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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

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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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 60 nominations. See more awards »



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Saunders Triplets ...
Derek Deadman ...
Ben Borowiecki ...
Griphook the Goblin (as Vern Troyer)


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 »

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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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Platform 9 3/4 was filmed at King's Cross, but on platforms 4 and 5. J.K. Rowling has admitted that she mixed up the layout of London's King's Cross railway station when she assigned the Hogwarts Express to platform 9 3/4, reached by using magic between platforms 9 and 10. She meant the location to be in the inter-city part of the station, but 9 and 10 are actually among the rather less grand suburban platforms. The movie conformed to the book: the platforms seen as 9 and 10 are in real life inter-city platforms 4 and 5. However, there is, in fact a "Platform 9 3/4" at King's Cross. It's located in the walkway area between the real platforms 9 and 10, as a treat for fans of Harry Potter. See more »


Owls are very quiet in flight. They have to be, they are hunters and rely on being able approach their prey silently and hear where that prey is in the first place. The owls in Harry Potter - especially in the scene where hundreds of them gather outside the Dursleys' house in Privet Drive - are very loud. Every time they appear, the soundtrack contains loud flapping noises which sounds more like some sort of pigeon than any owl. 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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Crazy Credits

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User Reviews

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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