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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone adapts its source material faithfully while condensing the novel's overstuffed narrative into an involving -- and often downright exciting -- big-screen magical caper. Read critic reviews

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Adaptation of the first of J.K. Rowling's popular children's novels about Harry Potter, a boy who learns on his eleventh birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. He is summoned from his life as an unwanted child to become a student at Hogwarts, an English boarding school for wizards. There, he meets several friends who become his closest allies and help him discover the truth about his parents' mysterious deaths.

Cast & Crew

Rupert Grint
Ron Weasley
Emma Watson
Hermione Granger
John Cleese
Nearly Headless Nick
Robbie Coltrane
Rubeus Hagrid
Warwick Davis
Professor Flitwick
Richard Griffiths
Vernon Dursley
Richard Harris
Professor Dumbledore
Ian Hart
Professor Quirrell
John Hurt
Mr. Ollivander
Alan Rickman
Professor Snape
Fiona Shaw
Petunia Dursley
Maggie Smith
Professor McGonagall
Julie Walters
Mrs. Weasley
Zoë Wanamaker
Madame Hooch
Tom Felton
Draco Malfoy
Harry Melling
Dudley Dursley
Matthew Lewis
Neville Longbottom
Chris Columbus
Executive Producer
Michael Barnathan
Executive Producer
Mark Radcliffe
Executive Producer
Duncan Henderson
Executive Producer
Steve Kloves
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John Williams
Original Music
John Seale
Cinematographer
Stuart Craig
Production Designer
Judianna Makovsky
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Robert Legato
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  • Oct 26, 2016
    If for nothing else, the Harry Potter films always find a way to give me a great sense of nostalgia. I, like many others, grew up with this franchise. In many ways, this was our generation's Star Wars. It was the 2000's pop culture phenomena. I'm happy to say that the first film, The Sorcerer's Stone, still undoubtedly holds up. I feel like I should first mention just how impressive it is that Warner Bros and their casting directors found the perfect Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Yes, the rest of the film is also impeccably casted with Maggie Smith, Richard Harris, Robbie Coltrane, and Tom Felton just to mention a few, but it's the core three characters that carry this franchise. Watching the three of them play off each other so effectively at such a young age is truly awe-inspiring. Granted, heroes are only as good as their villains, and luckily they have a great one in Lord Voldemort. Even though in Sorcerer's Stone it's hard to really call him in the big-bad, considering he's not resurrected yet, but his presence is definitely felt. With that said, I wish they would have involved Professor Quirrell more in the main plot. He's a sketchy guy, but you never get a real sense that he's working to resurrect Voldemort. In fact, he's barely in the movie, so his presence towards the end is unexpected, but I didn't feel like it was earned. But the mishandling of the villain doesn't diminish the tremendous amount of fun The Sorcerer's Stone brings to the young franchise. Chris Columbus does a nice job of setting up all the relationships and characters we will come to love later like Hagrid, Dumbledore, and even Snape. This is clearly focused on the trio, but they each get a chance to chew up some scenery with the young wizards. Everything from a clumsy giant, the dark forest, a game of quidditch, to an important game of chess make The Sorcerer's Stone one of the most memorable entries into the Potter franchise. +The trio are effortlessly cute and entertaining +Pacing +All the beloved characters sprinkled in +Balances a bunch of genres in one -Villain reveal is iffy 8.4/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2016
    One of the best but concentrational films between the books published later in 1997. A childhood film of mine but it's brilliant.
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2016
    It's a tough job when you are hired to make an adaptation of a popular children's book. And it's even more tough when that movie is also intended to be the beginning to a long series of movies. But Chris Columbus actually does a good job and makes a very good "Harry Potter" film that can definitely be called one of the best in the series. The movie presented the world the world to three young talents who continued to amaze us as the franchise continued.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2016
    While it may be incredibly faithful to a fault, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is both charming and, dare I say it, magical thanks to a lighthearted tone and impressive performances from the main trio.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer

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