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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 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

One of Chris Columbus' daughters had trouble reading, until she read "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" in two days, which opened her eyes to the world of books. After reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, she asked Columbus to make movies out of them, but there were fifty other directors already interested. Columbus fell in love with the first two books too, so he sat down with Warner Brothers, saying how obsessed he was with making Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone more than anything else. Columbus asked to be the last director Warner Brothers saw, which took about ten days. Columbus stayed up until three a.m. re-writing the script each day. It was already a good script, but Columbus wanted to talk about the visuals. He told Warner Brothers he had re-written the script for free, and that made an impression on them, because that didn't happen in Hollywood, where they have to be paid for everything. Because Columbus had done that without any pressure from Warner Brothers, it made the difference, and after subsequent meetings, and five weeks later, he got the job of directing it. See more »

Goofs

(at around 12 mins) When Harry is lying on the floor of the hut, drawing a birthday cake and waiting for his birthday to begin he watches Dudley's wristwatch which turns from 11:59 to 12:00 which it would only do at noon. At midnight it would turn to 00:00. 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

The actors who played the Slytherin Quidditch team are listed as the wrong roles. The role of Captain Marcus Flint is played by Jamie Yeates but credited to Will Theakston. In turn, Theakston plays Seeker Terrence Higgs; this role is credited to Scot Fearn, who plays Chaser Adrian Pucey. Pucey is credited as David Holmes, who actually played a Slytherin Beater and was Daniel Radcliffe's stunt double. This is rectified in the credits of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) (Year Two), with the exception of Higgs, who is replaced by Draco Malfoy as Seeker. See more »

Alternate Versions

Most of the deleted scenes (included in the DVD) were in the Australian television premiere in November 2004. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Dictator (2012) See more »

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Alohomora - of the magical world...
17 December 2004 | by AvinashPatalaySee 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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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 2001 (USA) See more »

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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:

$992,236,775
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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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