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 58 parent reviews

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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age 10+

Will give kids nightmares

Too many scary creatures for under 10 years old
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (58):
Kids say (255):

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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