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Tuesday, 25 June, 2002, 10:50 GMT 11:50 UK
Harry Potter trailer: Your views
Daniel Radcliffe still has the lead role
There are more adventures in store for Harry
Fans of Harry Potter will be able to see the trailer for the second film adapted from JK Rowling's book series in cinemas from Friday.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is due to be released in November and will focus on another adventure for Harry and his friends as they try to discover a dark force at work at Hogwarts.

The trailer includes scenes with Harry, Ron and Hermione but will also feature some new faces including Dobby the House elf and Kenneth Branagh as Professor Gilderoy Lockhart.

But what do you think?

Has it whetted your appetite for the next film? Do you think it will be better than the first?

BBC News Online users had their say.

It looks great. I believe it will be better than the first. I pictured Lockhart to look a little younger. Dobby looks great. Fingers crossed it is as good as the book.
Kathleen, Australia

I cannot wait for the second movie. It has so much potential - it could only get better. I thought that the first movie was good, but it could have been better. I think they have room to grow and be great.
Leica, USA

The trailer shows that this movie will be even better than the first. It looks much more action packed, and they have added in a bit of humour which is always good. Daniel, Emma, and Rupert look older and like they are really becoming Harry, Hermione, and Ron.

While I do like them to stick to the book as much as possible, I totally understand that they need to make minor changes in order to keep to a time limit. The only complaint I have at this time is that in the trailer they showed Professor McGonagall telling the kids about the Chamber of Secrets, when it was really Professor Binns who did so and should do so in the movie as well.

Other than that it looks fantastic and I cannot wait to see it. JK Rowling has created a truly magical world inside that talented imagination of hers. I love her books and the movies that bring her works to life.
Laura, USA

It is a very nice trailer. It gives viewers an intro on what's going to be in the movie but doesn't give away the "secret" of who opens the Chamber and I think it's very good.
Jasmine, Singapore

I can tell this is gonna be one amazing movie, definitely better then the first one. Also, since the second book was definitely the best one, the movie is gonna be just as good
Tess, Canada

I loved the first movie and my kids liked it even more - it rivals Spider-Man which we also enjoyed. Great story and great characters, it took me a while to work out the actor Richard Harris playing a great part. Looking forward to the sequel!
Clive Butler, Canada

The trailer looks OK, and I'm taking the obvious departures from the book as a good sign. Hopefully, this time they've filmed a movie-length adaptation instead of trying to film the book and then editing it down to two-and-a-half hours.
Chris, UK

I love Harry Potter. I liked the first movie a lot. I did see the second movie trailer, but it doesn't seem like they are sticking to the book as much as they should. I liked the books better but the movies are great.
Ashley, Canada

What is Dobby doing in it? He shouldn't be there until Goblet Of Fire, and did they have to make him look and sound so stupid? The books are fantastic - why stray from their tales? Also, isn't Branagh a little old for Lockhart?
Helena, UK

The trailer looks great, I'm really looking forward to seeing it. Dobby looks nothing like I imagined, but the rest of the trailer seems to stick fairly closely to the film, with a few dramatic adjustments.

Some of the things I'm looking forward to most aren't on the trailer - like the fight scene between Mr Weasley and Mr Malfoy in Flourish and Blotts and Harry fighting the Basilisk. I'll just have to wait for the film! All in all, it looks very promising.
Claudine Beaumont, England

I loved it! It just made me more anxious to see the Chamber on film.
Kathy, United States

Why is this news? Most big-league teaser film trailers for later in the year get shown with the big-league summer films out now.

If they depart from the book then the film will have a faster pace and be less dull but make less money as fans may stay away. Who cares about old work, bring on the fifth book!
Ken, England

I've watched the trailer at least half a dozen times on the Warner Bros website, and I can categorically say that it looks and sounds fantastic! The trailer, and presumably the film itself, obviously concentrates on the action of the book, although I hope that they haven't made Lockhart too scarce, because Kenneth Branagh does smarmy yet creepy to perfection.

It looks like there's a lot more emphasis on the book's humour as well. Snape's face as he rips the Daily Prophet bearing the headline "Flying Ford Anglia mystifies muggles", and Ron's petrified "Can we panic now?" as Aragog emerges from the spider's nest, have perfect comic timing!

Dobby isn't what I was expecting (a living troll doll) but it all works - not as cosy as the first film hopefully, a bit darker and with the slightly skewed world view that makes the books so wonderful.

As with the first film, I think I can handle the changes to the script (since when did the Anglia get stuck in front of the Hogwarts Express) and enjoy the film for itself without complaining that it doesn't follow the book syllable for syllable.
Chloe, England

I think it looks better then the first one. It didn't look as jumpy with as many scenes, and from what I can tell they've matured a bit. It looked like they stayed fairly close to the book.
Samantha, Canada

It looked pretty cool, but I could tell just from the trailer that they aren't sticking to the book very well.
Rebecca, USA

The trailer lokks good and offers a taster to what the movie will be like. However Dobby doesn't look how I imagined, in the trailer he reminds me of Yoda!
Elizabeth Currie, England

The thirty second trailer wasn't very good because about ten seconds of it was taken up by the title screen! But the car scene looked wicked - I think that I will definitely go and watch it when it is released. But I don't think Dobby is right - he talks in a low voice and is too tall.
Owain, United Kingdom

I only saw it with no sound, but it still looked okay. They aren't following the books very well and the stories are better on paper than film, though the movie hasn't seemed to ruin the book. I'm really looking forward to movie two.
Etvi, Finland

Whoever came up with the idea of Kenneth Branagh playing Gilderoy Lockhart is a genius!! This is as good, if not better, than the choice of Alan Rickman as Professor Snape....
John, United States

I think it looks better then the first one, it didn't look as jumpy with as many scenes and from what I can tell they've matured a bit. It looked like they stayed fairly close to the book.
Samantha, Canada

I actually really liked the trailer - it was cool to see the bits I saw being filmed in Durham weaved into the chosen footage. It would be impossible for the film to be book perfect, so the little errors should be taken with a pinch of salt. Roll on November, and then we can decide whether Columbus has done a good job.
Rachel, England

Fantastic! Another spectacular 30 seconds to distract us all from the unending frustration of another summer without the next Harry Potter book being released...

Still looks really good, and I agree that if it's looked upon more as an adaptation and less of a film of the book then it'll be more enjoyable all round!
Sean Murricane, Leeds, UK

It looks fantastic, a lot darker and hopefully scarier, roll on November.
J Chamberlain, England

I think the movie looks great but Dobby needs to be shorter. The actors are beyond wonderful and I can't wait for November 15.
Paige Kimbrell, USA

In addition to Dobby and the flying car, it shows Harry duelling with his enemy Draco Malfoy. We see Robbie Coltrane again in the role of Hagrid and briefly Kenneth Branagh as the new Defence against the Dark Arts teacher Gilderoy Lockhart.

The trailer gives an indication that Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint are several years older than their characters Harry Potter and Ron Weasley as their voices have broken. What fans make of this remains to be seen when the movie hits cinemas across the UK in November, but the portrayal of twelve-year-old boys with broken voices does at this stage seem rather unusual.

It looks as if the movie will be even more exciting than before, especially the journey to Hogwarts, as unlike in the story itself we see the Ford Anglia flying along a few feet above the railway line with the Hogwarts Express in hot pursuit. The Chamber of Secrets is sure to be as big a success as the Philosopher┐s Stone and judging by the trailer will be well worth the wait for fans of all ages.

PS Anyone who can't wait until November can catch Rupert Grint on the big screen right now in Thunderpants in which he stars as the friend of a budding young astronaut with a unusual problem.
Chris Kinnen, Northern Ireland

Kenneth Branagh as Lockhart......... Perfect casting. I am predicting that like the first, it will follow the book very closely, with only minor changes for media change. I will likely be there on opening day.
Scott, Canada

I think it looks really good, Ican't wait to see it, I didn't picture Dobby looking like that but not everything has to be perfect, I can't wait to see Sean Biggerstaff, I hope he has a bigger role, same with the Weasley twins.
Tara, Australia

The trailer looks alright. The first one was pretty good for a film being made based on a book, although I feel like I know the characters better in the book. All in all I think the second one will be OK.
Nika, Canada

I think that the second Harry Potter movie will be really good, but not better than the first or the book. Go Daniel Radcliffe!
Michelle, UK

Fantastic! I can't wait to see it! It looks better than the previous one. I've read all the Rowling's books and I hope the next film follows the book so closely too.
Elis, Italy

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