This film is just as magical as the first film. However, this movie is not quite as fun as the preceding film, it still is a magical movie, but just not quite as fun or wondrous. It is a bit more dark and mature than its predecessor. It also expands the Harry Potter universe by introducing more characters and more sets. The acting is strong from the young cast members as they all have matured and developed their acting styles since the first film. The plot is similar to the previous film, but adds in additional things to spice it up. However the first film took its time setting up the universe for the audience and not introducing very high stakes for the characters, whereas in this installment there is real danger at Hogwarts and the characters are more vulnerable than before. Director Chris Columbus follows the source material very closely again in this film, making it satisfying for book fans and other viewers as well. Most of the CGI effects are very good, with very few things seeming cartoonish. This is one of the improvements this film has over the first one. Even the practical effects are great. This film keeps the bar at the same level as "The Sorcerer's Stone" by not suffering from second installments woes but not necessarily raising any standards either. There are some intense moments, and John Williams' score once again enhances these moments as well as the entire film. Overall, I give this film a 7.5/10.