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The cheerful "Chamber of Secrets" group ... confident of repeating the success of the "Philosopher's Stone".

AFTER THE first box office smash "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone", the second set of adventures of Harry Potter — "The Chamber of Secrets" — is on its way.

Chris Columbus, who has directed the first two of J. K. Rowling's successful books, (he will not be directing the third), says the two films have changed his life. It was a wonderful job and "from an artistic point of view it's been the greatest experience of my life."

"The Chamber of Secrets", like the book, will be darker and scarier. It promises flying cars, talking spiders, a few new characters and old favourites too like Professor Dumbledore (Richard Harris), professor Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) and the lovable giant Hagrid (Coltrane). In the first film the characters had to be introduced but in "The Chamber ... " it's adventure straightaway. It promises plenty of action and though a darker film it has its quota of humour.

Ask the leading man Daniel, now 13, about the "Chamber" experience and with an enormous smile he says, "Absolutely brilliant." Harry, feels Daniel, is more proactive here than he was in the first part. In the second, "Harry's a really tough guy ... a kind of action hero."

Daniel is already committed to making the third Harry Potter film. Production of "The Chamber of Secrets" began on November 19, 2001, just three days after "The Philosopher's Stone" opened to such great acclaim.

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