5:33pm, Tuesday 19 November 2002
Spiders, snakes and special effects.
Well, it's not going to go down as a classic of cinematic history, but HP2 is a good laugh. There are several hysterical moments (the bendy-arm scene is very funny), some real scares (the spiders! eek!) and on the whole it's worth seeing. The children have grown up since last time, and Ron's voice is - squeakily - on the point of breaking. The film is noticeably darker in mood than the first episode, and I wonder if this trend will continue... will HP7 end up as an "18" certificate? and not just through the potential Harry/Ron/Hermione love interest, which was laid on a bit thick!