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「ハリー・ポッター」完結記念特集2 ハリー・ポッターと秘密の部屋(ファンタジー映画) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets(2002)

監督 クリス・コロンバス/Director: Chris Columbus
出演 本文に含む/Starring: (included in text)



“Evil” reveals itself

The interesting aspect of the Harry Potter series is from its fiercely evil characters. Headmaster Dumbledore (Richard Harris) of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry doesn’t deny an “evil presence” and “black hearted wizards.” In the previous film (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) the evil wizard Voldemort is introduced but in Chamber of Secrets‚ this evil reveals itself.

The founders of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry were the four foremost witches and wizards. Of the group‚ Salazar Slytherin held a strong sense of discrimination against Muggles (people from non-magical families; an ordinary human)‚ and at odds with the other three‚ left the school. With his departure he unleashed a Basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets to reside. Fifty years ago somebody opened the Chamber and a female student fell victim.

An incident occurs on the school grounds where students are petrified‚ and the blame is cast on Parselmouth (the ability to converse with snakes) Harry (Daniel Radcliffe). Slytherin was a proficient Parselmouth. Is Harry his evil heir? Slytherin was an evil wizard and the ancestor of Voldemort. Harry’s rival Draco (Tom Felton) is the son of the famous front-running Muggle-hating‚ pure-blood supremacist Malfoy family. His father Lucius devises the Chamber of Secrets incident and has his sights set on the downfall of Muggle-born headmaster Dumbledore and Arthur Weasley‚ the father of Harry’s best friend Ron (Rupert Grint).

As Harry and his friends investigate the incident they learn of the girl in the toilets‚ “Moaning Murtle.” Murtle is like a magical version of “Locker no Hanako-san” who holds the key to the Chamber of Secrets (translator’s note: Locker no Hanako-san is a 2002 NHK television drama). As she appears without much mention she may not seem it‚ but you have to pay attention because Murtle is this film’s crucial character. In order to get Draco to reveal information about the Chamber of Secrets‚ bright student Hermione (Emma Watson) has Harry and Ron drink Polyjuice Potion to transform them into Draco’s best friends. What is the Chamber of Secrets? Where is its entrance? It must have something to do with water. What is the Basilisk? Who is the girl who fell victim? What past is written in the diary of memories? Forbidden secret doors are opened one after the other. Finally the decisive battle; Harry versus the Basilisk.

The giant spider Aragog‚ the elusive flying Ford‚ the house-elf Dobby who alarms Harry. These characters that magic unleashes one after the other are interesting. Defense Against the Dark Arts expert Gilderoy Lockhart (Kenneth Branagh) is a lying wizard who bragged his way to become a best selling author. He comes to Hogwarts as a teacher but his specialty is actually erasing memories. When he ends up having to face the Basilisk‚ he attempts to make Harry and the others forget by using his special skills‚ and this social dexterity strangely has a sense of reality to it. Kenneth Branagh is a fine actor. Said to be the successor of Lord Laurence Olivier as the authority in the British theatre world‚ what astonished the world was his director-lead role in Frankenstein (1994). Popular Branagh happily plays the swindler wizard.