Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Chamber of Secrets
Fantasy
, Adventure
2002

Director: Chris Columbus Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Tom Felton, Bonnie Wright, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane, Toby Jones, Christian Coulson, Robert Hardy, Matthew Lewis, Kenneth Branagh, Shirley, Henderson, Warwick Davis, David Bradley, Toby Jones, Jason Isaacs, Edward Randell, Louis Doyle, Julie Walters, Mark Williams, Chris Rankin, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Hugh Mitchell, Jamie Waylett, Josh Herdman, Alfred Enoch, Devon Murray, John Cleese, Miriam Margoyles, Luke Youngblood, Sean Biggerstaff, Fiona Shaw, Harry Melling, Richard Griffiths, Gemma Padley, Julian Glover (voice)

Did You Know? At the age of 37, Shirley Henderson (Moaning Myrtle) is the oldest actor to play a Hogwarts student.

Quotables: LUCIUS MALFOY: Let us hope that Mr. Potter will always be around to save the day.

A Word from the Guise: I was so excited for Harry’s second year at Hogwarts that I planned my whole 13th birthday party around its November release. My birthday is in April. All of my gifts and cake were Harry Potter. I didn’t get to enjoy the cake though, because one of my friends decided it would be funny to throw the whole thing in my face.

Jason Isaacs, Kenneth Branagh, Shirley Henderson, Mark Williams, Toby Jones, and Robert Hardy join the already exquisite cast of British actors. They each embody their respective characters, further enriching this magical world.

I remember how devastated I was when Richard Harris passed away just shortly before the release of the film. But I confess, at 13, I was more concerned with the fate of Dumbledore in the subsequent films than I was at mourning the loss of an actor who brought my (then) favourite character to life. At that time in my life, I hadn’t really experienced a lot of death. I year prior, I had lost a cousin, whom I never had an opportunity to know. Years earlier, long before I was able to comprehend the finality of death, my great grandma passed away.

I am no stranger to death now. Just last year I lost a dog, a grandpa, and a dear friend, while my boyfriend lost his grandpa and his mom, all one right after another. I turn to Harry Potter for comfort, not because of its magic and lightheartedness, but because of its core theme: death. The series is about coping with death and coming to terms with its inevitability. And now, in the wake of Alan Rickman’s passing, I turn again to Harry Potter. No, I did not personally know him, but that doesn’t mean that he didn’t impact my life in a very meaningful way. He brought life to so many wonderfully complex characters, one of my favourite non-Potter ones being Sir Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest. It’s quite appalling to me that he never received an Oscar nomination, though – judging from what those closest to him have said of him – he would never have been interested in campaigning for one.

I’m sorry for the jumbled mess that is this review, but it’s late and my thoughts are all over the place. Rest in peace, Alan Rickman.

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