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The award winning film, Harry Potter & the Philosophers Stone, is a fantasy based film that revolves around the life of a young boy called 'Harry Potter'. The film was directed by Chris Columbus and produced by David Heyman. The leading actor who plays Harry Potter in the film is the one and only, Daniel Radcliffe. The film was released on the 4th November 2001. Daniel Radcliffe has won a variety of awards for his brilliant acting skills. He has won the Saturn Award for best Young Actor and the Empire Award for Best Actor.
Firstly, this film starts off in the quiet little neighbourhood of Little Whinging where the Dursley's live. After Harry's Mother and Father tragically died in the hands of Voldemort, Harry's yet to be discovered arch enemy, He was brought to the Dursley's, his cunning Aunt and Uncle to be looked after. While living there he has to put up with his fat cousin Dudley. Harry's adventure starts when he is sent a letter addressing his name and address which was sent from Hogwarts, The School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!
Dare to carry on?
Secondly, Harry Potter & the Philosophers Stone is an adrenaline pumping thriller which in my personal view is an exhilarating film that will completely take you breath away! Personally, I think that Daniel Radcliffe who takes on the role of Harry Potter is brilliant. Not only was he perfect for the role but also, his excellent acting skills give the film a touch of magic! Similarly, Hermione Granger played by the incredible actress Emma Watson plays a big role in the film too and gives the viewer's something to look forward to. In contrast, Harry's annoying cousin Dudley is my least favourite character as he makes the film extremely boring.
Thirdly, Let's explore the film in more detail! When Harry makes his journey to Hogwarts, he doesn't know the dark secrets that lurk in the underworld of Hogwarts! He's in for many dark adventures and life threatening events that will haunt him forever! There are also many secrets that he must uncover in order to succeed and he must be willing to fight for survival!
Overall, this film unarguably is the best film ever made in the history of films! I highly recommend that you watch this breath-taking film that will truly blow your mind away! If you like a good thriller then this is the film for you. Sit back and enjoy!
I watched this in the cinema the second day it was out - I was so excited!
The DVD comes in a normal sized disk case - though it had a cardboard sleeve and a foldout design - with 2 disks in, one with the film and one with the special features (games etc.) The cover is a blue theme with the name of the film and pictures of all the main characters, the back has a short description of the film and the cast list etc.
I'll give a brief plot description but try not to give away any spoilers for those who haven't seen it! The film starts with Harry being left as a baby outside his aunt and uncles house due to his parents murder by a dark wizard. The next few scenes show how badly he is treated there, but eventually he begins getting letters inviting him to a "magic school". With a small bit of persuasion he makes it to this school where you begin to learn about about the wizarding world. Harry doesn't follow many of the school rules, mostly trying to help other people, and involves himself in things that probably should be left to adults (sorry it's vague, I don't want to give it away). This culminates in the end where he is involved with a dangerous mission coming face to face with his parents murderer having already faced several challenges on the way!
I thought that this film was incredibly good just because it followed the book almost exactly, which is hard to do for film makers as it usually makes the films much longer than is plausible. However, I thought this covered all of the major plot points, moved the story along and didn't omit anything that would be noted negatively.
The casting was fantastic, all the characters looked exactly as I would have imagined them when I first read the book. And all the actors carried out their role exquisitely, portraying each character realistically and engagingly. I particularly enjoyed the appointment of Emma Watson as an "unknown" as she turned out to be one of my favourite actresses in the film.
Special effects were carried out effectively making yourself believe this world could be possible/you were already in it. This moved the story along as I didn't find myself distracted by shoddy scenes where things didn't quite move the right way.
The story was engaging and exciting, moving along at a fast but not confusing pace and made me look forward to finding out how it ended (even though I'd already read the books!) and when it did it made me yearn for the next film to be released faster!
Overall, I think that this is one of the better film adaptations I have ever seen. I have watched this film numerous times and it has never bored me. In my family all generations have watched and enjoyed it meaning that it is a fun family film a bit different from your average Disney! Can't recommend more (but read the books too!)
Aside from the likes of Richard Harris, Robbie Coltrane and Alan Rickman (aka the adult actors) this film is a terrible display of "acting". It is very clear that Daniel Radcliffe was chosen purely because of his looks, which are similar to the illustrated Harry Potter from J. K. Rowling's saga. Also, there is quite a disappointing display of CGI - I'm not in favour of films wholly orientated by CGI, but if filmmakers are going to include it for their special effects, they could at least make it look good.
The Philosopher's Stone is saved wholly by the likes of the 3 above mentioned actors, by the enchanting storyline and by the comforting knowledge that it is the first in a series of films, which does vastly improve. The script is somewhat childish and though this may be because it is based on a children's book, the filmmakers do nothing to draw adults into the story through the dialogue, which throughout is weak and lacks depth.
Even Emma Watson and Rupert Grint (Hermione and Ron) who later do an excellent job and far outshine Radcliffe (Harry) don't seem to be at all chosen for their acting ability - it is something which grows perhaps through making these films.
A poor start to this series and I think it should only ever be watched as part of watching the rest of the series, never in isolation.
Philosopher's Stone is the first in the Harry Potter series of films, based on the books by J.K.Rowling, which comes to a close later this year. I wanted to watch all of these first films again ahead of me watching the final movie and was pleasantly surprised as this was a lot better than I remembrered!
Harry Potter is first introduced to us when his parents are killed by the evil necromancer, Voldemort; known forever after as He Who Will Not Be Named! When Voldemort attempts to murder Harry as well, something goes wrong and the young baby is just left with a scar on his forehead. In an attempt to keep him safe from future harm, Harry is taken in by the Ministry Of Magic and fostered out to a family of Muggles (non-magic folk). But, as Harry reaches the age of 11, his powers begin to manifest and he is cordially invited to join Hogwarts, the official school of Witch and Wizardry, as one of its students so that he can learn to harness his abilities.
But unfortunately it is not just the threats of evil magic-user Voldemort Harry has to watch out for. An early encounter with Draco Malfoy sets the scene for much later on when he manages to upset the wealthy upstart! From then onwards, Draco becomes determined to embarass Potter and bring mayhem and trouble into his school life! Thank god then that Potter has his good friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Grainger to help him survive the school year! But what Harry does not realise is that this first term at Hogwarts is going to be much more eventful than he ever could have imagined because He Who Will Not Be Named has plans of his own and only Harry can stand in his way!
This is a great childrens film with plenty of action and lots of cameos for adults too to enjoy! Richard Harris stars as Professor Dumbledore, the head master of Hogwarts, but the likes of Robbie Coltrane, Zoe Wannamaker and Julie Waters also turn up not to mention Alan Rickman who also stars as Severus Snape; a teacher of Potions whom Harry may or may not be able to trust.....
Although I never enjoyed the book when I attempted to read it (I found it very badly written but then that might be because it was aimed at much younger readers!), the fim is absolutely beautiful and full of gorgeous set-pieces including a wonderfully crafted full size chess board that has an important part to play in the final act of the story. It truly is a really magical film and I can well understand why the series has gathered such a loyal plethora of fans. I suspect that one of the reasons that I did not enjoy the last installment that I watched so much (The Deadly Hallows Part One) was because I had forgotten much of what had happened before as this is one series where it is important to know what is going on. With that in mind, I am hoping that watching these first films again will set me up in good stead for the final movie out in a couple of months.
Whatever your opinion of Harry Potter or its author, you have to admit that J.K.Rowling has created something that will live on for generations to come. Philosophers Stone sets the scene and is merely the start of a much bigger story-line that runs through the remainder of the series. It is also right up there with some of the greatest children's movies of all time!
I first got into Harry Potter when I was at school, I'd heard the hype about this brilliant new book so me and my sister decided to go out and get ourselves a copy. Since then I have bought each book as soon as it was released and seen each of the blockbuster films at the cinema. Harry Potter has become a huge success and is still going strong ten years later as we await the next blockbuster film to hit the cinema's.
Harry Potter was written by J.K Rowling and when she released her first book, she created a global phenomenon. She has now written seven Harry Potter books and they were enjoyed so much by children and adults alike that Warner Brothers made them into hit films (The last film to be released in two seperate parts so that they can cover more of the details from the book).
The Philosopher's Stone is the first of the films. It introduces Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) as the 'black sheep' of his family, he doesn't get much attention from his legal gardians (Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia) and when he does he'd rather not have it! To Harry's knowledge, his parents were killed in a car crash when he was just a small baby. He finds out the truth on his 11th birthday when a giant wizard Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) storms into 'the hut on the rock' and tells Harry that he is actually a wizard and has been acepted into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizwardry. It's here that the real adventure begins.
Along the way he meets two people who become his best friends Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson). Hes finds out that he has been lied to all of his life when Hagrid informs him that his parents were actually killed by the most feared wizard of all time, Lord Voldemort, and that he also tryed to kill Harry, but failed leaving him with a lightening bolt shaped scar on his forehead. He begins to get used to his new life of wizardry, but cannot get used to being stared at as he starts to learn that there is nobody in the wizarding world that does not know his name.
He begins his classes in Hogwarts, in awe of all the things he may be able to learn in the future. All is going well for Harry and his friends until they run into a three-headed dog (Fluffy). This leads to many questions and they discover what is secretly hidden in the school, the Philospher's Stone. They think that the nasty Potions Master, Professor Snape (Alan Rickman), is after the Stone which contains the Elixer of life to help Lord Voldemort come back to power. The three try to stop this happening by going against the headmaster, Albus Dumbledor's (Richard Harris) wishes and enter the 3RD floor corridor. Here they encounter the Three-headed dog, a room full of Devil's snare (a plant with a life of its own), a gaint wizard Chess set and finally a room with a mirror. Instead of finding Snape, Harry discovers the person who is after the stone, another teacher, Professor Quirrell whom Lord Voldermort has attached himself to to survive. Harry gains possesion of the stone after much confrontation and magical battle and Professor Quirrell is destroyed with Lord Voldemort going into hiding once more.
The film is great for both children and adults, with fantastic visual effects and brillant casting. This is not Daniel Radcliffe's best acting, but we musn't forget that he was very young and he was discovered as he went to see a show at a theatre by the casting manager, who realised how much his looks would suit the role. The part was originally going to go to the American Actor Haley Joel Osment ( The sixth Sence, A.I), but J.K Rowling and the director of the film (Chris Columbus) decided that they wanted to keep it as true to the book as possible by finding an English boy to play the role. If you have not read the book and enjoy this film I strongly suggest you do, as the book is even better!
I think this film is such a hit as it is one that both children and adults can enjoy. The main cast are very young in this, and throughout the following films grow into their roles and the acting improves. The idea is unique in the fact that there isn't really anything else like it and this makes it all the more magical. I don't think there is a child out there that hasn't wanted to go to Hogwarts!
Overall I would recommend this to all ages, it's rated PG so it really can be ejoyed by all. This is a brilliant family film. Harry Potter will live on long after all the films are made as it is so unique and has such a following. I'd recommend you to watch all the films, starting of course with this one.
Buy it, rent it, watch it on TV!
This, in my opinion is one of the most enjoyable films I've ever seen, it really captures the magic (no pun intended!) and it tells the story of Harry Potter with a light hearted approach, it's a feel good film and that's why it deserves 5 stars.
The film itself surrounds Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) who is young boy, who is told that he is a wizard. The film is really about what it's like to be a wizard, and for the most art follows the events in the book pretty solidly. The various elements of the tale unfold, with Harry making friends and having his enemies revealed.
Harry's two main friends are Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and they eventually get wound up in an adventure that gives both thrills and family entertainment that everyone will enjoy. There are some comic moments that come from the massive Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) and from the lessons where Professor Snape is played brilliantly by Alan Rickman.
I highly recommend this film to anyone, even those who aren't necessarily Harry Potter fans. It's an enjoyable film with a great plot and an imaginative world to get lost in. 5 stars.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone on DVD is the first instalment of the Harry Potter series. After the great succes of J.K.Rowling's Harry Potter books, it was no suprise that the films have also been a huge success!
In this film we meet our main character, Harry Potter, the boy who lives under the stairs, whose parents died at the hands of the evil Voldemort, so gets sent to live at his Uncle Vernon's and Aunt Pertunia.
His Uncle and Aunty do their best to keep the wizarding world secret from Harry but on his 11th birthday, the groundskeeper of the wizarding school Hogwarts whisks Harry away from his nasty Uncle and Aunty. It is then that Harry discovers who he really is, a wizard and a famous one at that.
We see Harry attend Hogwarts, make new friends, his best friends being Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, but also make enemies, in the form of Draco Malfoy.
We also see that school is not so straight forward for harry and his friends as he faces his first encounter with public enemy number one Voldemort!
This is a fantastic film, suitable for children and adults who are young at heart and if you have read the books you will more than likely love the films too. Start your journey with Harry here and watch Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone!!!
Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) was brought up by his uncle and aunt, Petunia (Fiona Shaw) and Vernon (Richard Griffiths) Dursley thinking that his parents had died in a car crash and that he was a normal boy.
Living in a cupboard under the stairs wearing his cousin Dudleys (Harry Melling) hand me downs, you can tell that this isn't enough for this boy. That he deserves better, but there is a big secret to his life.
On his eleventh birthday he receives a letter from Hogwarts School of Magic telling him that he is a wizard, living in a non magic family (called muggles) he has no idea about the whole concept of magic or that this plays a part in his life.
As things unravel he finds out that his parents were wizards, that they were killed by an evil wizard called Voldemort, and that his aunt and uncle wanted to keep him away from this life. In the wizarding world he is famous, his mother died protecting him, he is the one that has survived. The only thing that he was left with was a scar on his head.
He gets to Hogwarts and becomes close friends with Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), lots of attention is focused on him and he also has a hand of friendship offered by Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) which he refuses and they soon become enemies.
But as you can expect things don't go normally with Harry at Hogwarts and with Harry, Ron and Hermione being suspicious of Serverus Snape (Alan Rickman) their potions teacher they want to get to the bottom of it.
There are quite a few famous faces in this film including Robbie Coltrane, Maggie Smith and Richard Harris. Me and my friend always seem to have the same fight about which character we like the best and my friends favourite is Ron. I do agree that out of the three main children Rupert Grint is the best Actor as I find the other two a little bit stiff and boring, especially in films when they were younger but my favourite character is Neville Longbottom (Matthew lewis) He is the one who is very forgetful and not amazing at wizardry although he tries his best. He really makes me laugh, and he is also a very likable character.
I'm not really a big fan of the first two Harry Potter films, I find that most of the acting is terrible and its really hard to watch them without feeling a little uncomfortable. I think that as an adaptation of the book it's not bad. I know you do have to leave a few bits out as the books generally are too long to make into a film, but in this one I didn't feel as though there was anything else that I wanted to see.
Hogwarts is like a kids dream and I can see why so many children like the books and films, hoping that one day their Hogwarts letter will drop through the letter box but as a adult you don't seem to experience the magic that they do. I know that these films are made for children so I'm not saying that they should be changed, its just something to think about when watching them for the first time.
The film soundtrack was composed by the great John Williams who composed the music for E.T and Schindler's list to name a few. You cannot fault the music in this film, it really fits the mood at all times and the main piece of music for the introduction (can you call it an overture in a film) is amazing as well. Though never try playing the theme tune to this film with young violinists, I've tried, doesn't sound great especially with the amount of sharps and high notes. Not something you want to listen to!
In 2001 the world was finally witness to the first in a long line of films made from the Potter franchise and the motto 'things can only got better' was rubbished. Yes, in my opinion the first movie is definately the best movie.
We all know the plot by now unless you've been living in a hole somewhere. Harry discovers he's a wizard, a world famous wizard, and goes to a school of witchcraft and wizardry. There he discovers the person who killed his mother and father is very much alive and on the hunt for the Philosophers Stone. Harry must get it before he does.
The films general ambience is spellbinding from the off with rich blues and blacks creating a dark yet almost cosy world. Everybody feasts on mashed potatoes, roast pork and jam roly polies and its the type of place that every kid imagines in their heads. Populating this world are famous British actors (no americans allowed thankyou) dressed up as witches or wizards. Alan Rickman gets to play the Sherriff of Nottingham in a dress, sorry smock. While Robbie Coltrane dresses up in his old Ghost of Christmas Present costume last seen in a Muppets Crhistmas Carol. Everyones happy.
Lets look at the children, as these were the characters that made the films progressively worse as the franchise went on. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) plays on the shy shut in rather well and although at times you are cringing for the little blighter I have seen much worse. Ron and Draco were by far the most accomplished actors, putting oomph and feeling into their portrayals as well. Hermione has her first and last outing as a character who I liked and didnt want to hit. She was a person in this movie and we didnt have to put up with an eyebrow twitching, voice quivering characurture of a girl. Thankfully in this film Hermione is not the love interest or token female she is a fully fledged character. Good!
All in all the was a good try from Columbus who directed the film. The adults really did carry it for the youngsters and it is a shame that as the films went on they were sidelined. Luckily all the young cast except Hermione grew into fully fledged characters.
I had been reading Harry Potter for quite a while when the first movie was released. Needless to say I was waiting impatiently for it. But when I finally got my hands on the dvd, it turned out to be the biggest disappointed ever. I firmly believe that the book is always better than the movie and Harry Potter and the Philosoper's Stone is the biggest proof of that. While the book was gripping, original and full of emotions, the movie looks like a very ordinary kids' movie with monsters and magic. This is completely opposite of what the book is about. The wonder of Harry Potter is that it manages to be fictional and full of magic without being childish. It is not a story about wizards, witches and broomsticks but about emotions, feelings and good and evil. All of this has managed to get lost somewhere in the transition between the book to the movie. Apart from that the acting is mediocre and the movie itself is dark and colourless. I had a hard time getting through it and have not been able to get myself to watch the other five. It does not hold too much attraction for kids either as it is too dark and dragging for the generation used to bright animations and well executed stories. An opportunity lost as this could have been an amazing movie considering the genius of the book.
Harry potter and the philosophers stone was the first film from the new very famous Harry Potter franchise. I had actually already read the first book before I saw the film so I kind knew the storyline already and I think that this can ruin a film some what, however because I had enjoyed the book so much I thought that the film wouldn't manage to come close to how good the book was, and to be honest it didn't, however it still was a really good film.
The film tells the story of a young boy, who although he is living a supposedly ordinary life, with his auntie and uncle who don't really treat him fairly, he has something very extraordinary about him, he is magic. His parents had been killed when he was only a baby and in the act of trying to kill Harry, the villain of the movie voldemort, referred to as the one who must not be named, transferred magical powers to him, and that trademark scar to go with it. The movie tells the story of Harry finding out about his magical powers, starting his first year at the wizard school Hogwarts and coming close to death yet again when he has to save himself, his friends and the rest of the magical world from a comeback of lord voldemore who is after a powerful rock known as the philosophers stone.
The plot is pretty good although I knew that already from reading the books, however the acting is top notch, and the setting is amazing, the special effects are really good, even now when I see it there still good, and it was a really enjoyable movie. I did know the ending so perhaps that didn't make it as fun to see as I knew what was coming, but it was good to see everything I had visualised when reading the story come together in film, perhaps it could have been a bit longer, but still really enjoyable.
"Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone" is a 2001 Fantasy movie based on the Book of the same name and is the first in the hugely successful "Harry Potter" movie franchise, it stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Richard Harris.
Harry Potter ( Daniel Radcliffe ) is an 11 year old boy living with his adoptive family the Dursley's who are his Aunt and Uncle and their son Dudley, he has lived with them since he was a young infant after his parents were killed, his existance with the Dursley's is a miserable one as they mistreat him.
On his 11th birthday the Dursleys are visited by an enormous stranger named Reubus Hagrid ( Robbie Coltrane ) who informs Harry that he is actually a Wizard and is scheduled to attend "Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry" under the headmastership of Albus Dumbledore ( Richard Harris ), he also learns that his parents were not killed in a car accident as he was led to believe but were murdered by an evil wizard named Lord Voldemort.
And so Harry begins his training as a Wizard at Hogwarts and along the way makes new friends of Ron Weasley ( Rupert Grint ) and Hermione Granger ( Emma Watson ) along with some enemies too, Harry also must face an unknown terror and revisit a horrible time in his past !!
I don't know if there many people alive nowadays who don't know the plot to Harry Potter, be it through the enormously successful movie franchise, or the equally successful Book series by JK Rowling, nonetheless here we see the movie that started it all.
When first released the Philosophers Stone ( Sorcerers Stone for the US Market ) was a revelation and hugely successful and influential, however looking back on it now, being 6 movies into the franchise ( with a 7th and 8th on the way ) this looks almost dated, which to be fair is excusable being that this is almost 10 years old.
While the direction of Christopher Columbus is commendable and the legendary soundtrack by John Williams places itself perfectly for this movie you can see the lack of acting talent amongst the main child actors ( particularly Daniel Radcliffe ) which looking back now isn't as worrying as they matured as actors and became believable, but their performances in this movie certainly showed their youth and inexperience at the time, fortunately they were supported by some incredible acting talent such as Richard Harris, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman and Maggie Smith, the list goes on so besides the wooden performances from the lead young actors this movie can rely on solid performances all around.
While this is very faithful to the original book, the special effects while impressive at times, also can be a little weak and fake looking at times too, certainly not a patch on the kind of effects we were subject to from around the 3rd movie onwards, ( No doubt thanks to increased Budgets )
But nitpicking aside, this is an excellent movie and while this is more geared towards kids than the sequels is great entertainment nonetheless, and is essential viewing for fans of the franchise, or maybe new fans who are ready to immerse themselves into the world of Harry Potter !!
Harry Potter was written by J.K Rowling and when she released her first book, she created a global phenomenon! She has Written seven Harry Potter books and they were enjoyed so much by children and parents alike that Warner Brothers made them into hit films (The last film to be out in two parts so less is missed out!)
The philosopher's Stone is the first of the films. It introduces Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) as a 'black sheep' of the family, doesn't get much attention from his legal gardians (Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia) and when he does he'd rather not have it! To Harry's knowledge, his parents were killed in a car crash when he was just a small baby. He finds out the truth on his 11th birthday when a giant wizard Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) storms into 'the hut on the rock' and tells Harry that he is actually a wizard and has been acepted into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizwardry.
Along the way he meets two people who become his best friends Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson). Hes finds out that he has been lied to the whole of his life when Hagrid informs him that his parents were actually killed by the most feared wizard of all time, Lord Voldermort, and that he also tryed to kill Harry, but failed leaving him with a lightning bolt shaped scar. He begins to get used to his new life of wizardry, but cannot get used to being stared at as he starts to learn that there is nobody in the wizarding world that does not know his name.
He begins his classes in Hogwarts, in awe of all the things he may be able to learn in the future. All is going well for Harry and his friends until they run into a three-headed dog (Fluffy). This leads to many questions and they discover what is secretly hidden in the school, the Philospher's Stone. They think that the nasty Potions Master, Professor Snape (Alan Rickman), is after the Stone which contains the Elixer of life to help Lord Voldemort come back to power. The three try to stop this happening by going against the headmaster, Albus Dumbledor's (Richard Harris) wishes and enter the 3RD floor corridor. Here the encounter the Three-headed dog, a room full of Devil's snare (a plant with a life of its own), a gaint wizard Chess set and finally a room with a mirror. Instead of finding Snape, Harry discovers the person who is after the stone, another teacher, Professor Quirrell whom Lord Voldermort has attached himself to to survive. Harry gains possesion of the stone after much confrontation and Professor Quirrell is destroyed with Lord Voldermort going into hiding once more.
The film is great for children and parents,with fantastic visual effects and brillant casting. This is not Daniel Radcliffe's best acting, but we musn't forget that he was very young and he was discovered as he went to see a show at a theater by the casting manager, who realised how much his looks would suit the role. The part was originally going to go to the American Actor Haley Joel Osment ( The sixth Sence, A.I), but J.K Rowling and the director of the film (Chris Columbus) decided that they wanted to keep it as true to the book as possible by finding an English boy to play the role. If you have not read the book and enjoy this film i strongly suggest you do, as the book is even better!
All in all, this is one fantastic film!
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the first film in the series and one of the only ones where I have actually read the book before I got to see the film, I think I read the first two books and then gave up half way through the third as I found them boring after a while however the films have been great.
The first film in the series is also very entertaining and did a good job of recreating the mental images I had off Hogwarts and some of the characters.
The basic plot has Harry being raised by his aunt and uncle after his parents are murdered and at the age of 11 getting his letter to attend the Hogwarts School of Wizadry and Witchcraft. Howver not all are pleased to see him and he did not even know that he had been enrolled from birth at the school and so he goes on a fantastic journey of discovery learning about all things magical.
Daniel Radcliffe is excellent as Harry and it is an accomplished performance alongside such actors as Richard Harris, Maggie Smith and Robbie Coltrane.
However it is the sepecial effects and superb scenery that really capture the eye and hold the viewers attention in this film as it is a feast for the visual senses with so much going on and some superb CGI effects that really does make the film a magical viewing experience. Watching it was strange because you obviously know the ending and cannot feel scared for any of the characters as you know what happens in advance but the film still made me jump a couple oftimes and it is a great fantasy adventure.
Harry Potter and The Philosopher Stone (HPATFS) is based on the book with the same title by J K Rowling. The film is taken from a series of books/films. HPATFS was directed by Chris Columbus and released on 16th November 2001. HPATFS stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter. Running time of the movie is 147 minutes.
Harry Potter is an orphan. He lives with his rich aunt and uncle and cousin Dudley ; they are horrible to him. On Harry's eleventh birthday , he receives a letter telling him that he has been accepted at Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. What will happen to Harry when he attends Hogwarts ? Why Is Harry in more danger than any of the other students ? Watch Harry Potter and The Philosopher Stone to find out!
I had heard of Harry Potter but had not read any of the books , but when a friend recommended I read them , I decided to , so on the same day I went out to my local W H Smith and bought a copy of Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone for a price of £5.99.
I read the first book at quite a convenient time I suppose ; I read the book a week before Christmas and within a couple of weeks the movie was released. I enjoyed reading the book very much , and so decided to take a trip to the cinema to see this film.
One thing which I noticed when I walked into the cinema was the fact that there were people of all ages sitting there waiting for the film to start. I had originally thought that this was a kids movie (even if there was a few long complicated words , I didn't understand in the book - I was ten at the time!). Everyone enjoyed the movie (well, most people did any way , I could tell from the amount of positive chit chat coming from the audience as they made their way out of the cinema. One thing which I thought was good , was the fact that you didn't need to have read the book in order to enjoy this film , as the storyline is clear , although reading the book would give you a better understanding of the film. I think I enjoyed this film as much as I did because I liked the book and therefore knew that the film would be good.
I felt the acting was poor. Yes , I know that the main characters were only ten/eleven year olds , but I considered them to be very poor when compared to American actors and actresses of their ages. I thought that the acting was quite simplified and too over-acted in some places , especially Hermione. Although the acting wasn't brilliant you could still go through the emotions the characters feel throughout the film.
I thought that considering this movie is for kids , it's quite a long and perhaps confusing movie for a child. Although I enjoyed this movie and had no problem with the time , I was quite sad when it ended.
Another criticism I have is the special effects. Some were amazing and cleverly done , for example the ghosts were brilliant and so were the moving stairs. Some effects though , I found to be too fake and too computerized. One effect I found to be poor was the half man / half horse. Yes I know it would have been extremely difficult to find someone who was half human and half horse (I'm joking...obviously you wouldn't be able to find half human / half horse) but I do think they could have been better than they were , as it was as though it took the magic away.
I loved the magical feel I got when watching this movie. It makes you feel like your living in this world of Hogwarts. It really gets your imagination going and makes you think how being a wizard would make life easier : if you were late for an appointment , click your fingers and your there.
Some parts of the book were missing in the movie. I understand that it would have been necessary to cut some parts out in order to keep the running time of the movie a reasonable length , although some parts they cut out were quite big parts. For example Peeves , who was a ghost didn't even appear once in the movie ; in the book he is quite a big character , and one of my favourites , so it was strange that he was not included in the film.
A second thing I noticed was missing ; When Harry and co arrive at Hogwarts they have to put on a 'special' hat one by one , in front of the whole school. The hat is magical (of course!) and decides which school house each new student should be in. Most of the time , the good people go to Griffindor and the nasty ones go to Slytherin. There are also two other houses called Hufflepuff and Raven claw , although we don't really hear much about them in the movie. We hear the names been mentioned although the movie is mainly based on Griffindor and Slytherin.
Anyway , back to telling you about the hat. In the book the scene where the hat decided who goes to what house , is quite a long 'ceremony' and big event on the first day back at Hogwarts after the summer holidays , although in the film , it's just seen as something quite casual. In the book the hat sings a long song ; the lyrics are in the book and it takes up over a page , yet there is not one line of this song heard in the song which is a shame.
Harry and Draco are big rivals in the book and are always fighting and falling out. However in the film , their rivalry isn't really seen as a big issue as it is in the book. In the book the two really hate each other , yet in the film it's kind of like there's just a little bit of bickering between them.
I was surprised that this film wasn't Americanised. By that I mean , I was surprised that because Harry Potter is such a big thing , the film wasn't made in America. In a way I'm glad it was kept British as it makes us proud to think Harry Potter is 'ours'. Also , I don't think an American Harry and Hermoine would work so well!
The music in the film is brilliant. It's so dramatic and I even like some of the songs , although they all sound quite similar to me!
Another thing I liked about this movie was the costumes. They looked so good. I especially liked the brightly coloured Quidditch outfits. For those of you who don't know Quidditch is 'the' sport in Harry Potter land.
When I first saw this movie , I thought it was really good. But then when I saw the second and third and fourth movies I thought that this movie was quite basic and there isn't that much 'magic' in it compared to the other movies. It's a great introduction to Harry Potter though!
I would definitely recommend this movie! It's a great family film ; great for watching on a Sunday afternoon!
* Quotes *
Dumbledore: It does not do to dwell on dreams, Harry, and forget to live.
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Mr. Ollivander: Curious... very curious...
Harry: Excuse me, sir, but what's curious?
Mr. Ollivander: I remember every wand I've ever sold, Mr. Potter. It just so happens that the phoenix whose tailfeather resides in your wand gave another... just one other. It is curious that you should be destined for this wand... when its brother gave you that scar.
Harry: [puts a hand to his forehead] And who owned that wand?
Mr. Ollivander: We do not speak his name! The wand chooses the wizard, Mr. Potter. It's not always clear why. But I think it is clear that we can expect great things from you. After all, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named did great things. Terrible! Yes. But great.
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Hermione: Now if you two don't mind, I'm going to bed before either of you can come up with another clever idea to get us all killed - or worse, expelled.
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Professor Quirrel: Troll! In the dungeons!
Professor Quirrel: Thought you ought to know.
[faints and crumples onto the floor]
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* Harry Potter and The Philosopher Stone Facts *
Robbie Coltrane was the very first person to be cast.
The hut that Hagrid lives in was knocked down in case fans vandalised it
Mrs Mogonal's (spelt something like that ?) cat went missing for two days during filming.
Richard Harris (Dumbledore) accepted the part of Dumbledore because his grandaughter threatened never to speak to him again if he didn't.
Daniel Radcliffe was in the bath when he was told he had got the part of Harry!
Thanks For Reading
January 2nd 2009
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)
As the first Harry Potter film of the celebrated series, this is a must for ardent fans and newcomers to the global fantasy phenomenon. An adaptation of J. K. Rowling's enchanting, funny debut novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (known as the Sorcerer's Stone in the US), its our first big-screen encounter with the series well-loved characters and the goings-on at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. We meet orphan Harry Potter (played by a young Daniel Radcliffe) while hes as yet unaware of his magical powers and is living a miserable existence with his horrible Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia. A mysterious letter arrives, delivered by the friendly giant Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane in fine acting form), inviting Harry to study at the exclusive Hogwarts School and he soon discovers his true heritage as the son of a wizard and a witch. Hes also gained widespread notoriety, being the only survivor of an attack by the evil wizard Voldemort that killed both his parents. The film explores Harrys growing realisation that there are two worlds: the non-magical world of humans, called "Muggles", in which he used to reside and the magical fantasy world of wizardry that is his destiny. The greatest strength of the film comes from its faithfulness to the novel, and this new cinematic world is filled with all the details of Rowling's imagination, thanks to exuberant sets, elaborate costumes, clever makeup and visual effects, and a crème de la crème cast, including Maggie Smith, Richard Harris, Alan Rickman and more. Especially fine is the interplay between Harry and his new schoolmates Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) as they club together to fight the forces of evil. --Sally Giles