Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was released on this day in 2002. The film, which starred Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, is officially 21 years old.
Directed by Chris Columbus, the film was the second installment in the Harry Potter film franchise. Despite its November release, it would go on to become the third-biggest hit at the box office in 2002. Eventually, the film would make over $926 million in theaters, on a $100 million budget, marking it a huge success.
In the film, we follow Harry Potter and his friends as they navigate their way through their second year at Hogwarts. To no one’s surprise, strange events quickly occur, including the reopening of the Chamber of Secrets. With the help of his friends, Harry confronts a deadly monster in the Chamber to save the day.
Tragic Accident Left Daniel Radcliffe’s ‘Harry Potter’ Stunt Double Paralyzed
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is releasing a new documentary for Max about his Harry Potter stunt double, David Holmes. Holmes was paralyzed in a horrific accident on the set of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 in 2009.
While rehearsing a flying scene for the film, Holmes was pulled backward “at speed” by a high-strength wire in a “jerk back” stunt. This kind of stunt is done to reflect recoil caused by an explosion. Something went wrong and Holmes was launched into a wall during the stunt, breaking his neck.
Holmes was hospitalized with his injuries for six months. He eventually discovered that he was paralyzed from the neck down. Holmes also had limited movements in his arms and hands.
Holmes recalled what happened on the Harry Potter set during a 2014 interview with The Mirror. “I hit the wall and then landed on the crash mat underneath,” he explained. “My stunt coordinator grabbed my hand and said, ‘Squeeze my fingers.’ I could move my arm to grab his hand but I couldn’t squeeze his fingers.”
While recovering, Holmes said he was regularly visited by Radcliffe and fellow Harry Potter star Tom Felton. Radcliffe even held a charity auction and dinner to raise funds for Holmes’ medical bills. He described Holmes as an “incredibly important person in his life.”
The documentary, titled David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived, will premiere on the streaming service Max on November 15th.
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