It's Harry's third year at Hogwarts; not only does he have a new "Defense Against the Dark Arts" teacher, but there is also trouble brewing. Convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped the Wizards' Prison and is coming after Harry.
Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world.
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 Rubeus 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
Not only was Terry Gilliam very interested in directing this film, he was also the first choice of J.K. Rowling. He became upset when Warner Bros. rejected him. See more »
(at around 50 mins) When Ron and Harry come into Professor McGonagall's class late and she transforms from a cat into a human, she is not wearing glasses at first, yet they appear on her face as she turns to address the boys. This effect is on purpose. She is transforming between cat and human as she approaches the boys and her glasses are the last thing to reappear. See more »
[as a cat]
I should have known that you would be here, Professor McGonagall.
[Professor McGonagall transfigures into her human self]
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Ian Hart is credited twice: as Quirrell and then at the end of the cast credits as Voldemort. See more »
Most of the deleted scenes (included in the DVD) were in the Australian television premiere in November 2004. See more »
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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