Daniel Radcliffe recalls filming Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Daniel Radcliffe looks back on his time filming Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, calling it one of the “coolest shows” he’s ever starred on.

Daniel Radcliffe looks back on his filming time Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, calling him one of “coolest sets” on which he never was. Based on JK Rowling’s fantasy book series, Chamber of Secrets served as the second installment in the Harry Potter film series and was a 2001 sequel Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, both films being directed by Chris Columbus. The story focuses on Harry’s second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, as Salazar Slytherin’s heir opens the Chamber of Secrets, releasing a deadly monster known as the Basilisk who begins to target students.


Radcliffe returned to play the titular character, with Rupert Grint and Emma Watson also returning as fan favorites Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, respectively. They were joined by an esteemed supporting cast with recurring cast members Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Fiona Shaw and Richard Harris, the latter making his final appearance as Albus Dumbledore before his passing. New additions to the cast included Kenneth Branagh as Dr. Gilderoy Lockhart and Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy.

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While promoting his latest adventure film The lost city with Empire in a recent interview, Radcliffe took the time to reminisce about some of his behind-the-scenes memories from filming Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, ahead of the film’s 20th anniversary this year. He remembers filming “flying car” sequence with his Grint, which lasted two months, specifying that most of his memories are of “to be in the Ford Anglia.“Radcliffe Also Remembers The”massive“Chamber of Secrets Game, The Caller”one of the coolest sets“He never set foot there. Check out his quote below:

The first film, we had been shooting for 11 months. The second film was just below, it was 9 or 10. But we did two months of filming that they didn’t count as principal photography, when we were doing flying car stuff. So my memories of that movie are really the flying car sequence – me and Rupert [Grint] be in the Ford Anglia for about two months. The Chamber of Secrets set is still one of the coolest sets I’ve ever seen. It was huge, and it was real, and I really climbed that thing in the end.

the Chamber of Secrets The flying car setting takes place early in the film, when Harry and Ron are prevented from entering Platform Nine and Three Quarters due to Dobby’s spell, forcing them to miss their train to Hogwarts. As for the Chamber of Secrets footage itself, it’s all in the film’s final act, when Harry has to save Ginny Weasley by confronting the Basilisk. While Chamber of Secrets is filled with memorable sequences, the flying car and climactic duel between Harry and the Basilisk certainly stand out, forming some of the franchise‘s most enduring moments.

Considering the lack of visual effects progress while making the film, Radcliffe’s comments explain why it took nearly a year to complete filming. Taking into account the making of Harry Potter creatures like Fawkes, Dobby, the Mandrakes, and Aragog, which had to be created from scratch, it naturally took considerable effort for the crew to bring the fictional world to life. However, it also makes the production designers’ work on the practical sets all the more impressive. It would be safe to say that the public was happy with what they were treated to with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and it’s comforting to know that it’s an experience cast members like Radcliffe can look back on fondly.

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Source: Empire

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