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It all started with this story, the very first, the one that began it all. It seemed to be a thousand years since this movie came out, yet it was only 11 years ago. This movie was our first look into the magical world of Harry Potter and what he was in for for the rest of his life. The film is currently the highest grossing film of the series.
The story begins with a seemingly ordinary boy who’s living with his hostile relatives, the Dursleys. He has no idea that he is among the most famous wizard in the wizarding world. A gamekeeper of the magical school Hogwarts named Hagrid arrives and tells Harry the truth of what he really is and frees him from the Dursleys. He also tells the story of how Harry Potter was the only one who survived the dark wizard Voldemorts attack and brought him down and the reason for his lightning bolt scar.
Harry then starts his first year of school as a celebrity. He meets his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger on the train to school and already makes an enemy in Draco Malfoy. In his first year, he also learns about his parents past and the secrets of the school which leaves him suspecting the potions master Severus Snape. He finally figures out that the Philosophers Stone is being protected by the person who wishes to steal it.
The trio Harry, Ron and Hermione all sneak out in attempt to stop who they suspect as Professor Snape from staling the stone. They got past numerous challenges and traps until Harry finds himself face to face with the man who wants the stone. It isn’t Professer Snape, but the Defence Against The Dark Arts teacher Professer Quirrel. Professer Quirrel removes his purple turban to reveal Voldemort living on the back of his head. As they try to convince Harry to give them the stone, he refuses which then results in them trying to kill him. However, Harrys touch ends up turning Quirrel to dust. Voldemort then flees in his spirit form, knocking Harry unconscious.
Harry wakes up in the Hospital Wing where Dumbledore explains to him about the sacrifice his mother made for him which gave a magical protection against Voldemort. Before Harry leaves for the summer, he realises that Hogwarts is his home.
Chris Colombus has incorporated the magical world and adventure very well and it gives a fairytale feel to it. It contains some of the best lines of the whole series and will surely put a smile on your face. The movie does contain some awkward and overly cheesy moments. One being the breaking of Harry’s voice throughout the movie and the cringe worthy CGI. Unlike some of the latest movies, it does stay faithful to the book, though this was at the cost of some of the character development and the plot itself.
I rank this movie 4th overall which places this in the middle. I reckon this was a great start to the series. If it wasn’t for the strong start, we would unlikely have anymore movies.
Lets end with some of the greatest quotes of the film.
Hermione: Now if you two don’t mind, i’m going to bed, before either of you come up with another clever idea to get us killed, or worse, EXPELLED!
Ron: She needs to sort out her priorities.
Ron: Can you imagine the look on old Mcgonnagall’s face if we were late. (Professer Mcgonnagal transfigures from a cat)
Ron: That was bloody brilliant
Hermione: Holy Crickets! Your Harry Potter! I’m Hermione Granger. (Looks at Ron) And you are.
Ron: Ugh, Ron Weasley.
Ron: Sunshine daisy, butter mellow, turn this stupid fat rat yellow.
Ron: Wingardium Leviosar!
Hermione: Ok stop stop! Your going to take someones eye out. Besides, your saying it wrong, it’s leviOsa! not leviosaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
Dumbledore: It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.
And that’s all for the Philosophers Stone. Feel free to comment on your favourite Harry Potter moments. Also follow me on twitter or subscribe to my blog for more updates and stories on the franchise. I’ll be reliving all the movies this week before the very last movies comes out.