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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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This is the tale of Harry Potter, an ordinary 11-year-old boy serving as a sort of slave for his aunt and uncle who learns that he is actually a wizard and has been invited to attend the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry is snatched away from his mundane existence by Hagrid, the grounds keeper for Hogwarts, and quickly thrown into a world completely foreign to both him and the viewer. Famous for an incident that happened at his birth, Harry makes friends easily at his new school. He soon finds, however, that the wizarding world is far more dangerous for him than he would have imagined, and he quickly learns that not all wizards are ones to be trusted. Written by Carly

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Hidden deep within in the school lies an object that can make you immortal,that can make you powerful,that can make you deadly! See more »


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Rated PG for some scary moments and mild language | See all certifications »

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16 November 2001 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$125,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£16,335,627 (UK) (16 November 2001)

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$317,557,891 (USA) (17 May 2002)
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Trivia

Much of the stonework around Hogwarts (excluding the areas that were filmed on location) is actually plaster that has been painted and distressed to make it appear as though it is hundreds of years old. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 4 mins) The mechanism which makes the Quidditch box shake can be seen underneath the box when Wood falls over after catching the Bludger. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Professor McGonagall: [as a cat] Mraow!
Dumbledore: I should have known that you would be here, Professor McGonagall.
[Professor McGonagall transfigures into her human self]
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Crazy Credits

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Alohomora - of the magical world...
17 December 2004 | by (Middle Earth) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie first time when I was left with no choice. My expectations were extremely low as I always wondered if Harry Potter books were over-hyped. How-ever after watching the movie it did make me a Harry Potter movie fan. And needless to say - this continues to remain my favourite of HP series. That brings to a point here.... the effect of expectations over a movie. True, expectations reduce joy.

Without going into the story I would certainly say Chris Columbus churns out a perfect pot-pourri of emotions, suspense and magic, delivering something appealing to all ages.

Every character brought to life on screen has done justice and leave an impression on you. Particularly notable performances by Emma Watson and Alan Rickman.

CGI are in plenty and made good of. The Quedditch game is picturised amazingly. The wizard's chess is treat to eyes.

Let's hope that the forthcoming HP series carries the similar magical touch.


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