Monday, February 7, 2011

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

On my way to reviewing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I, I'm reviewing all preceding Harry Potter movies. My review of Sorcerer's Stone can be found here. The first Harry Potter movie failed the Original Bechdel test. Will the second do any better? Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was released in 2002, and brought in over $878 million, a 10.8% drop from the previous movie. While Sorcerer's Stone was the #1 film the year it was released, Chamber of Secrets was only #4.

blug1.png The first man teenage boy-wizard to speak is the eponymous Harry Potter; the second man is Uncle Vernon, yelling at Harry from downstairs. The first woman to speak is Aunt Petunia, to Harry and Vernon.

blug2.png Initially, Vernon warns Harry to keep his (female) bird quiet, but then they start to talk about his friends, including Hermione, who haven't sent him any owl-letters all summer. This passes RB-2, but may not strictly pass RB-3.

blug3.png Whether the above conversation passes RB-3, when Harry returns to his room, he meets Dobby the House-Elf. They have a long one-on-one conversation which easily passes RB-3, and is interrupted only by Vernon coming in to scold Harry, a conversation which also easily passes RB-3.

pink1.png The second woman with lines is Mrs. Weasley. After she scolds her sons, she begins fixing breakfast for them. Ginny Weasley comes downstairs and says, "Mum, mummy, have you seen my jumper?" Mrs. Weasley replies "Yes, dear, it was on the cat." Ginny suddenly notices Harry, and doesn't reply, but just runs back upstairs.

pink2.pngpink3.png Mrs. Sprout begins class by welcoming the new students, and saying, "...Today, we are going to repot mandrakes. Who here can tell me the properties of the mandrake root?" Hermione replies with their use, and the danger of the mandrake's cries. Mrs. Sprout says, "Excellent. Ten points to Gryffindor." There's another similar conversation in Professor McGonagall's class, with Hermione asking about the Chamber of Secrets.

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