When Harry Potter Meets SCARY

The new Potter is a lot darker and seeks a new audience: older kids

At last it can be told: despite the $900 million it made at the global box office, despite its ranking as the highest-grossing film of 2001, director Chris Columbus was not entirely happy with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. "I always thought we could have gotten the visual effects better," he says. The pacing of the film, he admits, was a bit sluggish. "The first 40 minutes of the first Harry Potter film were introductions."

On Nov. 15, when the bespectacled wizard returns in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, based on the second novel in J.K. Rowling's blockbuster...

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