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The Wizarding Rewatch - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Let the magic begin.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (also known as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone) is a 2001 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus, written by Steve Kloves, produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, Heyday Films, and 1492 Pictures, and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based off of J.K. Rowling's 1997 novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint. It was nominated for Best Original Score, Best Production Design, and Best Costume Design, but did not win any. This is the first film in the Harry Potter franchise. It was followed by Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

"You're a wizard, Harry." - Rubeus Hagrid


When eleven-year-old Harry Potter discovers he is a wizard, he embarks on an adventure to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. There, he makes friends, learns about magic, and encounters a darkness that has haunted him since his parents were murdered.

My Favorite Part of Sorcerer's Stone

The first entry in the Potter franchise is fun. And that's the main thing it has going for it. This is a highly entertaining, faithful adaptation of J.K. Rowling's novel. It's filled with awe and wonder. Chris Columbus makes this world feel truly magical. And that's the best part of it. The production design is fantastic. The film is dripping with this sense of astonishment and amazement that an eleven-year-old would have if he entered the Wizarding World. The characters are all fun and memorable. The world-building is fantastic. The best part of Sorcerer's Stone is experiencing the Wizarding World for the first time. And that's an experience you only get from this movie.

My Least Favorite Part of Sorcerer's Stone

While entering the Wizarding World carries this entire movie to being good, it isn't great. The actual plot of Sorcerer's Stone is pretty thin. The first hour (really maybe even the first hour and a half) of the movie is devoted to exploring the world and fleshing out the characters. The words "sorcerer's stone" aren't said until an hour and thirty-seven minutes into the film. Beyond that, the dialogue isn't always great. There are plot holes and clunkiness in the execution. But none of it really matters that much, because you're so invested in Hogwarts and the world around you that you don't notice it.

Why Sorcerer's Stone is Really Good

The Wizarding World is a fantastic place that is truly amazing to explore for the first time, and Sorcerer's Stone nails that aspect of it. From Hogwarts itself to Gringotts to characters like Snape and Dumbledore or Malfoy and Neville, this film has so many memorable elements. It's an absolute joy to watch this magic come to life on the big screen. It's topped off by Chris Columbus's wonderful direction and surprisingly solid performances from our kid actors. Watson was 10. Radcliffe was 11. Grint was 12. That's insane that they give that good of performances when they are that young. This movie just works. It isn't perfect. But it works.

The Hogwarts Evaluation

Like the Disney movies, I'm going to evaluate the Potter films on another scale alongside my normal one. As a Harry Potter film, Sorcerer's Stone is great. The production design is top-notch. The visual effects aren't great, but that's because it was a product of it's time. They get better throughout the series. The wizardry and action in the film is also fun. This is the first time you get introduced to all of the staples of the Wizarding World from Diagon Alley and Quidditch to chocolate frogs and moving pictures. It's the first. So it gets a high score here.

I will give this a Ravenclaw.


Gryffindor (Top Tier Potter) Ravenclaw (Great Potter)

Hufflepuff (Good Potter)

Slytherin (Okay Potter)

Death Eater (Bad Potter)

The Wizarding World: 10/10

Spells and Creatures: 9/10

Magical Artifacts: 9/10

Action: 7/10

Production Design: 9.5/10

Final Thoughts and Score

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is a fantastic introduction into the Wizarding World. There may not be a great plot here, but you'll be so wrapped up in this fantastical, fun world that it doesn't really matter.

I'll go Savory here. Age range is 6+.


Sweet (Great)

Savory (Good)

Sour (Bad)

Moldy (Terrible)

"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"

Fun Factor: 8.5/10

Acting: 7/10

Story: 6.5/10

Characters: 10/10

Quality: 8/10

Directed by Chris Columbus

Rated PG for frightening themes and images, thematic elements

Released on November 16, 2001

2 hours and 32 minutes

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter

Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley

Emma Watson as Hermione Granger

Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid

Richard Harris as Albus Dumbledore

Alan Rickman as Severus Snape

Maggie Smith as Minerva McGonagall

Ian Hart as Quirinus Quirrell / Lord Voldemort

Richard Griffiths as Vernon Dursley

Fiona Shaw as Petunia Dursley

Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy

Harry Melling as Dudley Dursley

John Cleese as Nearly Headless Nick

Warwick Davis as Filius Flitwick

David Bradley as Argus Filch

Julie Walters as Molly Weasley

Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom

Devon Murray as Seamus Finnigan

Alfred Enoch as Dean Thomas

James Phelps as Fred Weasley

Oliver Phelps as George Weasley

John Hurt as Garrick Ollivander

Bonnie Wright as Ginny Weasley

Chris Rankin as Percy Weasley

Sean Biggerstaff as Oliver Wood

Jamie Waylett as Vincent Crabbe

Joshua Herdman as Gregory Goyle

Leslie Phillips as The Sorting Hat

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