Actors: Daniel Radcliffe, Robbie Coltrane, Richard Harris, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, John Cleese
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone|
| 11-year-old Harry Potter lives with his Aunt Petunia,Uncle Vernon, and cousin Dudley Dursley on Number 4, Privet Drive. They are very cruel to him and make him sleep under the stairs and do many chores. Strange things tend to happen when Harry is upset, and he does not understand why his aunt and uncle blame him.
Then letters start coming to Harry, but for some strange reason Vernon destroys them. Finally, Vernon takes is family to a shack on a rock at sea, trying to escape from the mysterious notes.
Rubeaus Hagrid, a kind half-giant and gamekeeper at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, led by Albus Dumbledore. It turns out that Harry's parents, supposely killed in a car crash, were really a witch and wizard murdered by Lord Voldemort. However, when Voldemort tried to kill Harry, his power was nearly detroyed.
Now Harry Potter will go to Hogworts.
--Sarah Ward, Resident Scholar
|Harry Potter discovers he's a wizard when a giant named Hagrid batters down the door. He goes away to a school of magic, Hogwarts, and the first parts of the film are focused on Harry's discovering this new world - studying potions and broomstick riding, learning a magical sport, meeting teachers and befriending the other main protagonists, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. But things start to go wrong, with unknown villains seeking access to a hidden chamber guarded by a three-headed dog. After some research, the heroes discover that the chamber contains the Philosopher's Stone, which can provide access to eternal life. They have to find their way through various puzzles and traps to reach the chamber for a final showdown with a villain whose identity is one of the mysteries of the film. This magical adventure is mainly aimed at children.
--Andy (Orc2005), Resident Scholar
|This Movie is a fantastic adaptation of J.K. Rowling's Novel, "Harry Potter and the Philospher's stone" A liitle bit on the long side, but transposed the writtern book to film beautifully. A story of a boy, who learns that he is a wizard and sets of for wizard school and new adventures. Learns of his past, parents and the scar on his forehead. All kids should watch this movie.
--Nancy Ferrinda, Resident Scholar
|Harry Potter has just discovered he is a wizard, and is sent to Hogwarts School Of Wizardry & Witchcraft to develop his skills. However, he must save his comrades from the evil Valdemort who killed Harry's parents... can he use the fabled Philosopher's Stone to help him? An average coming-of-age kids' fantasy film.
--Harri, Resident Scholar
|Harry Potter, an orphan adopted by his aunt's grating family, is whisked off to the Hogwarts School for Wizards at the age of 11. He begins to learn to cast spells and fly a broom (most spectacularly in the high-speed wizard sport of Quidditch), and encounters various pitfalls from jealous and scheming schoolmates to a troll in the girl's bathroom and a giant three-headed dog. Finally comes a series of tests of skill and magic to confront the evil wizard who killed his parents. The special effects are fine, the script okay and the acting good (special kudos to Coltrane as Hagrid, and the two kids who play Hermione and Ron); J.K. Rowling's huge bestselling first book is faithfully recreated on the screen.
--David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|This sticks fairly closely to the book, so I won't reveal the plot which would let the secret out on two things at once. It's OK. It is also very British and a bit old-fashioned to my way of thinking, so probably not a box office smash then. At two-and-a-half hours long, you probably need to be over ten years old to sit it out. If you are an adult, sneak a four-pack in with you and take the taxi home.
--Michael JR Jose, Resident Scholar
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Composition of Movie
Actual chase scenes or violence - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzle - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
**Fantasy or Science Fiction?**
- fantasy story on present day Earth
Coming of age
- a [powerful magician/mental powers person
- a kid
Has special powers?
Magical/mental powers of main character:
- can cast many different spells
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- brunette (Brown)
- (man) short/medium straight
- very skinny (man)
Events of movie makes character more...
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Secondary Main Character
- (man) short/standard straight
How much in movie?
- long-lived adults
Has special powers?
Magical/mental powers of main antagonist:
- can cast all sorts of spells
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- Smarter than most other characters
- missing body parts/abilities
How sensitive is this character?
- mean, arrogant
- 20th century (1970's to Present)
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Comedy or somewhat funny movie?
- Occasional swearing
Kinds of F/X
- Things that change shape/morph
Is this movie based on a
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