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Harry Potter : Chamber of Secrets

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Maggie Smith, Richard Harris, Alan Rickman, Kenneth Branagh, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, John Cleese, Tom Felton, Jason Issacs and Robbie Coltran.
Directed by: Chris Columbus
Rated: PG


Once again Harry Potter is a joy for the whole family…even the snobbiest of our members. The cast is riddled with thespian kings and queens and the special effects enchant all - no matter what your age.

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) heads back to Hogwart, against a severe warning from his little friend Dobby (voiced by Toby Jones). The gang's all there and a few new creepy critters. Seems the dreaded Chamber of Secrets has been opened and all heck is breaking loose. What's the chamber of Secrets those not in the magical world of Harry's loop ask? It's a secret chamber of course that's filled with dark secrets, evil beings and dastardly deeds or some such tale.

Within its walls there lays an evil beast. This beast has been set free by one who would see and end to mud blood's being allowed into Hogwart. Mud blood's are the children of muggles (common folk) and wizards. It's just the ugly head of racism rearing its head again.

As the children and staff are terrorized be bloody messages and are petrified - literally - Harry as well as several of the wizard's in training are suspect. Dreadful things are a foot.

Thank goodness we have hero Gilderoy Lockhart (Kenneth Branagh-ahaha) defend us, er, them. Gilderoy is a scholar of the defense against the dark powers. He's written several guide books to teach you how to do just that. Or so this narcissistic celebrity wizard of the enchanted world would have you believe…

As the cauldron simmers and comes to a full boil the heathens and culprits don't stand a chance against Harry, his trusted pal Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and super gal pal Hermione Granger (Emma Watson).

Oh great that second generation toad, Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) son of uber slitherer Luscius Malfoy (adorable hunk-o-man Jason Issacs) is enrolled as well. Say, Draco's awfully nasty towards those not born of two wizard parents. Could he be behind the terrible tricks? Hmm

What a cast. I was in a little thespian tizzy throughout the delightful tale, grinning with glee. Especially when they through in a little Shakespeare plug that had five of us in the audience roaring the rest mute and confused. The school is run by chickbabe extraordinaire Ms. Maggie Smith and dearly departed ruffian Richard Harris (this was not his last role - My Kingdom due shortly was) as Prof. Minerva McGonagall and Albus Dumbledore. Multi-talent Robbie Coltrane returns as Hagrid the Groundskeeper. And they all shine of course but it's Kenneth Branagh as the self absorbed Gilderoy the braggart that steals the scenes from his noble cast. Even as he and Alan Rickman (as Professor Severus Snape) do a fencing battle of magic wands, it's Kenneth that firmly commands the eye.

The eye and the being. Could this guy be sexier? Um, no! Even all pompadoured up I'd still like to dip him in honey tinted treacle and slowly nibble it off. Slurp. Then you get Jason Isaacs and Alan Rickman thrown into the manstew of handsome actors actor's. My head was spinning with visual or audio delights. I think I need a Rasputin fix....excuse me.

HP:COS's story is engaging, the cast superb, and the effects will dazzle. Jump on your Quidditch brooms and get to the nearest theater!

Snack recommendation: Skele-Gro and slugs.

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