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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

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An orphaned boy enrolls in a school of wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world.

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Chris Columbus

Writers:

J.K. Rowling (novel), Steve Kloves (screenplay)
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 65 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Harris ... Albus Dumbledore
Maggie Smith ... Professor McGonagall
Robbie Coltrane ... Hagrid
Saunders Triplets ... Baby Harry Potter
Daniel Radcliffe ... Harry Potter
Fiona Shaw ... Aunt Petunia Dursley
Harry Melling ... Dudley Dursley
Richard Griffiths ... Uncle Vernon Dursley
Derek Deadman Derek Deadman ... Bartender in Leaky Cauldron
Ian Hart ... Professor Quirrell
Ben Borowiecki ... Diagon Alley Boy
Warwick Davis ... Goblin Bank Teller / Professor Flitwick / Voice of Griphook
Verne Troyer ... Griphook (as Vern Troyer)
John Hurt ... Mr. Ollivander
Richard Bremmer ... He Who Must Not Be Named
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Storyline

This is the tale of Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), an ordinary eleven-year-old boy serving as a sort of slave for his aunt and uncle who learns that he is actually a wizard and has been invited to attend the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry is snatched away from his mundane existence by Rubeus Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane), the groundskeeper for Hogwarts, and quickly thrown into a world completely foreign to both him and the viewer. Famous for an incident that happened at his birth, Harry makes friends easily at his new school. He soon finds, however, that the wizarding world is far more dangerous for him than he would have imagined, and he quickly learns that not all wizards are ones to be trusted. Written by Carly

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Hidden deep within in the school lies an object that can make you immortal,that can make you powerful,that can make you deadly! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some scary moments and mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$125,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$90,294,621, 18 November 2001

Gross USA:

$318,087,620

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$978,087,613
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX | SDDS (8 channels)| 12-Track Digital Sound | IMAX 6-Track | DTS (DTS: X)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The Restricted Section scene was filmed in the Duke Humfrey's building at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. They have very strict rules about not bringing flames into the library. The makers of this movie were the first ever to be allowed to break this rule in hundreds of years. See more »

Goofs

After Harry leaves the library, having been heard by Filch, he goes down a hall and hidden under his cloak he encounters Profs. Snape and Quirrell. While standing there, Filch comes up and reports to Snape and Quirrell, "There's a student out of bed." He, Snape, and Quirrell take off to find the offending student. Harry then goes off and finds the Mirror or Erised, goes back to the dorm and gets Ron. Yet neither is caught out of bed -- because they were under the cloak the entire time. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Professor McGonagall: [as a cat] Mraow!
Dumbledore: I should have known that you would be here, Professor McGonagall.
[Professor McGonagall transfigures into her human self]
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Crazy Credits

David Collier is listed as production assistant twice. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some of the dubbed versions change the names of a few characters, to match their translated novel counterparts in each respective language. One good example is Hermione, who in the German version (of all the Potter films/books) is named Hermine. See more »

Connections

Referenced in What a Girl Wants (2003) See more »

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The best that it could have possibly gotten
26 December 2017 | by davidneuhoffSee all my reviews

There is a major difference between reviews here and this is very easy to explain. Anybody who (like me) has read the books multiple times, knowing the slightest details and loving absolutely everything from the series, can´t be completely happy with the film. For the neutral watcher who read the books maybe once or not even at all this movie must seem like a really entertaining and well directed film. The problem is that though very good acting, especially Alan Rickman as Snape, a beautiful scenery and very good camera work, the most important essentials of the books are pretty much non-existing. For instance, I, as an hardcore fan since the first time reading the books when i was 9, was always extremely interested in reading a passage of a normal school lesson or a normal day at any job of an fully educated wizard, eg in the ministry of magic. Rowling made us have the desire to always experience more of the universe she created. I was always amazed by the lightness and uncomplicated way of Rowlings writing, how she managed to let us accompany Harry in his daily life, making the actually extremely strange and funny way of the magicians life seem so normal and casual for the readers. The film on the other hand is more of a build-up to Harry´s first encounter with Voldemort, a scene that´s perfectly directed with impressive effects and good filming, which is definitely the highlight of as well film and book, with the difference that the book is more focused in describing Harry´s adventrous first year as a whole. The film is a little bit inconsistent in terms of how close it sticks to the book´s plot and this is another problem. Because of the book being so comprehensive and full it is nearly impossible not to skip any sections of the book. In my opinion the screenwriter should have either sticked closer to the book or distanced the filmplot more from it. Another thing i miss is the great dry humour the book is spiced with in a lot of ways. The problem is that this can´t really be translated in the movie because it´s often in the way Rowling describes things and not only in the dialogues. One thing that is awesome is the music. In my opinion John Williams is the best film music composer and the way he captures the mysterious and thrilling atmosphere and the majesty and greatness of Hogwarts is marvelous. At the end I can say that the film can meet the expectations but it´s just not possible to convince a haerdore fan completely, just because while reading the book, everybody creates his own picture of Hogwarts, the characters and the scenery. This is called imagination, it is the best part of reading a book, not possible to be translated completetly satisfyingly into a movie and the reason to my big recommandation concerning Harry Potter and also every other book which is filmed. Read the book first! If you watch the film first and read the books afterwards you´ll miss a great time imagining everything for yourself. And this will come espescially pronounced in the books of Harry Potter.


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