Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Genre: Fantasy
Photography: Color
Running Time: 152 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: November 16, 2001
Directed by: Chris Columbus
Written by: David Heyman
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe
Rupert Grint
Emma Watson
John Cleese
Robbie Coltrane
Richard Griffiths
Richard Harris
Ian Hart
John Hurt
Alan Rickman
Fiona Shaw
Maggie Smith
Next film: Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets

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

  1. It is the beginning of the phenomenal, beloved Harry Potter film franchise.
  2. Amazing grasp at the source material and captures the magical, adventurous tone J.K. Rowling's books had.
  3. Brilliant character and story development.
  4. All of the actors’ performances in this movie are beyond spectacular, especially from Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter.
  5. Stunning visual effects, especially when it comes to the magic wands.
  6. Well-done camera work and great cinematography.
  7. Likable and unforgettable characters, especially the main characters; Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.
  8. 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.
  9. Many unforgettable moments, such as the "Troll in the dungeon!" moment.
  10. Heartwarming moments such as Harry seeing his parents in the mirror.
  11. Very original, well-delivered dialogue, such as the "Eye of rabbit, harp string hum, turn this water into rum!" line.
  12. The sequels that followed it were just as good, if not better.
  13. Both of J.K. Rowling and fans of the books have praised these films for staying so true to the source material.


Critical response

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".