This article focuses on the PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube versions of Electronic Arts Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets video game.

Official description

The Harry Potter franchise made a fairly passable jump to game consoles last year when EA released games based on the movie adaptation of the first novel in the series. The franchise's rich tale of a young boy's adventure as a wizard-in-training has all the gameplay and story elements needed for a video game pretty much built in. While the book that the film was based on has had a far-reaching appeal that's crossed age barriers, the games were definitely skewed toward younger players. Fortunately, the follow-up, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets for the PlayStation 2, manages to come far closer to capturing the franchise's appeal. Offering a polished mix of strong graphics and solid gameplay, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a marked improvement over its predecessor.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets follows a pretty standard linear structure that suits the story well. The action is broken up into daylong increments. You'll be given objectives to complete at the start of each day, ranging from clearing gnomes out of a garden to attending class and learning a spell. You'll find that your to-do list will grow as you complete tasks, resulting in some long, adventure-filled days. While the game does take some dramatic licence, fans of the movie and book will be pleased to be able to participate in many of the key action sequences integral to the story. Your time in the game will be nicely balanced between exploration, puzzle-solving, and combat. In addition to the main set of objectives you'll have to complete to progress through the game, you'll also find a meaty selection of minigames you can play, such as Quidditch, assorted gnome-centric diversions, broomstick races, and side quests to track down collectible Wizard Cards.

The game's audio offers a more consistent experience, with a solid level of quality throughout the game. The voice acting is strong, and the musical score is effective at maintaining the tone of the game. 


  • Flipendo: Triggers switches and moves objects. Harry begins the game with this spell, which he learned in the previous game.
  • Alohomora: Unlocks mechanical locks, including those found on doors and locked chests. Harry has to purchase the spell at Fred and George's shop.
  • Lumos: Illuminates the caster's wand. Harry finds it in Knockturn Alley.
  • Skurge: Clears ectoplasm (an "unpleasant greenish substance left behind by certain ghostly beings", in the words of Professor Flitwick) out of doorways and off floors. Harry learns this spell during a late-night adventure.
  • Expelliarmus: In wizard duels, deflects spells cast by the opponent. It is learned in Defence Against the Dark Arts.
  • Diffindo: "Dead-heads" Venomous Tentaculas and Spiky Bushes. It may be used to sever certain vines, ropes, spider webs, and hanging tapestries. Harry learns this spell during a late-night adventure.
  • Avifors: Turns statues into birds. Learned in Transfiguration.
  • Incendio: Shoots a blast of blue fire from Harry's wand. Used to light torches, clear away spider webs, and in combat against spiders and fire crabs. Learned in Charms.
  • Locomotor Mortis: Prefects cast this spell at Harry if they see him wandering around the castle after curfew or in restricted areas. It locks his legs and holds him in place until they catch up and discipline him. Harry cannot learn this spell.



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Behind the scenes

  • Colin Creevey and Justin Finch-Fletchley are omitted in this and the computer version of the game. Dobby is also absent in this version, with a brief appearance at the beginning of the computer version.
  • The Duelling Club happens in the Defence Against The Dark Arts classroom instead of the Great Hall.
  • Sir Nicholas and Hermione are the only people who get petrified by the Basilisk.
  • In the PS2 and computer versions, the Basilisk lands on the diary while in the Xbox/Gamecube version, the Basilisk's fang flies up in the air and lands on the diary. In the book and movie (as well as in other game versions), Harry stabs it himself, using a sword in the GBC version.
  • Hufflepuffs wear purple robes rather than their usual yellow.
  • In this version and the computer version, Ron states that the Ford Anglia is parked in Charing Cross Road. This is a real London street and the location in the Harry Potter universe of the Leaky Cauldron.
  • Hermione is present during the House Point ceremony even though she was attacked by the Basilisk, especially since she, unlike in the movie/book, recovers much earlier.

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