Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Critics Consensus

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.



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The best-selling novel by J.K. Rowling (titled Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in England, as was this film adaptation) becomes this hotly anticipated fantasy adventure from Chris Columbus, the winner of a high-stakes search for a director to bring the first in a hoped-for franchise of Potter films to the screen by Warner Bros. Upon his 11th birthday, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), who lives in misery with an aunt and uncle that don't want him, learns from a giant named Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) that he is the orphaned son of powerful wizards. Harry is offered a place at prestigious Hogwarts, a boarding school for wizards that exists in a realm of magic and fantasy outside the dreary existence of normal humans or "Muggles." At Hogwarts, Harry quickly makes new friends and begins piecing together the mystery of his parents' deaths, which appear not to have been accidental after all. The film features alternate-version scenes for every mention of the titular rock. Richard Harris, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, John Cleese, and Fiona Shaw co-star. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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Daniel Radcliffe
as Harry Potter
Emma Watson
as Hermione Granger
Rupert Grint
as Ron Weasley
Maggie Smith
as Prof. Minerva McGonagall
Robbie Coltrane
as Rubeus Hagrid
Alan Rickman
as Prof. Severus Snape
Richard Harris
as Albus Dumbledore
Richard Griffiths
as Uncle Vernon Dursley
Ian Hart
as Prof. Quirrell
John Hurt
as Mr. Ollivander
John Cleese
as Sir Nicholas "Nearly Headless Nick" de Mimsy-Porpington
Fiona Shaw
as Aunt Petunia Dursley
Zoë Wanamaker
as Madame Hooch
Harry Melling
as Dudley Dursley
Julie Walters
as Mrs. Weasley
Sean Biggerstaff
as Oliver Wood
David Bradley
as Mr. Filch
Tom Felton
as Draco Malfoy
Matthew Lewis
as Neville Longbottom
Warwick Davis
as Prof. Flitwick/Goblin Bank Teller
Terence Baylor
as The Bloody Baron
Richard Bremmer
as Lord Voldemort
Alfie Enoch
as Dean Thomas
Joshua Herdman
as Gregory Goyle
Devon Murray
as Seamus Finnegan
Katharine Nicholson
as Pansy Parkinson
James Phelps
as Fred Weasley
Oliver Phelps
as George Weasley
Chris Rankin
as Prefect Percy Weasley
Geraldine Somerville
as Lily Evans Potter
Will Theakston
as Terence Higgs
Verne Troyer
as Griphook
James Waylett
as Vincent Crabbe
Bonnie Wright
as Ginny Weasley
Nina Young
as The Grey Lady
Luke Youngblood
as Lee Jordan
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Audience Reviews for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

  • 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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