It's Harry's third year at Hogwarts; not only does he have a new "Defense Against the Dark Arts" teacher, but there is also trouble brewing. Convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped the Wizards' Prison and is coming after Harry.
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
Casting Harry Potter was the film's biggest challenge; they saw 5,000 auditions and none of them felt right. Chris Columbus saw Daniel Radcliffe in David Copperfield (1999) and showed it to the casting director, and said Radcliffe was the one, and that he was amazing. But she said they wouldn't get him, because his parents want him to focus on his schoolwork, and not acting, as well as all the attention he'd get. So they interviewed Harry Potter's of different nationalities all over the world and still hadn't found him. She got frustrated with Columbus, because he had his heart set on Radcliffe. By sheer coincidence, the producer and screenwriter of The Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone went the theater, and in the front row was Radcliffe, with his father, so they talked, and slowly persuaded him to cast Radcliffe. See more »
(at around 51 mins) When Snape first enters his classroom, he bursts into the room and the door slams open. The actor who is sitting in the front row on the right continues to look at the door well after Snape has made his way to the front of the class, as if expecting the door to close. He also does a double take during this time. See more »
[as a cat]
I should have known that you would be here, Professor McGonagall.
[Professor McGonagall transfigures into her human self]
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In all seven films, the P in the Potter surname in the film title is in the form of a lightning bolt, which represents Harry's scar, and is accompanied by thunder and lightning. See more »
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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