We Defend the Indefensible
This second instalment was a success in its day, breaking the curse that hangs over all second parts of a true blockbuster. But a lot of people turn their noses up at it. We’re here to argue that not only is it good, but that Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the best film in the series.
Perhaps precisely because it’s the second in a long series of films. This chapter has ended up being remembered as one of the ‘weakest’ of the adaptations of the magical adventures of the young Harry Potter.
But, there’s still a wide legion of fans of this flick. Those that are clear that any criticism of this film is pure hogwash, as any lover of the saga knows perfectly well that this film is the best of all.
To dispel any doubts about this film and to counteract all the unfair criticism it still receives. I’m going to explain the reasons that make Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets the BEST of the eight films Warner Bros produced.
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Sweetness and darkness in equal parts
If you’re an absolute fan of the saga. You’ll know that the first two Harry Potter films are absolutely different from the rest. Both in terms of their production, atmosphere, dynamics and message.
This change in the dynamic of the films. That adapted JK Rowling’s novels. Is something that fans had to get used to. As the eight films had up to four different directors, each with their own hobbies and virtues.
This is the case of the first two instalments, directed by Chris Columbus. Who has always been a perfect director to adapt novels and be faithful to their content.
The personal stamp of Columbus has been the sweetness with which he impregnated his two deliveries. Making special emphasis in the Chamber of Secrets.
This was more complicated with some of the mature topics like death, bullying and murder that the treated its innocent audience to.
So much was his concern for following the story of the novel to the letter. That he made his film the longest of all (2 hours and 40 minutes) when the book he adapted is curiously one of the shortest.
Without a doubt, Columbus created one of the films with the greatest changes of pace in the whole franchise. Introducing all kinds of new scenarios, characters and stories. Without losing for a moment the atmosphere of innocence that so characterises him.
Ultimately Christopher Columbus wants you to leave the cinema feeling happy and entertained. You would’ve been with the Chamber of Secrets far more so than the other movies in the series.
John Williams is pure magic
Everyone recognises the Harry Potter soundtrack within three seconds of hearing it. Just like other great franchises with an epic soundtrack, such as Star Wars, Jaws and Indiana Jones. And whose credit is that? The wonderful and unrepeatable musical genius, John Williams.
Warner Bros. had the sense to hire the composer for their first two instalments, and thank goodness they did.
If he hadn’t done it, Harry Potter wouldn’t have a tune that everyone knows. Capable of awakening nostalgia with just one verse and providing that extra touch of love and magic that any wizard needs.
So, if you need a good reason to know that Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the most special. And unbeatable film of the eight. Remembering its soundtrack will help you.
After this release, the dynamics of the saga changed a lot. Awakening the hatred of many fans used to the stable and tender rhythm of Columbus. But especially those in love with its soundtrack, which although later continued to have a similar base, never again sounded the same.
Dobby is everyone’s elf
Who doesn’t love the cute little domestic elf who showed up one summer night in Harry Potter’s room? Dobby, the endearing little elf that had his appearance in this second film.
We didn’t see again until the seventh instalment; despite appearing much earlier in the books but he was certainly memorable.
Surely many saw this film as children of only about 9 or 10 years. So if you read these lines now an adult, you’ll understand what I mean: Dobby made this second film unforgettable.
The dynamic of the film would not have been the same if the director had not wanted to give so much prominence to this character. Who appears in the first 10 minutes, halfway through the film and in the last 10 minutes before the last scene of the film. No other secondary character has had so much power in the saga.
We all mourn his death in The Deathly Hallows. And we would have liked to have more scenes of this funny elf throughout the saga. So we will always have the second film to enjoy him and his peculiar way of saving the life of the young Potter.
It’s in this film that we first start to understand the backstory behind the most evil wizard who ever lived. We met Tom Riddle. We started to understand his motivations. We saw what evils he was capable of.
You may think it’s obvious to use magic as one of the reasons that make this Harry Potter film the best. But the reality is that apart from the first film, no other film presents the viewer with so many new magic elements as the Chamber of Secrets does.
Whether it’s because of the demands of the script or the need to introduce more information about the central story of the plot. The truth is that from the third film until the end, the saga took on a more serious tone. Sometimes even resembling a thriller about young magicians. Inevitably leaving innocence and magic behind.
The presentation of the Weasley’s burrow. The adventure in the flying car to get to Hogwarts. The Dueling Club. The multi-juice potions. The Quidditch. Dobby. The appearance of Fawkes the phoenix by Dumbledore. The basilisk. Tom Riddle’s diary. Or the adventure to the forbidden forest where they meet Hagrid’s spider. These are some of the many things that this film has and that in no other we can see again.
Overall an entertaining film. Ssweet without being childish, and dark enough to be suitable for all audiences and not lose its originality.
Without a doubt, if any film in the Harry Potter saga is capable of generating such a rollercoaster effect, it’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Now you know, this is the best film of series.
And that’s why Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the best film in the series. Is there anything we missed out that you think could’ve been on this list, or are we way out of our depth with this argument? If so, leave us a comment below.
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DC Fandome 2021 – Revelations, Trailers and the future
At the recent virtual DC Fandome 2021 over 66 million fans tuned in across 220 countries. They listened in 12 different languages. All to find out the scoop on what’s to come for the comic book franchise, new DC revelations and even watch trailers of soon to be released films and TV shows.
But, if you weren’t one of the millions to be watching from home, below is the Film, TV and Gaming announcements and revelations that would interest any DC fan.
DC Fandome 2021 started with a world exclusive trailer of Black Adam! The man himself Dwayne Johnson. Along with a host of the films other stars including Pierce Brosnan, Aldis Hodge, Quintessa Swindell and Noah Centineo. They introduce themselves and the exclusive trailer.
During the 4-minute intro below, you see Johnson excitably launch his passion project. He explains how much the Black Adam universe means to him. We are also told that the film is currently in post-production with the film being released on the 29th of July 2022.
We don’t get much information or storyline from the trailer. But Dwayne’s enthusiasm for the character and the gritty darkness of what we do get in the trailer is enough, for now, to keep us excited about this Movie.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
During the day’s events, Jason Momoa was on hand to give fans an in-depth dive into the world of Aquaman. Firstly, apologising for the four-year wait. However, Momoa and director James Wan appeased fans with a host of behind-the-scenes clips. Plus a glimpse of some unusual conceptual art. Which included quirky looking desert creatures and giant grasshoppers.
We have also been promised by Wan that we are going to be getting a film that’s more mature, giving the audience something new, exciting and an experience we haven’t seen before. The 2-and-a-half-minute look into the sequel, below, was enough to make any fan excited for its theatrical release in December 2022.
DC’s League of Super-Pets
A fun animated adventure was also announced. DC’s League of Super-Pets will bring super-pets like Krypto and Ace the Bat-Hound to life for the first time.
In an exclusive trailer, fans were introduced to the two pups, voiced by Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, in a light-hearted look into the film. The full movie voice by the comedy pairing along with some other famous names such as Keanu Reeves and Vanessa Bayer is set to be released next November.
Another film trailer to hit the DC Fandome 2021 screens was The Flash. Portrayed once again by Ezra Miller and directed by Andy Muschietti. Fans were introduced to the trailer and the concept of the film, where the Flash unlocks the DC cinematic universe. He time hops back to the ’90s where Michael Keaton, reprises his role, he originated in 1989’s ‘Batman’ and 1992’s ‘Batman Returns’.
We’re elated that we get another film with Michael Keaton as Batman. Even if the storyline does sound a little farfetched. We’re sure Muschietti will get the narrative across perfectly and the film will be an instant hit. The film is due to hit cinemas in November 2022.
The DC Fandome 2021 team knew exactly what they were doing when they left the release of the second Batman trailer to the very end of the day. Like fans around the world, we also couldn’t wait to see more of Patterson, fully suited up, showcasing his gritty take on the hero. Director Matt Reeves, Robert Pattinson (Batman) and Zoe Kravitz (Selina Kyle/ cat woman) were there to lead the trailers release.
Granted the jury is still out if Patterson can pull of the dark knight or not but we have to admit we are excited to see him in action. We also have a sneaky suspicion that for the first time in a film setting since Michelle Pfeifferthey may have nailed the casting for Selina Kyle with Zoe Kravitz. We don’t have long left to find all this out though, as after a few Covid related interruptions Batman is now set to be released in theatres on March 4th, 2022.
Injustice and Catwoman: Hunted
If some of these DC film releases seem a little far away, fear not because we were also made aware that two animated films will be released quite soon. With Injustice’s release this October and an anime-inspired animated DC offering in the form of Catwoman on February the 8th 2022, both the feature-length animations will be available on digital, 4K and Blu-ray. To take a sneak peak of Catwoman: Hunted you can watch the trailer below.
When it came to the TV side of the DC world there were a lot of announcements and trailers mainly around continuing shows such as, Titans, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and Stargirl along with the more anticipated trailers for:
Has been renewed for another season, despite the departure of Ruby Rose. The new trailer showcased its new Batwoman – Ryan Wilder played by Javicia Leslie.
Is set to be returning for a fourth season. During the announcement followers of the show were treated to a wonderfully odd and endearing mid-season trailer.
Is set for yet another inter-universe team up as The Flash team takes on a deadly mission against the ‘Armageddon’ villains. Which could decide the fate of humankind. The villainous gang is headed up by Tony Cuttan as Despero, Arrowverse’s Tom Cavanagh as Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash and Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk.
First seen in this summer’s ‘The Suicide Squad’ Movie, John Cena’s comedic take of the Peacemaker is set to have its own HBO Max show. The fun and quirky trailer to the first series premiered at the event. Along with a behind the scenes look at the making of the series. It shows that director James Gunn is staying true to his unique, comedic style. The Trailer also shows the other great actors involved in the series including the hilarious ‘Orange is the New Black’ star Danielle Brooks, Christopher Heyerdahl, Robert Patrick and Jennifer Holland. This eight-episode series is set to be released on 13 January.
Viewers of the event didn’t find out much about this Netflix offering. But we did get glimpses of Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer Morningstar. Wwhich let’s be honest along with the announcement that this is actually happening, is enough to get most of us DC fans excited about its release. There is no release date yet but I’m sure over the coming months there will be more announcements about this extraordinarily dark and forbidding series.
Based on the comic book series of the same name created by Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker and Jamal Campbell. The TV adaptation of the story was announced with a one-minute ten-second trailer. This superhero drama is based around a comic book-loving teenager who discovers she has superpowers. Her curiosity leads her onto a journey into the Multiverse in search of answers. We haven’t got a definitive release date yet, but we have been promised it will be in 2022.
Suicide squad: Kill the Justice League
Since the announcement of this game at last year’s Fandome we haven’t had much information or even any gameplay footage. However, at this year’s event, we did get quite an in-depth trailer and a little look at the storyline. In this game, the player gets a choice of playing Harley Quinn, King Shark, Captain Boomerang or Deadshot. As they take on a new mission against an alien threat that has brainwashed the Justice League. There is still no hint to a release date or even a gameplay trailer, but we have been assured 2022 will be full of hints about the game and hopefully a conclusive release date.
Another game trailer that was released at the Fandome, that excited fans across the world was Gotham Knights. Continuing its Arkham-style adventures, Games Montreal has been working hard on the narrative and gameplay functions of this game. This game, in particular, was supposed to be released sometime in 2021 but it was delayed and we have now got a 2022 release time frame.
In this game you get to play a number of characters including Batgirl, Nightwing, Robin, and Red Hood in an open-world action online RPG in order to uncover secrets and take down the Court of Owls.
So there you have it, some of the top DC new from the Fandome 2021. What do you think about all the new announcements? What are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below..
Read our review of DC’s The Suicide Squad HERE.
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