One of my favorite movie series, if not my favorite, is Harry Potter. The actors are perfect for what is described in the book and all the sets are excellent. I recommend reading the books before watching the movies because you get more detail and information about things that they didn’t put in the movie.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is just the second one of the series and I have seen too many times to count. It starts when Dobby the house elf tries to stop Harry from going to Hogwarts. However, he fails and Harry is rescued from his Uncle and Aunts’ house by the Weasleys. They take their dad’s flying car to get Harry out of there. It is Harry’s first time to the Weasley’s home, the burrow, and he is amazed at how magical homes are different than Muggle homes. They then go to get their schoolbooks from Diagon Alley and they see Hermione there. They also run into Lucius and Draco Malfoy, which is a very unpleasant surprise. Lucius finds a way to slip a diary in Ginny Weasley’s bag without anyone noticing and they leave before any real trouble is started.
When Harry goes with the Weasleys to Platform 9 3/4, something odd happens. The barrier that usually opens when a witch or wizard runs though is closer. Harry and Ron then decide to take the flying car all the way to Hogwarts. However, they are spotted by Muggles and when they get to school they are in big trouble. Ron’s mom is very unhappy with them and worried too. They both get detentions and Harry has to serve his with the new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor, Gilderoy Lockhart. After his detention, he is leaves the room and starts to hear a voice in the walls. He follows the voice and runs into Ron and Hermione. He continues to follow the voice and runs into an alarming sight. There is blood on the walls and Mrs. Norris is petrified on the wall. The blood writing reads, “The Chamber of Secrets has been open. Enemies of the heir, beware.”
This is not the only time this happened. Three more students were petrified, including Hermione. This makes Ron and Harry very scared and they don’t know if they can solve the case without her. However, she had been doing some research on the day she was petrified and found out what type of creature was in the Chamber of Secrets. It was a basilisk. If you looked at it directly, it would kill you, but if you didn’t look directly into its eyes, you would only be petrified. She also realized it was traveling through the pipes. Then, another note is written on the wall in blood. It says, “Her body will lie in the chamber forever.” It is Ginny that the note is talking about. So, Harry and Ron find out that the entrance to the chamber is in one of the girl’s bathrooms and the two of them along with Lockhart go down to stop the basilisk. However, Lockhart looses his memory in the chamber and is really on help. Ron gets stuck behind some rocks so Harry is on his own.
In the chamber Harry finds Ginny and she is almost dead. He also finds another man, Tom Riddle. Riddle reveals that he is a younger version of Lord Voldemort and he says that he used the diary, which Lucius Malfoy put in Ginny’s bag in Diagon Alley, to posses Ginny and open the Chamber of Secrets. Then he says that the basilisk is going to kill Harry and Harry starts to run as the basilisk approaches. After a long battle, Harry stabs the basilisk with the Sword of Gryffindor. He then stabs the diary with one of the basilisk’s fangs and gets rid of Tom Riddle. Once they get out of the Chamber of Secrets, Hermione is back and everyone is very grateful for them. Ginny is alive and all right. The ending of this movie is really good and is very exciting.