Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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Warner Bros. Released 2001

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Director:
Chris Columbus
Released:
2001
Rating:
PG

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is an adventure fantasy film that begins a multi-part story of a young wizard. Harry Potter knows little of his past but appears to be an ordinary boy. Living with his unpleasant and unloving Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia in Surrey, England. He is quite surprised one evening when he encounters a magical giant of a man by the name of Rubeus Hagrid. Hagrid informs Harry that he is the youngest of a family of wizards. He then whisks Harry away to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to become a wizard. While traveling to school, Harry makes two good friends in Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. While learning some amazing magical abilities, the three young wizards discover something of a mystery in the Sorcerer's Stone. This magical object grants immortality to whoever possesses it. During his whirlwind adventure Harry happens upon a sinister being by the name of Lord Voldemort who wants to harness the power of the stone for evil. Little does Harry know that this will be the first of many encounters he has with Voldemort.

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  • 90

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    The script is faithful, the actors are just right, the sets, costumes, makeup and effects match and sometimes exceed anything one could imagine.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    What saves Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is what created it in the first place: J.K. Rowling's enrapturing imagination. At those sporadic moments when the film allows us to...

  • 40

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Given that movies can now show us everything, the manifestations that Ms. Rowling described could be less magical only if they were delivered at a news conference.

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    • Dudley: (Dudley examines his birthday presents) How many are there?
      Vernon: 36. Counted them myself.
      Dudley: 36?! But last year, last year I had 37.
      Vernon: But some of them are quite a bit bigger than last year.
      Dudley: I don't care how big they are.

    • Harry: Excuse me. Who are you?
      Hagrid: Rubeus Hagrid, Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts.

    • Hagrid: You're a wizard, Harry.
      Harry: I'm a what?
      Hagrid: A wizard. And a thumping good one, I'd wager, once you train up a little.

    • Harry: (reading from his first letter) "Dear Mr. Potter. We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry."

    • Harry: (reading from his acceptance letter) "All students must be equipped with one standard size-2 pewter cauldron and may bring, if they desire, either an owl, a cat or a toad."

    • Hagrid: Not all wizards are good. Some of them go bad. A few years ago there was one wizard went as bad as you can go. And his name was V-- His name was V--
      Harry: Maybe if you wrote it down?
      Hagrid: No, I can't spell it. All right, Voldemort.
      Harry: Voldemort.
      Hagrid: Shh.

    • Harry: Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans?
      Ron: They mean every flavour. There's chocolate and peppermint and there's also spinach, liver and tripe. George sweared he got a bogey-flavoured one once.

    • McGonagall: Welcome to Hogwarts. Now, in a few moments you will pass through these doors and join your classmates. But before you can take your seats, you must be sorted into your houses. They are Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. Now, while you're here, your house will be like your family. Your triumphs will earn you points. Any rule-breaking and you will lose points. At the end of the year, the house with the most points is awarded the house cup.

    • Malfoy: This is Crabbe and Goyle. And I'm Malfoy. Draco Malfoy.
      Ron: [sniggers]
      Malfoy: Think my name's funny, do you? No need to ask yours. Red hair and a hand-me-down robe? You must be a Weasley. You'll soon find out that some wizarding families are better than others, Potter. You don't want to go making friends with the wrong sort. I can help you there. (holds out hand)
      Harry: I think I can tell the wrong sort for myself, thanks.

    • Ron: There's not a witch or wizard who went bad who wasn't in Slytherin.

    • Dean: (Neville receives a parcel) Hey look, Neville's got a Remembrall.
      Hermione: I've read about those. When the smoke turns red, it means you've forgotten something.
      Neville: The only problem is, I can't remember what I've forgotten.

    • Snape: There will be no foolish wand-waving or silly incantations in this class. As such, I don't expect many of you to appreciate the subtle science and exact art that is potion-making. However, for those select few who possess the predisposition... I can teach you how to bewitch the mind and ensnare the senses. I can tell you how to bottle fame, brew glory and even put a stopper in death.

    • Filch: A pity they let old punishments die. Was a time detention found you hanging by your thumbs in the dungeons. God, I miss the screaming.

    • Hagrid: Norbert's gone. Dumbledore sent him off to Romania to live in a colony.
      Hermione: Well, that's good, isn't it? He's with his own kind.
      Hagrid: Yeah but, what if he don't like Romania? What if the other dragons are mean to him? He's only a baby, after all.
      Filch: Oh, for God's sake, pull yourself together, man.

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mythical quest, buddies and gal pals, legendary heroes, supernatural forces, parallel worlds