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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone [2001] (2 discs)

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Director:Chris Columbus
Writer:Steve Kloves
Composer:John Williams
Length:157 minutes
(2 hours 37 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Fantasy
IMDB Rating:7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:79%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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  • Fantasy
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  • Drama
  • Mystery
  • Suspense / Horror
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Synopsis: Harry learns he's a famous wizard and that someone is trying to kill him.


Reaction: A pretty straight-forward telling of Harry's first adventure. There's not a lot of depth, but it establishes the necessary back-story and environment.


Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Cast and Crew
Chris Columbus => Director
Steve Kloves => Writer
John Williams => Composer
J.K. Rowling => Novel
Adrian Rawlins => James Potter
Alan Rickman => Professor Severus Snape
Bonnie Wright => Ginny Weasley
Chris Rankin => Percy Weasley
Daniel Radcliffe => Harry Potter
David Bradley => Argus Filch
Elizabeth Spriggs => Fat Lady
Emma Watson => Hermione Granger
Fiona Shaw => Aunt Petunia Dursley
Geraldine Somerville => Mrs. Lily Potter
Harry Melling => Dudley Dursley
Ian Hart => Professor Quirinus Quirrell
James Phelps => Fred Weasley
John Cleese => Nearly Headless Nick
John Hurt => Mr. Ollivander
Julianne Hough => Hogwarts Schoolgirl (seen at quidditch game) (uncredited)
Julie Walters => Molly Weasley
Leslie Phillips => The Sorting Hat (voice)
Luke Youngblood => Lee Jordan
Maggie Smith => Professor Minerva McGonagall
Matthew Lewis => Neville Longbottom
Oliver Phelps => George Weasley
Ray Fearon => Firenze (voice)
Richard Bremmer => He Who Must Not Be Named
Richard Griffiths => Uncle Vernon Dursley
Richard Harris => Professor Albus Dumbledore
Robbie Coltrane => Rubeus Hagrid
Rupert Grint => Ron Weasley
Sean Biggerstaff => Oliver Wood
Tom Felton => Draco Malfoy
Verne Troyer => Griphook the Goblin (as Vern Troyer)
Warwick Davis => Goblin Bank Teller / Professor Flitwick
ZoŽ Wanamaker => Madame Hooch

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • In the film, the scar on Harry's forehead is off-center. This was done at J.K. Rowling's request. Due to the artwork on the covers of her books, many people have assumed that his scar is supposed to be in the center of his forehead. The books, however, never specify exactly where on his forehead the scar is located.
  • David Thewlis, who later played Professor Lupin in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, was considered for the role of Professor Quirrell.
  • In the trophy cupboard, to the right of the Quidditch trophy, you can see the "Service to the School" trophy with part of "Tom M Riddle" engraved on it.
  • Alan Rickman was hand-picked to play Snape by J.K. Rowling.
  • Tim Roth was a leading contender for the role of Professor Severus Snape. Roth dropped out of contention, however, to pursue his role as General Thade in Tim Burton's adaptation of Planet of the Apes.
  • Warwick Davis, who played Professor Flitwick and the first Gringotts Goblin, also provided the voice for Griphook who was physically played by Verne Troyer.
  • The name of Harry's owl ("Hedwig") is not mentioned anywhere in the movie.
  • The inscription around the Mirror of Erised says: Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi. Reading the inscription backwards it says, "I show not your face but your heart's desire."
  • Richard Harris only agreed to taking the part of Albus Dumbledore after his eleven year old granddaughter threatened never to speak to him again.
  • The movie is known as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone everywhere except the USA and so every scene in which the Philosopher's Stone was mentioned was filmed twice, once with the actors saying "Philosopher's" and once with the actors saying "Sorcerer's".