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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.
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
Rewatching this is definitely one of the most nostalgic and fun times I've had watching a movie recently. This is a rock solid start to such a great franchise. It's extremely faithful to the book in nearly every regard, and from the second this thing starts, you feel like you're in another world. All the child actors give pretty solid performances for their age, and sell their friendship very well. The cinematography is gorgeous to look at, and John Williams score is simply wonderful. The action set pieces still surprisingly hold up pretty well to this day, and the entire film just makes for an entertaining ride from start to finish. This isn't the perfect film I remember it being…
wats a fillosoppher? im just a dumm dumm american i dont get it. we only have sorcerers over here
This perhaps shows its age in the visual effects especially, but as a fan of the books and the universe I couldn't really have asked for a better franchise launcher. Equally as sweeping as it is a magical adventure packed with enormous heart and terrific set of memorable characters. While some of the visual work does not entirely hold up well by today's standards, everything else from a technical standpoint is still pretty spectacular from John Seale's beautiful cinematography work, the production design, and most notably what I think is still one of John Williams most enchanting musical scores.
Flaws are apparent, the first half in particular spends a bit too much time in constant exposition and building up for…
No possible way I could give any of these movies less than 5 stars. Hogwarts was my childhood. Also, for some reason this movie gets me really in the mood for Christmas. I love it
Awww how young does Harry and Ron look!!!
Great movie - clever effects
Much better than the book
Go go gryffindor!
Marcus Flint is a bully and uses intimidation tactics and cheating to win a simple school quidditch match, injuring and maybe even killing at least two other players, and leaping over Fred (or George) Weasley and probably scarring him for life with that view of his family jewels.
Also the entire house of Slytherin cheer for an eleven year old to fall to his literal actual death.
I will say that this still has a charm to it that will be hard to lose, I still have fond memories of getting this on VHS the week it came out and being fascinated by the world that was Harry Potter. Nostalgia is a thing that can change how you see a movie but the first Harry Potter is pretty average looking back. It was a great set up movie but this franchise becomes so much more in later installments, and sure this one was intended to be for kids so it's not overall the smartest and most mature film. CGI also does not hold up but it's not that big of an issue, i still love this movie and it's easy to see how it created a legacy.
Man, I do love those zooms. It's a lost art.
I like these early, Scooby-Doo-esque installments the best. JK's strength is in the minutiae, so the exposition is more than half of the fun. Once you get to the actual "story", it's merely a serviceable afterthought.
I have been a Harry Potter fan since before I can remember. There's a photo of me when I was 2 dressed up as Harry Potter for halloween. (And I'm totally having a Harry Potter themed birthday party this year, no question.)
So when I found out they were showing all of the films in IMAX before Fantastic Beasts I was so excited, sadly this was the only one I had time to go see since I have school and work but it's the best one to see. I remember seeing films 5-8 in the cinema, I don't want to see giant spiders from Chamber of Secrets in IMAX, they weren't showing Prisoner of Azkaban, and I would have loved…
Revisited this one. Full of magic and atmosphere, even fuller of non logical behaviour of almost everyone appearing (I mean, really, really a lot of logic and plot holes are to be found here). Add to that some bumpy and on the nose dialogue and the fact that this kids movie is acutally 2.5 hours long ... and you got yourselves one somewhat charming and likeable, but also way too long and really not that well made movie.
But, to be fair, Set Design and John Williams score are killing it!
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!