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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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The Magic Begins November 16th. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

16 November 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Harry Potter  »

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Box Office


$125,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£16,335,627 (UK) (16 November 2001)


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

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the film, the scar on Harry's forehead is off-center. This was done at J.K. Rowling's request. Due to the artwork on the covers of her books, many people have assumed that his scar is supposed to be in the center of his forehead. The books, however, never specify exactly where on his forehead the scar is located. See more »


When Harry receives his first letter, Uncle Vernon says "Yours? Who'd be writing to you?", Dudley is standing next to him and is seen mouthing Uncle Vernon's lines. See more »


[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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thanks to Duke of Northumberland, Alnwick Castle See more »

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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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