8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The weakest film in the franchise is the second. Too long and repetitive, it still doesn’t manage to fit in the events of the book, missing a favorite of mine in Nearly-Headless Nick’s Deathday Party. At the same time, being so slavish to the book actually causes plot holes and character leaps that make no sense (why do they follow the spiders into the woods?). It’s saggy and a bit of a rehash, no doubt owing to the year turnaround on the sequel. The ending sequence with the Basilisk in the plus column for me, which is one part of the YA horror-thriller aspect of the film that makes it distinct, however blearily.