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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

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Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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This is the tale of Harry Potter, an ordinary 11-year-old boy serving as a sort of slave for his aunt and uncle who learns that he is actually a wizard and has been invited to attend the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry is snatched away from his mundane existence by Hagrid, the grounds keeper for Hogwarts, and quickly thrown into a world completely foreign to both him and the viewer. Famous for an incident that happened at his birth, Harry makes friends easily at his new school. He soon finds, however, that the wizarding world is far more dangerous for him than he would have imagined, and he quickly learns that not all wizards are ones to be trusted. Written by Carly

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Rated PG for some scary moments and mild language | See all certifications »

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16 November 2001 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$125,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£16,335,627 (UK) (16 November 2001)

Gross:

$317,557,891 (USA) (17 May 2002)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of Chris Columbus's daughters had trouble reading until she read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in two days which opened her eyes to the world of books. After reading the Chamber of Secrets, she asked Columbus to make films out of them, but there were 50 other directors already interested. Columbus fell in love with the first two books too, so he sat down with Warner Bros saying how obsessed he was with making the Sorcerer's Stone more than anything else. Columbus asked to be the last director Warner Bros saw which took about ten days. Columbus stayed up until 3am rewriting the script each day. It was already a good script but Columbus wanted to talk about the visuals. He told Warner Bros he had rewritten the script for free and that made an impression on them because that didn't happen in Hollywood, where they have to be paid for everything. Because Columbus had done that without any pressure from Warner Bros, it made the difference and after subsequent meetings and five weeks later, he got the job of directing it. See more »

Goofs

When the Gryfinndor team are walking to Harry's first Quidditch match, behind Harry, in the light, is a girl with blonde hair. But when they are under the wooden shelter she has become a girl with brown hair. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Professor McGonagall: [as a cat] Mraow!
Dumbledore: I should have known that you would be here, Professor McGonagall.
[Professor McGonagall transfigures into her human self]
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thanks to Duke of Northumberland, Alnwick Castle See more »

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Alohomora - of the magical world...
17 December 2004 | by (Middle Earth) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie first time when I was left with no choice. My expectations were extremely low as I always wondered if Harry Potter books were over-hyped. How-ever after watching the movie it did make me a Harry Potter movie fan. And needless to say - this continues to remain my favourite of HP series. That brings to a point here.... the effect of expectations over a movie. True, expectations reduce joy.

Without going into the story I would certainly say Chris Columbus churns out a perfect pot-pourri of emotions, suspense and magic, delivering something appealing to all ages.

Every character brought to life on screen has done justice and leave an impression on you. Particularly notable performances by Emma Watson and Alan Rickman.

CGI are in plenty and made good of. The Quedditch game is picturised amazingly. The wizard's chess is treat to eyes.

Let's hope that the forthcoming HP series carries the similar magical touch.


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