• Title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  • Director: Chris Columbus
  • Released: 2001

As some of you may know, I’ve been working my way through re-reading the Harry Potter books. I thought: Why not re-watch the Harry Potter films too?

In case you have been oblivious to one of the most famous children’s stories of all time, Harry Potter is the story of a gifted child who discovers he is a wizard and is taken to Hogwarts, the school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Whilst there, he develops his skills, makes new friends, and embarks on all sorts of magical adventures whilst avoiding the dangerous clutches of He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named.

Even if you’ve watched this film multiple times, like I have, I still find it amazing how I am captivated by all of the magic (the literal and the metaphorical).  The actors, costumes, colours, setting, score are all fantastic and I can’t imagine the film being made in a better way.

The late, great Alan Rickman is superb as Snape – it is impossible to re-read the books without visualising his performance and hearing his voice – and it is a way for all of his fans to remember him and hold on to him. I really liked Richard Harris’ portrayal of the character and appearance-wise, seemed to fit more with the books than Michael Gambon’s Dumbledore, who took up the role after Harris passed away in 2002.

I think this film is a brilliant, accurate adaptation of the book and hardly anything was altered or omitted – although it is a shame that Peeves, the mischievous poltergeist, doesn’t make an appearance.

I also thought some sequences in the book, such as the Wizard’s Chess scene and the final confrontation with Professor Quirrell (Ian Hart) were less dramatic than they were in the film, which I suppose is to be expected, so as to keep the tension levels high enough for a film production.

I thought it was interesting how in the book, the relationships between Neville (Matthew Lewis), Dean (Alfred Enoch), Seamus (Devon Murray), Ron (Rupert Grint), Hermione (Emma Watson), Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and the Weasley Twins (James Phelps and Oliver Phelps) were a lot more close-knit. They seemed like a well-connected group of friends from the start, whereas the film focuses more on the core three characters (Harry, Ron and Hermione), and we don’t really see a united friendship group until Goblet of Fire and Order of The Phoenix.

All I have left to say is that this film is simply amazing, and I look forward to reading the rest of the books and watching the rest of the films again!

How many of you reading this post are serious Potterheads? Let me know which of the Harry Potter books or films is your favourite!

That’s all for now!

– Judith

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4 thoughts on “Film Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

  1. Oh, I love them all! My favourite film is the Half Blood Prince, and the book is still the first one. I wouldn’t mind a re-watch of all the films too – good idea 🙂

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  2. One of the things that stood out for me when I saw the movie was the absence of Peeves (they filmed Rick Mayal, and it ended up on the cutting room floor). Peeves absence causes several scenes in the movie to make no sense at all (like the panic to get into the room where Fluffy is).

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    1. It’s something that only really occurred to me on re-reading the books – how influential a character like Peeves really is. I think in the film, they changed it to “Oh no Filch is coming – quick hide”.

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