Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
November 11, 2010
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Director: Chris Columbus
Writer: Steve Kloves
Based on the book by: J.K. Rowling
Producer: David Heyman/J.K. Rowling
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe/Rupert Grint/Emma Watson/Richard Harris/Robbie Coltrane/Maggie Smith/Alan Rickman
BBFC Certification: PG
Duration: 152 minutes
Harry Potter has come a long way in both the literature world and the movie world. Alas, the Harry Potter movies are now coming to an end as there are only two movies left, one of which is released next week and so, to celebrate the release, I have decided to review every Harry Potter movie from the beginning. If you haven’t read the books or seen the movies or haven’t done either, what have you been doing? And if you’ve never heard the name Harry Potter, where have you been?! Harry Potter learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned son of a powerful witch and wizard and possesses magical powers of his own. At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry embarks on the adventure of a lifetime, discovering a world of magic and fantasy where he is destined to live. The first thing I must mention about Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone if you live in the United States) is that it stays very faithful to the book. Sure there’s a few parts missing from the book, I’ve yet to see one adaptation stay one-hundred percent faithful, but other than that, it stays true to the book. However, this can also be it’s downfall to some people as there’s little surprise if you have already read the book, however I doubt that many Potter fans will find that a problem. Another thing that’s so great about Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is it’s casting. Every single character in the movie was perfect and you couldn’t fault them at all. If you have read the books like I have, they’re practically close as to how you imagined the characters to be like. The story is just as great as it is in the book and it’s just as gripping and magical too. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has many positive things about it and one of the most notable things is its acting. You couldn’t have chosen better actors to play the parts of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley than Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint as their performances were fantastic as the three friends. The professors of Hogwarts, including Maggie Smith and Alan Rickman, were also brilliant and you could not fault their performances.
The books were fantastically written with a smart and gripping story that enchanted many children and adults alike and it’s brilliant to say that the movie does exactly the same thing. Director Chris Columbus has directed great family movies that are brilliant such as the first two Home Alones and Mrs. Doubtfire and knows exactly how to direct movies that people of all ages can enjoy and has done a near-perfect job in directing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as far as directing a family movie is concerned. Another thing that is quite beautiful in the movie is the locations and how colourful and breath-taking they are, it’s brilliant to watch and you would love to visit the locations. The greatest thing about the movie is the score by John Williams, which really fits the mood of the movie and makes it that bit more magical. Overall, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the most loyal adaptation out of the movie series and is definitely worth the watch for Potter fans and non-Potter fans, it’s a movie that shouldn’t disappoint many.
Even though this is definitely the most loyal out of the Harry Potter series, this isn’t my favourite one even if it is fantastic. The quality of the movies are great and you can see the hard work has paid off. From the direction to the CGI, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is a success from start to finish and is definitely one of the most enchanting movies. Whether it be the characters, the story, the score or the magic, everybody can find at least one thing they like about Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.