Genre Guesstimation – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) – Encore Review

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Alan Sanders of the Wilder Ride and we will be reviewing our favorite 21st Century Fantasy Movie.

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Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of 21st Century Fantasy Movie.

“Weasley’s wand causes devastation with the simplest spells. We’ll be sending Potter to the hospital wing in a matchbox.” – Prof. Snape

Number of Times Seen – 4 (21 Nov 2002, 25 May 2003 and 12 Apr 2015 and 10 Jul 2022)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – In his second year in Hogwarts, Harry must try to find out what is causing people to become paralyzed as he learns that his life is in danger.

My Take on it – I decided that in order to make my guest choices of the Genre for the Genre Grandeur series more personal (and expand my own personal horizons of these genres), I will take a recommendation from my guest for a film to watch for this Genre Guesstimation series.

This series was Alan’s choice for me to watch.

This film continues the adventures of Harry Potter and his friends as they begin to understand the various dangers that are become more prevalent in the wizardry world.

The film once again adds a new teacher who we automatically suspects as being the antagonist and they did a great job of choosing Kenneth Branagh for this role since the character is considered a “star” while also is very high on himself and his accomplishments in life.

The story moves along at a great pace, but, like the original film, feels too light and kid friendly when the events and situations that are brewing are much more sinister.

The way that things are paced works quite well and helps create a powerful world for these characters to grow in over the course of the next 6 movies in the series.

As with all of the films in the series tho, as well as they made the films, they weren’t able to include so much more of the exposition and character development that happened in the books which is always a bit disappointing to see again and again.

I truly wonder if this series was filmed today as to whether they would make each book a season on a limited series in order to grasp the full impact of the books.

That being said, I really hope they don’t try and do that, because it would be so difficult to match this series’ cast and feel.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Although based on the second shortest book, this is the longest of the movies. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), which is based on the longest book, is the second shortest of the movies. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes close, but still doesn’t feel powerful enough in its storytelling.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)


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