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 Rubeus 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
The owls used in the film were shipped over from Massachusetts. See more »
After Harry leaves the library, having been heard by Filch, he goes down a hall and hidden under his cloak he encounters Profs. Snape and Quirrell. While standing there, Filch comes up and reports to Snape and Quirrell, "There's a student out of bed." He, Snape, and Quirrell take off to find the offending student. Harry then goes off and finds the Mirror or Erised, goes back to the dorm and gets Ron. Yet neither is caught out of bed -- because they were under the cloak the entire 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 »
The DVD features several deleted scenes which include:
Dudley's Uniform: Aunt Petunia dyes Dudley's old uniform gray so Harry could use it as his school uniform (before Harry receives the letter from Hogwarts.)
Cracking Eggs: Aunt Petunia opens egg cartons and cracks them, discovering rolled up letters from Hogwarts addressed to Harry.
On the train: Hagrid and Harry take the train to London, and Hagrid reveals his love for dragons.
Snape's Class: An extended version of Snape's potions class.
Finding Flamel: Harry, Ron, and Hermione discover Nicholas Flamel's name in a wizard card while looking for a counter curse for Neville's leg locker curse.
Harry's Meditation: Harry and Ron discuss the Mirror of Erised.
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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