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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
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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 (
) were both on board for the first sequel
The Chamber of Secrets
the following year.
An orphaned boy endures a miserable childhood, until he discovers he has magical powers and enrols at a special school for young wizards. However, his suspicions are aroused by a sinister teacher who seems to be up to no good. Fantasy adventure, adapted from the first of JK Rowling's books, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman and Richard Harris.
Cast & Crew
Prof Minerva McGonagall
Prof Severus Snape
Prof Albus Dumbledore
Uncle Vernon Dursley
Aunt Petunia Dursley
Nearly Headless Nick
Mrs Molly Weasley
Goblin bank teller / Professor Flitwick
Mr Angus Filch
David Bradley (2)
The sorting hat (voice)
Lily Evans Potter
The fat lady
May be edited for violence.
video, DVD and Blu-ray
16 Nov 2001
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