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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

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An orphaned boy enrolls in a school of wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world.

Director:

Chris Columbus

Writers:

J.K. Rowling (novel), Steve Kloves (screenplay)
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 65 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Harris ... Albus Dumbledore
Maggie Smith ... Professor McGonagall
Robbie Coltrane ... Hagrid
Saunders Triplets ... Baby Harry Potter
Daniel Radcliffe ... Harry Potter
Fiona Shaw ... Aunt Petunia Dursley
Harry Melling ... Dudley Dursley
Richard Griffiths ... Uncle Vernon Dursley
Derek Deadman Derek Deadman ... Bartender in Leaky Cauldron
Ian Hart ... Professor Quirrell
Ben Borowiecki ... Diagon Alley Boy
Warwick Davis ... Goblin Bank Teller / Professor Flitwick / Voice of Griphook
Verne Troyer ... Griphook (as Vern Troyer)
John Hurt ... Mr. Ollivander
Richard Bremmer ... He Who Must Not Be Named
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Storyline

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 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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Trivia

J.K. Rowling insisted that the principal cast be British, and she got her wish, with the exception being Richard Harris who was, of course, Irish. Zoë Wanamaker, though she has made her name as a British actress, was actually born in the United States, but grew up in Britain and formally became a British citizen in 2000. Additionally, Verne Troyer, born in Michigan, played Griphook, but he was dubbed by a Brit (Warwick Davis); and Chris Columbus' daughter, Eleanor Columbus played Susan Bones, though she never says a word. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 1 min) When Harry, Ron, and Hermione are walking up the stairs and the stairs are changing, you can still see the banister wobbling back and forth even after they've reached their final position. See more »

Quotes

[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

Ian Hart is credited twice: as Quirrell and then at the end of the cast credits as Voldemort. See more »

Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Spoofed in Erkan & Stefan gegen die Mächte der Finsternis (2002) See more »

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...Welcome to magic world
5 June 2018 | by BiiivALSee all my reviews

The breeze stirred the neatly cut bushes of Tisovaya Street, silently lying under the ink-black sky. Of all the streets in the world, this street was the least suitable for amazing events. Harry Potter turned in his sleep. A small hand groped for it and squeezed the envelope. The boy was asleep ... "(c)

June 30, 1997 in the light came the debut of the writer Joan Kathleen Rowling. Literally such words began to become great, a series about a small wizard, with a scar on his forehead. The story that absorbed the minds of adolescents around the world, as it was said in the press "... a book that can tear boys and girls away from TVs and computers, return it to the house from the street ..."

Just imagine...

"A dull, dank, dark night. In the street a storm. The little boy lies on the floor of his "room", in a small shack and draws a finger in the sand with an inscription, "Happy Birthday, Harry!". The cry of the soul, he knows that no one will congratulate him, no one will affably caress the top of his head. In a minute he will be eleven. Ten seconds ... Nine ... You can wake Dudley - just for laughing ... Three ... Two ... One ... A loud knock at the door, there's no knock, just a crash. There was someone behind the door, and he was obviously going to come in. "

I think anyone will guess what happened next. Good-natured giant Hagrid, told Harry the striking news that he is not just a boy with a scar on his forehead, but a real magician.

A short word about the actors.

Harry

What to say, there would not be Harry James Potter, there would not be the book itself. Whatever happens in the books, I was always entirely for his character. In the first part, he's just small, you can even tell a confused boy. All situations, difficult fights, intricate situations, are still ahead. Now he just scooped up this great knowledge - magic. The first real home, first friends, first classes, the first meeting with this evil, he is experiencing all this in the first part. Hermione

Hermione Jane Granger is my favorite female character in the book and film. In it, I see a part of myself. Hermione loves to learn and she pays a lot of time. Sometimes she is too arrogant and excessively proud of her success in her studies. Born of a muggle, so often heard the offensive word "Mudblood" in her address. Hermione is just a smart girl, how many times she has yet to pull friends out of difficult situations.

Ron

Ronald Bilius Weasley. Redhead. Already this word can give some characteristic. Ron is the sixth child in a wealthy family of hereditary magicians. Always the elders took on everything superior to Ron, be it study, sport, or female attention. Arriving at Hogwarts, gets to know Harry, the same situation is repeated as with the brothers, but he reconciles with his second plan. Whatever it is, he remains the best friend of Harry and Hermione.

I wanted to say that the whole trio was exactly the same as it was represented by millions of readers in the world. Actors took absolutely unknown, but this film made them real little stars.

The movie has good enough, more famous actors, the same Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters and the inimitable Richard Harris. His death was just a blow to all the fans, his Dumbledore seemed to come off the pages of the book, the same wise look from under the half-glasses, gray hair and beard, hooked nose. He inspired a kind of majestic calmness, every appearance on the screen calming. By the way, I do not consider Michael Gambon a good Dumbledore, he turned out to be some kind of crazy, but this is not on this topic. It is quite possible to write now a complete retelling of the book / movie, but you know, absolutely do not want to. Joan Rowling created an amazing, magical world, thanks to her, millions of boys and girls began to look for a scar on their foreheads and with impatience and hope to wait for their 11th birthday. And I'm certainly happy about how Chris Columbus embodied this idea on the screen, the fairy tale turned out to be absolutely childish, very bright, joyful and for some reason the word Christmas comes to mind, although there is not so much Christmas there.

Children's dream came true. Harry found his friends, his family, found loyal defenders, but he does not even suspect what he will have in the future. However, it will not be soon, but now enjoy watching!

Dedicated to: all those who are ready to go with Harry to the end.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$125,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$90,294,621, 18 November 2001

Gross USA:

$318,087,620

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,006,474,325
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX | SDDS (8 channels)| 12-Track Digital Sound | IMAX 6-Track | DTS (DTS: X)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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