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Harry Potter has lived under the stairs at his aunt and uncle's house his whole life. But on his 11th birthday, he learns he's a powerful wizard -- with a place waiting for him at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As he learns to harness his newfound powers with the help of the school's kindly headmaster, Harry uncovers the truth about his parents' deaths -- and about the villain who's to blame.
you've got dirt, on your nose.
One of those rare occasions when nostalgia deserves to be thoughtfully considered in regards to the actual quality of the film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is fantastic. There's a good deal of animosity aimed at Columbus' work on the first two, for reasons I don't really buy into. Tonally, they're vastly disparate from the subsequent six films, much lighter and childish; content to simply amaze audiences with basic magic and storytelling. As the franchise progressed, each film dived deeper into the characters, developing some moderately complex themes in relation to the core narrative. In simple terms, they're more mature.
But I don't think The Philosopher's Stone gets nearly enough credit. As I've…
It's quite nostalgic to revisit the magical world of Harry Potter after so many years, yet surprising to discover that it still has a charming quality about itself. The first in the 8-part film series, Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone (also known as Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone) may not have the darkness or complexity of its later instalments but what it manages to retain is the freshness, innocence & excitement one feels when embarking on a new adventure.
Based on the novel of the same name by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone begins the journey of The Boy Who Lived and covers his adventures during his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry. Completely oblivious to the…
love that this ends with harry, age 11, murdering his defense against the dark arts teacher w his bare hand
And so I begin my annual quest to ruin my Most Watched Stars section on my Year in Review page by watching an entire film franchise
The first thing you get when you revisit the first Harry Potter film is just how bad the kid's acting was. Emma Watson, oh dear. She has got better over the course of the films, but boy was she irritating here.
J K Rowling did have some artistic input into the film versions of her best selling books, and it shows. Recreating exactly what was written on paper and bringing it to life has been a filmmakers biggest challenge over the years and fair play to Chris Columbus here who seems to get almost everything right. It's magical, it's fresh and is a stunning adaptation of Rowling's imagination. A franchise borne to make money, it didn't disappoint Warner Bros. either…
Am I the only one who gets utterly frustrated by those House Cup points and the level to which they are subject to inflation and irregularity over this and all the other films? So I have commenced my Harry Potter marathon to the likes of my girlfriend and I must say that this wasn’t as bad as I remembered. Sure, the lead child actors are pretty amateurish and boring (except for Hermoine and Malfoy), but the adult actors - particularly Snape and Filch - came out strong. If you haven’t read the books, the ending must be very disappointing as it would seem to amount to one big deus ex machina. I thus think the director could have interfered with the original story more; make it less childish as well.
"I shouldn't have told you that."
Been a long while since I've seen this one.
Guess I need to go back through them again.
I had forgotten how delightful this was. It's a fun adaptation with a the right note of kid-friendliness without being pandering. Columbus does a great job of setting the right tone throughout the film. It's a great opening movie for the franchise with a lot of great world-building and laying a great foundation for the films to come.
It's also kind of wild to see these three (who famously grew up within these movies) being so young and fresh. Very cool look into the past in that way, even more so than just watching early films…
Seeing the film years later with a much more mature eye I must admit it is a very childish movie. Luckily the movies (and the books) did grow up and became much more mature. I must also say that a acting of the three main kids was a little bit underwhelming. And also some of the CGIs didn't aged good.
But still Chris Colombus did a great job of greating the magical world of Hogwarts.
Powerfully brought the book to life :)
Pretty damn amazing
It was nice seeing this again after so many years. I first saw it in the theatre when it came out and I fell in love completely with it. My mom rented this for me countless times in blockbuster. Yikes, I'm not even 25, why am I talking like this was 30 years ago? Anyway, I missed Hogwarts.
I saw the movie in a concert hall, with the orchestra playing John Williams' score live. It was wonderful.
yer a wizard harry
Ah. Winter time. Time for a rewatch.
it can be a little corny at times but chris columbus does a great job building the world of harry potter and establishing the characters. It also works well as a stand-alone story unlike some franchise starters today (COUGH *force awakens* COUGH). A good start to a great franchise.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
I love love Christmas and Christmas movies!!
Movies set at, around or a scene at Christmas.