Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
“You’re a wizard, Harry.”
Harry Potter doesn’t have the best life – orphaned at a year old, he is abandoned on the doorstep of his horrible relatives, the Dursleys, and is made to sleep in a cupboard under the stairs.
Then, just before his eleventh birthday, the owls start arriving, intent on delivering a letter to him. Determined to ensure that Harry doesn’t get the letter, his Uncle Vernon packs the whole family into the car, and they take refuge in a ramshackle house on a rocky island. Enter Rubeus Hagrid, who informs Harry that he is no ordinary boy – he is a wizard, and has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Harry is swept off to a brand new world of magic, feasts and adventures far removed from his cupboard under the stairs, but things are happening that could end his new life before it really begins …
Director: Chris Columbus
Screenplay: Steve Cloves
Based on: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Running time: 152′
Rating: PG (UK), PG (USA)
Release dates: November 16th 2001 (UK), November 16th (US).
Box Office Gross: $974,755,371 (Worldwide)
Distribution: Warner Brothers
Buy: DVD / BluRay / Ultimate Edition / Book
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is also known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the USA.
Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter
Rupert Grint – Ron Weasley
Emma Watson – Hermione Granger
Richard Harris – Professor Albus Dumbledore
Maggie Smith – Professor Minerva McGonagall
Alan Rickman – Professer Serverus Snape
Robbie Coltrane – Rebeus Hagrid
“Most important among the latter, of course, is Radcliffe. The boy’s regular features, slightly shaggy dark hair, clear eyes and round specs make him instantly embraceable as Harry, and his performance goes on to strike the right balance between normal, but not exceptional, brightness and the gradual understanding of the extraordinary powers he possesses.” – Variety
“But there is a tingle of knowingness in him, a refusal to be taken aback, that goes beyond British grit; in short, he looks slightly too old for wonder, and you never really doubt that he will cope.” – The New Yorker
“It’s Radcliffe who leads us through Harry’s journey from open-jawed underdog to pint-sized hero. Sympathetic and strong, brave and believably ordinary, he becomes the audience’s counterpart in this weird world of witches and wizards.” – Empire
“Radcliffe’s mature self-possession, his soft handsomeness and unfussy sweetness as Harry play off the Our Gang gung-ho spirit of ginger-headed Rupert Grint as classmate Ron Weasley.” – Entertainment Weekly
“Young Radcliffe — with his turned-up nose, round black glasses, and wide-eyed aura of beguiling amazement — is perfect as Harry.” – CNN