Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) is a 2001 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on J. K. Rowling's 1997 novel of the same name.
A boy named Harry Potter who learns on his 11th 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.
Why It Rocks
- It is the beginning of the phenomenal, beloved Harry Potter film franchise.
- Amazing grasp at the source material and captures the magical, adventurous tone J.K. Rowling's books had.
- Brilliant character and story development.
- All of the actors’ performances in this movie are beyond spectacular, especially from Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter.
- Stunning visual effects, especially when it comes to the magic wands.
- Well-done camera work and great cinematography.
- Likable and unforgettable characters, especially the main characters; Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.
- The reveal that Professor Quirrell is a Death Eater and also the vessel for Lord Voldemort's soul, and that Professor Snape was actually protecting Harry from him, is a memorable plot twist.
- Many unforgettable moments, such as the "Troll in the dungeon!" moment.
- Heartwarming moments such as Harry seeing his parents in the mirror.
- Very original, well-delivered dialogue, such as Seamus Finnegan's "Eye of rabbit, harp string hum, turn this water into rum!" line.
- The movie had great and thrilling action.
- Great score from John Williams.
The Only Bad Quality
- While the visual effects are stunning, the CGI hasn’t aged well by today’s standards, especially the troll.
On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 81% based on 194 reviews, with an average rating of 7.1/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "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". On Metacritic the film has a score of 64 out of 100, based on 36 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".