This is the tale of Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), an ordinary eleven-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 Rubeus Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane), the groundskeeper 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
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 »
(at around 25 mins) When Harry Potter is approaching Ollivander's shop for buying his magic wand in the Diagon Alley, in an upper sign above the shop can be read "Makers of Fine Wands", and in a lower sign can be read "Since 382 B.C." Since Gregorian calendar was established in the 16th century, it's impossible that the shop could be dated accurately centuries before Christ when the own Christ wasn't born. However, the longevity and long history of the wizarding world, they could have kept track of how long the business was open (doing business for 10 years, 20 years, etc) until the B.C./A.D. system came into effect, then adjusted their claim accordingly. A "Open Since" sign is never posted until the number is significant anyway, there's nothing that says the sign wasn't added at a later date. 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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Ian Hart is credited twice: as Quirrell and then at the end of the cast credits as Voldemort. See more »
The title of the source novel in the UK was "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" and the movie bears the same title in non-US releases. All scenes where the stone is mentioned by name have been be filmed/looped accordingly to produce two different versions of the film to adapt to the title. See more »
Having read the first few Harry Potter books before 2001 and hearing about the hype for the first movie, I was excited. I heard there was going to be an all-British cast (which makes sense, right?) and we'd get to see a live version of one of the defining novels of our generation. From what I remember I went with my family and a family friend to see the movie the day after Christmas and was pleasantly amazed. After the movie was over, I watched the credits and discovered some familiar names (the late Alan Rickman, Sister Act's Maggie Smith, James Bond 007's Robbie Coltrane, and Star Wars' Warwick Davis); others not so familiar (the kids, some of whom had their debut). But it was a good movie and was a party of colors and sights for all to see. This is easily my favorite of all the Harry Potter films. The catalyst of the movie series!
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