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Friday, 21 June, 2002, 12:29 GMT 13:29 UK
Potter teaser arrives in UK
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The new film sees Harry confronted by more dark forces
Harry Potter fans in the UK will get their first glimpse of the eagerly-awaited second film of the book series from Friday, as the trailer begins in cinemas nationwide.

Warner Brothers have released a taster for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, five months ahead of the film's release.

The trailer introduces Dobby the House Elf - a character not featured in the first film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - who warns Harry of the danger of returning to Hogwarts for a second term.

Cinemas in the US began showing the trailer last week, alongside the newly released Scooby Doo, a live action movie of the 1970s TV animation.

The trailer sees Harry and fellow Hogwarts pupil Draco Malfoy duelling in the Great Hall.

Kenneth Branagh in  the second Harry Potter film
Kenneth Branagh as Professor Gilderoy Lockhart is one of a number of new characters

It also shows Harry and his best friends, Ron and Hermione, drinking Polyjuice Potion and Harry writing in a mysterious diary.

Dobby is just one of a number of new faces to have joined the cast.

The others include Kenneth Branagh as Professor Gilderoy Lockhart, the new Defence Against Dark arts teacher.

Gemma Jones plays Madam Pomfrey, Miriam Margolyes arrives as Professor Sprout and Jason Isaacs takes the role of Lucius Malfoy.

Terror

Meanwhile, from the first movie, Robbie Coltrane returns as the giant gamekeeper, Hagrid, Richard Harris as headmaster Albus Dumbledore and Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall.

The child stars are again Daniel Radcliffe as Harry, Emma Watson as Hermione and Rupert Grint as Ron.

Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter
Draco Malfoy is still Harry Potter's rival

The story of the first movie focused on Harry coming to terms with his magical powers. The second film concentrates more on the action at Hogwarts.

Term starts well but Harry soon begins to hear voices from within the walls and Hogwarts students are mysteriously turned to stone.

Harry and his friends then set out to discover the dark force that is terrorising the school.

American director Chris Columbus is again the film's helmsman but reportedly will not be involved in the third instalment.

He is said to have decided that two are enough, and is keen to return to the US with his family.

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets is released in UK cinemas on 15 November.


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