Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Movie Review

November 18, 2014 Whitney movie review 0 Comments

Director: Chris Columbus
Writers: J.K. Rowling (novel), Steve Kloves (screenplay)
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Richard Harris
Release Date: November 16, 2001

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

For me, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is the classic young adult novel.  I built it up in my head so nothing could compare.  I was sure the movie would let me down but instead it was everything I pictured Hogwarts to be.

Although despite loving this series of films I find them diffacult to review (particularly the first one), I’ve decided to share a few of my favorite aspects.


Professor Snape or rather Alan Rickman, his silk voice toys with Snapes’  persona making him just as oily and dislike able as Harry sees him.  His line delivery actually makes the entire movie for me and reminds me of Obama as his pauses between each word, it is clever, meticulous, and a spellbinding performance.


Richard Harris is the epitome of Dumbledore, he is friendly, understanding, grandfatherly with words of wisdom.  To me he was Dumbledore.



Hogwarts itself, the castle is grand but not shiny and new it looks like it has been around for hundreds of years with signs of wear and love but always with dignity.


Of course Harry Ron and Hermione must be on the list.  Emma Watson plays the know-it-all Hermione perfectly just hovering over annoying but because she is the brightest witch in her year  and is the only one who has read Hogwarts a history that can be forgiven.  Rupert Grint, plays Ron as the sidekick who shows his stuff at the end of the story and is a red head that stands out.  Daniel Radcliffe is exactly how I pictured Harry to be I can’t describe it but he acts his part well, without the precociousness and arrogance that Snape had accused him of many times.


Mr. Ollivander is creepy and sometimes I think is almost as creepy as Voldermort.  He is strange and almost awkward. Yet explains that Voldermort was a great but terrible wizard and the expresses this idea even better than Dumbledore.

Professor McGonagall is played by Maggie Smith.  She is stern and sassy and Smith does a wonderful job balancing the two.

There are too many to count, thus this a sampling.  Although I think Snape said it best “Mr Potter, our new celebrity.”  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone stands out and is just as classic as the book.



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