Movie Synopsis: As Harry Potter suffers through a long summer holidays with his terrible cousin and mean aunt and uncle, he longs for school to start again so he can go back to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. However, before he returns, a house elf brings him a warning, that something terrible is brewing at Hogwarts, and it may be too dangerous to go back at all. When Harry finally gets to Hogwarts, his friends Ron and Hermione join him in trying to discover just what is going on. But when students start getting attacked, and other strange occurrences happen, they realize the danger is more serious than they ever thought possible.
Movie Review: This movie based on the second novel of the Harry Potter series brings the entire cast back together, along with Chris Columbus reprising his role as Director. Although some of the acting is over-done by some of the child actors, Columbus continues to work with the many child actors in this cast to develop their skills and abilities. There is also some great cinematography in this movie, and a continuing capacity to build new scenes inside and outside Hogwarts School that capitalizes on the imagination of author J.K. Rowling. Columbus also utilizes humour throughout, which often is designed to appeal especially to the younger audiences in the crowd (example: the detailed Ron Weasley slug incident). It seems this is the last movie in the series that is more focused on the younger audiences, and that later efforts will be directed at somewhat older crowds. This is in keeping with the novels themselves, and influences the decisions made here by the director and Producer David Heyman.
Overall Review: 4 stars out of 5