Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ★★★½

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

Book fans were enthused about seeing Rowling’s work come to life onscreen. However, few could have anticipated just how huge the film would be and how its release would affect the industry in its wake.

Chris Columbus directs the inaugural part, which sees Harry discover he's a Wizard, enrol in Hogwarts, meet Ron and Hermione and the dreaded Draco and have an adventure involving a three headed dog, giant chess set and a mountain troll. While this gets massive nostalgia points for being the first time we got to see the wizarding world of Hogwarts come to life, the movie had some flaws—the biggest being that it just felt rushed. They basically had to introduce the most complex, crazy magical world, and all its amazing, cooky, and scary characters. As a result it's full of exposition clogging up the story and stopping it flowing smoothly. Especially Harry who has the misfortune of having to repeatedly asks questions with really obvious answers.

Daniel, Rupert, and Emma were perfect for their roles and it's impossible for me to see anyone else in these roles. The genius fizzy haired Hermione is adorable, you can't help but love Ron's dumb faces, and Harry certainly lives up to his reputation bestowed upon him as a toddler. I have to admit that their acting wasn't exactly Oscar-worthy. The young stars were a bit awkward onscreen together. Luckily the roles of the adult characters are fill by an impressive cast of veteran performers; Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane and the late Richard Harris.

The entire plot is driven by Hagrid's stupidity and Harry defeats Voldermort through the power of love (His skin is infused with the love of his mother, I know maternal love is strong, but come on). It's safe to say it's the the best book on the series, so adapting it is no easy task. Regardless, there’s so much charm and wonder onscreen that it’s easy to get swept up in it all.

All these years later and I still think Quidditch is an extremely violent and confusing game. A 150 point snitch! That's just unfair.

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