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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
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Directed By
Chris Columbus

Written By:
Steven Kloves

Cast:
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Zoe Wanamaker, Alan Rickman, Ian Hart, John Hurt, Tom Felton, Harry Melling, Richard Griffiths, Fiona Shaw, John Cleese, Warwick Davis, Julie Walters, Sean Biggerstaff, David Bradley, Matthew Lewis

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
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Movie Review by Chris
August 16th, 2007

Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy celebrating his 11th birthday, but he is far from wrong. A giant named Hagrid appears, and gives Harry the all important news. He is a wizard. Now his journey in life gets more intense as he travels to Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry to learn the trade of being a wizard. Here, he meets his friends who would be by his side for many years to come. Ron Weasley is not very brave friend and Hermione is the smart friend. But not everything is quiet at Hogwarts as Harry suspects someone is planning to steal the philosopher's stone.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is the most magical film in the series so far. As five films have been released with the sixth film coming out later this year, the first of the series is the funnest. We get introduced to all of our characters we read about through the book and every actor and actress does a great job with their roles. Director Chris Columbus does an amazing job with capturing the mood and feel that the book set and points the movie more in a direction towards kids, while the newer films point theyre content towards teens and adults.

Daniel Radcliffe has certainly one of the most important roles in the movie as he playes as Harry Potter. Daniel is young but his appearance and personality fits the character of Harry we all read about in the novels. Harry has suffered the loss of both his parents to Lord Voldemort, him being the lucky one to survive, but he was scarred with a lightning bolt on his forehead. Though Harry and Daniel are young here, we see that his performance makes the character seem a little more mature then one might think. Towards the end of the film, the movie becomes more physical and emotionally challenging.

Playing as the funny and goofy Ron Weasley is Rupert Grint. Ron Weasley is famously known for the bright head hair which his whole family is known for. Also being young, I saw that Rubert, with help from the director, copied Ron directly from the novel. Hes a little shy and has a problem with his temper, but instantly I related him to a dime with who he was in the novel. Hes not exactly smart and he is afraid of spiders, but his character is funny and Rupert does a great job with him. The smartest of the friends is of course Hermione Granger. Played by Emma Watson, she ends up meeting Ron and Harry by accident when she couldnt find a spot on the train. She is a little bit of a smart ass and is very smart, and it seems as if she dislikes Ron because of his manners and personality. She read up on every book that there was available about Hogwarts and is just very intelligent for her age. Emma takes the character and brings her to life with perfect precision.

Harry Potter isnt only a film which shows us magic and adventure, but its a great tale and tells a strong story about friendship. As the movie progresses, Hermione, Ron and Harry all become ultra close and become close friends through all theyre years in school. The character story felt the strongest when, towards the end, Ron gets hurt during the chess match and Hermione stays behind for him. This is a scene where Hermione confesses to Harry about how she feels about him and it just brought out a lot of character.

The film is magical when it comes to how director Chris Columbus brings the feel and mood to the movie. The film is huge when it comes to special effects, but they dont take over the movie like most effects do now a days. We get to see Fluffy, a three headed dog in which Hagrid is keeping locked up to keep the stone safe. Though the movie was made a few years back, the effects do look really good on the dog and everything else the director and effects supervisors worked on together. I have to point out that after the death of Richard Harris, who played Dumbledore, I felt as if the Dumbledore in this movie just wasnt there anymore. The new actor is great but I felt as if he changed how Dumbledore does everything and I actually wish we had Richard back.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone is an amazing movie for both kids and adults, its magical and fun and a must see for everyone.

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