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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Source: Catholic News Service

Less-involving sequel in which the young wizard (Daniel Radcliffe), suspected of being behind a nefarious plot that has been turning his fellow students into stone, must identify the true evildoer and face down a monstrous serpent. It is adapted from the second J.K. Rowling novel in the "Harry Potter" series; director Chris Columbus turns in a darker, uneven fantasy that alternates plodding exposition with clever special effects, a few of which may be too frightening for young children. Some scary fantasy menace, fleeting violence and a crude expression. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested.

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