“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” the second chapter of the Harry Potter series premiering at the Smith Opera House this weekend, is even more magical than the first and simply the best family film of the year.
Whereas “Sorcerer's Stone” is busy introducing the characters and quirky locales, “Chamber of Secrets” is like fitting into an old comfortable shoe, but it's scarier and funnier.
What's scary for the kids, and for the adults too, are the giant spiders, an ugly giant snake and the fact that it's clear that children can and do die, despite the fact that they're wizard-trainees. One such ghost, a girl in the bathroom, Moaning Myrtle, is prominent in this, and her wailing and scary appearance may be disturbing for the very young.
Showtimes are at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13-16, and at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17. All seats are $3. This film is rated PG for scary moments, some creature violence and extreme language. Its running time is 2 hours, 41 minutes.
The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. Call 315-781-LIVE or toll-free 1-866-355 LIVE for additional information. The Smith is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the City of Geneva, the Town of Geneva and by contributions from individual supporters.