09 November 2010

Tuesday Cap - Vol. 7

With HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 1 on the horizon, I thought we'd take a moment to reflect on the awesomeness of the saga will two weeks worth of Tuesday Cap dedicated to it.

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Notes: In 2002, it was my favorite. A giant snake thingy, a sword, and Harry vs. Tom Riddle, the ending was rocking in awesomeness. Sure, there were some stale parts, and I was bored at several instances, but bloody hell, the final fifteen minutes were phenomenal. And yes, I am choosing to forget the closing scene with what's-his-face-and-all-them-kids-in-the-Great-Hall-which-didn't-happen, alrighty? The spider sequence was pretty fun, as was the Whomping Willow scene (I probably spelled that wrong). Oh, and Kenneth B. was pretty bloody fantastic as Gildoroy Lockheart. But that's about it. There's a flatness to the first two movies, frankly, where the magic and creativity and the fun is supposed to be there, it looks like it should, but I watch the movie with an overall indifference. Suffice to say, neither SORCERER'S STONE or CHAMBER OF SECRETS are high on my rewatch list, but they do have their moments of true fantasticness: with SORCERER'S STONE, I was glued to my seat when Harry first encounters 'Voldemort' in the Forbidden Forest, sucking on the blood of a centaur; and as mentioned above, CHAMBER offers the thrilling sword-to-tooth battle between Harry and the Basilisk, and then the grand mano-a-mano with Harry and Tom Riddle, which brilliantly ties into the final book. Overall, though, CHAMBER OF SECRETS is the stronger film over SORCERER'S STONE.

Discuss: What are your favorite moments from CHAMBER OF SECRETS? Is CHAMBER a favorite of yours? Any thoughts on Kenneth? Things you wished weren't taken out of the book? Surprised by the revelation of what that book really was, as told in HALF-BLOOD PRINCE?

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