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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Family, Fantasy  |  16 November 2001 (USA)
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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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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is the first film in the Harry Potter series based on the novels by J.K. Rowling. It 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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Rated PG for some scary moments and mild language | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$125,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,350,290 (France) (14 December 2001)

Gross:

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

Author J.K. Rowling insisted that the principal cast be British and she got her wish, with two main exceptions - Richard Harris was, of course, Irish, and Zoë Wanamaker, though she has made her name as a "British" actress, was actually born American in the United States. Other non-Brits in the cast include Verne Troyer, born in Michigan, USA, who plays Griphook, but he's dubbed by a Brit; and Chris Columbus daughter, Eleanor Columbus, who played Susan Bones, and she never says a word. It's also been noted that Emma Watson was born in France, but to British parents, so that doesn't really count. See more »

Goofs

When Harry receives countless acceptance letters from Hogwarts, he fights with Uncle Vernon, saying the dialogue "They're my letters! Let go of me!" Harry's voice is far deeper than the Harry in the rest of the movie, indicating this line was re-dubbed long after main production when Daniel Radcliffe's voice had already begun to change. (Also, his lips are not moving when he says those lines.) See more »

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[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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As good an adaption as could ever be expected
10 November 2001 | by (Bristol, England) – See all my reviews

To be faced with the challenge of adapting Harry Potter for the Silver screen must have been any director's nightmare- the chance of directing possibly the biggest film of this decade, but also the hardest audience-the millions of fans of the book who know every line and will pick up on every mistake. Being one of the above, I can only say that Christopher Columbus and all of the team working on HP did marvelously. The cast was brilliant (particularly notable are Alan Rickman as Snape, Maggie Smith as McGonagall, and the eerily creepy David Bradley as Argus Filch), the directing wonderful, and the scenery perfect. The only qualm is that it does not track perfectly with the book, but squeezed into 2.5 hours, this can only be expected. Well done all involved!


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