Harry Potter 2, should you read the book or watch the movie? Find out below. Of, and if you’re curious, you can read my thoughts on Book 1 here.
Book: It’s year 2, and mysterious things keep happening at the school. After trouble with a strange and annoying elf, Harry finds out he can hear things that other people can’t which is frightening. In the end, Harry and his friends must work together to find a surprising foe.
Movie: There are few major plot differences between the book and movie. The movie focuses more on the past story than the present, which I actually liked rather well. I thought the movie actually tied the plot together better than the book. I didn’t really like how they did the tree though, and I thought the flying car scene was way over-played.
Book: The newest character in this story is Tom Riddle in his mysterious diary. Of course, the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher is also a new character- the ridiculous Gilderoy Lockhart. I seriously disliked him in the book. Dobby… Just a terrible character all around. Ick. Oh, and Myrtle of course. She was a horrible person. I was always glad she died.
Movie: Surprisingly enough, both of the new characters were expertly done. I really loved who they found to play Gilderoy Lockhart. I think he might be the best character in all the movies.
Book: I never really liked this book. It seemed rushed somehow. The events should have been interesting in theory, but for some reason, they never clicked for me. I never could really imagine how the Chamber of Secrets would work and the diary thing seemed kind of boring in the book.
Movie: I thought the movie did an excellent job of translating the setting to the screen. The worst part about this movie was that they had to use all three of the teens right when they were in their most awkward stages of life. Difficult to watch, at times.
Book: The Chamber of Secrets always felt a little bland to me. Which is odd, since it is one of the most important books in the series.
Movie: I think the movie improved on the feel of the book, although things were a little dark for me. Literally dark, I’m not speaking metaphorically, I thought the screen was too dark most of the time. This isn’t vampire school.
You know what, this may be the first time ever since The Notebook, but I think I like the movie version of this book better. So there you have it.