Production designer Stuart Craig returned for the sequel to design new elements previously not seen in the first film. He designed the Burrow based on Arthur Weasley’s interest in Muggles, built vertically out of architectural salvage. Mr. Weasley’s flying car was created from a 1962 Ford Anglia 105E. The Chamber of Secrets, measuring over 76 metres (249 ft) long and 36.5 metres (119.8 ft) wide, was the biggest set created for the saga. Dumbledore’s office, which houses the Sorting Hat and the Sword of Gryffindor, was also built for the film.Principal photography began on 19 November 2001, only three days after the wide release of the first film. Second-unit work had started three weeks before, primarily for the flying car scene. Filming took place mainly at Leavesden Film Studios in Hertfordshire, as well as on the Isle of Man. King’s Cross railway station was used as the filming location for Platform 9¾, though St Pancras railway station was used for the exterior shots. Gloucester Cathedral was used as the setting for Hogwarts School, along with Durham Cathedral, Alnwick Castle, Lacock Abbey, and the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford. The Burrow was built in Gypsy Lane, Abbots Langley, in front of Leavesden Studios.
Several actors from Philosopher’s Stone reprise their roles in this film. Harry Melling portrays Dudley Dursley, Harry’s cousin. James and Oliver Phelps play Fred and George Weasley, Ron’s twin brothers; Chris Rankin appears as Percy Weasley, Ron’s other brother and a Gryffindor prefect; and Bonnie Wright portrays their sister Ginny. Tom Felton plays Draco Malfoy, Harry’s rival in Slytherin, while Jamie Waylett and Joshua Herdman appear as Crabbe and Goyle, Draco’s minions. Matthew Lewis, Devon Murray and Alfred Enoch play Neville Longbottom, Seamus Finnigan and Dean Thomas, respectively, three Gryffindor students in Harry’s year. David Bradley portrays Argus Filch, Hogwarts’ caretaker, and Sean Biggerstaff as Oliver Wood, the Keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Leslie Phillips voices the Sorting Hat.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets held its world premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on 3 November 2002, and was released in the United Kingdom and the United States on 15 November 2002. The film broke multiple records upon its opening. In the US and Canada, the film opened to an $88.4 million opening weekend at 3,682 cinemas, making it the third-largest opening at the time, behind Spider-Man and its predecessor Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The film would hold the record for having the largest number of screenings until it was surpassed by X2 the next year. It was also No. 1 at the box office for two non-consecutive weekends. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was the second 2002 film to return to the number one spot, just after Mel Gibson’s Signs. The film joined Die Another Day and The Santa Clause 2 to outperform the weak opening of Treasure Planet. Both Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Die Another Day were the most recent films to reclaim the number one spot for six months until June 2003 when Finding Nemo became the next film to do so. In the United Kingdom, the film broke all opening records that were previously held by Philosopher’s Stone. It made £18.9 million during its opening including previews and £10.9 million excluding previews. It went on to make £54.8 million in the UK; at the time, the fifth-biggest tally of all time in the region.Chamber of Secrets was nominated for three BAFTA Awards: Best Production Design, Best Sound, and Best Special Visual Effects. The film was also nominated for six Saturn Awards. It received two nominations at the inaugural Visual Effects Society Awards. The Broadcast Film Critics Association granted it the Best Family Film and Best Composer awards, and nominated it for Best Digital Acting Performance (for Toby Jones).
A book page in Hermione’s hand identifies the monster as a basilisk, a giant serpent that kills people who make direct eye contact with it; the petrified victims only saw it indirectly. The school staff learns Ginny has been taken into the Chamber, and nominate Lockhart to save her. Harry and Ron find Lockhart preparing to flee, exposing him as a fraud. Deducing that Myrtle was the Muggle-born girl that the basilisk killed, they find the Chamber’s entrance in the bathroom she haunts. Once inside, Lockhart tries to stop Harry and Ron by using a memory charm. However, because he seized Ron’s broken wand, the spell backfires, erasing Lockhart’s memory and causing a cave-in that separates Harry from Ron and Lockhart.
Roger Pratt was brought on as director of photography for Chamber of Secrets, in order to give the film “a darker and edgier feel” than its predecessor, which reflected “the growth of the characters and the story.” Director Chris Columbus opted to use handheld cameras to allow more freedom in movement, which he considered “a departure for [him] as a filmmaker.” University of Cambridge linguistics professor Francis Nolan created Parseltongue, the language spoken by snakes in the film. Principal photography wrapped in July 2002.
The film was originally released in the UK, US and Canada on 11 April 2003 on both VHS tape and in a two-disc special edition fullscreen/widescreen DVD digipack, which included extended and deleted scenes and interviews. On 11 December 2007, the film’s Blu-ray version was released. An Ultimate Edition of the film was released on 8 December 2009, featuring new footage, TV spots, an extended version of the film with deleted scenes edited in, and a feature-length special Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 2: Characters. The film’s extended version has a running time of about 174 minutes, which has previously been shown during certain television airings.
Christian Coulson appears as Tom Marvolo Riddle, a manifestation of young Lord Voldemort; before Coulson was cast, Eddie Redmayne – who later played Newt Scamander in the Fantastic Beasts films – auditioned for the role. Mark Williams portrays Arthur Weasley, Ron’s father. Shirley Henderson plays Moaning Myrtle, a Hogwarts ghost. Miriam Margolyes appears as Pomona Sprout, Hogwarts’ Herbology professor and head of Hufflepuff. Hugh Mitchell portrays Colin Creevey, a first year student that is a fan of Harry’s. Robert Hardy appears as Cornelius Fudge, the Minister for Magic. Toby Jones voices Dobby, a House-elf, while Julian Glover voices Aragog, an acromantula.Harry enters the Chamber alone and finds Ginny unconscious, guarded by Riddle. Riddle turns out to be Slytherin’s heir and Voldemort’s younger self. He used the diary to manipulate Ginny into reopening the Chamber. After Harry expresses his loyalty to Dumbledore, the latter’s pet phoenix Fawkes arrives with the Sorting Hat, causing Riddle to summon the basilisk. Fawkes blinds the basilisk, and the Sorting Hat produces the Sword of Gryffindor, with which Harry battles the basilisk. After a struggle, he kills it but is poisoned by one of its fangs. Roger Ebert gave The Chamber of Secrets 4 out of 4 stars, especially praising the set design. Entertainment Weekly commended the film for being better and darker than its predecessor: “And among the things this Harry Potter does very well indeed is deepen the darker, more frightening atmosphere for audiences. This is as it should be: Harry’s story is supposed to get darker”. Richard Roeper praised Columbus’ direction and the film’s faithfulness to the book, saying: “Chris Columbus, the director, does a real wonderful job of being faithful to the story but also taking it into a cinematic era”. Variety said the film was excessively long, but praised it for being darker and more dramatic, saying that its confidence and intermittent flair to give it a life of its own apart from the books was something The Philosopher’s Stone never achieved. The Guardian praised the darker storyline, but said that the acting could have been better. Thom wanted to give the Whomping Willow a voice, a deep growl for which he used his own voice slowed down, equalised and bass-boosted. For the mandrakes, he combined baby cries with female screams, in order to “make it just exotic enough so that you think, ‘Hmm, I’ve never heard anything quite like that before.'” Due to the events that take place in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the film’s sound effects were much more expansive than in the previous instalment. Sound designer and co-supervising sound editor Randy Thom returned for the sequel using Pro Tools to complete the job, which included initial conceptions done at Skywalker Sound in California and primary work done at Shepperton Studios in England. In detention, Harry hears a strange voice and later finds caretaker Argus Filch’s cat, Mrs Norris, petrified beside a message written in blood: “The Chamber of Secrets has been opened, enemies of the heir… beware.” One of Hogwarts’ founders, Salazar Slytherin, supposedly constructed a secret Chamber containing a monster that only his heir can control, capable of purging the school of Muggle-born students. To solve this mystery, Harry, Ron, and Hermione plan to question Malfoy, using polyjuice potion, which they brew in a bathroom haunted by Moaning Myrtle, a ghost.
The film was released in the United Kingdom and the United States on 15 November 2002, by Warner Bros. Pictures. Critics praised its darker plot, sets and a story appropriate for a young audience, and it became a critical and commercial success, grossing $879 million worldwide and becoming the second-highest-grossing film of 2002. The film was nominated for many awards, including the BAFTA Award for Best Production Design, Best Sound, and Best Special Visual Effects. It was followed by Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004).Visual effects took nine months to make, until 9 October 2002, when the film was finished. Industrial Light & Magic, Mill Film, the Moving Picture Company (MPC), Cinesite and Framestore CFC handled the approximately 950 visual effect shots in the film. Jim Mitchell and Nick Davis served as visual effects supervisors. They were in charge of creating the CGI characters Dobby the House Elf, the Basilisk, and the Cornish pixies, among others. Chas Jarrett from MPC served as CGI supervisor, overseeing the approach of any shot that contains CGI in the film. With a crew of 70 people, the company produced 251 shots, 244 of which made it to the film, from September 2001 to October 2002.
John Williams, who composed the previous film’s score, returned to score Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Composing the film proved to be a difficult task, as Williams had just completed scoring Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Minority Report when work was to begin on Catch Me If You Can. Because of this, William Ross was brought in to arrange themes from the Philosopher’s Stone into the new material that Williams was composing whenever he had the chance. Ross also conducted the scoring sessions with the London Symphony Orchestra. The soundtrack album was released on 12 November 2002.
Footage for the film began appearing online in the summer of 2002, with a teaser trailer debuting in cinemas with the release of Scooby-Doo that June. A video game based on the film was released in early November 2002 by Electronic Arts for several consoles, including GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox. The film also continued the merchandising success set by its predecessor, with reports of shortages on Lego’s Chamber of Secrets tie-ins.
Despite his injury, Harry stabs the diary with the basilisk fang, destroying Riddle and reviving Ginny. Fawkes’ tears heal Harry, who returns to Hogwarts with his friends and a baffled Lockhart, earning Dumbledore’s praise and Hagrid’s release. Harry accuses Lucius, Dobby’s master, of planting the diary in Ginny’s cauldron, and tricks him into freeing Dobby. The basilisk’s victims are healed, Hermione reunites with Harry and Ron, and Hagrid is released from Azkaban.Lindy Hemming was the costume designer for Chamber of Secrets. She retained many of the characters’ already established appearances, and chose to focus on the new characters introduced in the sequel. Gilderoy Lockhart’s wardrobe incorporated bright colours, in contrast with the “dark, muted or sombre colours” of the other characters. Branagh said, “We wanted to create a hybrid between a period dandy and someone who looked as if they could fit into Hogwarts.” Hemming also perfected Lucius Malfoy’s costume. One of the original concepts was for him to wear a pinstripe suit, but was changed to furs and a snake head cane in order to remark his aristocrat quality and to reflect a “sense of the old.”
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a 2002 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus from a screenplay by Steve Kloves, based on the 1998 novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. Produced by David Heyman, it is the sequel to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) and the second instalment in the Harry Potter film series. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, with Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger respectively. The story follows Harry’s second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where the Heir of Salazar Slytherin opens the Chamber of Secrets, unleashing a monster that petrifies the school’s students.
On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 82% based on 237 reviews, with an average rating of 7.2/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Though perhaps more enchanting for younger audiences, Chamber of Secrets is nevertheless both darker and livelier than its predecessor, expanding and improving upon the first film’s universe.” On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 63 out of 100, based on 35 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a rare “A+”, the only film in the Harry Potter series to receive such grade. Internationally, the film earned $59.5 million during its opening weekend. The film earned $3.7 million in Japan, making it the highest opening of any film in the country until it was surpassed a year later by The Matrix Reloaded. In Malaysia, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets made a total of $474,000, breaking Eraser’s record for having the country’s biggest opening for any Warner Bros. film. It would go on to generate a total of $1.03 million in Singapore, becoming the second-highest film opening in the country, after The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Meanwhile, the film earned $3.1 million in Taiwan, surpassing The Mummy Returns by 16%. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets would then gross over $1.15 million in the Philippines, ranking as an industry high in the country only 5% bigger than Godzilla. The film made a total of $879.8 million worldwide. It was the second-highest-grossing film of 2002 worldwide behind The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and the fourth highest-grossing film in the US and Canada that year with $262.6 million behind Spider-Man, The Two Towers, and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. However, it was the year’s number one film outside of America, making $617.2 million compared to The Two Towers’ $584.5 million. A. O. Scott from The New York Times said: “instead of feeling stirred you may feel battered and worn down, but not, in the end, too terribly disappointed”. Peter Travers from Rolling Stone condemned the film for being over-long and too faithful to the book: “Once again, director Chris Columbus takes a hat-in-hand approach to Rowling that stifles creativity and allows the film to drag on for nearly three hours”. Kenneth Turan from the Los Angeles Times called the film a cliché which is “deja vu all over again, it’s likely that whatever you thought of the first production – pro or con – you’ll likely think of this one”.In Diagon Alley, Harry, the Weasleys and Hermione Granger notice a book-signing by Gilderoy Lockhart, Hogwarts’ new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. There, Harry sees Draco Malfoy’s father, Lucius, slip a book into Ginny Weasley’s cauldron. After being blocked from entering Platform Nine and Three-Quarters at King’s Cross railway station, Harry and Ron take the car to Hogwarts. There, they crash into the Whomping Willow, breaking Ron’s wand, and receive detention. Thom described the basilisk as a challenge, “because it’s a giant snake, but it’s also like a dragon — not many snakes have teeth like that. He had to hiss, he had to roar and there were times at the end when he was in pain.” He mixed his own voice, tiger roars, and horse and elephant vocalizations. During a Quidditch game, Harry’s arm is broken by a rogue Bludger. Dobby visits him in the infirmary and reveals that he closed the barrier to Platform Nine and Three-Quarters and made the Bludger chase Harry to force him to leave the school. He also reveals that the Chamber had been opened in the past. When Harry communicates with a snake, the school believes he is the heir. Disguised as two of Malfoy’s friends, Harry and Ron learn he is not the heir, but come to know that a Muggle-born girl died when the Chamber was last opened. Harry finds an enchanted diary owned by former student Tom Riddle, who opened the Chamber and blamed Rubeus Hagrid, leading to his expulsion. When the diary is stolen and Hermione is petrified, Harry and Ron question Hagrid. Professor Dumbledore, Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge, and Lucius arrive to take Hagrid to Azkaban, but he discreetly tells the boys to “follow the spiders”. In the Forbidden Forest, Harry and Ron meet Hagrid’s giant pet spider, Aragog, who reveals Hagrid’s innocence. The visual effects team worked alongside creature effects supervisor Nick Dudman, who devised Fawkes the Phoenix, the Mandrakes, Aragog the Acromantula, and the first 25 feet (8 m) of the Basilisk. According to Dudman, Aragog was the most challenging character to create. The giant spider stood 9 feet (3 m) tall with an 18 feet (5 m) foot leg span, each of which had to be controlled by a different team member. The whole creature weighed three quarters of a ton. It took over 15 people to operate the animatronic Aragog on set. Spending the summer with the Dursleys, Harry Potter meets Dobby, a house-elf who warns him that it is dangerous to return to Hogwarts. Dobby sabotages an important dinner for the Dursleys, who lock up Harry to prevent his return to Hogwarts. Harry’s friend Ron Weasley and his brothers Fred and George rescue him in their father’s flying car.
The Whomping Willow sequence required a combination of practical and visual effects. Special effects supervisor John Richardson and his team created mechanically operated branches to hit the flying car. A 1:3 scale set was built on stage at Shepperton Studios, which featured the fully-sized top third of the tree with a forced perspective to appear a height of over 100 feet (30 m) high. The courtyard and the tree were built in 3D. Some shots ended up being entirely digital. Jarret identified the rendering as “the biggest challenge” of the scene, because “there was just so much going on in [it] … It was simply massive.”
Later, passing the spot where Mrs. Norris, Filch’s cat, was Petrified, Harry, Ron, and Hermione realize that they are passing Myrtle’s bathroom. They stop in to talk to her, but she is not terribly communicative. They are caught exiting from the bathroom by Percy, who threatens them with a House points penalty.At one point, Harry and Ron step into a bathroom to allow Ron to escape the clutches of Lavender Brown. Myrtle appears and is disappointed, saying that Harry had promised to visit her and never did, and that she was hoping that it was the other, sad boy who was coming in. She says that he is worried because he has a task and he has been working at it for a long time, and is not succeeding. Ron manages to insult her by mentioning that she is dead, and she leaves through the plumbing, crying. Because Myrtle’s bathroom is such an unwelcoming place, Hermione suggests it would be perfect for their use as they brew up a batch of Polyjuice Potion. They do this starting at about the middle of November. Myrtle doesn’t seem to mind this activity much, usually hiding underwater somewhere and gurgling at them. When the time comes for them to use the potion, Hermione finds that she has made a mistake and used a cat hair; Myrtle seems very amused that Hermione has turned partway into a cat and is now stuck there. She finds Hermione’s tail especially amusing. Harry is given a hint to the Golden Egg clue by Cedric Diggory, and as a result ends up taking the egg to the Prefects’ washroom. Moaning Myrtle joins him there, appearing out of one of the faucets, to his dismay – Harry tries to hide his nakedness under the bubbles; Myrtle after all is a girl. Myrtle guides Harry towards what Cedric did to his Golden Egg: opening it underwater and listening to it there. While Harry is thinking about the meaning of this clue, Myrtle is telling how she became a ghost; Harry largely ignores her. When Harry muses how he is going to breathe underwater, Myrtle becomes affronted at being reminded that she doesn’t breathe any more.Finally, with Professor Lockhart in tow, they return to Myrtle’s bathroom. Myrtle confirms that it was she who had died the last time the Chamber was opened, and what she remembers matches the effects of a Basilisk; Harry figures out how to open the Chamber, and with Ron and Lockhart, he descends. When he returns, Myrtle suggests that if he had died down there, he would have been welcome to share her bathroom; Ron teases that Harry’s got a girlfriend.Most unusually for a ghost, it seems Myrtle does have some control over physical matter; apparently her haunting of the bathroom has rendered it unusable, mainly because she keeps flooding the place when she gets depressed. This is useful to the story in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in two respects: Mrs. Norris is Petrified (in the chapter The Deathday Party), rather than being killed, because she sees the reflection of the Basilisk rather than seeing the Basilisk directly. The image is reflected in the water that Myrtle has caused to flood out of the bathroom because she was so upset at the insults lobbed at her by Peeves at Nearly Headless Nick’s Deathday party. Additionally, it is Myrtle’s unwelcoming presence in the washroom that allows Hermione the time and space to make Polyjuice Potion; nobody willingly goes in there more than once, after being subjected to Myrtle’s aggressive depression.
A clue in that diary leads Harry and Ron to Hagrid, who in turn sends them to Aragog. Aragog, in turn, mentions that the last time the Chamber was opened, a girl died in a bathroom. It suddenly occurs to Harry that this might be Moaning Myrtle.
Harry, looking at the Marauder’s Map, sees Draco Malfoy in a nearby bathroom with Myrtle. Looking in at them, he sees that Draco is crying. Draco catches sight of him in the mirror, and immediately starts flinging curses at him. Harry retaliates. Draco starts to invoke the Cruciatus curse, but Harry stops him with the Sectumsempra curse, one which he has read but never tried to use. This curse makes Harry’s wand act like a very long knife, making great cuts appear in Draco’s face and torso. Myrtle starts screaming, saying there was “murder in the bathroom”; Severus Snape appears and manages to heal Draco.
Myrtle is offended very easily, at least initially. Any reminder that she is dead will send her off in gouts of tears. When Tom Riddle’s diary was thrown into the commode where she happened to be invisibly resting, and it happened to fall through her, this enraged her to the point that she caused all the toilets and taps to effectively erupt, sending water all through her bathroom and out into the hall. It is in part this hypersensitivity that has left her with the name Moaning Myrtle, because in fact that does seem to be what she does most of the time.
We meet Myrtle at Nearly Headless Nick’s Deathday party. She seems a bit depressed, as many ghosts do; but Peeves takes the opportunity to mock her to the point that she runs off, crying. Apparently as she returns to her bathroom, she turns on all the taps.Myrtle’s affinity for water also allows her to help Harry with the Second Task in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; as the second task involves the Merpeople under the lake, Myrtle is instrumental in allowing Harry to solve the riddle surrounding the task, and also points him in the right direction when he is looking for the Merpeople during the task proper. Myrtle says that she sometimes ends up in the lake when someone flushes a toilet in her bathroom and she’s not expecting it, which may lead us to wonder about Wizarding sanitation practices.As mentioned, Myrtle is always sad and is apparently still hypersensitive about death. It is true that she had died only fifty years before our story opens, and so could have expected, in the normal run of affairs, to still be alive; it is possible that a ghost will be especially sensitive to thoughts of death until they reach an age at which they would have died normally. As far as her perpetual sadness goes, we must remember that at the time she died, she had been driven to tears by the cruelty of another girl and was hiding in the washroom. From what Nearly Headless Nick tells us in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix regarding ghostly existence, it is entirely possible that Myrtle is sad as a ghost purely because she was so sad when she died.
Is Potted Potter worth seeing?
POTTED POTTER is good for anyone who wants a laugh. For the dedicated Potter fans who have the books memorized, you’ll laugh at the outrageous parodies these guys perform for all the characters you know and love. And even if you’re one who isn’t a die-hard fan, you’ll have a fun time laughing at their jokes.
Later, Harry and Ron find Myrtle’s bathroom flooded; apparently she has become upset because someone threw a book at her while she was resting in the U-bend, thinking about death. In her anger she has turned on all the water in the bathroom. Harry recovers the book, it turns out to be a diary, originally owned by one T. M. Riddle fifty years ago.During the Second Task, Harry, swimming deep in the lake, is again accosted by Moaning Myrtle. Harry is surprised that she is able to get to the lake; she says that sometimes she is sent to the lake by surprise when someone flushes her toilet unexpectedly. She points Harry in the direction of the Merpeople’s settlement under the lake.
Is Harry Potter too scary for a 3 year old?
Absolutely not! There are plenty of children (my own included) who aren’t ready to read Harry Potter independently or even aloud at that age, or who are ready much sooner. The books wouldn’t frighten some kids who are even younger, but would make some kids uncomfortable years later.
Moaning Myrtle, born as Myrtle Elizabeth Warren, was a former Ravenclaw student (now a ghost) who haunts the girl’s bathroom on the first floor (called the second floor in the US editions of the book) of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
When Harry returns from the Chamber of Secrets, she suggests that if he had died down there, Harry would have been welcome to share her bathroom. Additionally, she helps him a couple of times before and during the Second Task of the Triwizard Tournament. This would seem to indicate that she has a little bit of a crush on Harry. However, when Ron and Harry use a bathroom to hide from Lavender Brown in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Myrtle seems disappointed to see them, which would indicate that any romantic interest she has in Harry has been replaced by an interest in another boy, who turns out to be Draco Malfoy. On their way to visit Myrtle for confirmation, Harry and Ron are caught in the halls by Professor McGonagall. Thinking up a reason for their being in the halls, Harry hits upon the idea of saying that they are trying to visit Hermione in the Hospital wing, as she has been Petrified. While visiting Hermione, they find a scrap of paper that she has torn out of a book which describes Basilisks; this tells them what the monster is. Theatre In DC features the most comprehensive listings, news, reviews, and pre-theatre dining suggestions for the shows that are currently playing in the DC area as well as future productions of shows.”…I will admit, I found it a bit difficult to contain my excitement as I walked towards Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall for Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience last night. As someone who had read all the Harry Potter books and even attended a few of the film midnight premieres, I felt that a show set out to cover all seven books would be the perfect finale for an incredible story that informed so much of my childhood. Looking back, I can make two conclusions: First, judging by the full house of audience members of all ages, I was clearly not the only one inspired by J.K. Rowling’s magical series. Second, Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, with their hilarious writing, brilliant comedic timing, and high energy, truly know how to win over a crowd.”Potted Potter, the unauthorized Harry Potter parody experience, succeeds in combining a love for J.K. Rowling’s magical universe, and improvisational comedy, thanks to two captivating performers. Just as the insanely popular books, along with the film adaptations, appeal to all ages, Potted Potter is delightfully accessible to audiences of any age.Ollivanders’ location in Hogsmeade is nice, too, but much smaller. You can also buy one at Wands by Gregorovitch, but we suggest going there only if the lines are too long at other locations, or you don’t want to be surrounded by too many people.
You don’t need superpowers to know where to cast the spells, though. Just look for a brass medallion on the ground to show you where the locations are. You will also be able to refer to your map included with the purchase of an interactive wand.
Twelve new interactive wands debuted at Universal Parks on December 6, 2022. Each of the new wands pairs a wood type with one of three powerful cores that Garrick Ollivander, the master wandmaker in the Harry Potter films, uses.Our Ultimate Guide to Harry Potter Wands at Universal Studios shows you how easy it can be to get your own magical souvenir and start enjoying every nook and cranny throughout Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Much like the Zodiac signs, there are 13 signs based on the Celtic Tree Calendar. This calendar is what J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, used.
However, if you are only visiting Harry Potter lands to ride the attractions then move on to other Universal rides, and you are not a big fan of Harry Potter, then an interactive wand is not worth it for you. If you want a wand to have for pictures, consider buying a very inexpensive wand on Amazon, rather than an official Universal Studios wand at the theme parks.These immersive experiences found beyond the rides and attractions began when Diagon Alley, the second Harry Potter land, opened. Previously, in the first land of Hogsmeade, there were no spell casting experiences, however you could still buy wands.You might also be picked for the wand choosing ceremony, which makes the selection process even more magical. This is when one person is chosen from the group of people entering Ollivanders to test out a series of wands and see what magic they make happen. It’s just like in the movies! Even if you are not chosen, you will get to enjoy the show and see the wand keeper work their magic!In April 2023, Universal Studios Orlando started engraving wands. Universal Studios Hollywood had already been engraving Harry Potter wands since August 2022.
Buying a Harry Potter wand at Universal Studios is one of the most anticipated events for all Harry Potter fans! You will feel just like the characters in the movies and books when you choose your own wand and start casting spells!
Regardless of what type of wand you purchase, you probably want to be able to show off your unique souvenir at home. Don’t just lay your wand on your dresser where you can’t appreciate it! If you have any problems with your wands casting spells, you can bring it to Ollivanders and they will fix it. This usually means replacing the sensor at the tip of the wand, since there are no batteries to replace or electronics to fix. The interactive wands have a translucent tip that is slightly rounded. The tip is slightly see-through because light comes out of the wand (you won’t be able to see the light) and reflects off of a sensor at the spell casting location. The sensor can track your movement and make magic happen!It can be overwhelming trying to decide where to buy your wand, and what type of wand to choose. You might also be confused about how the wands work in Harry Potter world and what you can do with them.
You may be able to find discounted wands at thrift shops or on Ebay, too. If you are able to find an interactive wand for sale outside of the theme parks, they should still be able to work at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Or you can choose a wand that is “unclaimed.” There are 13 wands based on the Celtic tree calendar which J.K. Rowling used while writing Harry Potter books. These Celtic design wands use different types of wood for different birth dates or attributes. See our chart below for more information.
Is Potted Potter interactive?
Even further, Potted Potter is an interactive experience as audience members are sorted into Hogwarts houses, ride on broomsticks, and are more than allowed to cheer, jeer, and sneer at the actions on stage.
These wands are thicker and have a rounded, reflector tip on the end. This rounded tip is what activates sensors at spell-casting locations in the two lands.Once you purchase a wand, it can be reused on future visits to Universal Studios. It will be a one-time investment that can be enjoyed on other theme park visits.
The cost is only $4 more for an interactive wand, compared to a standard wand at Universal Studios. So even if you only did a few spells, it’s definitely worth it for the fun!
The unique experience is lost if you buy online. Also, you will need to transport your wand with you, which can take up valuable luggage space if flying.
Note: The wand keeper often chooses a lucky guest that is around the age the wizards and witches get a letter to attend Hogwarts. So if you have a child around 12 years old, the chances are better that they’ll be picked (however, adults are often chosen, too!).Ollivanders Wand Shop is the number one place to buy a wand in Harry Potter world. And the Diagon Alley location is the absolute best place to buy your wand.While there are several locations to purchase your wands throughout Universal Studios’ theme parks, Ollivanders in Diagon Alley is the most magical location. It is here where you can enter a room with rows and rows of wands to choose from. And every Harry Potter fan knows that the wand chooses the wizard, so you want to go where all of the wands are!
There is no extra charge to watch the show or to be a participant! In fact, even if you are chosen to do the wand ceremony, you are no obligated to buy the wand chosen for you.
What is the potted potter about?
PLAYING TO SOLD OUT HOUSES all over the world, the Olivier Award nominated POTTED POTTER – The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. Cached
If you are wanting to cast spells in Harry Potter world, then you must get an interactive wand. These will work in both parts of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade.
Who is the ghost girl in the bathroom in Harry Potter?
Moaning Myrtle Moaning Myrtle, born as Myrtle Elizabeth Warren, was a former Ravenclaw student (now a ghost) who haunts the girl’s bathroom on the first floor (called the second floor in the US editions of the book) of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
To have your wand engraved, you must buy your wand at Universal Studios. You cannot bring a wand from home to engrave and you cannot engrave previously purchased wands from Universal Studios.Along with my sister, we share the best insider tips for theme parks, visiting U.S. National Parks, and traveling the world. We have nearly 30 years of experience globetrotting the world via river cruises, cruising, and full-time living in an RV.This helpful wand chart will guide your towards choosing the best wand for you. However, wands choose the wizards, so if you feel like you really like a wand that isn’t for your birth month, it’s okay!
Each location is usually staffed with a spell-caster assistant, who can coach you how to use your wand and the best ways to cast spells with your wand in that location. So don’t feel like you won’t be able to experience the magic if you’re a first-time wizard or witch!
With these new wands, you will also receive a “wand lore” insert that explains the unique properties of that wand and the attributes of its ideal owner. This is the first time the option has been available.
Interactive Harry Potter wands will let you cast spells throughout the two lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. You will feel like a witch or wizard when you move your wand through the air and make “magic” happen at more than two dozen locations with animatronics and special effects.
Wands are the same price at any gift shop at Universal Studios theme parks or CityWalk. They are also the same price on the Universal Studios website, however you might need to pay more for shipping and handling fees.These wands will also come with a double-sided map with spell casting locations. There will be 25 spell locations found on the map, however if you hold the map under a special kind of light you can find even more secret spell locations, too!
Before discussing how to buy the wands, you will want to know what they can do, so you understand why they are such a great souvenir to buy at Universal Studios!
The Harry Potter interactive wand is a better souvenir than the standard wand because it comes with a map of the spellcasting spots. The standard wand does not come with a map.There are additional places to buy wands outside of Harry Potter lands, such as the gift shops at the front of each of the theme parks, as well as the large Universal Studios merchandise shop in CityWalk. Some official Universal hotels have gift shops where you can purchases wands.
Washington, D.C. events don’t just include concerts, shows, and nightlife in the district itself. Maryland and Virginia are nearby and offer an array of opportunities to take in even more entertainment. But whether you’re looking for events in D.C. or venturing farther out, rest assured there’s a wide variety of fun and unique things to see and do — Broadway-caliber shows to one-of-a-kind city tours, stand-up comedy nights to a thriving live music scene.Playing to sold out houses all over the world, the Olivier Award-nominated Potted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. Even if you don’t know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, Potted Potter will make you roar with laughter.
How long is Harry Potter 2 in minutes?
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsDistributed byWarner Bros. PicturesRelease dates3 November 2002 (Odeon Leicester Square) 15 November 2002 (United Kingdom and United States)Running time161 minutesCountriesUnited Kingdom United States
This fantastically funny show features all your favorite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic! Potted Potter has garnered rave reviews from New York to Nashville, Chicago to Mexico City and Critics’ Picks from the New York Times, New York Magazine, Time Out London, Boston Globe, Chicago Daily Herald and the New York Post!Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries and regions. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Google Play and the Google Play logo are trademarks of Google LLC.
“…Being a perfectly respectable Harry Potter Adult™, I went in to Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience expecting the production to be geared more towards grown-ups. But I was predictably and thankfully wrong. Not that there weren’t adults at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall, enjoying every moment along with the young ones. But the 18-and-ups have to leave any age-induced stodginess at the door. This touring show, somehow also magically playing in Las Vegas right now, demands that you absorb and reflect the childlike enthusiasm of the performers…so prepare yourself.””…The show obviously lends itself to fans of the massively successful franchise, and would probably do little to entertain someone who is either not a fan, or not familiar. And of course, it is also targeted towards children, who, at this particular performance, were quite zealous and seemed to be having a great time. The performers did a phenomenal job of keeping the younger ones’ attention, and the show was interspersed with different types of audience interaction, ranging from simple call and response to hoping on a pantomimed broom and flying it around with other audience members. There were parts throughout the show though, that could possibly press on a more mature audience member’s patience, however as stated, they are not the target audience for the show, and the cast members were generous enough to throw in some more adult-suited jokes over the heads of the children.”
I saw Potted Potter several years ago when my oldest child was deep into his Harry Potter phase. My son and I both loved the show and I was excited to see it headed back to DC with my younger children.
The entire cast consists of only two people. One is the UK’s self-proclaimed foremost expert on Harry Potter and close, personal friend of J.K. Rowling.The other claims to have read the books but it soon becomes evident he has no idea what Harry Potter is about and he can’t do a good job covering that up.
How long is the play Potted Potter?
70 hilarious minutes Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books into 70 hilarious minutes.
Two in the group are die-hard fans, one likes the movies, and one has very little interest in Harry Potter at all. The great thing about this play is that we all enjoyed it. At the performance we saw there were also plenty of adults there without children and we think this would also make a great date night or Mom’s night out. Congrats on becoming the newest Our Kids member! Every Tuesday we’ll send you the latest family-fun happenings in the DC metropolitan area so you don’t miss a thing!
The highlight for me was the finale. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but it involves a rewriting of a 1970’s disco ballad into a duo that turns the focus, of course, on Harry Potter.
Costumes are encouraged but not required. My kids loved wearing their Hogwarts robes and carrying their wands. We saw lots of other kids in robes and adults wearing their Quidditch shirts too!
If you are a serious Harry Potter fan or just someone who is just aware of the films, Potted Potter is an amazing encounter that everyone should run to during the Holiday season. Cast the spell "Accio Tickets", grab your broomstick, robes, and cauldron and make your way to Hobby Center for an amazing experience.
A 3D Quidditch Match, a Live Dragon, and an interesting take on Dobby the House Elf greets the young and young at heart at Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. This Harry Potter experience is a 75-minute hilarious summary of all seven Harry Potter Books. Writers, Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, create a sensational and hilarious spin on the Boy Wizards adventures and the entire performance is a romp you don’t want to miss.If you are a serious Harry Potter fan or just someone who is just aware of the films, Potted Potter is an amazing encounter that everyone should run to during the Holiday season. Cast the spell “Accio Tickets”, grab your broomstick, robes, and cauldron and make your way to Hobby Center for an amazing experience.
Actors, Scott Hoatson and Brendan Murphy are some of the most amazing UK comedic actors that are currently touring the US, for both have the momentous task of summarizing all 7 Harry Potter books (Including one actor having to read all 607 pages of Book 7 during the performance). You would think this feat would take hours, however Hoatson and Murphy are able to encapsulate the feelings of joy, sadness, frivolity and humor that comes with J. K. Rowlings words. Even further, Potted Potter is an interactive experience as audience members are sorted into Hogwarts houses, ride on broomsticks, and are more than allowed to cheer, jeer, and sneer at the actions on stage. This experience is perfect for everyone of all ages, as the darker moments of Rowling's novels, while present, are pared down for even a Muggle to understand. Again, one can not state enough how hard both Hoatson and Murphy work to not only engage their audiences but to make Harry Potter fun and accessible to everyone. No spoilers but dressing up in Harry Potter gear only adds to the experience.
The Moody Center for the Arts will present the first solo exhibition in Texas of the celebrated French artist Laure Prouvost, opening September 15 and on view through December 14, 2023. The exhibition Above Front Tears Nest in South invites visitors on an intriguing journey, engaging both the body and the mind through multisensorial installations, combining video, sculpture, and textiles in a mind-bending setting that creates a humorous, idiosyncratic experience.
A 3D Quidditch Match, a Live Dragon, and an interesting take on Dobby the House Elf greets the young and young at heart at Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. This Harry Potter experience is a 75-minute hilarious summary of all seven Harry Potter Books. Writers, Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, create a sensational and hilarious spin on the Boy Wizards adventures and the entire performance is a romp you don't want to miss.The design elements of the production are incredible for this short show. Set design by Simon Scullion is hilarious and succinct. The set features a crab in the Forbidden Forest, warthogs, and a wardrobe/projector screen. Tim Mascall’s lighting design lends both spooky and funny moments as Dumbledore’s DeIlluminator becomes truly magical and a pseudo-supporting character. Phil Innes music both throughout the show and in the pre-show evokes feelings of nostalgia and wonder.Nobody does comedy quite like the brilliant Noël Coward! Main Street Theater (MST) is presenting Coward’s totally-irresistible and semi-autobiographical comedy, Present Laughter, this summer at its Rice Village location.
Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience, A Parody by Dan and Jeff runs until January 2nd, 2022 at the Zilka Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. All patrons ages 12 and older will be required to show either a proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or proof of vaccination. Masks will be required at all times when in the venue. Performances are Tuesdays thru Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturdays at 2 PM, 5 PM, and 8 PM, and Sundays at 2 PM and 5 PM. Tickets can be bought at thehobbycenter.org/events/potted-potter/
Actors, Scott Hoatson and Brendan Murphy are some of the most amazing UK comedic actors that are currently touring the US, for both have the momentous task of summarizing all 7 Harry Potter books (Including one actor having to read all 607 pages of Book 7 during the performance). You would think this feat would take hours, however Hoatson and Murphy are able to encapsulate the feelings of joy, sadness, frivolity and humor that comes with J. K. Rowlings words. Even further, Potted Potter is an interactive experience as audience members are sorted into Hogwarts houses, ride on broomsticks, and are more than allowed to cheer, jeer, and sneer at the actions on stage. This experience is perfect for everyone of all ages, as the darker moments of Rowling’s novels, while present, are pared down for even a Muggle to understand. Again, one can not state enough how hard both Hoatson and Murphy work to not only engage their audiences but to make Harry Potter fun and accessible to everyone. No spoilers but dressing up in Harry Potter gear only adds to the experience.
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Yann is a young Gryffindor in the same year as Albus, who, like many other Hogwarts students, can’t help but gawp when Albus joins the school. Commenting that he has “the same hair” as his dad, Yann seems like a bit of a gossip. He hangs out with Rose Granger-Weasley, and is shown to have an aptitude for flying in his first flying lesson.Unlike Draco, Scorpius focuses his Slytherin-like determination into his studies, being an avid reader. He’s also a self-confessed geek and adores sweets. Scorpius sadly loses his mother during the play and is shown lamenting her death with a heartrending speech.
Polly is a savvy student, also in Albus’s Hogwarts year, and joins in the gossiping about Albus when he arrives at school. She appears to have a biting sense of humour, saying of Albus: “even portraits turn the other way when he comes up the stairs”.
Despite a childhood friendship with Albus, and despite starting Hogwarts at the same time as each other, the pair start drifting apart in their earlier years at Hogwarts, with their separate Hogwarts houses not helping matters.
We know Harry, Ron and Hermione as well as we know our own friends. But Cursed Child also introduced us to a whole new generation of wizards and witches.Scorpius is the only-child of Astoria Greengrass and Draco Malfoy, and unlike Draco Malfoy, Scorpius seems very different to his father. Despite sharing the same physical attributes, such as the blond hair, Scorpius immediately displays an empathy his father did not at his age. He joins Hogwarts at the same time as Albus Potter, forming an unlike friendship on the Hogwarts Express. This grows when the two of them are sorted into the same house, Slytherin.
Is Potted Potter kid friendly?
Potted Potter is recommended for ages 6 to Dumbledore.
MILD SPOILER WARNING: For those who have not seen Cursed Child, you may not wish to step further into this article – just in case. Although if you wish to know more, be our guest!Although nervous and jumpy, like Albus, at the start of his Hogwarts journey, the young student becomes more self-assured as his adventures with Albus go on, despite having to contend with a rumour that he is Lord Voldemort’s son.
Is Rose Weasley a Slytherin?
Rose Granger-Weasley Sorted into Gryffindor, Rose seems to excel in everything, and unlike Hermione, even has a knack for Quidditch, being chosen for her house team as a Chaser.
Albus has two other siblings: his older brother, the mischievous James Potter Jr. and his younger sister, Lily Potter Jr. – who both get sorted into Gryffindor.
Albus finds himself in Slytherin at Hogwarts – the house he had worried about being chosen for. After this moment, his Hogwarts journey is marred by self-doubt, which affects his magical abilities.
Sorted into Gryffindor, Rose seems to excel in everything, and unlike Hermione, even has a knack for Quidditch, being chosen for her house team as a Chaser.Despite not attending a wizarding school such as Hogwarts, Delphi is a smart and hugely talented witch with a penchant for Darker magic. She has a tattoo of an Augurey – a mournful, magical bird that symbolises death. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ epilogue, we meet a young, nervous Albus Severus, so named after the two Hogwarts professors Harry was inspired by. Albus serves as our hero in Cursed Child, unwittingly following in the footsteps of his famous father. While Harry and Albus are seen not to get along in the play, Harry and his middle-son actually have a lot in common – particularly that they are both reluctant heroes.
At first, Delphi appears to be a plucky, colourful-haired helper working at St Oswald’s Home for Old Witches and Wizards, who focuses her efforts on her ‘Uncle’ the bereaved Amos Diggory, father of Cedric. But all is not as it seems.The story of Craig is a tragic case. A stickler for the rules (we see him chastising Harry for breaking into a school dormitory in the middle of the night) this Slytherin Hogwarts student is named as a “good boy”, as he is callously murdered during the play. By who, we will not say. All departed Hogwarts headmasters sit for their magical portrait – so they may look over their beloved castle forever. They even offer sage advise to the new headmaster, unless your name is Phineas Nigellus. But, as the kindly portrait of Albus tells Harry, he is merely “paint and memory”, despite embodying all the same wisdom and insight his subject once did. Apparently, the longer a subject spends with their painting, the more personality they will have. And we can tell, from this one, that Albus Dumbledore spent a lot of time with his. Very much like her mother, Rose Granger-Weasley embodies all the same grace, wit and intelligence of Hermione. She also bears Ron’s cheekier side and glides into Hogwarts with immediate confidence.We are certainly aware that Albus Dumbledore is not a new character! But his portrait, that hangs at Hogwarts, feels too much of a character in its own right not to include him here.
Dan and Jeff began the year with a tour of Potted Sherlock in the USA, before Potted Potter hit the road with locations including the show’s first trip to Kuala Lumpur, a return visit to DUCTAC in Dubai, and an extensive, coast-to-coast tour of Canada in the Autumn, concluding with seasons in Vancouver and Toronto.
Are the Harry Potter interactive wands worth it?
So even if you only did a few spells, it’s definitely worth it for the fun! However, if you are only visiting Harry Potter lands to ride the attractions then move on to other Universal rides, and you are not a big fan of Harry Potter, then an interactive wand is not worth it for you.
Recent theatre includes: The Crown Dual (Kings Head Theatre), FRIEND (Pleasance Edinburgh), Potted Potter (US & Canada), King Kong: A Comedy (The Vaults), Twelfth Night (Orange Tree Theatre), The Adventure (Royal Exchange), Lost Property (Soho Theatre), Accomplice: London (Menier Chocolate Factory).Owing to their commitments as Children’s BBC presenters, Dan and Jeff hand over the show to a new cast, David Ahmad and John Helier, who take it on tour to Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Comedy Festival, and New Zealand Comedy Festival. Dan and Jeff wrestle the show back from them for a third and final Christmas run at Trafalgar Studios.