"HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS" AIRS AS THE
"ABC SATURDAY MOVIE OF THE WEEK," FEBRUARY 16
"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," Warner Bros. Pictures' soaring whirlwind tale of adolescent wizardry, featuring wizards-in-training Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), airs as the "ABC Saturday Movie of the Week," FEBRUARY 16 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network (Rebroadcast. OAD 5/7/05). The feature, nominated for three British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA), including the BAFTA Children's Award, will be broadcast in HDTV format with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish audio.
Based on the second of J.K. Rowling's phenomenally popular children's novels, the live action family adventure "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" continues the magical saga of a boy who, on his 11th birthday, learns that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. This chapter of Harry's life finds the young wizard once again trapped in the home of his evil Aunt and Uncle Dursley (Fiona Shaw and Richard Griffiths). Though forewarned by the mysterious house-elf Dobby (Toby Jones) that great danger awaits him if he returns to the Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft, Harry is undaunted, determined to escape the clutches of the Dursleys -- which he does with the help of his best friend, Ron Weasley, and a flying car! However, true to Dobby's warning, when they finally arrive at Hogwarts, they find a community in the grips of a mysterious and sinister terror that has literally "petrified" some of its members.
In addition to Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" stars Kenneth Branagh as Gilderoy Lockhart, John Cleese as Nearly Headless Nick, Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid, Warwick Davis as Professor Flitwick, Richard Griffiths as Uncle Vernon, Richard Harris as Headmaster Albus Dumbledore, Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy, Alan Rickman as Professor Snape, Fiona Shaw as Aunt Petunia, Dame Maggie Smith as Professor Minerva McGonagall and Julie Walters as Mrs. Weasley.
"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" was directed by Chris Columbus ("Home Alone" series, "Mrs. Doubtfire"), with the screenplay by Steve Kloves ("The Wonder Boys," "Harry Potter" series), based on the novel by J.K. Rowling. The film is a production of 1492 Pictures, Heyday Films and Warner Bros. Pictures. (CLOSED-CAPTIONED) (Broadcast in stereo where available)
"HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS" IN HDTV:
The ABC Television Network's HDTV broadcast of "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" will air in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. This film carries a TV-PG,V parental guideline.