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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Book To Movie Adaptations Coming Soon
It seems that Hollywood is on an adaptation bender these days. With the upcoming Dune film to the To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before Netflix franchise, there is a lot of money to be made in book to screen adaptations. And there are a ton of them in the works. Here’s 15 book to movie adaptations that will soon be coming to a screen near you.
1. The House of Gucci – November 24th, 2021
You don’t have to wait long to watch this true story unfold. Written by Sara Gay Forden, the book goes into the real-life whodunnit of the murder of Maurizio Gucci. Starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, this film is coming out this November.
2. Where the Crawdads Sing – June 24, 2022
This bestseller is going to premiere next summer on Netflix. The book, written by Delia Owens follows Kya; a young woman with a turbulent life, who becomes the prime suspect in a mysterious murder. Daisy Edgar-Jones is set to play Kya.
3. The Nightingale – December 23, 2022
The Nightingale, written by Kristin Hannah, follows the lives of two French sisters after their lives are torn apart by World War Two. The film stars sisters Elle and Dakota Fanning and is set to be released on 23 December 2022.
4. The School for Good and Evil – 2022
Written by Soman Chianani, The School for Good and Evil is a middle-grade standout. It takes place at twin schools that kidnap two children every year. Alongside the children of famous fairy-tale heroes and villains, these children are then trained at either the School for Good or the School for Evil. Eventually becoming the next generation of fairy tales. This film has big names in the cast, such as Charlize Theron, Laurence Fishburne, and Kerry Washington. The main characters Sophie and Agatha will be played by Sophia Ann Caruso and Holly Sturton. Shadow and Bone mainstay Kit Young will also be in this adaptation. It has wrapped filming and will come out sometime in 2022.
5. All Quiet on the Western Front – 2022
Who else remembers reading this in school? The classic was written by Erich Maria Remarque and chronicles the horrors of World War One. The book is being adapted as a film by Netflix. It’s going to be directed by Edward Berger and will star Daniel Bruhl. This is actually the third time the book has been adapted for the screen and will premier in 2022.
6. House of the Dragon/ Fire and Blood – 2022
Rejoice Game of Thrones fans, there’s more coming your way. Based on the book Fire and Blood by George R. R. Martin, this Game of Thrones spin-off follows the Targaryens 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. It’s being produced by HBO and will be a ten-part limited series. It’s set to premiere in 2022.
7. Bridgerton (Season 2) – 2022
The pandemic hit Bridgerton has also been renewed for season two. The second season will cover The Viscount Who Loved Me, by Julia Quinn. This love story will centre around Anthony Bridgerton. There’s no official release date, but speculation puts it at 2022.
8. A Discovery of Witches (Season 3) – 2022
AMC +’s Discovery of Witches has been renewed for season three. The show is based on Deborah Harkness’All Souls Trilogy. It centres around actors Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer as a vampire and witch who fall in love. It’s set to premiere sometime in 2022.
9. Shadow and Bone (Season 2) – 2022/2023
Netflix’s Shadow and Bone has been confirmed for a second season. It will cover the events of the second book, Siege and Storm. It’s also unclear if it will dip into the Six of Crows duology. You can read more of our coverage of season two of Shadow and Bone here.
10. Ninth House – TBD
Written by the same author of Shadow and Bone, Ninth House is Leigh Bardugo’s adult fiction series. It follows Yale freshman Alex Stern, who has the ability to see ghosts. She is hired to oversee the dark magical dealings of Yale’s secret societies and gets caught up in forces beyond her imagination. Picked up less than two days after its release in 2019, Ninth House is in the works for an Amazon series adaptation. The show does not have a release date yet and is still in pre-production. Leigh Bardugo is currently writing both the sequel and the show, according to her Instagram.
11. They Both Die at the End – TBD
When Mateo and Rufus are told that they will die, they befriend each other to enjoy their last day. After the project fizzled out at HBO, They Both Die at the End has now been picked up for a tv show by Entertainment One. The show will also be written by the author of the book, Adam Silvera. There is no release date yet.
12. The Selection – TBD
A staple of 2010s dystopian fiction, The Selection by Kiera Kass is right up there with Divergent and the Maze Runner. The Selection follows America Singer, who is selected to compete in a Bachelor-like competition to select the next Queen. What feels frivolous quickly becomes a high-stakes competition for the fate of the country. The Selection is set to premiere on Netflix as a movie. Haifaa Al-Mansour is attached to direct. You can expect to be able to watch The Selection in mid-2021.
13. The Red Queen – TBD
Another mainstay of mid-2010’s dystopia is the Red Queen series, by Victoria Aveyard. The Red Queen is set in a world divided by blood colour. The silver-blooded have superpowers and rule over the kingdom. The red-blooded are powerless; living in poverty and serving as cannon fodder to the war. But when red-blooded Mare Barrow reveals the power to manipulate lightning, everything changes. Elizabeth Banks is executive producing and directing The Red Queen for a TV series at Peacock. She will also play a key role. We’re still waiting on a release date, but Aveyard has co-written the pilot.
14. Blackout – TBD
Blackout is a collection of short stories following black teenagers who stumble upon love in the middle of a blackout in New York City. Authors include Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Nicola Yoon, and Ashley Woodfolk. The collection is going to be adapted into a six-part anthology on Netflix. The Obamas are actually producing Blackout under their flagship Higher Ground banner and Temple Hill. There is no release date yet.
15. Long Way Down – TBD
Written by Jason Reynolds, Long Way Down takes place in the sixty seconds the main character decides whether or not to murder the man who killed his brother. It’s being adapted into a feature film by Universal and is produced by John Legend and Michael De Luca. There is no release date yet.
That’s our list of 15 book to movie adaptations coming out soon. Which one are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments below.
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