Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

  • PG
  • Chris Columbus (2001)
  • US
  • 146 min
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
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Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

With millions of Harry Potter books sold around the world, this CGI-packed fantasy adventure is more than just a big-budget movie adaptation - it's a cultural phenomenon. Eleven-year-old Daniel Radcliffe makes a likeable Harry, the boy wizard who's whisked off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and is charged with finding the blood red stone of the film's title. A scene-stealing Robbie Coltrane is among a host of familiar adult faces who breathe life into JK Rowling's charming characters - though some such as John Hurt and John Cleese only make cameo appearances. To criticise at all feels like an act of isolationism and yet there is a lack of emotional core - Harry's orphan status fails to move - and, at over two-and-a-half hours in length, the movie is surely too long for the younger fidgets. However, this faithful rendition of the inaugural Potter book demonstrated that the franchise was in safe, sensible hands - writer Steve Kloves (The Fabulous Baker Boys) and director Chris Columbus (Home Alone) were both on board for the first sequel The Chamber of Secrets the following year.

Plot Summary

Fantasy adventure starring Daniel Radcliffe. Harry Potter lives a miserable existence with his loathsome aunt and uncle. That is until he learns from a giant named Hagrid that he is the orphaned son of powerful wizards. Harry is offered a place at the prestigious Hogwarts boarding school for wizards and soon embarks on a new life filled with magic and mystery.

Cast and crew


Harry Potter
Daniel Radcliffe
Ron Weasley
Rupert Grint
Hermione Granger
Emma Watson
Rubeus Hagrid
Robbie Coltrane
Prof Minerva McGonagall
Maggie Smith
Prof Severus Snape
Alan Rickman
Prof Albus Dumbledore
Richard Harris
Prof Quirrell
Ian Hart
Uncle Vernon Dursley
Richard Griffiths
Aunt Petunia Dursley
Fiona Shaw
Nearly Headless Nick
John Cleese
Madame Hooch
Zoƫ Wanamaker
Mr Ollivander
John Hurt
Mrs Molly Weasley
Julie Walters
Goblin bank teller / Professor Flitwick
Warwick Davis
Mr Angus Filch
David Bradley (2)
Draco Malfoy
Tom Felton
Dudley Dursley
Harry Melling
The sorting hat (voice)
Leslie Phillips
Lily Evans Potter
Geraldine Somerville
The fat lady
Elizabeth Spriggs
Verne Troyer


Chris Columbus

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 16 Nov 2001
Certificate PG