You already enjoyed the our first article Behind the scenes of Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone, didn’t you? Here we present the second part, with the amazing response to the first part. I invite you to read till the end of the behind the scenes and share this with another Potterhead. So shall we go straight to the story?
Behind the Scene Harry Potter Facts in Chamber of Secret
Filming began three days after the release of the first film (19 November 2001). Th second film was released on 3 November 2002. This is the only film that released within a year, from all of the series. Deathly Hallows part 1 and 2 had released in six months, but both have been filmed in parallel.
Based on the shortest book in the series, this is the longest film in the series. (Also the longest book in the series, Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, made the shortest film out of it.)
Chris Columbus, executive producer and director, advises cinematographer Roger Pratt to give the film a slightly darker look. Therefore, low light conditions were used in the studios. The color frames were also slightly dimmed. These changes continue to darken throughout the series. You may have noticed this in the WB logo and name as well as in the movie
The duo are considered to be Chris Columbus’ two financially best hits. And his first, Home Alone duo can be considered as a success.
Many Harry Potter fans went to see the Scooby-Doo (2002) movie released that year. Do you know why? Watch the trailer of the Harry Potter and Chamber of Secret.
The producers hadconsidered the Chamber of Secret (set) to be used only in this film. But in Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011) the secret chamber needed again. Since the studio had been demolished, they had to rebuild the secret chamber again.
Behind the Scenes of Chamber of Secret- Malfoys
Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) can be introduced as a newcomer to the story. It is his own idea to grow his hair that way. He has to keep his head slightly back to prevent his hair from falling forward. This has made his character even more proud. Like he looks at everything else under his nose.
To get a sense of how dirty his character is, Jason had to revisit all of Tom Felton (drako)’s previous performances. Also the magic wand that can carry his magic wand is his own idea. He has been very fond of this magic wand. At one point he was caught trying to snatch it.
It is Jason Isaacs (Lucius) who gives Basilic the voice he speaks to his victims. Chris Columbus thinks he deserves such a job. So in his own (Chris’ own words) he asks Jason to give the Basilica a voice with a creepy sound. The book only describes it as a blowing sound.
Jason Isaac originally requested the Lockhart character. But Cruise asks him to try for Malfoy. He dislikes it at first. He, however, is polite not to refuse the request. When he finally gets the character he thinks of throwing it away but his family members convince him to do it.
Stuart Craig and executive producer Mark Radcliffe are the faces of some of the portraits of Hogwarts.
The curse Arania Exumai is used against spiders as they escape from the Acromantula colony. This curse is not mentioned in the book. According to the movie Harry learns this when he saw Tom Riddle uses it, in his diary, sixty years ago.
For the Flourish and Blotts they redecorate the studio used for Olivander’s Wand shop in the first movie.
Chris wants to show the movements of the basilic like a journey of a serpent. Therefore, handheld cameras are used for this purpose. At one point, Chris took the cameraman by the shoulder (like a steering wheel) to shoot as he wanted.
If you compare the book and the movie you will feel a problem with the size of the Basilic snake. Turning to the end of the sixteenth chapter of the book, Ron and Lockhart have a sentence like this, when they see the skin in the secret chamber. “The creature that had shed it must have been twenty feet long at least” but Ron says at the relevant moment in the movie “whatever shed this must be sixty feet long, or more” This was done to increase the risk and thrill. In the first film, the serpent released from the zoo cage is about twenty feet long.
It is said that their full size images(statues) were used for the people who were stoned by the Basilic attack.
J.K.Rowling has produced a series of instructions for the cast on how to speak Parseltounge.
The camera used by Colin Creevy is the Argus C3 Matchmatic (35mm), cheap and very popular type of camera that was only manufactured in the United States from 1939 to 1966.
This is the second and final appearance of Katherine Nicholsan, not as famous as Pansy Parkinson.
Fifty years after, the last time secret chamber was opened, Voldemort and Hagrid both appear to have been present at the time of the shooting, indicating that Tom must have been 66 and Hagrid 63.
Harry and Ron get detention for the second time in this movie. (The first time they have to go to the Forbidden Forest) Harry receives two more detentions because of telling Prof. Umbridge say “lies” and for teaching Dumbledore’s army (DA) in Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix (2007). Ron gets detention for the third time and Hermione for the second time because he is part of Dumbledore’s army.
Hugh Grant as Gilderoy Lockhart. Grant was cast as Lockhart, the narcissistic Defense Against the Dark Arts instructor, but he had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts, leaving the role open for Kenneth Branagh.
The Harry Potter series, as well as the 1985 Young Sherlock Holmes screenplay, were written by Chris Columbus. You can see a lot of similarities between them. Also, there is a suspicion that Kevin, the protagonist of Home Alone, which he directed, is in the photo above the table when a Dobby pudding explodes.
Shirley Henderson (Moaning Myrtle) is the oldest actress to appear as a Hogwarts student. She was 37 years old when she played that character. And before that you can see her through a similar character. That was through another popular film, Bridjet Jone’s Diary (2001). According to her, it contains more scenes of her crying about her boyfriend in a ladies restroom.
Zoe Wanamaker (Madame Hooch) feels in this film that the salary is not enough. So she has left. Her dialogue is given to Professor McGonagall Dame Maggie Smith and the other characters.
During the production, Emma always brought her pet Millie with her, but a few days after filming began, Millie passed away. So the staff prepares a special coffin for Miley. It was adorned with velvet and had a beautiful necklace called Millie on it. “I do not think anyone has ever said goodbye like this,” says Emma.
An image of the phoenix is made before it is made into an animation. Let’s take a very lively form of this. Seeing this, Richard Harris (Professor Dumbledore) thought it was a living bird.
Richard Harris sadly passes away a few weeks before the film’s release.
This is the first film to sell one million DVDs in the U.K. in its first week.
Scenes from Sally Mortemore (Librarian Irma Pince) have been cut from the film. She can barely be seen in the background scenes and on the staff table.
Although Crab and Goyl had more film time in the film, there is no dialogue between the actors they appear in. The dialogues with Harry, Ron with Draco are narrated by Daniel Radcliffe and Rupet Grint.
The guard who meets Harry and Ron when they can’t get to the nine-3/4 stage is the same guard in the previous movie.
The forest outside Hogwarts in the book series called the “Forbidden Forest”. But in the first and second films it is used as “Dark Forest”. Correcting this, Voldemort uses the term “Forbidden Forrest” in his last film (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: part 2 ).
Christian Coulson chooses to play Tom Riddle. Even though he is 23 years old, he is able to surpass other 15-17 year olds.
Thirty-five minutes in the second half of the film, Hermione is missing. (After the Basilic attack on her.)
Eddie Redmaybe, who plays the Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), has appeared in an interview for Tom Riddle character.
It is said that a nurse was called due to the spread of lice among the children during the filming.
During the filming, Dobby’s part was played by a ball mounted on a stick. (Later digitally added Dobby.)
Doby’s ears are based on the ears of a dog named Max, who used to sit under the art producer’s desk.
According to J.K. Rowling, Moaning Myrtle is a member of the Ravenclaw House.
The young Hagrid is represented by Martin Bayfield. [He appears as Robbie Coltrane’s body double throughout the series. His height is 6’10 “and he is a former England international rugby player] voiced by Robbie Coltrane.
Madam Pomfrey was previously in the film as a background character. It uses an extra actress. But from here until the end, Gemma Jones stands up for her character.
The tapestries on the walls of the Gryffindor Common Room are copies of a sixteenth – century series of “Lady and the unicorn” now on display at the Cluny Museum in France.
As I said in the previous article, Sorcerer’s Stone, starred Cruise’s daughter, Eleanor Columbus, as Susan Bones. But in this movie you can see all four of Chris’ kids. Eleanor Columbus himself appears as Susan. Brendon Columbus as a boy in the study room, Violet Columbus as a little girl with some flowers and Isabella Columbus as a girl in the bookstore.
Jude Law is considered too young to appear as Lockhart, but he appears as the young Dumbledore in the 2018 release of Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald.
Behind the Scenes of Chamber of Secret- Flying Ford Anglia
Weasley’s car is a Ford Anglia. It’s the same colour car that J.K. Rowling used to ride around with his school friends. She uses that car first for the book and then for the film.
Weasley’s Ford registration number is 7990 TD. It’s actually a real number on a Blue Ford registered in April 1960
They had to destroy fourteen Ford Anglias to make Harry and Ronnie crash into the Whomping Willow.
Written by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Death Eaters is seriously considering bringing back the Ford Anglia to save Ron by pushing two Death Eaters against a wall. The car emerges from the jungle and hides Death Eater under a wall in the palace. Then she herself thought that it was a very childish idea that the car had lived in the forbidden forest for so long.
Remember Malfoy telling Harry when he went to see Beer Draco at the Poljus Potion? “I didn’t know you could read“. The sentence was coined by Tom Felton (Draco) because he forgot his dialogue.
Daniel’s father reads Harry Potter books for Daniel. So he thinks his father would be better suited to dub Basilic. He suggested it to director Chris. Dad says he’s very happy with it.
Rupet Grint really has arachnophobia. The scary look on Ron’s face in that scene is not a play. He’s afraid to even think about spiders.
From here I will mention some special events in the behind the scene Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets along with the time they are. You can also pay attention to these things while watching the film.
Remember the floating needle set that spun automatically in the Burrow house? To set this up realistically, one of the staff members forcibly brought her mother in and let her sew and had to film her for several hours.
This time around, it’s at Borgin and Burkes in Knockturn Alley. You can barely see anything special here. The sixth part, Half-Blood Prince, has an opal necklace (containing a curse) left in a showroom to play a special part.
Harry Potter hardcover books can be seen on bookshelves as Hagrid brings Harry out of the knockturn alley and Lockhart (Sir Kenneth Branagh) shows his profile to the photographer.
You can barely see this. Lucius Malfoy picks up a book from Ginny’s caldera. You will notice that he drops back two travel books insulting second hand books.
A scene from Percy Weasley and Penelope Clearwater has been cut. (The part where Ginny promises to catch them kissing and not tell anyone) So the only part of the movie is the “Hello Percy.Ms.Clearwater” part where Nick sees the two of them coming out of the Great Hall as if they were headless.
During the Quidditch match Harry and Draco chases after snitch. The music used in this episode is also used in Star Wars-Attack of the Vlones (2002). Both productions are by John Williams.
The hour is the nineteenth minute
Do you remember the scene of Crabbe and Goyle eating cupcakes? Jamie Waylett and Josh Herdman cut their mouths on the hooks on the fishing rods
One hour and twenty eight minutes
This time Harry is talking to Tom in his diary, not Daniel Radcliffe’s handwriting. Chris thinks he’s not going to write like Harry Daniel does. So he’s using some other handwriting
Twenty-two minutes and two hours
In the final scene of the screenplay, Hermione should hug Harry and Ron. But 11-year-old Emma is too embarrassed to give a hug to two boys in front of the entire cast. So her savior Cris changes the script to make it easier for her. So all she has to do is hug Ron and shake Ron’s hand when he tries to hug her too. You must have seen that scene in the film. In a recent interview, Emma reveals that she quickly turned around and left. So that spot in the movie was frozen for a few seconds. But fans see this stumble as a sign of future relationship between her and Ron.
Two hours and twenty-five minutes
This time Harry releases Dobby from Malfoy. Daniel Radcliffe wants to shave his leg when he finds out he doesn’t have a leg sock.
Two hours and twenty-five minutes
This time Lucius tries to curse Harry. He mutters “Avada ..” This is the beginning of the curse of death introduced in the fourth book. This seems like a great foolishness. In the middle of a school, full of children and teachers, why did you say this with no way to escape? As Jason Isaac describes in a number of interviews, the book and the script did not name him a special curse. So the killing curse in the fourth book he was reading in those days was the only curse he remembered. So he says it. That being said, Dobby will turn the panel around and save.
A few extra behind the scene facts from chamber of secrets
Slytherin’s heir builds a fake wall asking him to write whatever he wants, as the messages on the wall will not allow the five – hundred – year – old Gloucester Cathedral to be damaged.
In an interview with Alan Cumming in 2008, he said that he got the role of Lockhart. But when asked about the amount paid to Rupet Grint, he rejects his character. That’s because he gets less than the amount a 12 year old gets!!!
Amazing! Isn’t it?Thank you for reading to the end. Hope you enjoy this facts of behind the scene Harry Potter and Chamber of Secret. See you soon in Our next station. Prisnor of Azkaban.
Sasindu Jayasri is an Engineering student at Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.