I don't know what these people are talking about either. "Lack of magic"?!? I would have to agree that the Chamber of Secrets (as a soundtrack all by itself) is not as good as the Sorcerer's Stone, but sometimes he needs to do that so the music can fit the movie, which, I remind you, is WHY THE MUSIC IS WRITTEN! So I say, so what is "Cakes for Crabbe and Goyle" is a little dull. So are Crabbe and Goyle when they're drugged up! It fits the action perfectly. And so what if the tubas are predictable? Would you rather he do something unpredictable in that scene with something that resembles "The Belly of the Steel Beast" from "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" with loud trumpets? Of course not! John Williams, if you ask me, is the most talented classical composer of all time, not just today. But I wouldn't blame you for disagreeing with me either.