. So is the idea of making good choices. A charismatically dishonest teacher gets his comeuppance.
- While the candy mentioned wasn't originally real, it is now: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, Chocolate Frogs, Jelly Slugs, and more. And then there are the action figures, Lego playsets, wands, Band Aids... you name it.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Not applicable
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it