Daniel Radcliffe, Richard Harris, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane
Directed by Chris Columbus
Harry Potter has his whole life mapped out and he doesn’t even know it. Instead, his life consists of sleeping under a staircase and getting out of his mean cousin’s way. When letters from a magical school for witches and wizards appear by the masses in his home, his uncle takes the family away to avoid telling Harry the truth: he has magic in his blood
For me, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone will always be my favorite of the Harry Potter movies. This marks the beginning of a seven-year journey for Harry, who has to battle an evil wizard, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, on several occasions to save his own life and the wizarding world’s! The Sorcerer’s Stone is all about Harry’s innocence as a young child introduced late to the magical world. Harry went from being a nobody to one of the most famous wizards alive when he finally gets his letter to Hogwarts.
I think the director, Chris Columbus, did a remarkable job introducing us to the world of Harry Potter on screen. The movies obviously got a bigger budget because they were a huge success but you can see the movies after Chamber of Secrets are made in a different quality. Maybe it’s because filming technology got better but to me, I miss the way the older movies were made. In Sorcerer’s Stone everything looks glamorous from the crowded street of Diagon Alley to the fancy meals laid out on the House tables in the Great Hall. I loved the panoramic shots of Hogwarts, from Harry’s first flying lesson to covering the busy Great Hall during the welcoming ceremony. It seems like there was more gold, representing Harry’s youth and innocence. While the movies progress they get darker, taking away the shiny elements that made the early movies glow, representing Voldemort’s rise in power over the wizarding world. Though this may be a technique used to show how Harry’s world is changing as he grows older, I don’t like how obvious the symbolism is.
Harry has a busy first year at Hogwarts. Luckily he makes a good friend who can catch him up on all of the wizard stuff kids learn from their parents that Harry missed out on while living with the Dursleys. Harry quickly realizes that waving a wand about takes a lot of studying with a wide range of skills, and that some talents come naturally to him like playing Quidditch. Being the most popular kid at Hogwarts hasn’t inflated his ego so Harry remains a humble, cool kid to hang around (though some kids will make fun of him for living with muggles).
For those of us who have grown up with the books and movies, you’ll understand how watching Harry Potter isn’t just for kids. It’s a feel-good movie that teaches important lessons on friendship, bravery, and being different. This will always be one of my favorite movies to watch.
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