By: Bryan Banner
October 24, 2016
In part one we discussed the first installment of the Harry Potter story. This time we are going to dive deeper into the story by exploring “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”.
“The Chamber of Secrets” is my least favorite of the Harry Potter canon. People may argue that it is the first time we get a glimpse of how to defeat Voldemort. No it isn’t. That was an afterthought, and all the movies and books don’t start to build off of each other until the “Prisoner of Azkaban”.
Now I will tell you why I believe this is the weakest story in the collection. “The Chamber of Secrets” has one of our main protagonists, Hermione, MIA for most of the story. You have a new defense against the dark arts teacher, whom I think is supposed to be funny but isn’t. You have Harry battling with a character that isn’t even there. I’m not going to say that the story doesn’t need to be there because it does. It is a good place holder for us to have our characters growing older to an age where they can actually do enough magic to fight and have some good depth to them. Other than the afterthought of the diary being a horcrux everything else in this book has no baring on the rest of the story.
The movie was as good as this movie could be with the story it was working with. Like in the Sorcerer’s Stone, they hit all the high points. The movie again did a fantastic job at bringing a magical world to life and making it believable. It is hard for me to pick out one or two things that I didn’t like since I don’t like the entire story. I do have some things that I did like. The way that they showed the basilisk snake was better than I imagined it when I first read the book. Also, the battle between the basilisk and Forks in the Phoenix was done beautifully. Overall the movie was simply just ‘OK’. As I stated before, for having a weak story it was as good as it could possibly be.
Stay tuned for my next review on “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”, as we make our push forward toward the November 18th release of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them“.
-The Mad Scientist Bryan Banner