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Parents' Guide to

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Action- and creature-packed Potter sequel.

Movie PG 2002 161 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 59 parent reviews

age 10+

Bloody Boo Hoo

Some advise to parents. There's a place called IMDB where you can look up the contents of a movie before letting your kid watch it. Don't blame movies for your mistakes and give it a low rating just because it's a bit more daring. It's your problem if you let your kid watch something blindly. If a child is in the middle of watching something and you find it's too much for them, most parents will turn it off and forget about it. That's fine, it was a mistake, but seriously? Own up to it instead of coming on here seething and ranting like the film industry owes you something. It makes you look petulant and childish. Now that that's over with, here is my review. Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone has a great story, message and it was very well done. It has a great cast as well with the addition of Jason Isaacs and Kenneth Branagh, who both did fabulous performances as their rotten characters. The story itself is awesome, but when I re-watch this one, I watch it for these two. It is dark and scary as most people say, but that's what I like about it. The gothic tone and aesthetic makes it so much more mysterious, and the scares are just wicked fun for me. I love this movie and I think it's underrated. Since there isn't a rating system for the "What should other families know about this ?" section, I'll rate each one. Great Message: Beware of Narcissists. Friendship, love and being kind to others is important. 7/10 Great Role Models: There is a heavy theme of "Never meet your role models" in this movie. One of the main Deuteragonists is a prime example of a role model who is actually a fraud. In contrast, Harry Potter is a great role model. 8/10 Too Much Violence: This installment is considerably darker than its predecessor. It delves deeper into abusive relationships as well as slavery and mistreatment of slaves. There is also creature violence and monsters that may scare children. The ending may be considered a bit too violent for child audiences. It gets considerably bloody for a movie aimed at older kids, so make sure to prepare if you let your kid watch it. 5/10 Too Much Sex: There is a character in this who women and young girls find attractive. They mostly swoon over him and it's never implied to be sexual. 0/10 Too Much Swearing: Swearing is mild with the worst being the popular British phrase "bloody hell." There's also a made-up derogatory slur, "Moodblood," that is introduced. There's bullying in this that involves name-calling. 2/10 Too Much Consumerism: Again, I don't really get this one. Is it for in the movie or the movie itself? ??/10 Too Much Drinking/Drugs/Smoking: Muffins are laced with a sleeping potion. The Durlsey's drink champagne during a dinner party. 2/10

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
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age 8+

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the second potter movei is a little bit more intense the the first one there are spiders chasing Ron and harry in a flying car the flying car also goes in a tree and nearly gets destroyed students are petrified but there is no blood and gore shown harry is chased by a huge snake and once snake nearly eats harry and stabs the snake and then stabs himself with the snaks tooth and there is some blood and gore shown and then harry stabs a book so he can kill the bad guy b---dy h--l
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (59 ):
Kids say (258 ):

Kids will find this chapter a thrilling and utterly satisfying experience. That applies both to those looking for a meticulous realization of the beloved book Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and those who watch the film knowing only the first movie -- or even those with no knowledge of Harry Potter at all. The child actors are growing up, and they seem more comfortable in their roles here, bringing more depth and subtlety to their acting. And Branagh is wildly funny as Lockhart. There are also some magnificent cast additions, especially Jason Isaacs, coolly cruel as Lucius Malfoy, the father of Harry's foe, Draco (Tom Felton).

Every frame of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is filled with wonder, especially Diagon Alley and the moving photos and portraits. There's a wealth of detail and delight to entrance viewers -- so much that they'll likely leave wanting more, even after a running time of 2 hours and 40 minutes.

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