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Here's an event movie that holds up to being an event. This filmed version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, adapted from the wildly popular book by J.K. Rowling, stunningly brings to life Harry Potter's world of Hogwarts, the school for young witches and wizards. The greatest strength of the film comes from its faithfulness to the novel, and this new cinematic world is filled with all the details of Rowling's imagination, thanks to exuberant sets, elaborate costumes, clever makeup and visual effects, and a crème de la crème cast, including Maggie Smith, Richard Harris, Alan Rickman, and more. Especially fine is the interplay between Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his schoolmates Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), as well as his protector, the looming Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane). The second-half adventure--involving the titular sorcerer's stone--doesn't translate perfectly from page to screen, ultimately because of the film's fidelity to the novel; this is a case of making a movie for the book's fans, as opposed to a transcending film. Writer Steve Kloves and director Chris Columbus keep the spooks in check, making this a true family film, and with its resourceful hero wide-eyed and ready, one can't wait for Harry's return. Ages 8 and up. --Doug Thomas

DVD Features

  • Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX)
  • 7 deleted scenes
  • 360 Degree Self-guided tour of Hogwarts
  • New interviews with director Chris Columbus and producer David Heyman
  • Learn how to play Quidditch
  • Meet the ghosts of Hogwarts
  • Cast a spell over a scene in 8 languages
  • Mix potions, perform transfigurations, sneak past Fluffy, explore Diagon Alley, have a wand choose you, catch a snitch and much, much more
  • Theatrical trailers
  • DVD-ROM PC Features: Collect Wizard trading cards, Be Sorted by the Sorting Hat, Download screensaver and Remembrall, Receive owl e-mails, Link to the web

Cast

Daniel RadcliffeHarry Potter
Richard HarrisProfessor Albus Dumbledore
Maggie SmithProfessor Minerva McGonagall
Robbie ColtraneRubeus Hagrid
Fiona ShawAunt Petunia Dursley
Harry MellingDudley Dursley
Richard GriffithsUncle Vernon Dursley
Ian HartProfessor Quirinus Quirrell
Warwick DavisProfessor Flitwick
Verne TroyerGriphook the Goblin
John HurtMr. Ollivander
Richard BremmerHe Who Must Not Be Named
Julie WaltersMolly Weasley
Rupert GrintRon Weasley
Emma WatsonHermione Granger
Matthew LewisNeville Longbottom
Tom FeltonDraco Malfoy
Leslie PhillipsThe Sorting Hat
John CleeseNearly Headless Nick
David BradleyArgus Filch
Alan RickmanSeverus Snape
Zoë WanamakerMadame Hooch
Luke YoungbloodLee Jordan

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  • Genre: Fantasy Movies
  • Theme(s): Fantasy
  • Director: Chris Columbus
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 152 mins.
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaNov 16, 2001
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    AustraliaPG
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaDec 11, 2007
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 28, 2002
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