7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Release Year: 2002
- Director: Chris Columbus
- Cast: 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, and Julie Walters
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second film in the franchise, and it’s based on the book of the same name. While the first movie was full of charm and benefits from the series being brought to life on screen, Chamber of Secrets doesn’t live up to the hype.
In the film, Harry returns to Hogwarts for his second year. When students start being attacked, it becomes clear that a dark secret from Hogwarts’ past has returned and the Chamber of Secrets has been opened. A monster is wreaking havoc on the school, and Harry, Ron, and Hermione are determined to get to the bottom of the mystery.
Overall, Chamber of Secrets is the weakest story of the seven Harry Potter books, and that’s why this movie didn’t work. While it does ramp up the danger and tie into the larger Harry Potter story, there’s just not enough substance to keep viewers entertained compared to some of the other movies in the franchise.