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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)

November. 16,2001
| Adventure Fantasy

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.


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Best movie of this year hands down!

Bea Swanson

This film is so real. It treats its characters with so much care and sensitivity.


The film never slows down or bores, plunging from one harrowing sequence to the next.

Billy Ollie

Through painfully honest and emotional moments, the movie becomes irresistibly relatable

Anish Misra

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a film directed by Chris Columbus. For many years, I hadn't given a damn about the Harry Potter series. But seeing the fanfare surrounded by the series, I decided to give it a try. After watching this one, I can definitely say that I am on the verge of being a fan.Plot: Harry Potter, an orphan living with his uncle and his family is invited to Hogwarts School of Magic to become a wizard.Story and direction: I had watched this part around the time it released but never just kept in touch since I didn't understand a word. Seeing it now as an adult and a movie lover, I just fell in love with this fictional world created. The characters, settings, story, etc.. all just feel seamless. Thanks to J K Rowling, Steve Kloves and Chris Columbus who have done justice to the source material provided to them. I feel the themes are so very relevant in this film. The intricacies of those themes are valid in the current world we do live in. This is what I just exactly want from any story presented to me. Although the film is very long, I never felt bored for a single moment. And to adapt quite a huge novel comes with responsibility and precaution, which the makers completely justified. The sets are huge and awesome. You just feel you are in Hogwarts actually. Also each characters costume is just to marvel at. John Williams once again just proves why he is the composer of the century. But I did feel some flaws to the film. Being a first film, the main plot of the film comes at around the 90th minute of the film. Also the VFX of the film felt very amateur considering some great VFX was done in the years preceding this film.Performances: I would say that the casting of the film is just perfect. Applause for the casting team is deserved. Never do you feel that another actor should play the role. The kids, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Tom Felon just to name a few are fantastic. These 10-11 year old just steal your heart. Also the other cast like Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane make themselves likable.Favorite Scene: There were many favourite scenes in this film for me. But one scene in particular was the troll scene where Harry and Ron decide to save Hermione and after the saving Hermione vouches for the boys. This is the scene where you actually happen to see the bond solidified between the 3 as friends.Verdict: For anyone who just loves fantasy film and worlds with great visuals, this film is just for you. I assure you won't be disappointed. I plan on seeing the entire series now because I am fascinated by this world and want to see what else has it got to offer.I am going with an 8/10.


The sixth installment in the incredibly popular wizard series carries on the tradition of following the books. The half-blood prince probably won't bring with it the expectations that came with the Philosopher's stone but then it is expected to be lower key as the franchise comes to a closure- there remains just one more book after this (deathly hollows). However, this film is darker in tone and should be headed for more mature territory just like the series.


"Harry Potter and Sorcer's Stone" is a adventure, family and fantasy movie directed by Chris Columbus and was produced in 2001 in the USA. It is 2h 32min long. The most important characters are Harry, Ron and Hermine starred by the actors Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. The film tells the story about the 11 years old Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) how find out he's a wizard. In Hogwarts the magic school he leans more about his past and fight with his friends Hermine Granger (Emma Watson) and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) aganst the evil. I like to interesting story and the world of wizards and witches but I didn't like many characteristics of the many characters.

Minahzur Rahman

I liked all the Harry Potter movies, but the first one still remains my favourite. I remember always wanting to see this movie on screen as a child, and when I finally got the chance to see it, I enjoyed every moment of it from start to finish! Before I actually saw the movie, I remember one of my teachers reading the book to my entire class, and I just loved listening into the story. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone just brings back the most memories out of all the Harry Potter movies. The great thing about this movie was how all of the characters were introduced, and that was important because their characters will further develop later into this movie, as well into the movies that followed. The story or plot was very good and interesting to follow. It was important that the first movie starts on a good note otherwise the following movies would just struggle, and this is what the Philosopher's Stone did. Whether this one is the best movie or not is debatable, but one thing for sure is that it does remain a favourite for many Harry Potter fans: it certainly is my favourite.