Hello everyone and welcome to Throwback Thursday, where every Thursday I’ll be posting a review of an older but noteworthy film. This week’s pick takes us to a magical world that no Muggle can see, enjoy Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the United States, the film was released in 2001 and was directed by Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire and Pixels). Starring Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, with Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, the movie was based on the book of the same name by British author J.K. Rowling.
Harry’s story begins when he (as an orphaned infant) is left on the doorstep of the Dursley family, his only living relatives, by the great wizard Professor Albus Dumbledore. His parents having not so long ago been murdered by the evil Lord Voldemort, a dark wizard who at the time was at the height of his power but after encountering young Harry vanishes. After many years of not knowing his magical ancestry, Harry finally learns the truth about his past from Hagrid, gamekeeper of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and so his magical education at the school begins but things are not all they seem, a certain dark wizard hides in plain sight, they seek the Philosopher’s Stone to return Lord Voldemort to power. Will Harry and friends find the stone before Voldemort’s follower or will darkness reign supreme once more?
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone does contain some mild themes but overall is a family friendly flick and a great one at that, especially if you’re a fan of the book series but you can comfortably watch and follow the story even if you’ve never picked up a book. Having read the first book in the series myself not so long before this movie was released I was completely enthralled when I saw it as an 11 year old, it was exactly as I had pictured it while reading. And if you enjoy this film, there are seven sequels to complete the Harry Potter storyline which are just as captivating even if you’re unfamiliar with the books but as a reader of all 7 books I will say this: you do miss out on a lot of great elements in the story by not reading them, they just couldn’t put it all on screen.
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Glenn Stuart Tucker