With this new Harry Potter, being the second movie, the expectations were higher and I still felt like I got everything I wanted in that movie since I was immersed in the universe, taken away by the characters on their adventure. We follow Harry through this magical world, escaping our own reality even for just a moment and that’s what this series does so well. By creating a whole world we discover our own fantasy while being close to our reality: the muggle world. This movie mixes and clashes both the muggle and the magical world to make us understand how different they really are in the end.
Dobby has one of the most memorable entrance in the whole series. When Harry is forced to stay in his room in silence, he finds Dobby, a house elf, jumping on his bed. Then Dobby starts running around Harry’s room, making noises and hurting himself every time he says something. The sequence is both hilarious and surreal. It is the first time we see a magical creature in the Dursley’s home and seeing the magical world clashing with the Dursley’s impeccable house is bizarre. The most heartfelt moment of the movie is between Dobby and Harry. Harry gives a sock to Dobby through Lucius Malfoy freeing him from the Malfoy’s. The kinship that has form between Harry and Dobby by the end of the movie shows that Harry is not prejudice.
2. Flying Car
This is a recurring theme in the movie, a clash between the muggle and the magical world. The car is a boring muggle technology that we use every day to go from A to B. In the movie, the Arthur Weasley modifies a Ford Anglia to fly without the Ministry’s consent. When his sons use it to take Harry from the Dursley to their house we get a taste of it. The reaction of Molly Weasley shows that they are not allowed to use it and that the Ministry doesn’t know about it. The illegality of the car makes it even more appealing to Ron and Harry when they need a way to get to Hogwarts. When everything goes wrong, we see that Dobby might be putting Harry in more danger by trying to help. I love the fact, that a car is flying, it gives the audience another view of London and the road to Hogwarts.
3. The Weasley/The Burrow
In the first movie, we only saw Molly Weasley for few seconds with Ginny, but it’s in this movie that we meet the whole family. I love the look of wonder when Harry walks in for the first time in the Burrow. Everything is done magically and the house feels warm and welcoming. It’s the opposite of the Dursleys. Ron feels ashamed of his house, he grew up in poverty when it comes to the magical world, but to Harry there is a feeling of novelty to it all. To him, money doesn’t matter. Molly Weasley’s reaction when they arrive is also fantastic, because she berates her sons for sneaking out of their beds, yet she gives Harry a big welcome. She wants him to feel right at home with them and that’s something Harry never had before in his life. It’s interesting to see Harry sitting at the big table eating breakfast with the Weasley. It’s the opposite of the breakfast Harry had to serve to the Dursley in the first movie.
4. The Chamber of Secrets
The idea of a Chamber that has been under the castle all those years and has never been found by wizards is interesting. It creates this atmosphere of fear and mistrust with the students and the staff. When Harry is at the wrong place at the wrong time and he speaks parseltongue he will be suspected of being the one opening the Chamber. This idea of the unknown shows how quickly people are ready to blame others without all the facts in front of them. Also, the Basilik is a brilliant way of showing how deep the discrimination against muggleborns runs in the wizarding community. It shows the divide between both group and it prepares for the events that will follow in the next books. It shows how close-minded and on edge the community really is. The arrival of Voldemort in the fourth movie is just the trigger, but everything was already in place.
5. Harry vs Voldemort
There are a lot of mind games between Harry and Tom Riddle in this book. Riddle will invite Harry in his diary, so he can see a memory that explain the events the last time the Chamber of Secrets was open. He will push Harry to blame Hagrid. When Harry is in the Chamber, Riddle who is still young, charismatic and dashing, will try to sway Harry to his side. When he fails, he finally reveals himself. It’s really the heir of Slytherin against the values of Gryffindor. The sword will come to Harry after he shows great courage. This is a defining moment for Harry. He really shows his true colours against the “dark side”, no matter how seductive it can be. The fight that follows is fun, but it’s really the relationship between Harry and Voldemort that is interesting. They might come from similar background and circumstances, but it’s their choices in the end that will make all the difference.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a fun, yet darker entry than the first one. It sets up the relationship between Harry and Voldemort, and it shows us how divided the magical world really is. It gives the audience a glimpse into the darker history of the magical society and we understand that it might not be all in the past.