Harryfest Update #2 & Still a Giveaway
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Directed by Chris Columbus
Screenplay by Stove Kloves
Based on the book written by J.K. Rowling
Watched (again) July 2009
As we enter Harry’s second year of Hogwarts we get to meet my favorite character from the books, Dobby. Dobby is a house-elf and I LOVE him. I even love his representation in the film. I was excited to go and see this movie because not only am I a Harry Potter fan…Dobby was going to be in it!!!!
This movie adaptation strays a little father from the book, but is still pretty darn close. Harry has returned to live with his terrible Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon for the summer. While he is there, Dobby comes to warn him that he must not come back to Hogwarts this year. Harry is confused. He’s finally found happiness somewhere in his life and here is a little house elf telling him he cannot go back because he is in grave danger. Dobby is so annoyingly cute in his persistance. When Harry refuses to promise not to return, Dobby drops a dessert on a houseguest of the Dursleys. Harry is then locked in his room and Uncle Veron bars his windows shut.
Harry is in luck, because his best friend Ron Weasley and his trouble-making twin brothers Fred and George have stolen their father’s flying car and come to rescue him. They bring him to The Burrow, the Weasley family home. This is really the first time we get to meet all the Weasleys. How can you not love the Weasleys and the Burrow. It was written as an amazing place by J.K. Rowling and I think the film retains the enchanting nature of the Weasleys.
This movie also introduces Draco Malfoy’s father, whom I think is cast perfectly. Deeply sinister and vindictive. It’s perfect. Watching this movie made me realize how much really happens in this book and movie. The Whomping Willow, giant spiders, basilisks, Tom Riddle, Moaning Myrtle, polyjuice potion, Gilderoy Lockheart, and Ginny Weasley to name a few. So many things that come back up in future books.
Someone has opened the Chamber of Secrets, a secrect room allegedly built into the Hogwarts castle by Salazar Slytherin, one of the founders of Hogwarts after a disagreement with the other founders. The chamber is said to hold a monster that will be unleashed against the ememies of his true heir. Salazar Slytherin believed that Hogwarts should cater to only purebloods, an opinion not shared by Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Griffindor founders.
The Chamber of Secrets was opened once before, 50 years ago. Harry, Ron and Hermione think it must be Draco Malfoy responsible. They hatch a plan to use polyjuice potion to transform themselves into members of Slytherin house to trick Malfoy into saying something. The plan goes a bit wrong when Hermione grabs the hair of a cat rather than the girl whose robes she found it on and transforms herself into a partial cat.
More and more people end up getting petrified by the monster of Slytherin. Coincidentally, in herbology they have all been transplanting baby mandrake plants which just happens to be the cure for petrification. A little cheesy and predictable, but eh…it’s a kids book and movie.
With the help of Moaning Myrtle, they discover the entrance and find the secret hiding in the chamber. Even though I know you all have read the book and seen the movie, I must hush to not spoil the story. If you haven’t already, read this book, watch this movie, then do it again. It’s worth it.
Best line: Mrs. Weasley, “Your sons flew that enchanted car of yours to Surrey and back last night.” Mr. Weasley: “Did you really?! How’d it go?!” Slap on the head fromMrs. Weasley. “I mean that was very wrong indeed boys. Very wrong.” Cracks me up every time. Oh yeah, and did I mention I love Dobby!!
Worst part: Having the students planting mandrake root at the beginning and talking about how it’s screams will kill you but it can be turned into a cure for petrification….then people start being petrified. A little too much set up.
Still having my ongoing giveaway for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Click here for more info.