“It was a lot more fun because we were a lot more comfortable with working, I guess – because of working with Kenneth Branagh, who’s really funny, and more confident with the camera.” (Rupert Grint about Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)
Directed by Chris Columbus, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets stars Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson. Filmed in Leavesden and on location throughout Britain in 2001/2002, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets had its World Premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on 3 November 2002.
Back at his aunt’s and uncle’s house, Harry Potter is cut off from the wizarding world – until house elf Dobby appears to warn him not to return to Hogwarts, and until Ron Weasley and his brothers Fred and George rescue Harry from his Muggle relatives and take him to their home, the Burrow.
After missing the train to school due to Dobby’s interference, Harry and Ron return to Hogwarts in Mr. Weasley’s flying Ford Anglia. Soon, the caretaker’s cat is found petrified next to a message written in blood: “The Chamber of Secrets has been opened. Enemies of the heir beware”, and Harry is quickly suspected of being behind the subsequent attacks on students. Just when Harry and his friends seem to have solved the mystery about the Chamber of Secrets, Ron’s sister Ginny is being taken into Chamber…
After rescuing Harry Potter from the Dursleys and flying to school in his father’s Ford Anglia, Ron becomes aware that his friends are in danger: Harry of being the rumoured heir of Slytherin and Hermione of being a possible victim. Helping them to uncover the truth about the mysterious Chamber of Secrets, he has to overcome his greatest fear when entering the spiders’ lair in the Forbidden Forest with Harry.
- The set for Flourish and Blotts is a redress of the set that served as Olivander’s Wand Shop in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
- While chatting with the Grangers at the bookshop, Mr. Weasley says, “I understand that other muggles are afraid of you.” This makes little sense unless you know that both Hermione’s parents are muggle dentists.
- The Weasleys’ car registration number is 7990 TD.
- When Ron grabs his wand before crashing the car into the Whomping Willow, he takes it from behind the sunblend.
- When running up the second bout of stairs (after dropping off the trunks), Harry takes three and Ron only two steps. On the next, longer staircase, Ron skips two steps, and on the last one, Ron skips one step.
- As Ron tries to repair his broken wand with s(p)ellotape, it is somewhat straight. In later scenes, it has an obvious angle at the point where it is broken.
- When the Quidditch teams meet before training, Hermione’s and Ron’s hair is windswept, while everyone else’s is in perfect place.
- When Ron lands on his back after his backfiring slug spell, it is visible that he is wearing a belt.
- Ron is the first of the trio to notice the reflection of the writing on the wall.
- The blackboard on the right in Professor McGonagall’s classroom mirrors what is written on the one on the left.
- At the Christmas feast, Harry and Ron put down their goblets at the same time when the camera zooms in.
- At the Christmas feast, Hermione arrives with a plate full of food and leaves without eating anything after talking about the final plans for the Polyjuice Potion.
- Above the mantelpiece in the Slytherin common room is a skull in a glass case.
- Ron says “Bloody hell” five times throughout the film; he says the line when he has just been turned into Crabbe by Polyjuice Potion, and repeats it three times to try and change his voice to sound like Crabbe.
Filming: 18 November 2001 – 26 July 2002
Budget: $ 100 Million
Behind the Scenes
- Rupert’s favourite scene to film: The Slug Scene
- The slug slime had different flavours: chocolate, lemon, orange, peppermint. Rupert could put two at a time in his mouth and revealed that they tasted quite nice.
- Hugh Grant was originally cast as Gilderoy Lockhart but was forced to withdraw at the last moment because of scheduling conflicts. Alan Cummings was also considered.
- Rupert enjoyed filming the flying car scenes and compared it to being on a theme park ride.
- Rupert hated shooting the Spider scenes due to his arachnophobia. Chris Columbus said it was the funniest scene to shoot because Rupert’s acting was pure comedy and Chris could not keep a straight face.
- Rupert revealed that there was an attempt to film a scene with a baby tarantula crawling up his leg. They had to cut that scene, however, as Rupert was too arachnophobic to make it through the scene.
- Rupert revealed in 2010 that he is still not able to watch the spider scenes.
- Fourteen Ford Anglias were destroyed to create the scene where Harry and Ron crash into the Whomping Willow.
- The Devil’s Snare is animatronic, and the scene was shot in reverse.
- The script originally said that Hermione would hug Harry and Ron in the final scene. As the then 11-year-old Emma Watson was embarrassed about having to hug the boys in front of the entire cast, Chris Columbus allowed her to change the scene so that Hermione just hugs Harry, then starts to hug Ron but the two get embarrassed and resolve to only shake hands. Watson also stated in a recent interview that she kept letting Daniel Radcliffe go too quickly, so the film was “frozen” for a few seconds to make the hug look like it lasted longer than it actually did.
- Richard Harris died a few weeks before the film’s release.
- Rupert and Dan had a “giggle hour” each day on set, particularly after lunch, where it was quite hard to film without either of them starting to laugh.
- Alnwick Castle, Alnwick, Northumberland, England, UK (Courtyard during the boys’ arrival at Hogwarts)
- Duke Humfrey’s Library, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, UK (Hogwarts library)
- Divinity School, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, UK (Hospital wing)
- Durham Castle, Durham, County Durham, UK (Classroom scenes)
- Ealing Studios, Ealing, London, UK (studio shots)
- Glen Coe, Scotland, UK (background scenery for Quidditch match)
- Glenfinnan Viaduct, Fort William, Scotland, UK (background for Flying Car sequence, deleted scene: Harry talking to Hedwig on a hill)
- Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, UK (corridor near Myrtle’s bathroom)
- King’s Cross Station, King’s Cross, London, UK (Platform 9/10)
- Leavesden Studios, Leavesden, Hertfordshire, England, UK (studio shots)
- Oxford University, Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK (Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, stairway and interior)
- St. Pancras Station, St. Pancras, London, UK (King’s Cross Station exterior)
Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley)
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)
Emma Watson (Hermione Granger)
Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid)
Kenneth Branagh (Professor Gilderoy Lockhart)
Richard Harris (Professor Albus Dumbledore)
John Cleese (Nearly Headless Nick)
Christian Coulson (Tom M. Riddle)
Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley)
Julie Walters (Molly Weasley)
Marc Williams (Arthur Weasley)
Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy)
Robert Hardy (Cornelius Fudge)
Directors: Chris Columbus
Screenplay: Steve Kloves
Music: John Williams
Director of Photography: Roger Pratt
Production Designer: Stuart Craig
Costume Designer: Lindy Hemming
Hair & Make-Up Designer: Eithne Fennell, Amanda Knight
Stunt Coordinator: Greg Powell
Dialogue Coach: Sandra Frieze
Editor: Peter Honess
Casting Director: Karen Lindsay-Stewart
Stunt double Rupert Grint: Paul Herbert
Producer: 1492 Pictures, Heyday Films, MIRACLE Productions GmbH & Co. KG, Warner Bros. Pictures
International Sales: Warner Bros. Pictures
Runtime: 161 min
MPAA Rating: PG (for scary moments, some creature violence and mild language)
Grosses: $ 878,643,482
USA: $ 261,988,482 (29,8%)
Other Countries: $ 616,655,000 (70,2%)
Widest Release: 3682 theatres
In Release: 171 days
Ranking Worldwide 2002: 4
Warner Bros. Pictures theatrical USA, UK, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, Japan), Fox-Warner (theatrical Switzerland), Karo Premiere (theatrical Russia), Cinergia (theatrical Ukraine), EDKO Film (theatrical Hong Kong), Kuk Dong (theatrical South Korea), Warner Home Video (Video/DVD USA, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Brazil, Japan), Argentina Home Video (Video/DVD Argentina), ABC (TV USA)
Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival (3 May 2003)
World Premiere: 3 November 2002, Odeon Leicester Square, London, UK
US Premiere: 14 November 2002, Zigfield Theatre, New York City, USA
- Philippines 13 November 2002
- Germany, Austria, Switzerland/German speaking region, Malaysia: 14 November 2002
- UK, USA, Canada, Taiwan: 15 November 2002
- Singapore: 16 November 2002
- Belgium: 20 November 2002
- Netherlands, Isreal: 21 November 2002
- Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Brazil, Chile, Colombia: 22 November 2002
- Japan: 23 November 2002
- Australia, New Zealand, Argentina: 28 November 2002
- Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Mexico, Panama, South Africa: 29 November 2002
- France, Switzerland/French speaking region, Kuwait: 4 December 2002
- Hungary, Slovenia, Peru: 5 December 2002
- Italy, Switzerland/Italian speaking region, Bulgaria: 6 December 2002
- Croatia, Czech Republic: 12 December 2002
- South Korea: 13 December 2002
- Hong Kong: 19 December 2002
- Estonia, Lithuania: 20 December 2002
- Russia: 24 December 2002
- Kazakhstan: 26 December 2002
- Poland: 1 January 2003
- Egypt: 15 January 2003
- China: 24 January 2003
- Venezuela: 26 January 2003
- India: 25 April 2003
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- Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards, PFCS Award, Best Live Action Family Film 2003 (winner)
- Mainichi Film Concours, Readers’ Choice Award, Best Foreign Language Film 2003 (winner)
- Critics Choice Award, Best Family Film – Live Action 2003 (winner)
- BAFTA Awards, Kids’ Vote 2003 (winner)
- Saturn Award, Best Fantasy Film 2004 (nomination)
- Amanda Awards (Norway), Best Foreign Feature Film 2003 (nomination)
- Award of the Japanese Academy, Best Foreign Film 2003 (nomination)
- BAFTA Awards, BAFTA Children’s Award, Best Feature Film 2003 (nomination)
- Golden Trailer Award, Best Animation/Family 2003 (nominated)
- Hugo Award, Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form 2003 (nominated)
- Kids’ Choice Awards, Blimp Award, Favourite Movie 2003 (nominated)
- Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards, PFCS Award, Best Acting Ensemble 2003 (nomination)
Harry: What are you all doing here?
Ron: Rescuing you, of course!
Ron: It’s not much, but it’s home.
Ron: They were starving him, Mum! There were bars on his window!
Ron: Oh no! The Invisibility Booster must be faulty!
Ron: Honestly, Professor Snape, I think it did more damage to us!
Ron: Say it. I’m doomed!
Harry: You’re doomed.
Ron: I don’t like spiders.
Ron: How thick could you get?
Ron: Bloody hell!
Hermione: Look at my face!
Ron: Look at your tail!
Ron: Why spiders?! Why can’t it be “Follow the butterflies”?!”
Ron: Harry, I don’t like this. Harry, I don’t like this at all!”
Ron: Can we panic now?!
Ron: Heart of a lion, this one!
Ron: Welcome back, Hermione
Rupert about Chamber of Secrets
“I had this giant slug in my mouth loaded with slime and I spat them out. I think it was plastic. I hope it was plastic.”
“I hate them – even rubber ones I get scared of. Luckily some of them were CGI [computer graphics]. But that big car-sized one, that was actually there unfortunately. So that wasn’t my favourite scene to film.”
(CBBC Newsround, November 2002)
“I loved doing that slug scene because they flavored the slug slime so it was like chocolate, peppermint, orange, lemon, and all these really nice flavors.”
(About.com, November 2002)
“Well, when we were in the car with the twins, Fred and George, I don’t remember how, but the owl pooped on Fred, on one of the twins, and it stank out the back of the car because it’s quite a small tight car and really hot. It stank.”
ASIN (Region 1): B000W799NU (Fullscreen), B000W746GK/B0024NSG34 (Widescreen), B000W10AEI (BlueRay)
ASIN (Region 2): B00288A1NS (Fullscreen), B00186JM7W (UMD Mini), B00288A1NI/B000X9MFDI (BlueRay)
Extras: Disk 1: film (Theatrical version); Disk 2: film (extended version); Disk 3: extras from double-disk edition; Disk 4: Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 2 “Characters”, Screentest Daniel Radcliffe, Screentests Rupert Grint/Emma Watson/Daniel Radcliffe; Disk 5 (BluRay only): Picture-in-picture commentary
Specials: 48-pages Photo Book, 2 Character cards (Rubeus Hagrid, Severus Snape)
ASIN (Region 1): B002GJT4Y6(DVD), B002GJT4YQ (BlueRay)
ASIN (Region-free): B005WIIM7I
Released 12 November 2002
Label: Atlantic Records
- Prologue: Book II and the Escape from the Dursleys
- Fawkes the Phoenix
- Chamber of Secrets
- Gilderoy Lockhart
- Flying Car
- Knockturn Alley
- Introducing Colin
- Dueling Club
- Dobby the House Elf
- Moaning Myrtle
- Meeting Aragog
- Fawkes Is Reborn
- Meeting Tom Riddle
- Cornish Pixies
- Polyjuice Potion
- Cakes for Crabbe and Goyle
- Dueling the Basilisk
- Reunion of Friends
- Harry’s Wondrous World